Yehoshua is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain and currently lives in Israel with his wife and children.
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Latest posts by Yehoshua (Jeremy) Steinberg (see all)
- Ha’azinu: Hard ~ Yehoshua Steinberg - October 11, 2019
- Kedoshim: Sacrifice Delayed, Sacrifice Denied ~ Yehoshua Steinberg - May 3, 2019
- Acharei Mot: Mixed Up and Worn out ~ Yehoshua Steinberg - April 25, 2019
The word להשכיל (derived from the root שכל) generally means to become wiser, more educated. And yet, in the very last verse in this week's Torah portion, the word has a different meaning according to Onkelus: "success." Indeed, this root bears seemingly unrelated and even opposite meanings in Scripture according to various commentators, i.e. "looking," and "thwarting." This article investigates this mysterious root to determine the core meaning connecting the disparate derivative imports.