Since tomorrow night begins Yom Kippur, I’ve been a bit lacking, ironically, on my study of Biblical Hebrew, this week! I foolishly agreed to chant online (and as a kinesthetic learner, I use hand-signs to learn my portion, so I can’t just listen to a recording…) in a few weeks, without having ever set up or used Zoom on my system, so I’m now scrambling to do all of my studying while setting up all of my upcoming blog posts ahead of time, and then figuring out glitches on my very old hardware! So, you’ll see that I have missed some of the readings (if we study one reading each day, with Sunday being the first, to Friday being the 6th, leaving the 7th reading for Saturday itself, just before the reading of the entire portion in services, or of 1/3 of the weekly portion under the Triennial System). I love the fact that the Annual Cycle and the Triennial cycle are the same, in these last few weeks of the Hebrew calendar year. I’m still having trouble adjusting to the Triennial cycle, but I can see why it was adopted. Some days, though, it doesn’t seem like enough verses to bite into, but other days it is a life-saver!
So, here is what I was able to study last week (Parashat HaAzinu, which ended yesterday):
My notes thus far in the Etz Haim Masorti chumash:
“וְכִפֶּ֥ר אַדְמָת֖וֹ עַמּֽוֹ׃”
points out that a known variant of Admato (it’s land/the people’s land) is the Ugaritic d’maot as the people’s tears
(given that both languages are consonant-based…)
and at the end of today’s Aliyah/reading, warns (in the past tense): You forgot the teachings of your parents, while at the start, 2nd (yesterday’s) Aliyah: ask your parents, and they will tell you!
So, it turns out that related languages, like Ugaritic, are often used to clarify words in the Ancient Hebrew that are possible scribal errors, or words that only appear one time in the Biblical text. More on that after I look up that word I’ve forgotten for ‘a word that only appears one time in the Bible‘ if anyone is interested next week, friends:
May we all be Sealed for a Good Year !
Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:
1.) Search for two different resources to find that word I mentioned above, please.
2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.
3.) Share your thoughts on how you found each of the resources, and where you found them, perhaps with an update on your GoodReads list?
4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Hebrew word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.
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September, 12020 HE