Talmid Chachams and Tsedeykeses: Language, Learnedness, and Masculinity Among Orthodox Jews

By Sarah Bunin Benor

Stanford University: Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Fall 2004

In Orthodox communities, men are expected to be advanced scholars of Jewish law (talmid chachams) while women are expected to be righteous (tsedeykeses) within the context of the home. This difference is performed linguistically by boys' more frequent use of Hebrew and Yiddish loanwords that are common in Jewish text study. As well, boys more frequently fully pronounce the 't' at the ends of English words as an indicator of greater learning and higher authority. Social and educational constructs and expectations reinforce the communal ideology that men are and should be more learned than women, and the language used by elementary and high school boys and girls gives voice subtly yet pervasively to this difference.

Topic: Gender, Language, Hebrew, Yiddish, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Family

Name of Publication: Jewish Social Studies

Volume/Issue: Vol. 11/No. 1

Page Number(s): 147-169

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Benor, Sarah Bunin. Talmid Chachams and Tsedeykeses: Language, Learnedness, and Masculinity Among Orthodox Jews. Jewish Social Studies. Stanford University: Taube Center for Jewish Studies. Fall 2004: 147-169. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4812


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