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Va’era: Positively Divided! ~ 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

Hashem promises in Parashat Va'eyra to distinguish between the Egyptian slave-masters and their Israelite victims regarding the Plagues to be visited upon Egypt. The word used for this setting-apart derives from the root פלה – separation, which is introduced for the first time in this week's Parashah. At the core of this root are the two radicals פל, a string shared by no less than twenty words in the holy language, with wildly disparate meanings at first blush. We attempt to demonstrate that despite the appearances, there is a coherent common thread connecting the gamut of these terms, a meaning which is the entire raison d'etre of the Jewish nation.

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