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Noach: A New Beginning Delayed? ~ Yehoshua Steinberg

Founding Director, Editor-In-Chief at Veromemanu
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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Yehoshua (Jeremy) Steinberg

Abstract: In his Sefer Hashorashim, Radak assigns one verse in our Parashah to two different roots with two different meanings, and the verse is: And ויחל another seven days. (Genesis 8:9). Radak included this verse both in entry יחל (anticipation, hope), and also in the entry חול (resting upon). However, Rashi interpreted the word as waiting, and the Targum Yerushalmi rendered it as beginning (שרי in Aramaic). In this article we examine the depth of the word, i.e. how one root can bear such different interpretations. I hope ((מייחל that the effort was successful, that a peaceful Sabbath shall rest upon us (תחול) and a blessed beginning (תחילה) of the year should commence for us all. Blessed.

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