With deep gratitude, here is the link to my TED talk at TEDxJerusalem 2015:
PDF text - Parshat Naso
“Hasidism as a movement was inaugurated by men of spirit, charismatic leaders who shared many traits similar to those found in the romantic movement emerging at roughly the same period throughout Western Europe: a respect for strong emotions, spontaniety, imagination and creativity, freedom from classical constraint in expression, and an out-and-out rembellion against social convention.”
“…and the emphasis was not on trying to understand Godm but on trying to understand the human being. It was clear to them that one could not stand with any sense of integrity before the Divine Presence unless one first had some clarity of who one really was.”
from The Quest for Authenticity: The Thought of Reb Simhah Bunim, Michael Rosen, Urim Publications 2008
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.”