Trans Halakha Project

The Jewish community has been blessed with the increased visibility of trans, intersex, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks.

The unique lives, bodies, and experiences of this growing subset of our community demands a new halakha (pathways and practices of Jewish expression). The Trans Halakha Project seeks to empower and nourish the trans Jews whose experiences are not yet at the center of halakhic exploration.

SVARA’s Trans Halakha Project has several distinct goals:

  1. Create euphoric and celebratory opportunities for trans Jews to learn and explore their personal relationship to halakha
  2. Curate existing and developing resources that have been created for trans Jews, by trans Jews.
  3. Develop new halakhic literature that addresses the needs and experiences of trans Jews authentically and without reservation

Check out this piece from our co-director Laynie Soloman, which frames Torah from the Trans Halakha Project.

Meet the Trans Halakha Project’s Steering Committee!

The Trans Halakha Project is enormously proud of two recent publications: a collection of trans-authored teshuvot as well as Tefillat Trans: Blessings and Rituals for Trans Lives. We invite you to read them, engage with them, and tell us how they’re being incorporated into your life.

A screenshot of the online catalog of trans-authored teshuvot. The first one reads "Be Whole: A Halakhic Approach to Gender & Transition written by Alexandra Rose Kohanski".
A screenshot of Tefillat Trans, which includes a two-page spread of blessings. One is titled, "blessing for being non-binary" and the other is "blessing for experiencing gender euphoria".

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