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Vayeitzei: Like a Rock ~ 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

I’m not a geologist, nor do I pretend to be one. But I do think that we can draw some fascinating insights into the Holy Language by studying a bit about rocks. Yaakov Avinu is especially associated with rocks because he slept on rocks when he had his famous dream of the ladder (Gen. 28:11), … Continue reading Vayeitzei: Like a Rock ~ Reuven Chaim Klein

Vayeitzei: All Along The Watchtower ~ Tzvi Abrahams

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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 וַיֵצֵא All along the Watchtower מִצְפֶּה: watchtower צָפוּי: foreseen צָפוּן: hidden צָפוֹן: north מְצַפֶּה: expect צַףְ: float צְפַת: Tzfas צִפּוּי: plated, coating הַר הַצוֹפִים: Har HaTzophim בַּעַל צְפוֹן: Baal Tzaphon צְפַנְיָה: Tzafaniah (prophet), Stephan, Steven צִפְצוּף: chirping מִצְפֶּה: Watchtower וַיֹּאמֶר לָבָן הַגַּל הַזֶּה עֵד בֵּינִי וּבֵינְךָ הַיּוֹם עַל כֵּן קָרָא שְׁמוֹ גַּלְעֵד:וְהַמִּצְפָּה אֲשֶׁר אָמַר יִצֶף … Continue reading Vayeitzei: All Along The Watchtower ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Vayeitzei: The Unique Flock ~ The Wonders of the Holy Tongue

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

Our Parashah, Vayeitzei, focuses in the main on the life of Jacob our father, a shepherd by profession. Jacob was not the first of the shepherds in the Pentateuch; indeed, many of the Biblical personalities practiced this vocation, starting from Abel to Abraham and including Moshe Rabbeinu himself. Given this fact, the exclusive word for a flock of sheep in Hebrew, עדר, would have been expected to be found dozens or hundreds of times in the Chumash. However, the word עדר actually appears a total of only 11 times, and all of us in our Parashah and in the next week's portion, Vayishalach – both of which center on the life and times of Jacob and his sons – a phenomenon requiring explanation . In this article, we examine the four disparate meanings derivatives of the root עדר and suggest a relationship between them. We also look at all the words containing the letters דר and suggest a common denominator between them. And in the end, we propose a link between the common meaning of all of these words to Jacob's personality and life, and why the Jewish people bears his name, and not of his progenitors. Shabbat Shalom!

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