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February 27, 2015
By bethmordecai
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Parashat T’rumah (תרומה) — The Gendered Language of Torah

Parashat T'rumah 2015/5775 (Triennial II) -- The Gendered Language of Torah In the second third of this week's Torah portion (Exodus 26:1-30), the term "sister" (achot) is to refer to cloths of Tabernacle's coverings (Exodus 26:3). Interestingly, this same term is used in Ezekiel's vision of the cherubim to refer to their wings (Ezekiel 1:9) which brings to mind a passage in Exodus 25:20 (back in our Torah portion) which uses the term "brother" to refer to the faces of Cherubim. What can we learn from this gendered language? Is it nothing more than an idiosyncrasy of the Hebrew language? Or does it teach us something deeper about the Torah's (and rabbis') view of[...]

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