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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Liberation and Transgender Jews

Liberation and Transgender Jews


(p.301) Fifty-Nine Liberation and Transgender Jews
Torah Queeries

Ayelet Cohen

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the celebration of Passover, in relation to queers' acceptance of identity. Passover is known as “the Time of Liberation,” which celebrates the rebirth of the Israelites as a free people after being liberated from Egyptian slavery. It encourages contemporary Jews to personally experience the Exodus. On that note, transgender Jews—who had left their closet—are well suited to identify themselves with the Exodus. Each transgender person is coming from a different place, and each chooses a difficult journey. Forced by birth or by society to inhabit a body that does not belong to them, these people live their every moment with complication—even the most mundane one.

Keywords:   Passover, queers, Egyptian slavery, Exodus, LGBT person, transgender Jews

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