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Torah: Men and Women

Written by Rabbi Yehoshua Alt, 10/2/2020

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Torah: Men and Women

To make a word into masculine form, a ו is added, as in the word אותו. To make a word into feminine, a ה is added, as in אותה. One reason given for this is the following: Women are more associated with תורה שבכתב, the Written Torah whereas men are more connected to תורה שבעל פה, the Oral Torah. This is just as we see at Matan Torah (Written Torah) where it says the women first—כה תאמר לבית יעקב ותגיד לבני ישראל, so shall you say to the women and relate to the men.[1]  הhas a Gematria of five, which refers to the five books of Chumash (Written Torah). ו, on the other hand, has a numerical value of six, which is a reference to ששה סדרי משנה, the six orders of Mishnayos (Oral Torah).[2] This explains why many times women know Tanach better than men while men know the Oral Torah better than women. 


Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.

[1] Shemos 19:3.

[2] See Aderes Eliyahu, Shir Hashirim 1:2.

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