The prefix “ha” means “the”. The word Shi•loosh means “Trinity” and “ka•dosh” means “holy.” Although the Jewish faith has no reference to this concept, the Hebrew language recognizes the Trinity respectfully. The usage of the word “ka•dosh,” testifies to this respectful characterization. This is very unique because the Hebrew language cannot otherwise characterize any precepts, doctrines or theological concepts of other religions as holy. Here we see a full recognition of this major pillar of the Christian faith on part of the Hebrew language.
The word Shi•loosh comes from sha•losh (three).
The elements of Ha•shi•loosh Ha•ka•dosh are:
1. Ha•Av – The Father
2. Ha•Ben – The Son
3. Ru•ach Ha•Ko•desh – The Holy Spirit
Let’s now learn something very important about the way we pronounce the Hebrew words of The Holy Spirit. Many Christians, both leaders and ordinary people are nowadays saying this expression in Hebrew. But quite a large number of believers distort this expression by placing the stress (accent) on the wrong syllable. This mispronunciation sounds odd to the Hebrew speaking listener and adds an unnecessary distance between the speaking believer to the Jewish listener. Look at the stress mark (accent or emphasis) below. It is placed over the English vowel and demonstrates two ways to pronounce the expression, each with the emphasis placed on a different syllable:
1. Ru•ach Ha•Ko•désh – This is wrong. The emphasis here is placed over the syllable désh. Emphasis or stress is made by slightly lingering on a syllable.
Ru•ach Ha•kó•desh – This is right. The emphasis here is placed over the syllable kó.
If you happened to say it incorrectly until now, no worries – adopt the proper Ru•ach Ha•kó•desh now, bless others with it and you’ll be blessed with this powerful name in its original Hebrew purity