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E5 | This Blessing Got Kind of Everywhere

Updated: Nov 6, 2018

an interview with Rabbi Elliot Kukla

In Episode 5 Rabbi Elliot Kukla talks with us about Jewish birth rituals, Yiddish women's traditions surrounding fertility and birth, non-binary parenting, and the documentation of gender-queer, non-binary, and intersex people within the Jewish tradition. He was the first known ordained Trans Rabbi and is a nonbinary Papa to a 3-month-old baby.

The Blessings for Gender Transitioning

that Elliot wrote:


Trans Torah:

A more robust collection of rituals Elliot has written, as well as other resources from Trans Jewish Rabbis, artists, and scholars:


For Centuries, Jewish Tradition Has Recognized Trans People Forward.com A recent article Elliot wrote on the long history of gender-non-conforming and intersex people in Jewish tradition:


Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

(Organization where Elliot works to support people during grief, illness, and dying)


Music for this episode:

“Detroit” by Great White Buffalo

“Part-Time Lover” by the Undynamic Pop Experiment

This podcast was produced and recorded on occupied Ohlone Territory.

A transcript of this episode is available.

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