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Gender Identity in Rabbinic Literature

Hosted By: Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS)

Great fans of ambiguity, the sages of the Mishnah and the Talmud loved to problematize what people of their day considered the most deeply ingrained of binaries, including gender and sex identity. For them, human understandings were imperfect, and every perspective was up for debate. Torah was Divine and perfect, but its interpreters were not. Long ago, Jewish sages debated questions of sex difference and the extent of our capacity to know what we are. Discover some of these debates and ask if they still hold relevance for us.

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