“Shortly before the 1991 Gulf War, Rabbi Yaakov Smith, a father of six and an emissary of the Chabad Hasidic movement in the Old City of Jerusalem, hosted a Shabbat dinner. As the guests were leaving, one took Smith aside and said something that would reverberate with his host: “That was an amazing act you performed. Whatever is wrong, take care of yourself.” Fast forward thirty years and Yaakov has become Yiscah Smith, a transgender person who still lives and teaches in Jerusalem. Smith’s transformation is the subject of the documentary I Was Not Born a Mistake, created by the Israeli filmmakers Rachel Rusinek and Eyal Ben-Moshe. The film premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival this past Hanukkah and made its U.S. debut in January.:
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3 thoughts on “The Rabbi Who Chose Trans Orthodoxy”
there are over 300,000 rabbis world wide and 20,000 of them are chabad.
Transgender has been part of life for ever..
What is particularly interesting about this person.
My goal was to review the film more than assess the person. Would love to hear your thoughts.
your film craft is top notch.
the content is predictable