A group of prominent orthodox rabbis has recently ruled that a biological female student may only attend a girls’ class, regardless of how she “identifies”.
The ruling came in the form of a letter that the Rabbis sent to the faculty of a religious public school system regarding a girl who had been placed in the boys’ class at a religious school in Givat Shmuel. The letter said that “Halacha does not recognize artificial changes and forbids this behavior and the dressing of a boy as a girl or a girl as a boy…Imaginations do not change reality.”
The letter further read, “The girl must be placed in the girls’ class. We must be careful not to harm her and to treat her with patience. The Halacha does not recognize artificial changes and forbids this behavior and the dressing of a boy as a girl or a girl as a boy. Therefore, the girl must join a girls’ class. The role of a religious school is to observe the Halacha and act according to it.
It is appropriate to be careful of harming that girl. One must help her with patience, to recognize the identity in which she was created. Imaginations do not change reality, the wonderful creation, as Hashem created her as a girl and with the right to grow up as a woman and a mother.”
In the public atmosphere in which we find ourselves, it is said even more strongly: Blessed are we, how good it is that we follow the path of the Torah, which protects us from erroneous ideas and enlightens our eyes to recognize the straight path.”
The letter was signed by: Rabbi Chaim Druckman, Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, Rabbi Chaim Steiner, Rabbi Eitan Eisman, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Rabbi David Chai HaCohen, Rabbi Uri Cohen, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Rabbi Zalman Melamed, Rabbi Ya’akov Filber, Rabbi Isser Klonsky, Rabbi Aryeh Stern, Rabbi Mordechai Sternberg, Rabbi Yaakov Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Artziel.