"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Hebrew the Root of all Languages …

October 23, 2012

in Judaism vs. Christianity,Noahide - The Ancient Path,Terry W. Hayes,The Torah

By Terry Hayes

Tehillim 68:12

My Lord gave His word, announcing to the great legion.

The following is from the Artscroll Tanach Series Tehillim – A new translation with a commentary anthologized from Talmudic, Midrashic, and Rabbinic sources. Pg. 834

“Announcing to the legion”  ‘ham-vas-rois tzava rav’ [my attempt of the transliteration of the phrase]

The word ‘announcing’ (ham-vas-rois) is in the plural feminine gender.

Here the Psalmist is alluding to an ancient practice whereby women would announce the latest local news in their songs; similar, G-d announced His word to great legions. (Ibn Ezra; Radak; Sforno)

G-d appointed two great ‘announcers’, Moses and Aaron, to teach Torah to the legions of Israel (Targum).

Each word which G-d uttered at Sinai split into seventy ‘announcements’, i.e. seventy languages, so that the great legions of the gentile nations could hear the Divine teachings (Shabbos 88b). 1

Footnote 1

The root of all languages in the world is Hebrew, the Holy Tongue. Hebrew was spoken exclusively, until G-d confused the tongues of mankind at the Tower of Babel. He then distorted the Holy Tongue in seventy different ways, and seventy derivatives of Hebrew emerged. These languages were so corrupt that it was impossible to recognize their Holy source (Shaloh Hakodesh)

At Sinai, G-d desired to draw the seventy nations back to His sanctity. He sought to demonstrate to them that the essence of their language is holy. Therefore, He split every Hebrew word He uttered into seventy languages to display the spark of holiness which is at the core of every foreign tongue (Sfas Emes).

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