Shorty*: “Speak Hebrew and Be Righteous”

Speaking Hebrew one is led, perhaps unconsciously, to adhere to the basic concepts and tenets of Jewish tradition, in particular “Be Righteous!”. In this shorty, I demonstrate this by addressing seven Hebrew words (having five different philological roots). In all examples, it is assumed that different words sharing same root must somehow be inter-related (even though outwardly the compared words seem not to be sharing anything in common). We emphasize that these examples do not relate to Gematria, which assumes that two words sharing a numerical value must somehow be inter-related.

The first two examples appear in detail in my book.

Example 1: “Sin” is not the result of evil but rather an aberration due to missing the target (“Sin” and “Miss” share same root in Hebrew)

Example 2: There are three modes of standing before God:

“Thanking”, “Acknowledging”, “Admitting” (a sin).

They all share same philological root in Hebrew, giving rise to the single Hebrew verb Le-Hodot (which imparts respective meanings to all three modes of relating to God).

Examples 3 and 4: “Thing” in Hebrew is Davar (derived from same root as “to speak”, Le-Daber); “Object” in Hebrew is Chefetz (meaning also “Will” or “Wish”).

The obvious implication for a Hebrew-speaking user of these “generic” words is unconscious acknowledgment that all that exists is the result of God’s will and speak. Genesis creation narrative could not have been more explicit!!

Example 5: “Resentment” (or “Grudge”) is in Hebrew Tinah ;  Tin is Hebrew for “Silt” (mud that sinks to the bottom of the pool).

The Hebrew language educates: Resentment is like silt. The latter rests silently at the bottom of the pool, nearly undetected, until the pool’s water is disturbed. The mud then rises up to blur and obscure all that shape up under the surface of the water.

Likewise, resentment can be hidden from view (even your own) until triggered into action. Once activated, old grudges rise up to blur and obscure all that is shaping up inside your psyche, rendering your soul non-transparent. This results in distorted vision of reality, in impairing relationships with family and friends and ultimately in poor judgement in decision-making scenarios.

The Hebrew language advises:

Resentment stains your soul, therefore it is impure and unholy; Be righteous by letting go of old grudges; Get rid of resentment!!


* A “Shorty” is a newly invented word for a new idea or thought, expressed as “shortly” as possible..

2 replies on “Shorty*: “Speak Hebrew and Be Righteous””

Brilliant post Professor Haim Shore! I enjoyed reading it very much! Thank you!

The word “Davar” which means “something” or item, as you said comes from “Dibur” which means to speak as everything in this reality is made and creating by and with God’s words.

We can also see an amazing connection as the root of the English translated “Commandments” for the 10 “Dibrot” are the law-items of existence and roots that give rise to all moral laws. a Law is also a description therefore directly connects to “Speak” and order of a language.

We see this relationship continues as we examine the “name” of the place God chose to give human-kind the Torah is called a “desert” in Hebrew “Midbar” which is a “no-man’s-land” an “empty place” God used that “Empty Place” to fill it up with the most important “item” “Davar” (Dvar Hashem) that is possible and that is the instructions and the 10 Dibrot (Commandments). One of the 5 books of the Torah is called “Bamidbar” and another is called “Vaikra” both have connections to languages, then we have “Shmot” (names) which is also connects to language and we finish with “Dvarim” which is once again about speaking. The most different of the books in this respect is “Genesis” Bereshit” But if you think about it, then you understand that Bereshit also means with wisdom, and if we carefully examine all species on Earth we see that Humans are the only ones capable of speaking. (The animals can communicate, but not using languages). So that is a wisdom given to humankind by God and it is the Root of all of these… DVARIM.

The 10 laws of morality connected to Language using the word “Davar” are directly connected to the 10 Statements God uses (not only used in the past) to create and make the cosmos and everything in it.


Hatshuva, Brilliant comment (as always!). Reading it I am amazed anew at the consistency with which biblical Hebrew uses concepts and tenets that are at the core of the Torah and ultimately at the core of the various supportive interpretations generated over many centuries of Jewish scholarship, The sheer number of variations of a single root, D.B.R., is indeed astounding! Shabbat Shalom, Haim


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