Up for Debate

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This module contains one key debate amongst the various classical commentaries of Chumash. 

 

This week’s parsha features a debate surrounding the Hebrew name  for… Hebrew. The term for the language of the bible is Lashon Hakodesh which means “the Holy Language”. The commentators debate what about Hebrew makes it so holy

The Rambam says that Hebrew is a holy language because there are no words for disgusting or inappropriate things. Instead, Hebrew has a lot of euphemisms and more indirect descriptions for these items The Ramban argues and says Hebrew is special because it is the language God used to create the universe. It is the language that God used which makes it more special and holier than any other