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Re’eh: The Slippery Year? ~ 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

The word שמיטה (shemita), mentioned in our Parashah, refers to the Sabbatical year, during which the Land of Israel is to rest, as well as disavowing outstanding loans. However, the meaning of the root שמט in rest of Scripture is unrelated to these laws at all, instead relating to nuances of falling and slipping.This article examines the hidden aspects of this word in an attempt to lay bare the underlying meaning of this root, including its connection with the other words in the Holy Tongue containing the letters מט.

Eikev: Comforting Anger? – 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.

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

Many synonyms for anger exist in the Hebrew language. This article examines one of them in depth -קצף- due its especial repetition in the week's Torah portion. The uniqueness of this term is explored, and all the other words for wrath are surveyed and explained as well. We sincerely hope that the readers will walk away happier and calmer for their efforts!

Vaetchanan: Beware of Different Kinds of Guarding – 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.

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

Only beware  (הִשָּׁמֶר) for yourself and greatly beware  (וּשְׁמֹר) for your soul, lest you forget the things that your eyes have beheld  (Deut. 4:9). The verse contains two words —  הִשָּׁמֶר and שְׁמֹר — which are both derived from the root 'שמר', yet their Aramaic translations are entirely different, with Onkelos using 'אסתמר'  and 'טר', … Continue reading Vaetchanan: Beware of Different Kinds of Guarding – Yehoshua Steinberg

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