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I remember seeing a passuk that has the phrase "abrah kadabrah," or maybe a Rishon. Does anyone know a source?

  • I don't know a specific pasuk where this phrase is used, but the phrase could very plausibly come from Hebrew. Translated, it would be something along the lines of "I will create as I say." That strongly hints of Hashem's creation of the world. – Daniel Aug 16 '12 at 5:00
  • I know the def and idea just forgot source ,saw it a few years ago dont rem where. – sam Aug 16 '12 at 5:03
  • It's in the Talmud. But it's not written exactly. It's more like Adbaraha K'davarah. It's not in tanach, just the Talmud and maybe Midrashim. – avi Aug 19 '12 at 21:53
  • Source please ? – sam Aug 19 '12 at 22:13
  • Abra kadabrah, I had heard, is a transliteration of the Hebrew words אברא, I will create, and כדברא, with speech. Similarly, the Harry Potter spell "Avada kedabra" is אבדא, I will destroy, כדברא, with speech. – DonielF Aug 18 '16 at 18:44
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I searched the Bar-Ilan books. There are no results.

Craig Conley (Magic Words p. 66) writes:

More popularly, abracadabra is associated with a Hebrew-Aramaic expression, variously transliterated: ibra k'dibra ("I create through my speech"[49]) ... Abra kadavra ("I will create with words"[51]).

[49] Estelle Frankel, Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness (2004)

[51] David Aaron, Endless Light: The Ancient Path of Kabbalah (1998)

  • There is a jewish source I saw it inside. – sam Aug 16 '12 at 15:19
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    @sam Evidently not one included in the Bar-Ilan collection. – b a Aug 16 '12 at 16:53
  • @sam It's in the Talmud. But it's not written exactly. It's more like Adbaraha K'davarah. It's not in tanach, just the Talmud and maybe Midrashim. – avi Aug 19 '12 at 21:53
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I remember reading it in Sefer Heyetzirah, the one with Aryeh Kaplan's peirush.

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    Rivka, welcome to Mi Yodeya! If you could indicate where exactly in Sefer Hayetzirah you saw this phrase that would greatly increase the value of your answer. – Double AA Aug 16 '12 at 17:59
  • It seems not to be in the short version. Maybe there is a long version that does have it. – b a Aug 16 '12 at 23:05
  • @ba it may be in the peirush – Shmuel Brin Aug 17 '12 at 4:12

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