In March of 5783, the Trans Halakha Project released two groundbreaking projects: a series of Trans Teshuvot (Jewish legal responses), answering core questions of Jewish law for and about trans people; and Tefillat Trans, a book of blessings and rituals written by and for trans people.
Since that time, we find ourselves in a powerful moment, as trans Jews across the world studying, praying, and practicing according to the words and hiddushim (insights) of their own siblings and peers. Jews who are not trans have begun learning from the universally applicable truths in our Torah. A new halakha is emerging, and in this generation, we are blessed to be able to witness the blossoming of the next trans codex (collection of legal writings).
This Fall, we will have the tantalizing opportunity to hear first-hand from the sages who helped bring these projects to fruition. Join the Trans Halakha Project and Shel Maala for a shiur (lecture) series by the creators of these incredible new pieces of Torah, where we will dive deep into their works: Learn about their process, unearth their insights, reveal their questions, and ask your own. Brilliant Teshuva-writers and the editors of the Tefillat Trans will be on-hand to help you explore the world of trans halakha and tefilla, to give you the chance to bring them into your practice and life.
Open to people of all faiths and genders.
Nine Thursdays, October 19 -> December 21
8-9:30pm ET/5-6:30pm PT
Suggested sliding scale of $0-$540. (“True Cost”: $144, $18/class)
Zoom link upon registration
Live Captioning provided
Check out the teshuvot here, tefillat trans here, and the THP as a whole here
Speakers and Dates:
10/19 - Laynie Soloman, author of Mai Mevarech: A Berakha for Testosterone Gel, link here,
10/26 - Willemina Davidson, Caring For & Removing Body Parts Related to Gender-Affirming Care, link here,
11/2 - Alyx Bernstein, author of The Androgynos in the Laws of Milah & Niddah: A Potential Approach to Trans Halakha, link here
11/9 - Lexi Kohanski, author of Be Whole: A Halakhic Approach to Gender & Transition, link here,
11/16 - Binya Kóatz, co-editor of and contributor to Tefillat Trans, link here,
11/30 - Jamie Weisbach, author of Immersing in a Mikvah While Wearing a Chest Binder, link here,
12/7 - Xava de Cordova, author of Are Trans Women Obligated in Niddah? How Can That Obligation be Fulfilled?, link here
12/14 - brin solomon, author of Conversion & Circumcision: A Trans Approach, link here,
12/21 - Siyum!, a wrap-up discussion and celebration of Trans Halakhic goodness, with Xava and Binya
Each shiur will be “fairied” (TA’d) by a member of the THP or Shel Maala