Let him who is convinced that his views are true and right express them . . . at every opportunity . . . without considering how much support or how much opposition he will encounter. Only falsehood is in need of many supporters in order to win the day; falsehood must have the authority of numbers to make up for what it lacks in justification. Truth, by contrast, will always prevail, even if it takes time. Noble, courageous and pure, expressed with all the fiery zeal and conviction and with all clarity of sure awareness, stated again and again at every opportunity, truth will ultimately gain respect and admiration even of those who do not accept it. The only truth that can be lost beyond recall is that truth whose adherents no longer have the courage to speak up candidly on its behalf. Truth has never gone down in defeat as the result of opposition, it has done so only when its friends are too weak to defend it. - R' S.R. Hirsch

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Genealogy is Worth a Thousand Words - Part I

Recorded in the fifth chapter of Genesis is a genealogy containing the generations of Adam delineated by a list of Hebrew names that have little meaning for most and are easy to gloss over without too much thought.  Ten names, ten generations.  But what if we were to translate the Hebrew names into 'real' English?  What might we discover?

A close study of the root system of these Hebrew names reveals a list of remarkable words and phrasings that reveals an even more remarkable message.  The Hebrew names with their meanings in the order that they appear in Genesis 5 are detailed below:

Adam: 'Man'

Seth: 'Appointed'

Enosh: 'Mortal'

Keinan: 'Sorrow'

Mahalalel: 'The Blessed G-d'

Yared: 'Shall come down'

Enoch: 'Teaching'

M'tushelach: '(His) Death Shall Bring'

Lamech: 'The  Despairing'

No'ach: 'Comfort/Rest'

May He open our eyes that we may behold wondrous things out of His Law!


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