Hebrew In Israel | Aramaic and Hebrew in Contact: Shabbat the Queen? – Learn Torah

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Very commonly people refer to Shabbat as a “Queen” and the famous song “Lekha Dodi” uses the female imagery under the word “Bride”.  However, the word “Queen” is probably a mistake, and is based on a mishearing when words sound the same.  We also find in our case an attempt to reconcile two different parts of the Talmudic text which are the origins of this word formulation.

Hebrew In Israel | The Declaration of Cyrus – Learn Torah

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Ezra chapter one presents to the reader a text in which Cyrus, king of Persia, gave the Jews of his kingdom the right to return to Jerusalem, and revive the worship of the God of Israel and the city:
“Thus said, Cyrus king of Persia – for all the kingdoms of the earth, has given me the YHWH God of heaven; and He commanded me to to build for Him a house in Jerusalem which is in Judea”.
This statement raised with scholars a number of questions:

Hebrew In Israel | Hebrew and Aramaic In Contact #1 – Learn Torah

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It is very cold at the moment here in Israel, and I was thinking of a small anecdote for today:
The word for cold in Hebrew is קר-Qar.  What is interesting is that another word for cold in Biblical Hebrew is קרח-Qerach (ice) as Ya’akov states:

Hebrew In Israel | Vegetarians, Vegans and Torah – Learn Torah

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For the past couple of months I have been friends with several vegetarians/vegans and have learnt a lot from them.  Some of these friends are also Torah practicing Jews who insist that the Torah/Judaism preaches their ideals.  This obviously developed into a discussion due to the fact that there is no such thing as this at all.

Hebrew In Israel | Blessing–ברכה–Possible Etymology – Learn Torah

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A very long time ago I saw a post about the word ברכה Berakha–Blessing–which made me wonder about the origins of the word.  The post claimed that because the root ברך is the same for bless and knee, that the words are related.  The logic was that because people presumably blessed God while they were on their knees, that the association was created between the speech and the kneeling.  Hence blessing was a knee-associated act.

Though the idea is interesting, I have very serious doubts about this.
Children of Israel, Sons of Israel,

Hebrew In Israel | Gender Specification In Biblical Hebrew – Learn Torah

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Unfortunately, people write very long posts on subjects which are more of a dictionary entry when written by an expert.  This is the case for this subject, which has been presented in a very obscure and incorrect way by quasi-Hebrew scholars.  I am not going to speak about anyone in particular, but I do want to set the record straight about one specific word.

Hebrew In Israel | Yoqne’am-Image of a Levitical City – Learn Torah

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Yoqne’am is a less known Tel (artificial mound) which sits just outside of the modern Yoqne’am of today near the eastern slope of Mount Carmel in the land of the tribe of Zevulun.  The city can be dated to the Early bronze age, and is mentioned in Egyptian writings under the name ‘aqne’am. The city sat next to the ancient “Way of the sea” (now road 70) which was one of the main roads which connected the east and the west.

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Hebrew In Israel | Leviticus 18 – Learn Torah

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The debate is up regarding Leviticus 18 and the context it is in.  Due to the request of many for me to speak on this matter, I will be dealing with material that some might find offensive.  However, we need to remember that we are dealing with an aspect of life, and nothing which is said here is outside of this scope.

Hebrew In Israel | Small Men And The Pupil – Learn Torah

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I will admit that this post is a response to a post I saw about a Hebrew word.  It is very common for people who are not experts in the field to offer their idea on a subject, but in many cases they lack the tools to explain things correctly.  I keep on seeing this in my field, and I do my best to correct the problem.

A very difficult word in Hebrew is the word אישון- Ishon; Pupil.  Due to the fact that Hebrew uses roots we assume that what we have in front of us is the root, or at least most of it.  The problem here is that the root of this specific word is not clear, and many tend to take it to a root of another word assuming they are linked.  It is very common for speakers to do analogies which lead to the creation of new words, but in this case I am not sure it is true.

Hebrew In Israel | Isaiah 58:13 – Learn Torah

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An interesting question that comes up when reading Isaiah 58:13 where it says:

אִםתָּשִׁיב מִשַּׁבָּת רַגְלֶךָ, עֲשׂוֹת חֲפָצֶךָ בְּיוֹם קָדְשִׁי; וְקָרָאתָ לַשַּׁבָּת עֹנֶג, לִקְדוֹשׁ יְהוָה מְכֻבָּד, וְכִבַּדְתּוֹ מֵעֲשׂוֹת דְּרָכֶיךָ, מִמְּצוֹא חֶפְצְךָ וְדַבֵּר דָּבָר.

“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and YHWH’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words”

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