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    Meshulav (משלב) is a Jewish, culturally exclusive gender or term for Jews who experience multiple gender experiences at once. This can mean being multigender, having a gender that is multi-aligned, has multiple quality traits, or multiple social gender roles.

    Meshulav is not fluid. Eshed is the Jewish gender term for genders that are fluid.

    The closest non-Jewish genders that would resemble Meshulav are bigender, multigender, pangender, cenngender, and many more.

    Etymology

    Meshulav (meh-shoo-lehv) is Hebrew for "intertwined, interlinked, influence each other but not as one unit."

    History

    Meshulav was coined by Tirednowhasablog, a reformation Jew, in June of 2021.

    Flag

    The Meshulav flag was made by miraheze user Bigender on March 14th, 2022.[1] It was inspired by mixing elements of the Multigender, Kymenian, Bigender, and Pangender flags with elements of the existing flags of other Jewish culturally exclusive genders/sexes. This is to show that Meshulav individuals multigender identity/status cannot be separated from and are informed by their Jewish identity. The interlinked Magen David references the Etymology of the word "Meshulav" as being "intertwined, interlinked", and represents the multifaceted yet static nature of the Meshulav's gender.

    Notes

    Genders and gender roles in Jewish religion are completely different from Western cultures. Genders can be divided differently depending on denomination, too. For example: While all genders are considered equal - Zachar (male), Nekevah (female), Androgynos (ambiguous), and others - Orthodox Jews consider Nekevah to be separate, but equal, to Zachar, which is different from Conservative, Reform and secular Judaism. Nekevah perform roles that Zachar can't, by Orthodox belief. Androgynos tend to be treated as capable of, or transitional between, both.

    Interpretation of a multigender person from a religious Jew's perspective can be different from a secular Jew's perspective. So if the Meshulav doesn't know how their multigenderness would apply to their practice of Judaism, it's best to examine the beliefs their denomination has on gender roles and apply themselves to those instead (secular included).

    If interpreting the roles genders play in their denomination is difficult, it's safe to assume Meshulav might be considered able to perform multiple gender roles at once, or capable of performing roles interchangeably, similar to other non-traditional genders like Androgynos and Tumtum (regardless of denomination or secular belief).

    References

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