Author's contextual translation of "zch'uyot" - Israeli and traditional Hebrew differ. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dan
    • 05.09.10 | 09:12 (IDT)

    In traditional (i.e., pre-Israeli) Hebrew usage, the word zechuyot or z'chuyot in fact means "merits", (related, I believe, to the word "zach", pure) the idea in the New Year's ritual of "She'yirbu zch'uyoteinu" being to express the desire to increase our moral merits abundantly, that is to say, to improve our behavior in the coming year, to become better people. It is not a cryptic translation, as the author suggests, but a correct historical one. That being said, I think the author's idea of being deeply conscious of the rights of all people, and to guide our behavior in a way that respects those rights, is beautifully consonant with the desire to become better people in the coming year.

    from the article: A Special Place in Hell / Celebrate Jewish New Year with a De-Occupation Seder
    First published 14:34 30.08.10 | Last updated 14:34 30.08.10
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