The Bible uses three different words to mean “crown”: keter, atarah, and nezer.
Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein
Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is the author of the critically-acclaimed book Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2014). He has spent over a decade studying in the premier institutes of the Yeshiva World including Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem, and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. He received semicha from the leading rabbis of our generation and is a member of the RCA. He currently lives with his wife and children in the West Bank city of Beitar Illit, Israel.
Recent articles by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]