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Balak: This Is the End, Beautiful Friend, the End ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Tzvi Abrahams

Founding Editor at Veromemanu
Rabbi Tzvi Abrahams was raised in The United Kingdom, and emigrated to Israel where he received his Rabbinical ordination. He recently published the book Root Connections In The Torah, and lectures on the beautiful connections of Biblical Hebrew root words. Tzvi lives in Zichron Yaakov, Israel with his wife, children and their friendly dog.

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Tzvi Abrahams

Parshas בָּלָק This Is the End, Beautiful Friend, the End קֵץ: end מִקֵץ: the end קָצָה detestable שִׁקְצְה: goya/non-Jewish woman מוּקְצֶה: not to be moved on Shabbos שֶׁקֶץ: detestable שְׁקָצִים: detestable things קוֹץ: thorn, sharp end קַיִץ : summertime וַיָּקָץ מוֹאָב מִפְּנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל And Moav became disgusted because of the Children of Israel. קֵץ: … Continue reading Balak: This Is the End, Beautiful Friend, the End ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Balak: A Collection of Curses ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Reuven Chaim Klein

Founding Editor at Veromemanu
Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is a known scholar, respected author, and long-time member of the Kollel of Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem. Reuven Chaim lives with his family in Beitar Illit, Israel.
Reuven Chaims' articles also appear weekly on ohr.edu and on https://ohr.edu/this_week/whats_in_a_word/ and in the Jewish Press.

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Reuven Chaim Klein

The Torah says, “A judge shall you not curse and a prince/king in your nation shall you not curse” (Ex. 22:27). This passage forbids cursing a judge or king because one might otherwise be tempted to do so if the judge or king does something against one’s own personal interests. In other words, if a … Continue reading Balak: A Collection of Curses ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Balak: A Hollow Curse – Yehoshua Steinberg

Yehoshua (Jeremy) Steinberg

Founding Director, Editor-In-Chief at Veromemanu
Yehoshua (Jeremy) Steinberg is the Founding Director and Editor-in-chief of Veromemanu and it' website BiblicalHebrewEtymology.com.

Yehoshua is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain and currently lives in Israel with his wife and children.

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Yehoshua (Jeremy) Steinberg

The bulk of the Torah portion "Balak" concerns Bilaam cursing Israel. The primary word used
for cursing though is the highly unsual –unique, according to one opinion- term קבה. Furthermore, this same word is uniquely used in Balak to denote tents and other objects. What is the underlying meaning of the root קב, and why is it so ubiquitous singularly in this connection? This is the topic of this week's essay.

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