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Vayechi: Relative Kindness? ~ 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

On his deathbed in Parashat Vayechi, Jacob asks his beloved son Joseph to swear that he will bury him in the land of Israel with his forefathers, calling this an act of חסד ואמת. The word חסד here of course means loving-kindness, benevolence. This wonderful word is used many times to describe Hashem Himself, and is in fact one of the thirteen "attributes" which Moses uses to portray His goodness. And yet, amazingly, this same term appears in Leviticus with a very different meaning; the word is used to describe the disgraceful cohorting with one's own sister. And in Proverbs too it is found denoting shame. This article then seeks to understand the underlying meaning of this word, and how it can possibly bear such utterly disparate meanings. And ultimately, we suggest the profound lessons the Torah may be teaching us through this glaring paradox.

Vayechi: Hashem’s Escort — The Greatest Chesed ~ 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 וַיְחִי Hashem’s Escort — The Greatest Chesed לְוָיָה: funeral לֵוִי: Levi לִוְיָתָן: Livyasan לֹוֶה\מַלְוֶה: loan לְוָיָה: Funeral וַיִּקְרְבוּ יְמֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לָמוּת וַיִּקְרָא לִבְנוֹ לְיוֹסֵף וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ אִם נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ שִׂים נָא יָדְךָ תַּחַת יְרֵכִי וְעָשִׂיתָ עִמָּדִי חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶתאַל נָא תִקְבְּרֵנִי בְּמִצְרָיִם And the days of Yisrael (Yaakov) drew close to dying, and he … Continue reading Vayechi: Hashem’s Escort — The Greatest Chesed ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Vayechi: Say Your Prayers ~ 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

Upon his deathbed, Yaakov bequeaths to his favorite son Joseph the city of Shechem “which I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow” (Gen. 48:22). As we know, Yaakov was not a swordsman nor was he an archer, his power was in his voice (see Gen. 27:22). As a result, tradition (Bava … Continue reading Vayechi: Say Your Prayers ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

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