Some rabbis at New York’s Yeshiva University are in a kanipshin over professor Joy Ladin, formerly known as Jay.
Ladin, who heads the school’s literature department, announced two years ago that she was transgender and planned on becoming a woman.
University leaders weren’t pleased, but were powerless to stop Ladin, lest they find themselves in court, and now Ladin’s returned to work with breasts in tow. And, of course, senior faculty are voicing their concern.
Rabbi Moshe Tendler of the rabbinical school simply can’t stand Ladin’s transformation – and says the Torah doesn’t, either:
He’s not a woman. He’s a male with enlarged breasts. He’s a person who represents a kind of amorality which runs counter to everything Yeshiva University stands for. There is just no leeway in Jewish law for a transsexual.
There is no niche where he can hide out as a female without being in massive violation of Torah law, Torah ethics and Torah morality.
Meanwhile, Ladin’s fighting with her family. Her wife has filed for divorce and took their three children away.