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It says "Satan", but it looks like all the vowels got shifted over by one. What "Satan" means in Hebrew ... is a different question. …
answered Jun 21 by Shalom
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מבואר: "Made clear" or "explained." Root is bet-aleph-raish. Deuteronomy 1:5 said Moses began באר את-התורה "be'er et haTorah" -- "to explain the law." (JPS has "to expound", same idea.) Deuteronom …
answered Jan 4 '16 by Shalom
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Normal matza is "watched completely from grinding to baking" -- yes, at the baking stage it's matza, at the grinding stage it's "flour." So we refer to extra-shmurah as "matza that was watched complet …
answered Jul 1 '15 by Shalom
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Assuming it's a leap year (i.e. there's both Adar I and Adar II), בראשון בשבת שלושים יום לחדש אדר הראשון שהוא ראש חודש לאדר השני שנת חמשת אלפים ושבע מאות ושבעים ואחד
answered Mar 17 '11 by Shalom
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far easier than trying to do: "Gimel/Dales/Hei If you end the middle letter with a fricative, you have to pause to breathe before the "h" in "Hei." Or else you'll call that letter "Sei." And in Paleo-Hebrew, the symbol looked like a door. It's related to the word delet. …
answered May 29 '15 by Shalom
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It appears to be more or less synonymous, and yes it appears often thoughout Tanach. The first instance of imadi is Genesis 3:12 (Adam blames G-d for "the wife you have put with me", imadi; the first …
answered Aug 11 '11 by Shalom
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we now know (ktav ashuri). Back then, this script was only used for "sacred matters." Regular (not sacred) Hebrew documents were written in the proto-script (ktav ivri). Around 2500 years ago, Ezra …
answered Mar 28 '12 by Shalom
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Beheima means a land animal, or roughly "a mammal." Thus: If you sacrifice a mammal, it must be a head of cattle or a sheep/goat. Skip ahead to verse 14: If your sacrifice is a bird, it m …
answered Apr 16 by Shalom
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Very roughly: The tablets are two, written earnestly, in them commandments ten, examined as testimony. [The Jews] heard [the 1st commandment] "I am ..." and [the 2nd] "you shall not have ..." from t …
answered Jun 5 '15 by Shalom
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See here for more. Biblical Hebrew employs a rule called the "vav ha-hipuch." The preceding "v'" flips the tense from past to future, or vice versa. Thus "yehi chen", it will be so; "vayhi chen …
answered May 6 '15 by Shalom
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Usually I hear it pronounced "havaya." I think we refer to the four-letter name (yud-kay-vov-kay) as "havaya" ("existence") because it has the same letters and same root. Has anyone heard otherwise? …
answered Sep 8 '10 by Shalom
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I'd probably say to keep Jastrow's dictionary handy. Rambam's writing in particular played a major influence on modern Hebrew, so even a modern Hebrew dictionary will work nicely (though occasionally be prepared for words that mean different things today than they did 800 years ago). …
answered Jan 10 '11 by Shalom
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The Hebrew is משתין בקיר, mashtin b'kir. Mashtin is used frequently in the Talmud for "urinate", and kir is wall. So David is saying "there won't be left alive even one thing-that-urinates-against …
answered Sep 27 '11 by Shalom
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Shaluk means "stewed" for a very long time. It's a subcase of bashul, "cooked." Yes I know, need to provide source ... (I have a bad feeling someone could be using this site to cheat on their homewo …
answered Sep 14 '11 by Shalom
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Hebrew Support for Your Browser (last updated: 17 June 2012) …
answered Oct 18 '10 by Shalom

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