Transitioning: The Halakhic Ramifications

By Olivia Wiznitzer

Yeshiva University Observer, October 3, 2008

This article from the Yeshiva University newspaper, "The Observer," explores the halakhic ramifications of Orthodox Jewish transsexuals having sexual reassignment surgery, based on several resources, including "Contemporary Halakhic Problems," Volume 1, and "Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics," volume 3. Ultimately, sexual reassignment surgery is largely viewed as violations of halakhic prohibitions. If a person decides to change their sex, there are conflicting positions -- one that external appearances rule and the other that biology and genetics rule. The author also notes that members of the transsexual community claim that Orthodox Rabbanim have given permission to transition, but this prominent Rabbi was not available for comment.

Topic: Halakha, Gender, Jewish Law, Homosexuality, Orthodox Judaism, LGBT Issues, GLBT Issues, Identity

Name of Publication: Yeshiva University Observer

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Wiznitzer, Olivia. Transitioning: The Halakhic Ramifications. Yeshiva University Observer. Yeshiva University Observer. 3 October 2008:


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