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baby boy, baby girl

As per a special request we are adding these two sweet words today. Both derive from the root verb Y.N.K. (to suckle, to nurse, to breast feed.) The general name for all breast feeders including humans is mammals and in Hebrew: yon•kim.’ The singular word is ‘yo•nek’....

Thanksgiving

This American (and Canadian) holiday relates to the word ‘to•da.’ The notion of thankfulness to God for successful harvest that was celebrated first by some colonies and later, in 1863 was declared a national holiday by president Lincoln, is consistent with the...

sacrifice, meal offering

The first two words are used in the Bible for sacrifice of animals while the third word indicates gifts and general offerings, mainly meal offering consisting on plants. Later in history, the word kor•ban received another meaning that was derived from a humanistic...

comfort, consolation

The word ne•cha•ma is very unique. If you break its letters down you’ll receive two overlapping words: no•ach (comfortable and resting) and cham or cha•ma (warm). Even the first word attests to the Hebrew origin of the English word ‘comfort:’ ne•cha•ma is then an...

forgiveness, atonement

The word se•li•cha is both requesting forgiveness, and the actual act of forgiving. This word appears only twice in the Old Testament: ‘But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared.’ Psalms 130:4 ‘To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we...