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Just converting it to an answer, with the added Chikuni. Hebrew is a gendered language, and uses the masculine as the default. Here's is Chizkuni's commentary to Genesis 1:27: We shall fashion an Adam ... human in old French, i.e. "let us make a man and a woman." The proof text is later: "God called them adam the day they were created." We also find ...


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Yes. Because then the possessive pronoun ־ה (which is feminine) and its antecedent אדם (which is masculine) wouldn't agree in gender. (Word gender. Not sex of the referent.) That would break a standard rule of Hebrew grammar. Perhaps you meant to propose instead that it should be בין אשה לחבירה. But then it would exclude men, by the long tradition in ...



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