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differentiation, Havdalah

Because the Sabbath is holy, there has been an historical need to separate it from ordinary days. In Judaism, the ‘hav•da•lah’ (Havdalah) is the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat or Yom Tov (holidays) and Yom Kippur, and serves as the transition to weekdays....

There’s no prophet in his own town

This is the literal translation of this beautiful Hebrew idiom that was actually originated in the New Testament: ‘ein’ (there isn’t); ‘na•vi’ (a prophet); ‘be•ee•ro’ (in his own town). In its wide definition it means that a person who is original, innovative in...

Firmament, sky, heavens

This word may also be pronounced as ‘ra•kia,’ without separating the last syllable. It is first mentioned in the book of Genesis: “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the...

thing, essence, word

The word ‘da•var’ has more meaning than what the title above suggests. Among its various meanings you can find: object, thing, item, event, occurrence, happening, and in its plural form: anything, belongings, what one has to say, writings, and more. One famous name of...

The Book of Deuteronomy

The Old Testament is also called ‘Ta•nach.’ In Hebrew it is not a name but the initials of the three sections of the Old Testament: Torah (Torah, the Law); ‘Ne•vi•eem’ (Prophets); and Ke•tu•vim (Writings). The Torah includes the five books of Moses (Pentateuch), and...