Hebrew gets a lot of use out of the root "kadesh," holiness, the root of which - says the Torah - is God.
It isn't clear, but there are clues going back to the dawn of history, and they seem to do with the theme 'passage'.
It's no wonder that when the Torah emphasizes the importance of actively fulfilling the core value of justice, it repeats it twice.
Oddly enough, hasbara is one of the trickiest expressions to explain. But sometimes one picture is worth 1,000 words.
Judaism has frowned on gossip for eons, prompting the modern Israeli to give the taxman's tax-cheating hotline an unflattering name.
The root sh-l-m is most famous for the Israeli greeting (and farewell) Shalom! But it ranges far and wide, from peace to fool.
And what slaughterhouses, illicit cronyism and the gym have in common.
On the connection between the ox-head symbol for the letter aleph and the Taming of the Shrew.
And how the story of the Golem of Prague ties into to military training through the Hebrew root form.
The Hebrew root g-l-h covers the gamut from discover to uncover, from the New World to a child's stubborn secrets.