IIRC, the word ברא applies exclusively to God's process of creation throughout the scriptures (see ברא on Sefaria).

The word בריא is used to denote health (actually fat in cattle, like "הַבְּרִיאָה תִּזְבָּחוּ" - "slaughter the fatlings", see בריא on Sefaria).

How are the two related?


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Jastrow has

‎ברי, ‎בריא ‎m. ‎(b. ‎h.; ‎v. ‎ברא) ‎1) ‎in ‎natural ‎condition, ‎whence ‎1) ‎(cmp. ‎איתן) ‎healthy, ‎strong, ‎stout, ‎fat ...

Beria in ABY"A (אבי"ע), world of Creation [ex nihilo] is the first natural realm. Above, Atzilut is para- normal, and Yetzirah is more Formation [of what's extant].

So the commonality appears to be nature; attaining or creating the natural state.

  • And what's Asiyah then? Anyway, I don't follow how Jasrow's definition connects to ABYA. Do you have sources?
    – Al Berko
    Jul 7, 2021 at 18:32
  • @AlBerko Agree with Nissim's premise. See for example Mamarei Pachad Yitzchak, Pesach, 89.
    – pcoz
    Jul 8, 2021 at 1:31
  • @pcoz Could you elaborate on this, please.
    – Al Berko
    Jul 8, 2021 at 6:29
  • @AlBerko The curse of kotz ve'dardar was that evil was injected in the natural state of berachah in the world. The liberation from this curse and return to health is to be re-meyaches ourselves as nivraim, vis-a-vis the primal world before the nachash.
    – pcoz
    Jul 8, 2021 at 23:14
  • possibly related? -- In Yiddish, beryeh is 1) creature 2) clever, skillful/capable (person or housewife) Harkavy 1891 google.com/books/edition/English_Yiddish_Dictionary/… p. 1025 in pdf && yiddishdictionaryonline.com Jul 9, 2021 at 12:15

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