Shalom, Shlomit

The name Shlomit comes from the word Shalom which means more than peace–“peace” is only one small part of the meaning.
“Shalom” is used to both greet people in Israel and to bid them farewell, and it means much more than “peace, hello or goodbye”….
Hebrew words go beyond their spoken pronunciation. Each Hebrew word conveys feeling, intent and emotion. Shalom is more then just simply peace; it is a complete peace. It is a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony.
In modern Hebrew, it is related to the words Shelem means to pay for and Shulam means to be fully paid.
Let’s see the root verb in action in the Tanakh in Isaiah 65:6
Behold, it is written before me:
“I will not keep silent,
but I will repay;
I will indeed repay into their lap…
So where is the Shalom?  or the verb שלם? It’s there twice:

הנה כתובה לפני לא אחשה כי אם־שלמתי ושלמתי על־חיקם׃

Behold, it is written before me:
“I will not keep silent,
but I will repay;
I will indeed repay into their lap…
We need to say goodbye or Shalom to Shlomit. She was killed yesterday in Israel. Unfortunately, she did not know the safety of Shalom. Israel does not know the contentment and harmony of Shalom. We pray for Shalom together now before you scroll on, ok? Amen. And let’s not keep silent. Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet

It’s 1984 in the land of HarperCollins

In the land of HarperCollins, it is not 2015, but 1984. They decided not to offend their regional clients in the Middle East and published a map without Israel–which means they did not publish a map but a mess, worse, carto-genocide. They tried to take the world into 1984. 1984 is a book by George Orwell where he writes about a totalitarian society where the government calls war “peace” and slavery “freedom”.  They redraw maps to match their politics.  Melanie Philips predicted and chronicled acts such as this in her books.  This could be the new map that our children could be using if we do not wake up. If a country the size of New Jersey can disappear, then so can New Jersey. world1984I wonder if HarperCollins published 1984.  Any ethical authors with HarperCollins should consider another publisher, don’t you think?  Think while you still can.

Sarah, the Princess of Perseverance in Israel

Sarah means “princess” in Hebrew.

s = ש

r = ר

ah =ה


You still with me?

So Sar or שר means Prince.

Sar Shalom means Prince of Peace שר שלום.

שרה is also a verb form meaning to persevere, persist, wrestle. I like persevere. So perhaps we can call Sarah the Persevering Princess, for certainly she was.

Now would you believe that this verb form which is like Sarah’s name שרה is part of the word of Israel. See the sr? שר

The last syllable of Israel is EL. EL is the short form of Elohim, meaning God. EL looks like this in Hebrew—-

E = א

L = ל

EL = אל It is pronounced as “ail”.

The I in Israel looks like this י. like an apostrophe. Here it stands for masculine singular. So you have ישראל Israel.

Udemy Sale: Get E-Vreet courses for $15

Udemy hosts my online Biblical Hebrew courses.  This week they are having a Black Friday sale where you can get a hold of the E-Vreet courses at a real bargain.  E-Vreet means Hebrew in Hebrew.  So already you know an important word.

E-Vreet courses are non-academic, non-traditional courses.  They use about a dozen cutting-edge methods to not only present the material but teach you the material and help you study.  Each lesson builds upon what you just learned.  E-Vreet takes the new material and applies it to what you just learned, so there is a constant review.  E-Vreet engages you in the process of learning.  There are not any lectures–it’s all hand-on activities and games.  A character, Ben Avraham, not unlike Bart Simpson helps you learn Hebrew.  Sometimes he gets his mom, dad, and sister to help.

My first course, “Meet the Hebrew Alphabet,” is a preparatory course for the reading course.  This course uses cutting-edge methodologies.This is a quick course that gets you used to seeing and distinquishing the wierd shapes of the Hebrew letters.  The second part of the course introduces you to the sounds of the letters through words that you already know.  You don’t have to “study.”  The course does all the work for you.  It maps your brain with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet with music.   It has games after each unit.

The next course, “Learn Hebrew through the Bible“, you will be searching the Hebrew scriSlide01ptures in the very first lesson.  You will also visit Israel without having to get on a plane.  E-Vreet will take you to all part of Israel where you will search for the target letter of the lesson on signs on shop windows in Jerusalem and various cities.

As soon as you learn a few letters, E-Vreet puts them together and immediately shows you how to make simple words. It doesn’t stop there, like  Legos, E-Vreet puts together the words to make sentences.  By your second word, you can make a sentence.  When the letters have meaning for you, you can remember them much better.

In later units, E-Vreet translates the Hebrew verses in English, but using Hebrew grammar.  This helps you get under the hood of Hebrew, and lets you see how it words.  By seeing the English reflecting the Hebrew style of sentences, you will be prepared for an advanced Hebrew course.  You learn some grammar without trying.

At the end of this course, you will be able to not only read simple sentences, but you will be able to make your own.  You will be ready for the traditional Biblical Hebrew courses.

Rose of Sharon or Saffron of Sharon?

sos 2 v 1

This famous verse reads a bit differently in the Hebrew.  The Hebrew does not use the word for rose.  Instead it may use the word for saffron.  Sharon by the way means plain, as in the plains, but these are not in Spain but in Northern Israel.  The Hebrew word for lily is where we get our word for the name Susannah.  In Hebrew, you say Shushannah.  And in Hebrew the word doesn’t really mean valley as in the valley of the shadow of death.  Instead, the Hebrew word means vale.  This is Hebrew poetry in action.  Hebrew poetry doesn’t rhyme.  It has parallel meanings.  So here we have a saffron on the plains, and a lily on a vale.  Hebrew poetry repeats the same idea using another example.

Learn to Read 7 words in Hebrew that you know in English that begin with א

There are at least seven words that you know in Hebrew that begin with א. 

AMEN:  Amen means a solid support.  Isaiah 22: 23 uses it as a verb. 

I’ll  pound  him  like  a  nail  into  a  solid  wall.  He’ll be the  glorious throne  for his fathers.

The word solid is related to Amen.  I also think that Isaiah was using a poetic parallel.  Perhaps what he was trying to say is that the person on the throne will be just as secure as if he were nailed into a solid wall. 


ALEF:  This is the Hebrew way of saying Alpha-male.  I think it could be where we get the world elephant.  You know:  eleph-ant.  Especially when you learn that ox is Eleph in Hebrew–although it’s never in the singular.  You never have one ox in the bible.  There are always two.  There’s a good reason for this:  the older one is teaching the younger one. 


In fact, alef can also mean to teach by example.  Not only that, alaf means 1000.  Each tribe of Israel was broken down into groups of 1000-that was the biggest group.  There were subgroups.  So the guy who was the head of 1000 had to be a real alpha male. 


AVOCADO:  So if you say this word with an Israeli accent the next time you are in Jerusalem, you can buy one.


AMERICA:  In Modern Hebrew, it’s only three syllables.


ANGLIA is the word for England.  Being from East Anglia, I like that.


ASIA also works in Modern Hebrew.


You can see it all on my vid:  Let me know if it works for you