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Vayikra: The Greatest “Cover-up” ~ 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

Vayikra כַּפָּרָה: atonement כּוֹפֶר: redemption payment כַּפֹּרֶת: the cover of the Ark כּוֹפֶר: pitch כְּפִיר: young lion כְּפוֹר: frost כְּפַר: village כּוֹפֶר: one who denies Torah כַּפָּרָה: Atonement וְסָמַךְ יָדוֹ עַל רֹאשׁ הָעֹלָה וְנִרְצָה לוֹ לְכַפֵּר עָלָיוAnd he will place his hand on the head of the olahand it will be pleasing to Him (Hashem) to … Continue reading Vayikra: The Greatest “Cover-up” ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Vayikra: Don’t be a Behemah or a Chayah! ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

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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

Have you ever heard an old Jewish Bubby (Yiddish for "grandmother") refer to wild kids as chayot or behemot? Do you know what she's talking about? Both of those words mean "animal", but, as we have already discussed many times, in the Hebrew language there are no two words which mean exactly the same. So what then is … Continue reading Vayikra: Don’t be a Behemah or a Chayah! ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Vayikra: No Lack of LK words ~ Yehoshua Steinberg

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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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Article Abstract:
The Torah in Parashat Tzav describes the procedure for the sacrifice of birds to be performed by the Kohen, namely to nip off its neck. This technique is called מליקה in Hebrew, a word used in all of Scripture exclusively in this week's Parashah.

This week's article focuses on this unique term, attempting to pin down its specific meaning, in contradistinction to the many Hebrew synonyms for cutting and clipping, by comparing מלק to the gamut of other words containing the underlying two-letter string לק. Luckily, there is indeed a pattern shared by all these expressions which helps not only to understand מלק, but indeed the depth of meaning of the entire range of the other words in this group as well.

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