Yoma 43

When is a “man” not necessarily a man? When we’re on page 43 of Tractate Yoma, among many, many other places. Traditional Hebrew, like many languages, is locked into a gender binary. People, objects, concepts, even verbs and adjectives, are linguistically either masculine or feminine, often in unpredictable ways. Why is “chair” masculine and “conversation” feminine? […]

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‘Not good for my mental health’: Jewish Instagrammers struggle amid Israel-Gaza conflict and antisemitic violence

(JTA) — Ilyssa Minkus usually spends a chunk of her day on Instagram. That’s where she promotes her business producing party decorations and Jewish-themed crafts. But after Israel began trading bombs with Hamas in Gaza last week, she tried — often without succeeding — to stay away. “I don’t want to go on because I’m just bombarded […]

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