Hebrew רחמים (pronounced rakhamim) is usually translated as “mercy.” However, it is actually plural in form, like many common Hebrew words including “face” (פנים, panim), “water” (מים, mayim), and even God (אלהים, elohim). What is very interesting is that the singular form רחם (rakham) looks identical to the word for “womb” (רחם, rekhem), which is in fact closely related.

Hebrew is a very physical language, and concepts that may seem unconnected to us often share the same root. What is the deep connection here? In ancient times in particular, if a woman was able to get pregnant and give birth it meant that God had bestowed mercy on her and opened her womb (Luke 1:57-58).

This is one obvious connection between rekhem (“womb”) and rakhamim (“mercy”). Another connection may be understood from the “compassion” typically felt by a mother for her own offspring, the “fruit of her womb” (Isaiah 49:15).

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  1. It is interesting to think that Sarah conceived Issac is a good thing; it is hard to understand that Cain’s wife got God’s grave to conceive to spread his evil seeds around. But anyway, given enough patience, all Cain’s seeds was terminated by the flood, just like all the wicked people will be destroyed on Jesus coming again. Jesus, with His many disciples, has no any descendants but their lives live forever; many worldly people struggle to spread their seeds around, generation by generation, but never know to convert to Jesus will get the same result as Cain’s seeds-Bible

    • I’ve read, and also heard a lot of times that the flood targeted the seed of Cain. I beg to differ Mary with all due respect. I stand to be corrected if I have a wrong thinking. I think the flood was targeting the Children of the Fallen Angels (Giants) which were produced through sexual engagement with daughters of men. These Giants had started to feed on humans and were generally not part of God’s creation, they were offsprings of an unauthorised relationship. Many people also tell us that Cain was the offspring of the devil and Eve. If we are to go according to the Bible as written by Moses in Genesis, God says “And Adam knew his wife and beget Cain” NOT “The serpent knew Eve and Beget Cain” I believe God and He has No reason to LIE to us. So Cain was 100% Human, wicked as he was.
      Let us try and stick to what is written in the Bible and not try to reason and dilute God’s Word with our own Theories.

      Thanks, but As I say I stand to be corrected, but with Scriptural support.

      L Mabhida

        • You are reading the Word of G-d from a christian perspective .Learn what the Word of G-d is saying from the Hebrew writings since Jews wrote the Word of G-d and Salvation is from the Jews .I would also suggest that you take a few lessons from the Israel Bible Center that you are posting on .The Sons of G-d or angels did have sex with women and created giants .The angel who had fallen also had sex with animals .

        • The common thought is that the sons of God were the line of Seth and the daughters of men were the sinful line of Cain. Scripture never said that. If that was so everytime a child of God had relations with an unsaved it would produce giants.

          • Well, not necessarily, Edward. Varying theories argue for various translations other than “giants” (since the Hebrew connotes “falling” for nephilim), but even if they were actual giants, re-read v.4: “there were nephilim in those days and afterward when…” If there were already nephilim around when the sons of God and daughters of men copulated, then they were not their offspring. Maybe the text is telling us “when” an event happened (In the days of the nephilim…lifetime of Jared?, Hb. descend), and not necessarily “who” or “how”.

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          • Gen 6:4 – There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God (angels) came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

        • What would the nephilem have been then? It wouldn’t have been the children of Seth marrying the children of Cain.
          Also has anyone notice it only says ” mighty men” not women? If it was a natural genetic trait coming from humans with humans, wouldn’t have been both sexes?

        • I recommend The Unseen Realm by Dr. Michael S.Heiser, or his lectures on Giants and spiritual worldview of ancient people.

        • The sons of God came down to the daughters of men. You are correct in saying that fallen angels had relationship with humans, which was against God’s will. These produced the Giant race, example the Philistines. The flood wiped out those who refused to worship God and who we’re so completely lost there was no hope for them. If the flood had not happened the human race would have been so polluted that Jesus could not have come to Earth as a human. There would have been no woman from which He could have been born.

          • re Fallen Angels had children with women. NO That is not from the bible. Jesus, When asked about the woman who Had 7 husbands, Whos’ wife would she be? None as they will be LIKE the angels who neither marry or are given in marriage.. Angels are not physical beings. They are spirit and do not procreate

          • Jesus said they neither marry nor are given in marriage, at no point did He ever say that the angels could not get married or produce offspring. Please read what is written carefully. At lot of what we read is tinted by our inaccurate Christian beliefs.

          • So what do you think, Edward, was Jesus saying in Matt.22:30 & Mark 12:25 when He puts the act of marriage in opposition with what angels in heaven do?

