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Ha’azinu: Do We Hear What’s in the Balance? ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Parshas הַאַזִינוּ Do We Hear What’s in the Balance? אָזֶן : ear מֹאזְנַיִם : scales אִזוּן : balance  הַאֲזִינוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וַאֲדַבֵּרָה וְתִשְׁמַע הָאָרֶץ אִמְרֵי פִי Give ear, the Heavens, and I will speak; hear, Earth, the sayings of my mouth. אָזֶן : ear The above pasuk gives two forms of hearing: לְהַאַזִין/to give ear and … Continue reading Ha’azinu: Do We Hear What’s in the Balance? ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Ha’azinu: Hard ~ Yehoshua Steinberg

The word עקש appears for the first time in Scripture in this week's Parashah. Rashi explains the word with two similar words: עקום (bent) and מעוקל (twisted), or in a word: crookedness. But in that there are no fewer than ten "synonyms" for this concept in the Holy language, we seek in this article to discern the uniqueness of this work compared to its peers. To this end, we compare this word to other words in Leshon Hakodesh containing the string קש, all of which broadly share the meanings harshness, hardness and/or solidity.

Vayelech: The Good, The Bad, & The Beautiful ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Parshas וַיֵלֶך The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful רָעָה: evil, bad רוֹעֶה: shepherd מַרְעֶה: pasture תְּרוּעָה: teruah, sound of the shofar רֵעַ: friend, companion רַעְיוֹן: idea הָרִיעוּ לַה': singing to Hashem, calling out to Hashem רָעָה וְאָנֹכִי הַסְתֵּר אַסְתִּיר פָּנַי בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא עַל כָּל הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה כִּי פָנָה אֶל אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים And I … Continue reading Vayelech: The Good, The Bad, & The Beautiful ~ Tzvi Abrahams