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Words of the Parashah - Vaetchanan

Hebrew Word of the Week

Based on the Weekly Torah Portion


The Hebrew word of the week is chanan, a verb that means to be gracious or show pity. The Hitpael form of the verb is used by Moses when he pleads to see the Promised Land in the first verse of Parashat Vaetchanan (i.e., Deuteronomy 3:23):

Deut 1:1a (BHS)

And I pleaded with the LORD at that time saying (Deut 3:24)

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Note: Techinot are traditional petitions recited primarily by women that are used in various ceremonies such as Shabbat candle lighting. The Tachanun is the prayer regularly recited between the Amidah and Ashrei that focuses on our shortcomings and supplicates God to forgive us.

Scripture Passages:

Gen 15:1 (BHS)

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."
(Numbers 6:24-7)

John 1:1 (HNT)

I said, LORD, be gracious to me: heal my soul;
for I have sinned against thee. Psalm 41:5

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