Why ‘Ebola Czar’ may not be a good term in Hebrew

Obama has named an Ebola Czar for the outbreak of the Ebola virus.  Czar or Tzar in Hebrew means adversary, foe, enemy, or oppressor.  It gives a picture of distress–not exactly the image that Obama may be trying to project.

Tzar is first used in Genesis when Abraham (known as Abram then) wins a battle against warlords of the Middle East in Canaan.  Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, known as the priest of The High God and blessed Abraham with this blessing:

Blessed be Abram by The High God, Creator of Heaven and Earth. And blessed be The High God, who handed your enemies over to you.

The Hebrew word for enemies here is tzar.  Although certainly ebola is our enemy, may we have the same blessing as Abram had from King Melchitzedek and have an end to the distress that this enemy brings.

By the way, Melchizedek means King of Righteousness (Melech=king) (righteousness=tzedek).  Notice that righteousness has that same Tz sound.


Hebrew and French Fries

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If you go to Rehoboth Beach, you can get some of the best french fries.  Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is not as commercialized as Ocean City, Maryland.  Rehoboth Bay was discovered by a man who knew some Biblical Hebrew from Genesis 26.  Let’s look at the passage in context:

When Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well with fresh flowing water there, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water belongs to us!” So Isaac named the well Esek because they argued with him about it. His servants dug another well, but they quarreled over it too, so Isaac named it Sitnah. Then he moved away from there and dug another well. They did not quarrel over it, so Isaac named it Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will prosper in the land.”

  “has made room for us” is the meaning of Rehoboth.  Isaac was so happy to finally have a peaceful place where no one was arguing with him.  There is a place in Israel called Rehoboth too.  Hopefully, you are living at your Rehoboth, where there is lots of room for you.

In Hebrew, the H in Rehoboth is pronounced with that sound that comes at the end of Bach’s name–that hard H.  And there is no “th” in Hebrew, so you just say the “T”  Re-Hoe-boat

In Modern Hebrew, one of the words for street is “re-Hov.”  So in a way you could say that Rehoboth means boardwalk, where you can buy the fries. One of the best places to get french fries is at Boardwalk Fries at Bethany Beach–and that biblical name is for another E-Vreet blog where we are never too far away from food.

Boardwalk fries in Bethany Beach, another beach in Delaware with a biblical name.

Was Esau a Victim of Chili Addiction?

In my E-vreet course, I am doing a video on the root of Adam’s name אדם.  The root word of Adam’s name is red אדום .  When the Bible says that Adam was taken out of the ground, the word for ground is Adama  אדמה.  The Hebrew word for blood is dam  דם.  When Samuel first looked on David, he noted that he was ruddy, or reddish, like Prince Harry as the Hebrew states  אדמוני

Then I came across Genesis 25:30, and I knew I was on to something:

“And Esau said to Jacob:  ויאמר עשׂו אל־יעקב

‘Let me swallow,  or feed me and I’ll swallow it  הלעיטני

I pray thee, נא

some of this red, red (pottage);  הזה מן־האדם האדם

for I am faint.’ כי עיף אנכי

Therefore was his name called Edom or Red.  על־כן קרא־שׁמו אדום׃

Now Strong’s Concordance translates אדום as stuff or a condiment.  

Since most bible scholars are not cooks and have not lived in India, this might not mean that much to them.  But to me, this means spice–chillies to be exact.  There was a time, not too long ago, where spices were hard to come by.  That is one of the reasons Christopher Columbus was trying to find India.  When you get used to eating Indian food with those masala, all other food tastes bland.  It’s like eating your socks.

I think that Jacob was a homebody and learned how to cook a mean curry.  On a hot day, there is nothing like a curry to help you digest your food.  That’s why hotter countries have spicier food.  So poor Esau had been working outside, dehydrated, light-headed, and Jacob took advantage.  The poor guy was hooked on Capsaicin found in chillies.  Capsaisin stimulates brain to excrete endorphins and gives a sense of pleasure when ingested. This is the reason people get addicted to chili.  I would like to know more about the verb that is used when Esau says “Let me swallow.”  It sounds like more than hunger but addiction.  It sounds like he was so impatient that he wanted Jacob to feed him.

I argue that the red-red stuff that Esau was dying for was not a porridge as many translators say (mostly male, no doubt, who wouldn’t know their way in a kitchen, except for Jamie Oliver), but a steaming hot curry that only Jacob knew how to make.  Remember, there have only been Indian restaurants in Israel in the last 20 years.

If Esau had access to the addiction support groups that we have today, he might have been able to deal with his addiction.  But alas, he sold his birthright.  Perhaps it was the chili that changed the course of history as we know it.  Perhaps אדום meant chili in Hebrew at that time.