Overall, The Soul of the Stranger is a daring book. Ladin dares to speak as a transgender person, unapologetically, and assert that transgender people have a place in Judaism, whatever people may say and think.
Michael Faccini received his mater’s of social work from Washington University in St. Louis and served as a crisis counselor and case manager before beginning rabbinical school. He is beginning his second year at the Jewish Theological Seminary, a Conservative rabbinical school. Faccini enjoys teaching Torah, most recently in the series Queering Torah Talk for the JTS Slifka-Nadich fellowship.
Posts by Michael Faccini
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.