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  • Judaism has recognized nonbinary persons for millennia

    Rachel Scheinerman, My Jewish Learning|Feb 18, 2022

    Thought nonbinary gender was a modern concept? Think again. The ancient Jewish understanding of gender was far more nuanced than many assume. The Talmud, a huge and authoritative compendium of Jewish legal traditions, contains in fact no less than eight gender designations including: • Zachar, male. • Nekevah, female. • Androgynos, having both male and female characteristics. • Tumtum, lacking sexual characteristics. • Aylonit hamah, identified female at birth but later naturally developing male characteristics. • Aylonit adam, identified...

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