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By Rachel Scheinerman
My Jewish Learning 

Judaism has recognized nonbinary persons for millennia

 

February 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 female at birth but later develo...



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