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February 21, 2021


Micha Berger

Qabbalah's idea of gender is more initiator vs developer than pursuer vs pursued. Hashem created the world, left it for us to complete, so masculine gender fits for G-d more often than not.

There is another reason I think masculine fits. For nearly all of human history, including most homes even since feminism, dad leaves the house to provide while mom always stays near the kids. Thus, calling Hashem "our Father" better captures the tension between Divine Immanence and Transcendence than "our Mother" would.

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