Trans Jewish church leader wants to overcome bigotry


Rabbi Silverstein has confronted far right commentator Ben Shapiro over his transphobic comments and claims that being transgender is a mental illness. Shapiro previously wrote that: “men can’t magically become women, and women can’t magically become men.”

The Rabbi answered: “The Torah teaches that we are all created in God’s image. Shapiro failed to extend this teaching to the transgender community or to people with mental illness. What Shapiro misses is that part of living life is about becoming who we are, living into our potential, recognising our gifts and sharing those with the world. For transgender people, the barriers to do so are higher. We often take longer to figure out who we are, how to make it real to ourselves and how to actualise that in our world. Shapiro’s sharp words demonstrate arrogance rather than menschlichkeit, and fail to live up to the promise of the proverbs that we recite each time we return the Torah to the ark, that the Torah’s “ways are ways of pleasantness and all its paths are peace.”


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