Missed much of this thread originally ...
G-d is completely nongendered in Jewish tradition, but has various aspects (maybe "traits" is as close as I can come in meaning) that are given gender-specific ideas.
The language in the prayer book and Torah is usually masculine, but the generic way of the Hebrew language is to use masculine for, say, plurals and the like, so it doesn't include the male visual, IYKWIM.
We spent a week at a progressive/Jewish Renewal retreat center some years ago, and they include a lot of women's issues in their whole gestalt. Anyway, as an attempt to "empower" women, they changed much of the liturgy to use female language to refer to G-d.
That was the first time I ever thought about G-d as at all gendered. The attempt to "equalize" totally de-equalized it for me. Thank G-d I got over it ...
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... a bunch of 24hr candles, those are great for reflection purposes. (They were intended for use during Yom Kippur, but my Jewish friends assure me I am not doing anything blasphemous! ...
sm, those are memorial candles, used on Yom Kippur and other particular days to remember people from our lives who've left the world. No, nothing blasphemous, they are
great for reflection/meditation.