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The Zohar writes that the Patriarch Yitzchok had the soul of a female (Pikudei 257a). The Seder HaDoros (Elef HaRishon) says that it was the soul of Chava.


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The Tzitz Eliezer has a famous responsum (שו"ת ציץ אליעזר ח"י סי’ כ"ה פרק כ"ו קטע ו) where he states that we go by the external organs in determining gender, and sex changes are effective in changing one's halachic gender. However, there are other opinions that sex changes do not change halachic gender; I assume that according to these opinions, gender is ...


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According to the majority of poskim, he is a man despite whatever surgery he had and he would certainly be allowed to give his wife a get. According to the minority view of the Tzitz Eliezer, he would not have to give his wife a get, because the marriage dissolved when he "became a woman." He obviously does not meet the qualifications for a Shoteh. See R. ...


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Kaf Hachaim Orach Chaim 38:9 says that Michal bas Shaul had a male Neshama. Haichal Habracha - Bamidbar 27:7 says that the Bnos Tzelafchad had male Neshamos.


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The Ashel Avraham (Pri Migadim 23:2 ) writes that one should not wear tzitzs out next to a kever of a child because maybe his neshama is that of a gadol. He also mentions that in a case of a woman it seems that there is no concept of loeg lerash since a woman is not obligated in tzitzs in their life time. He adds by saying that we are not worried that a ...


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In general, the Torah is not so concerned and doesn't judge how people feel or what their desires are. It is mainly concerned in how we act. Nowhere does the Torah consider feelings for same-sex people to be a prohibition. But the Torah is concerned about actions and as is well known homosexual male intercourse is forbidden. The gmara in Kiddushin 40a ...


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Yevamos 63a: אשכחיה רבי יוסי לאליהו א"ל כתיב אעשה לו עזר במה אשה עוזרתו לאדם א"ל אדם מביא חיטין חיטין כוסס פשתן פשתן לובש לא נמצאת מאירה עיניו ומעמידתו על רגליו Rebbi Yosi found Eliyahu. He said to him "it is written 'I shall make for him a helper' - in what way does she help man?" He responded "A man brings [home] wheat -does he chew on wheat? [He ...


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In terms of actual prohibitions: 1- Male homosexual sex is prohibited to both Jew, and under the covenant G-d made with Noah, to non-Jews as well. 2- Male homosexual intimacy that is not prohibited under #1 is prohibited to Jews under the same kinds of laws that prohibit masturbation. 3- At least some forms of female homosexual sex if not all are ...


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The Tzitz Eliezer is at the end of Vol 10 25:26:6. The teshuvah discusses transplants, and he raises the question posed here as a hypothetical. A second teshuvah, in vol 11 #78, is about someone with a hormonal issue impacting their sexual development during gestation who is born looking female, but has one testicle. In both cases he says that gender is ...


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I heard that the London Beis Din sometime in the 20th century had such a case and asked Rabbi Ruderman if this person could give a get. Rabbi Ruderman didn't discuss if the gender change would have any ramifications on their halachic gender. He responded that even if they are now considered a female, it doesn't say anywhere a woman can't give their wife a ...


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Hebrew has no gender neutral nouns whatsoever. As an example, Chinese has a special gender neutral reference, while the reference he includes as part of it the symbol for human. Thus referring to Hashem as He would involve blasphemy. While English does have the word it, that word refers to something that is inanimate and sexless like a table or chair. As a ...


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It would appear that he sits in the men's section since he looks like a man. He needs to dress like a man, have Payos-sideburns (and a beard/shave) like a man and put on Tallis and Tefillin like a man. Source: 4th chapter of ביכורים (which is really a תּוֹסֶפְתָּא), Mishna 2: ב: כֵּיצַד שָׁוֶה לָאֲנָשִׁים. מְטַמֵּא בְלֹבֶן, כָּאֲנָשִׁים. וְנוֹשֵׂא, ...


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Tradition has a fantastic write up (vol. 40:1 (2007)) focused on your question. In sharing just a tip of the iceberg, The second case concerned a child would not have the same status as a Kohen that the social father had. A Kohen has special public duties and rights in the synagogue. Within a religious community, it is obvious who is a Kohen and ...


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There are indeed discussions in the Gemara (Talmud) of the tumtum, an androgynous, i.e., one with both male and female characteristics. The gemara is not judging whether this is good or bad, but is rather interested to understand how various laws apply to tumtums, e.g., can they get married with a male or female? R Alfred Cohen wrote an article on this in ...


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As per the poster's agreement to accept cases of transgender teva, nature, I will quote a couple of sources concerning Yosef and Dina. The Pirush HaRadal on the Pirkei Drav Eliezer chapter 38 #4 says that Dina who was switched from a male to a female through Leah's prayers retained some of her male nature and that's what led her to leave the house and go ...


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I really can't see an issue here. There's a discussion of a woman getting "a man's haircut", but that's not what this is. There is a Talmudic concept of chashad -- don't do things that will likely cause an average person to think you're violating the Torah, even though you aren't. One example is a house that faces two different streets -- back when ...


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This is an interesting question. I have not an absolute answer but perhaps some matter for right thinking. Androgynos Let us have a look at the Tosefta called "Androginos" (known as 4th chapter of Massechess Bikurim) The androginos bears similarities with males and with females. In matter of Ychud he does not have the right to be alone with men or with ...


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Daf al Hadaf to Niddah 45b says clearly that men have more Chochmah than women. He bases this on the contradiction between Shabbos 33b (נשים דעתן קלות) and Niddah 45b (בינה יתירה באשה יותר מבאיש) and explains this to be the distinction between the two Gemaras. He also quotes Yoma 66b as support, despite your issues with this. He quotes 2 sources for his ...


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Perhaps we could look at the question from a different angle. If a male were to work in a field which is predominantly female, then presumanbly he would come in contact with a lot of woman. Assuming that is the case the Gemara in Kiddushin (82a) prohibits such occupations: לא ילמד אדם את בנו אומנות נשים "A person should not teach his son a trade that ...


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