Examines the ways that Hebrew, the holy tongue, and Yiddish, the vernacular language of Ashkenazic Jews, came to represent the masculine and feminine faces, respectiviely, of Ashkenazic Jewish culture. The text explores the sexual politics underlying the marriage of Hebrew and Yiddish and considers the implications for understanding the centrality of language choices and ideologies in the construction of modern Jewish identity. In particular, the text examines this sexual-linguistic system as it shaped the work of two bilingual authors, S.Y. Abramovitsh, considered the grandfather of modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature; and Dvora Baron, the first modern women writer in Hebrew. The author also provides an analysis of the roles that Hebrew masculinity and Yiddish femininity played in the Hebrew-Yiddish language wars, the divorce that ultimately ended the marriage between the languages.