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Sukkot: Gog’s Impervious Roof Versus Israel’s Flimsy Thatched Sukkah ~ 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

Rabbi S. R. Hirsch suggests that the phonetic link between the name Gog (and Magog) and the Hebrew word גג (Gag) hints to a conceptual connection between the two words as well. While the Jews sit under the insubstantial thatched schach on Sukkot, a cover providing little protection except vis a vis direct sunlight, the practical Gog and his ilk would never entertain such a folly. Yet, Israel has clung to this shoddy covering for millennia. These opposing weltanschauungs are the subject of this article.

Terumah/Yom Kippur: To Cover up or to Clean Up, That is the Question ~ 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

Article abstract: Parashat Terumah acutely delineates the makeup and measurements of the Tabernacle and its components, such as the Holy Ark and the Sacrificial Altar. But if it is important for one studying the intricacies of trees not to lose sight of the forest, how much more so should one analyzing the legal minutiae of the Sanctuary be sure to step back and ponder its fundamental purpose: atonement. The word for atonement in Hebrew is כפרה, but other words in the Holy Tongue bear this general meaning as well, such as סליחה and מחילה. What then is the unique import and mechanism of expiation represented by the word כפרה? This week's article examines the disparate derivatives of the root כפר, and delves into a fascinating dispute between Rashi and Ibn Ezra regarding its core meaning, and ultimately what the actual goal of atonement is.

Nitzavim: Getting to the Root of Uprooting ~ 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

This week's Torah portion uses a word –ויתשם, from the root נתש– used nowhere else in the Pentateuch. This article attempts to hammer down the precise foundational meaning of this root, and its phonetically related sister root, נטש. May Hashem remember us for good on Rosh Hashana, and never desert us, as we pray in the Selichot for Rosh Hashana eve: דְּרֹשׁ עֶלְבּוֹנָם וְאַל תִּטֹּשׁ See their shame and forsake them not

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