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Vayeitzei: Like a Rock ~ 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

Toldos: Names of a People ~ Reuven Chaim Klein

My wife and I were once travelling in the subway in Los Angeles, and a friendly African-American stopped us to ask, “Hey! Are you guys Amish?” To which I promptly replied, “Nah, we’re Hebrews.” But why are Jews called “Hebrews”? Better yet, why are Jews called “Jews”? If we want to get Biblical, the Jewish … Continue reading Toldos: Names of a People ~ Reuven Chaim Klein

Chayei Sarah: Maybe Yes, Maybe No ~ Reuven Chaim Klein

The word “maybe” in English is neutral; it belies not the speaker’s preference regarding the possibility of which he speaks. The same is true of the Aramaic words dilma/shema* (“maybe”). Rabbi Shlomo of Urbino (a 16th century Italian scholar) writes in Ohel Moed (a lexicon of Hebrew synonyms) that the Hebrew word ulai likewise has a neutral charge. However, two other … Continue reading Chayei Sarah: Maybe Yes, Maybe No ~ Reuven Chaim Klein