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Review 'This heartfelt, difficult work will introduce Jews and other readers of the Torah to fresh, sensitive approaches with room for broader human dignity.'-- 'Publishers Weekly (starred review)''Defining transgender as having a sense of self that does not fit the traditional binary gender categories of male and female, she finds a connection with those in the Bible who abandoned or violated their assigned gender roles. But it is to God she always returns, concluding that to open ourselves to the deity, we must open ourselves to the stranger.'-- 'Booklist''Joy Ladin writes from her heart and from the core of her being. In giving us new ways to see the holy texts, we see the Torah as a sensitive and dignified manuscript. I love that the journey we take here is both spiritual and intellectual.'-- 'Reviews by Amos Lassen' Read more Review “An intellectual and spiritual journey illuminated by the audacity of faith in God. Ladin’s transcendent readings of scripture restore the luster of the revelation at Sinai. And her readers will find the work transformational to their own relationships to other humans and to God.” (Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Jewish Theological Seminary)“In this beautifully written book, Ladin uses transgender experience to shed light on the Torah and the Torah to shed light on transgender experience. In doing so, she offers readers many insights into what it means to be a stranger and to think of God as a stranger.” (Judith Plaskow, professor emerita of religious studies at Manhattan College)“Joy Ladin is our finest writer on transgender issues, and The Soul of the Stranger is her best book. In it, she examines her profound faith in an invisible but undeniably present god from a trans perspective, and finds wisdom, understanding, and love. A must-read for anyone who wishes to be touched by both the eternal divine as well as the humbly, miraculously human. Luminous, heartfelt, and brilliant.” (Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There and Long Black Veil) Read more See all Editorial Reviews