Transgender Woman Chronicles Journey From Hasidic Rabbi To Her True Self

Transgender people come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but few have as religious an upbringing as Yisroel Avrom Ben Menachem Mendel. Oy! The oldest son in a family of 13 children, young Yisroel was born in Brooklyn as heir apparent to a long dynasty of ultra-orthodox Hasidic rabbis descended directly from Bal Shem Tov–regarded as the founder of modern Hasidic Judaism. It is from this claustral existence, speaking only Yiddish, and studying the Talmud for up to 20 hours a day, that he began to realize that something was wrong with his gender identity. Transgender writer Abby Chave Stein’s new autobiography Becoming Eve recounts her incredible transition.

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