Word of the Day Shemesh: Goddess Child of El and Asherah Shines On

Annoyed at the pagan roots of word for 'sun', the sages tried to supplant it. Didn't work

Hebrew is one of those annoying languages with grammatical genderization. That is – nouns have a gender, masculine or feminine. French is like that too, and there's no short-cut – people learning the language have to learn the sex of each noun one at a time.