A Blessing For Transitioning Genders

This week is Transgender Awareness Week. This issue has, as many of you know, become more openly discussed in recent years. It is being played out in many of our families and, no doubt, many of you who read this, as grandparents of young people living this, have been involved in serious and caring discussions. Some of you may have even asked what our tradition has to say about this.

During the time of the Jewish Family Concerns Department of the Union for Reform Judaism, we developed a resource book called KULANU, which traced the history of LGBTQ issues in the Reform Movement.  It contained resolutions, prayers, sermons and rituals. One of the prayers that we published, developed by Rabbi Elliot Kukla, was a Blessing for Transitioning Genders. We are printing it here so that, if you are experiencing this in your family and wish to have Judaism speak to this, you have a blessing.

Baruch Atah Adonai, Melech Ha Olom Ha’ma’avir Ha’Ovrim

            Blessed is the Eternal, Ruler of time and space, the Transitioning One to those who transform/transition/cross over


            Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha’olom, she’asani B’tzelem Elohim

            Blessed is the Eternal, Ruler of time and space, who has made me in God’s image


            Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’olom, sh’hech’yanu, v’kiyamanu, v’higiyanu lazman, hazeh

            Blessed is the Eternal, Ruler of time and space, who has kept us alive and sustained us and helped us arrive as this moment



Rabbi Richard F. Address

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