Jewish Personal Ads

a newspaper ad looking for a life partner for someone who identifies as Tumtum

There are Jewish laws, unknown to many Jews, that pertain to those with ambiguous sex, (tumtums), and those with complete sets of both organs, (androgynous). Though these are ‘biological’ categories of distinction, the artist uses them as categories of reclamation, for those who consider themselves something other than ‘male’ or ‘female.’

If a person keeps Halacha (Jewish law), there are rules on marriage, circumcision, blowing the shofar, and having children. What meaning does this have / can this have for navigating Jewish space? This personal ad explores how people of non-binary gender navigate the space of everyday life – in this case – dating.

Medium: Formica, cloth, paper, ceramic