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Abby Stein

Student, Educator, Speaker, Trans Activist at Columbia University, Romemu, and B'nai Jeshurun NYC
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Abby Stein was born and raised in a Chasidic family of rabbinic descent; she is the 10th generation of the Baal Shem Tov - Founder of the Chasidic movement. She attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, Abby left the Chasidic world to explore different worldviews, while struggling with gender identity. A few months ago, she came out as a woman of trans experience, and she has been doing work towards her goal to raise awareness and support people going through a similar experience. Her story has been covered in the New York Times, New York Post, Jewish Daily Forward, Kveller, Daily Mail, as well as live appearances on Fox News, CNN, HuffPost Live, ShowTime and more. Abby is a second year student at Columbia University's School of General Studies studying Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Political Science.

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  • Abby Stein published a new Source Sheet, Seeing Ourselves in Tradition: Queer Characters in Jewish Text.
    3 days, 6 hours ago
  • Abby Stein translated Tikkunei Zohar 74a:2
    Version: Sefaria Community Translation (English)
    One older person stood up from behind a wall, and said: Rebbe my teacher, The Holy Light, come and light candles, for that is a Mitzva (commandment), on that it is said: An everlasting fire shall be kept burning on the altar, it should not be extinguished. And, on that it is also said: To light the eternal flame. This is surely the light of the divine, the light that shines within the soul of every person. Come, light it with her. 
    1 month ago
  • Abby Stein published a new Source Sheet, Parshat Tzav Drash Supplement.
    1 month ago
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