Yehoshua is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain and currently lives in Israel with his wife and children.
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The word טוב appears more times in Parashat Breishit than in any other – but what does the word actually mean? "Good" may suffice as an approximate translation, but there are varied and diverse nuances which become evident in various contexts, as found in the Targumim and commentators. This article seeks to determine the core underlying meaning of this ubiquitous word through various etymological techniques, such as comparing it to other words containing the two-letter string טב. By seeking to fathom the depths of the Holy Language, we hope to better appreciate the greatness of the Holy One's good world.