Joseph spoke in Lashon HaKodesh to prove to his brothers that although he remained in Egypt for many years, he had maintained the degree of purity and holiness required to retain the language.
Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein
Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is the author of God versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry (Mosaica Press, 2018). Mosaica Press published his first book, Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew, in 2014, and it became an instant classic. Rabbi Klein is a native of Valley Village, CA and graduated Emek Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, before going to study at the famed Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem and in Beth Medrash Govoha of America in Lakewood, NJ. He received rabbinic ordination from several leading authorities, and he is also a member of the RCA, an alumnus of Ohr LaGolah, and was awarded a summer fellowship at the Tikvah Institute for Yeshiva Men in 2015. He is a long-time member of the Kollel of Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem and lives with his wife and children in Beitar Illit, Israel. The author is available for research, writing, and translation projects, as well as speaking engagements.
Recent articles by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein
Long before the fidget spinner became the world’s favorite pastime, Jewish children played with spinning tops on the holiday of Chanuka.
A “messenger of G-d” refers to either an angel or a prophet, but what about a “messenger of Jacob”? When Jacob sent a message of peace to his older, belligerent brother Esau (Gen. 32:4), the Torah says that he sent Esau malachim (“messengers”). While the word malach in Hebrew may mean “messenger”, it also means Read more
How can the Torah say that G-d hates single-stone altars if we find in the time of the forefathers that G-d was pleased with such worship?
In Biblical Hebrew, there is no neutral word for ‘maybe’.
Say your prayers, eat your Wheaties, take your vitamins, and you will never go wrong.
Regarding the judge, the Torah uses the word kelalah to denote cursing, while regarding the king, the Torah uses the word arur. Why, in the self-same verse, does the Torah switch from using one word to using the other?
The Bible uses three different words to mean “crown”: keter, atarah, and nezer.
The Holiday of Shavuot is known under many different names. By elaborating on the meanings of the holiday’s different names, we can gain a better appreciation for the ideas associated with the holiday.
The Hebrew name for the holiday of Passover is Pesach. The Paschal Sacrifice with which the holiday is associated is likewise known as the Korban Pesach (Pesach Sacrifice). What does the word Pesach actually mean? Rashi (to Exodus 12:11; 12:13; and Isaiah 31:5) explains that the word pesach is an expression of dilug and kefitzah. Read more
Subtleties of Sasson and Simcha In the blessing which we customarily say for a newly-married bride and groom, we wish upon the couple different forms of happiness: sasson, simcha, gilah, rinah, ditzah and chedva. What are all these different types of gladness and how do they differ from each other? To answer these questions we Read more
Of all the different festivals mandated by the Torah and by Rabbinic fiat, there are only two holidays which last for exactly eight days: The Festival of Sukkot and Chanukah. This simple fact implies that there is a special connection between the essences of these two holidays. Some even explain that Chanuka was originally instituted Read more
This essay about Rosh HaShanah explores the concepts of din and rachmim, and the interplay between the two. It will also give the reader a new meaning to the word “honeymoon”. Rosh HaShanah (literally, “the Head of the Year”) marks the beginning of the New Year, but also has has another role as the beginning Read more