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Shemos: Prophets and Visionaries ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

When G-d appoints Moshe as His emissary to redeem the Jewish People from their Egyptian bondage, He splits the leadership position into two by saying that Moshe will speak whatever G-d commands of him, and Aharon will relay those messages to the Pharaoh. In doing so, G-d says to Moshe, “Aharon your brother will be your navi” (Ex. 7:1). We generally take … Continue reading Shemos: Prophets and Visionaries ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Vayigash: Speaking in Tongues ~ Reuven Chaim Klein

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 Hebrew’s role as the language spoken by pre-Babel … Continue reading Vayigash: Speaking in Tongues ~ Reuven Chaim Klein

Chanukah: Spinning in Concentric Circles ~ Reuven Chaim Klein

Long before the fidget spinner became the world's favorite pastime, Jewish children played with spinning tops on the holiday of Chanuka. Such a spinning device is known in Yiddish as a dreidel, while in Modern Hebrew it is called a sevivon. The word sevivon is derived from the Hebrew saviv (“around”), which appears in the Bible. There is, however, another Hebrew … Continue reading Chanukah: Spinning in Concentric Circles ~ Reuven Chaim Klein