|dakinigrl (dakinigrl) wrote,|
@ 2007-08-12 13:10:00
and now, some good news
Halfway through a newly revised manual promoting inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Judaism's Reform movement are two short blessings written by a rabbi who was raised Eliza and now goes by Elliot.
The prayers for Jews undergoing gender reassignment are included in the 500-page second edition of a guide called "Kulanu," Hebrew for "all of us," published this week by the New York-based Union for Reform Judaism.
"Here you have a Jewish person who is undergoing a very momentous aspect of their personal journey, and they will reach into their tradition to have this affirmed in the way we do it, through a blessing," said Rabbi Richard Address, an editor of the volume and director of the union's Department of Jewish Family Concerns. The union represents 900 Reform synagogues in North America.
The inclusion of the transgendered blessings alongside a liturgy for same-sex union ceremonies and a divorce document for same-sex couples is in keeping with the Reform movement's tradition of liberal positions on human sexuality.