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Ki Savo: Looking With Your Heart ~ Yehoshua Steinberg

Yehoshua (Jeremy) 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

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.

Ki Seitzei: Get Connected ~ Yehoshua Steinberg

Yehoshua (Jeremy) 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 prohibits the taking of a widow’s clothing as security, using the expression לא תחבול, deriving from the root חבל. Since there are four other words in Classical Hebrew which generally denote collateral, we explore the especial meaning of this particular term. In this connection, we explore a possible link between the gamut of words sharing the two letters חב.

Shoftim: A Slippery Article ~ Yehoshua Steinberg

Yehoshua (Jeremy) 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.

To partner with Veromemanu consider a secure donation at: https://bit.ly/2QrDWRd
Yehoshua (Jeremy) Steinberg

Regarding the laws concerning accidental manslaughter, the Torah relates the case of a blade flying off the handle of an axe in the course of a man cutting a tree. The word used for "swinging" here is ונדחה, from the root נדח, a root appearing in the Pentateuch only in the book of Deuteronomy. We examine the meaning of this word and its inter-relationship with the gamut of other words in the Holy Tongue containg the two-letter string דח.

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