Yahad (hebrew Insight)

In Ps.133:1 we read (and often times sing!) – הנה מה טוב ומה נעים שבת אחים גם יחד – (Pronounced: hiney ma tov u’ma-nayim Shevet ach-im gam ya-chad), which translated means “How good and how please it is for brothers to sit (literally)/to dwell together”. The root (י-ח-ד) signifies the basic idea of being “together” and being “united, or united as one”.

The root (י-ח-ד) is connected also with several other important meanings such as something or something one being “special” or “one of a kind” – מיחד (Pronounced: meuhad). Such concepts as “sole” or “one and only” also have its Hebrew equivalent connected with this root – יחיד (Pronounced: yahid), while such concept as “united one” or as “unity” best correspondence to slightly different root – אחד (Pronounced: achad.)

For example, in the “shemah” prayer-declaration the root word א-ח-ד is used instead: שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יהוה אֶחָד (Pronounced: Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad). Translated it means “Hear, oh, Israel! The Lord Our God, the Lord is One.”

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Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

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