Word of the Day: Kaba’it Fighting Fire the Feminine Way

When women began to enter the previously male-only realm of firefighting, verbal confusion followed.

My 4-year-old daughter is going to be a firefighter this Purim, and when asked what she’s dressing up as, she responds with the Hebrew word for “fireman”: kabai (ka-BAI, to rhyme with Best Buy), the masculine default in a language that gives gendered forms to all job titles.