“The quest for authenticity means to breathe organically the rhythm of one’s age. It may even be seen as an expression of belief in Divine providence – that is, that G-d created each person at a certain moment in history, NOT TO IMITATE ANOTHER AGE OR ITS WAY OF THINKING. Indeed it was the Chozeh of Lublin, Rav Yaakov Yizchak (d.1815), who is reported to have commented on the verse, ‘And they [the judges] shall judge the people at all times.’ (Exodus 18,22) – they shall evaluate the law ACCORDING TO THE TIME AND THE PERIOD.” Or le’Shamayim, Bechukotai, from The Quest for Authenticity: The Thought of Reb Simhah Bunim, Michael Rosen, Urim Publications 2008
With deep gratitude, here is the link to my TED talk at TEDxJerusalem 2015:
Yiscah’s 40-year memoir details her joys and struggles with her own spirituality, gender identity, and commitment to living true to herself. The story she tells is one of a man, facing his truth, embracing the woman she was always meant to be, and returning to her faith with wholeness and authenticity. Her story must be told. It is important for everyone to hear and will hopefully inspire and empower many others who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to wholeness in their lives.
For those who are interested in purchasing a copy of the book: You can order the hardcover or paperback edition, or download the e-Kindle version, through Amazon.com. The link is:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K8EVDIG
What is ‘God’s Image’? Transitioning from Man to Woman, Yiscah Smith Finds Her Authentic Self
An interview with Ilene Prusher in the TLV 1 studio.
FASCINATING conversation with Yiscah Smith on The Mottle Wolfe Show, on Voice of Israel. “Smith sees her journey not just as one of gender, but of a quest for spiritual understanding and a hunt for authenticity.”