The construction of gender in halakhic Responsa by the Reform movement: transgender people as a case study

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Abstract

This article contributes to the expanding field of trans-Jewish-feminist studies in general, and to the scholarship about Jewish law in particular, by analyzing the ways in which the Reform movement has gradually legitimized transgender people and accepted them fully. Applying Judith Butler's ideas about the heterosexual matrix as an analytical tool, the article demonstrates how the Reform movement, in a slow and gradual process, has left the entire heterosexual matrix behind, although it can be claimed that the process (of leaving behind the heterosexual matrix) has not run all the way to a complete dissolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-176
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Modern Jewish Studies
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2019

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Keywords

  • Reform movement
  • Transgender
  • gender and religion
  • trans and Jewish law
  • trans and religion
  • trans-feminist studies

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