Friday, December 27, 2013

Hebrew word of the day #9


AryehS said...

Is there any relationship between berech, bereicha (as in a pool), and beracha (as in a blessing)?

joshwaxman said...

Perhaps. See here at Balashon:

Two other words that some scholars connect to the root ברך are berech ברך - knee, and breicha בריכה - pond, pool. Steinberg says bracha is related to berech, since bowing at the knee is part of prayer. Stahl connects breicha to berech by writing that animals kneel down to drink at the pool, as do people washing clothes.


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