Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

by Abby Stein

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Overview

The powerful coming-of-age story of an ultra-Orthodox child who was born to become a rabbinic leader and instead became a woman

Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of eighteenth-century Eastern Europe, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning modern life. Stein was born as the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews.

But Abby felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. She suppressed her desire for a new body while looking for answers wherever she could find them, from forbidden religious texts to smuggled secular examinations of faith. Finally, she orchestrated a personal exodus from ultra-Orthodox manhood to mainstream femininity-a radical choice that forced her to leave her home, her family, her way of life.

Powerful in the truths it reveals about biology, culture, faith, and identity, Becoming Eve poses the enduring question: How far will you go to become the person you were meant to be?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580059169
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 110,294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Abby Stein is the tenth-generation descendant of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Hasidic movement. In 2015, Stein came out as a woman, and she now works as a trans activist. In 2019, she served on the steering committee for the Women's March in Washington, DC, and she was named by the Jewish Week as one of the "36 Under 36" Jews who are affecting change in the world. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Introduction: Birth of an Empire xiii

1 Birth of a Child 1

2 A Dollhouse 11

3 A Haircut 15

4 According to His Will 23

5 On the Playground 31

6 Seeing Demons 43

7 At the Edge of Manhood 51

8 Holy Obligations 59

9 Teachings of Our Fathers 69

10 A New School 85

11 Heavenly Bodies 95

12 Welcome to the Catskill Mountains 109

13 Matchmaking 123

14 Tingling Feelings 133

15 Audience with the Rebbe 149

16 High on Mysticism 159

17 Engaged 167

18 Graphic Studies 183

19 A Wedding in a Blizzard 199

20 Another Child 209

21 The Done Thing 217

22 Wireless Connections 221

Epilogue 225

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