Yiscah Smith: TEDx Talk

Transgender Jewish educator Yiscah Smith gave a talk at a TEDx event using the prestigious TED conference format. The video of the talk was published yesterday on the official TEDx YouTube channel, and you can watch it below.

“What is – isn’t, and what isn’t – is. That’s how I lived most my life.” This is how Yiscah opened her TED talk, which was filmed in Jerusalem on April 14, 2015.

In less than 12 minutes, Yiscah tells the story on which her memoir is based. from an early childhood memory of wanting to be just like her mother, to a decision that took her 40 years to make, to no longer living in fear, shame and guilt that accompanied her life of infidelity to herself.

“I hope that telling my story today will help inspire others who are struggling to live lives of truth and authenticity,” Yiscah says.

Yiscah recently published her memoir, “Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living.” In her words, “The story I tell 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.” Yiscah’s life has been an inspiring and courageous journey of the joy and struggles of her own spirituality, gender identity, and commitment to authentic living.