The Amazing Connection Between Words in Hebrew
There is an amazing connection between words in Hebrew. The root of the words can give us a lot of interesting information.
For example, let’s look at the Hebrew word קְרָב (krav) battle, combat. This word comes from the root ק-ר-ב.
All words that come from this Hebrew root express closeness.
Originally, when two sides would go to battle, they needed to get close to one another in order to fight (with swords, for example).
This is why battles and wars were known as קְרָבוֹת (kravot).
[Similarly, weapons are called נֶשֶׁק (neshek). The word is connected to the Hebrew word נְשִׁיקָה (neshika) kiss, since both involve closeness, the way it was in ancient battles.]
Here are other words in Hebrew that come from the root ק-ר-ב:
(mitkarev) coming close, approaching
(karov mishpacha) relative
(korban) sacrifice. It was brought “close” to G-d and it made the person bringing the sacrifice close to Him.
(makriv). This word has two meanings: One is to bring closer something that is further away.
The second is to sacrifice.
(tikrovet) refreshments. This literary word refers to the food and drinks served to guests. We give the food to guests to make them closer.
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