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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

In her new book, Joy Ladin writes of how the Torah aided her journey of sexual identification. (The University of Wisconsin Press)

For Jewish transsexual teaching at Yeshiva University, no easy path to being a daughter

By Joy Ladin, JTA April 30, 2012

NEW YORK -- If your mother has never seen your face -- if you have never had a face to be seen -- if, in a sense, you have never been born -- do you have a mother? If your mother has always called you "son," can you ever really become her daughter? For...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner

D’var Torah: Torah portion pays tribute to Sarah

BY RABBI HYIM SHAFNER November 16, 2011

This week's Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, "The life of Sarah," begins with Sarah's death following the story of the akedah, binding of Isaac, at the end of last week's portion. Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, known as RASHI, a famous 11th century French commentator...

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