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Questions tagged [gender-identity]

Questions regarding the laws and ideas of Judaism regarding issues of gender roles, choices, and identity.

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How is gender halachically determined?

I apologize if this is a sensitive topic, but it seems that this question is foundational to some of the discussions that appear here. I hope that my wording is appropriate. If I understand correctly,...
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Can a man who has undergone sex change give his wife a Get?

If a married Jewish man undergoes the hormonal and surgical procedure of sex change, and "he's become a woman". Would he still have the Halachic status of a man, at least relating to his marital ...
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Can someone have a soul of the opposite gender?

Inspired by this question: Prayer for changing name for transgender reasons? While the subject of transgender individuals has been discussed, I was wondering if it is possible, from a hashkafic sense,...
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Tumtum and Androginos – where to sit

Tumtum and androginos are two sexes which are distinct from male and female in halacha. While in practice, they are rarer today due to advances in medical technology, it would still be possible for ...
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Do men have more Chochma than women?

I've seen many blogs and other modern day books write that men have more Chochmah than women. Some examples: A man’s forte is chochma, and a woman’s is binah. Kabbalah teaches that men have ...
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Responsa regarding gender selection for non-medical purposes

This October 2002 article in Haaretz refers to an Israeli Health Ministry decision to allow a family of Kohanim to select the gender of their children for non-medical reasons. For the first time in ...
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Birchos HaShachar for Transgender Persons

If a person we're both transgender and religious, which of the gendered brachos would they make for birchos hashachar? Shelo asani isha: this person was either MADE an isha or BECAME one, so making a ...
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Yichud with a transgender person?

Suppose there was a man, A, that underwent an operation whereby afterwards A now considers themselves female. Suppose one is generally unclear as to the specifics of the operation, but that A ...
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Why does the Torah refer to G-d paternally?

We know G-d has no gender yet our Scriptures use masculine pronouns when referring to Him and also when He refers to Himself in the third person. Obviously there are only three options: male, female ...
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Is there anything in Jewish texts on a third gender or gender deviant persons?

Are there any stories particularly on those who do not fit into the categories man or woman? Is this considered a sin?
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Is it permitted that male person to have feminine job? And otherwise?

Is it forbidden for a male person to have feminine job? If so, how is a feminine job defined according to halacha? Likewise, is it forbidden for a female person to have a masculine job?
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Who does the post mortem Tahara on a transgender person?

Do men do the Tahara on the transgender who is currently a male and viceaversa for a women? I am asking about a transsexual person who died and who had changed his physical sex using surgery. Or do ...
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Prayer for changing name for transgender reasons? [closed]

I am a transgender man and I would like to change my Hebrew and English names. Are there any specific prayers to go along with this, or any specific rules that I should be aware of? Thank you.
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“Gay” people in the Torah, Talmud, Kabbalah?

What do the Torah, Talmud, Kabbalah say about people that "are gay" or have the desire to live that way? I'm not asking if it's a sin. I'm wondering how they "became gay" and how they can change? (I'...
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How to reconcile a wife's cooking with the Zohar's definition of husband and wife?

According to the Zohar the man is the "giver" and the woman is the "receiver" within the context of a marriage. With that being the case how can one understand the traditional role of a wife to cook ...
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Gender transition and divorce [duplicate]

If a married woman undergoes gender reassignment surgery(warning: explicit language is used) and hormonal treatments to become a male how would a halachic divorce be performed? Would one even be ...
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Which side of the mechitza for a transgender individual?

Although this question would understandably require CYLOR in each situation, if a man who had a procedure done to appear similar to a woman, where should such an individual sit in shul? Also, would ...