Posts tagged " zachar "

Remember That Man

February 11th, 2020 Posted by Thought Tools 25 comments

Does anyone you know speak in a bass tone? Does that make them more likely to enjoy bass fishing? That’s a ridiculous question. In English, we don’t expect words that have two meanings to be related. In Hebrew, however, homographs like these are significant. 

For example,  males have the responsibility to retain national memory.  Hebrew reveals this as male and memory are the same word, Z-CH-R.

ז כ ר

R  CH  Z

This explains why women and children generally take their husband and father’s family name. 

Every Friday night, Jewish men recite the special Sabbath benediction over wine called the Kiddush.  Guests often ask me why I say the Kiddush rather than my wife whose Hebrew skills equal mine.

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