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          • If I remember correctly, the passage is talking about the angels, but it did NOT say that includes demons and FALLEN angels.
            Chuck Missler’s ‘Genesis in 24 hours’ series has some very interesting information on this topic.

      • A study of the Book of Enoch will clear up any confusion.Gen 6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. The Word refers to angels as the sons of God.

      • Interestingingly, my language is urdu, as i am from Pakistan. In Urdu Language, womb is called “Rehm” and word for mercy is also “Rehm”, Hebrew and Urdu is closely connected. Word for water in Urdu is “Pani”

    • Hello Mary,
      This is a very good point and very important,as the seed of Cain was since Genesis the seed of the Serpent – violence, hate and delusion. Jesus himself is part of King’s David family tree and the Bible is so specific, careful to record genealogy as if it is so important to God.

      • People need to understand what the Word of G-d is saying from the Hebrew writings .In B’RESHEET /Gen. 4:1-25 ..The man ( Adom ) had sexual relations with Havah his wife ; she conceived gave birth to Kayin { acquisition ) and said ,” I have aquired a man from Adonai .” The Serpents do not have vocal cords to speak no more than the donkey Balak was riding in B’MIDBAR /Numbers 22: 28 spoke .Satan spoke to Havah just as an angel was speaking to Balak .

    • Our Lord Christ Jesus did go & preached to the spirits in prisons (from the great flood Noah & household were saved). The Lord did go & preached the gospel during His death on the Cross that.. I think remember this correctly. The Lord care for all His creation. God confronted Cain about killing Abel but He also spoke protection for Cain from being pursued (meaning to find & kill by others). I think Cain certain locations (which means people other then His parents). God’s cares for His creation is unbelievable I find!! Peace be w you, Mary.

    • G-d, Loved Cain also and allowed him and his to prosper in the Worldly, while His blessings were towards a future people’s.

    • Mary, some of Jesus’ disciples had wives eg. Peter. The Bible talks of an instance where his mother in law was ill.

    • A very strange understanding of the Judaeo-Christian God. St. John writes that God IS LOVE–Agape, ahavah, not vengeance. The notion of a purely-juridical God hovering to catch us in sin is foreign to our Scriptures.

    • Pls explain if Cane was satan’s offspring?
      The reason I ask is that satan was evil and Adam was righteous before the fall. Cane seems to only have evil built in him.

      • Ever since Eve, AND ADAM, ate of t fruit from tree o knowledge o good&evil; man has had t capacity to do evil. There were a few good, as outlined by God Who Gave Moses T 10 Commandmts, which showed man his sinfulness & without Yeshua/G_d there’d be no hope

    • Someone’s descendants aren’t evil just because their father was a murderer. I’m sure we’ve all got good and bad ancestors.

    • Mary, your insinuating that if God blesses a woman’s womb like Cain’s wife that her seed would automatically be righteous. But even though the instruction by God came later in Proverbs 22:6 to raise your children in the way they should go and when they won’t depart from it.

    • So if you raise your children wrong then guess what? When they are old they won’t depart from it and without turning from their ways their seed will repeat this life. But the woman’s womb was still blessed from the start by God

    • Angels, men in covenant with God, and Davidic kings were all called “sons of God;” however, angels were spiritual beings who could not procreate, as Jesus said (Matthew 22:30, Mark 12:25). Therefore, men in covenant with God married non-covenant women producing violent men from mixed marriages.

      • Dr Eli, you are such a gentle, loving soul. You are so gracious toward those who have so little knowledge yet believe they know better than the teachers because they have read a little or heard a little. Too often their “little” is heavily one sided and dogmatic.

        God’s blessings on you and your work.

      • Hi Dr Eli
        Have you written articles on Tithe / Tithing?
        I would like to have the Jewish Christian perspective of the matter.
        Much Thanks

        • Biblically, there are four “tithes”. First fruits for the priests, the tenth of increase to the temple, a tenth that is for saving up but once every few years it should go to the poor. As Israel became less agrarian, money served as payment instead of produce and rabbis suggested acceptable percentage amounts.

          • To be exact, there is first fruits, plus three tithes, but the third is really just the second tithe appropriated to the poor in the third year. So really only two tithes. First fruits for the priests, the first tithe for the Levites, and the second tithe is savings to go to the pilgrimage festivals, but in the third (and sixth year of a heptad) that second tithe goes to the poor.

