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Why is a Bee called “Devorah” in Hebrew?

The bee is the only creature that has the word “Dabar” in its Hebrew name and very essence.  In Hebrew “Davar” means “a word, or a thing, or an object”, and “DABAR” is the word for “speak” (L’DABER is infinitive … Continue reading

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Sacred Trash – The Geniza

A new book has just been published called Sacred Trash; The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. According to Wikipedia, a genizah is the store-room or depository in a Jewish synagogue (or cemetery), usually specifically for worn-out Hebrew-language … Continue reading

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The Blessing Formula

Did you ever wonder why Jewish blessings always have “Blessed are you, Adonai our God, King of the Universe…” in them? The first of the amoriam (third century C.E.) established rules for the formulation of the benediction, ordaining that each … Continue reading

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“Service of the Heart” Midrash

The following verse is one of the paragraphs of the Shema, said twice per day in Jewish liturgy: Deuteronomy 11:13-15   13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this … Continue reading

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Use of Hebrew in the Mystic Art of Alex Grey

I was recently enjoying the art of Alex Grey, and noticed that at least two of his paintings have Hebrew words in them.   Unfortunately, the web images were too low quality to make out the words.  In the one below, … Continue reading

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ELEM = young man

Why is it when you look up “elementary” they give you a Latin etymology, when “ELEM” is one of the Hebrew words for “young man”? http://strongsnumbers.com/hebrew/5958.htm Original Word: עָ֫לֶם Transliteration: elem Phonetic Spelling: (eh’-lem) Short Definition: young man It’s also … Continue reading

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