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Vayigash: Confused About Crying ~ The Wonders of the Holy Tongue

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

Parashat Vayigash relates the emotional scene wherein Joseph reveals his true identity to his brothers. With emotions often comes crying, בכה in Hebrew, and this word appears seven times in this week's portion, more than in any other weekly portion. In the article we examine this word by comparing it to other words containing the two core letters בכ, in an attempt to understand the depth of the word and what "crying" actually means in the Torah's view. May all of our tears be tears of joy and celebration!

Vayigash: Pharaoh Exposed ~ 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

Parshasוַיִגַשׁ Pharaoh Exposed פַּרְעֹה: Pharaoh פָּרוּעַ: exposed פֹּטִי פֶרַע: Potiphar לְמַפְרֵעַ: retroactive, to nullify פֹּרֵעַ: payment מַפְרִיעַ: to disturb, to distance פְּרִיעָה: part of bris milah פֻּרָעְנִיוֹת: retribution וַיִּגַּשׁ אֵלָיו יְהוּדָה וַיֹּאמֶר בִּי אֲדֹנִי יְדַבֶּר נָא עַבְדְּךָ דָבָר בְּאָזְנֵי אֲדֹנִי וְאַל יִחַר אַפְּךָ בְּעַבְדֶּךָ כִּי כָמוֹךָ כְּפַרְעֹהAnd Yehudah approached him (Yosef) and said, “My lord, please … Continue reading Vayigash: Pharaoh Exposed ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Vayigash: Speaking in Tongues ~ 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

Speaking in Tongues In the Hebrew language, there are two different words for “language”—safa and lashon. If taken hyper-literally these two words actually refer to body parts. Safa means “lip” and lashon means “tongue”. The connection between lips and tongues to language is obvious, but why do we need two different words for language? Regarding … Continue reading Vayigash: Speaking in Tongues ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

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