One More Cognitive Step Away From the Temple

The main area designed for the general Jewish population in the Beis Hamikdash (including sometimes women) was known as עזרת ישראל. The women’s section (again, not just for women) was known as עזרת נשים. Today the women’s section in the synagogue (our mini-Temple) is likewise known as the “Ezras Nashim”, which is simple to remember. But the original Temple is being forgotten. I now see signs referring to the main hall as עזרת גברים…

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