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        • That’s wonderful, Raymond. Here is a link where you can sign up. I pray that you be thoroughly blessed by our courses, as are all of our students, and that they will challenge you and empower you to read and interpret the Bible in a whole new and refreshing way.

  2. In Dutch the word for mercy is “barmhartigheid” . Barm is the the womb; hartigheid is the “love of the heart”. This is very similar to “compassion” as you have written. So for me (of Dutch descent) mercy has meant the heart’s compassion for the womb. That’s a powerful imagery of how much God’s love from His heart is expressed in his mercy towards us.

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    • Exactly the same comparison! Really causes one to suspect that the word — and many others—were influenced by Hebrew. Etymology is endlessly fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing, Bro. Frank!

    • Almost exactly the same comparison! Really causes one to suspect that the word — and many others—were influenced by Hebrew. Etymology is endlessly fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing, Bro. Frank!

    • Hi Frank In Afrikaans it is also “barmhartigheid” and womb would be “baarmoeder”…(hopefully my spelling is correct). @Dr Eli; these studies are so interesting as well as edifying. Thank you. I will look at both english and afrikaans words with renewed interest.

    • Actually “Barm” does not mean “womb”, it comes from ancient Nordic, baðmr, and means “breasts”, and is very close to the womb, physically speaking. Just to point out the obvious.

  3. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg Everything you write is amazing to me. I just wanted to say thank you for educating me on a daily bases. May the Lord bless you and your house, may he keep you safe from Evil, sickness and harm all the days of your life. God Bless you and your staff…

  4. Hello there! Good day! I just want to ask if this would somehow be related also to Isaiah’s prophecy of a virgin who shall be called Immanuel. (Is 7:14) Although it’s very clear to me that this pertains to Christ.

  5. I really want to study Hebrew but I am a grandma and am looking after grandchildren. I also may be moving soon How much would it cost to enroll in the course?

  6. Dr. Eli, I read you posts every day. I learn a lot. I wish I could take your Hebrew course (it was recommended by Dr. John Garr) but, being on a fixed income cannot. Life happens but I can still read and learn from your posts. I still use your book on John in my studies and preparing for the Bible studies I lead. Thank you very much!

    • Shalom Tony! You are so welcome! – and please know that I am so glad that you are a part of our community.

  7. Mercy and the womb. I have been unbelievably blessed with four granddaughters and seven great granddaughters. On 16 May, my oldest granddaughter gave birth to a little boy after having had five girls. We are excited to have a little boy but he did ruin our all girl record, . If I may write something funny, my granddaughter told me these words. “I told David today that if he grows up and does not know how to talk to women I don’t know what else I could have done for him“.

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  8. Dear Dr Eli, I am impressed by the interpretation you give to certain Hebrew words. I am a Roman Catholic priest working as a preacher. I did my Licence in Biblical Theology in Rome at the Gregorian Uni. Also did an advanced Hebrew course. But this depth of interpretation we missed. I always read ur emails I appreciate them so much. I will join your courses very soon. Shalom! Fr Gamini Silva omi

    • Fr Gamini, I am also a Catholic priest who benefits a lot from Dr Eli’s articles. Your confrere, Proff Paul Decock OMI, taught me in New Testament. I am also planning to join Dr Eli’s informative courses this year. Fr Vincent Dlamini TOR South Africa

  9. very encouraging messages,, how about setting up one Hebrew school in my country Papua New Guinea? please lett us know.

  10. Thank you for this article. I really love learning about the story behind Scripture and learning the Hebrew mind. I was wondering, in the Anglophone world and also in Dutch (which I am) we know ‘grace’ and ‘mercy’ (genade en barmhartigheid). What is the Hebrew word for grace? I am writing an article myself about it and found rakhamim, which means mercy, and chesed, which is often translated with ‘lovingkindness’. But this is not the same as grace, is it?

  11. Dr Eli ,it is difficult for me to pay now from Nigeria but by God’s grace ,I will prepare to join next year.I would love though to have access to your Bible study ,the few I hv read has increased my knowledge of the Words of God. Thank you

  12. Dr. Eli, every time I read one of your article I learn a lot, also reading the different opinions of your subscribers, open up my mind and enjoy their sayings. Thanks a lot. May the Good Lord continue blessing you and your family. William

  13. In Chinese one of the characters for compassion/ mercy is 慈, pronounced tseh. It is a conglomerate of smaller characters with their own meaning. From the top down – grass, two babies, that look like a script “E” and a heart on the bottom. The top bits (grass and two babies) has the ancient literary meaning of “tender, or lush”. At the bottom the heart has many meanings, including heart, mind, intelligence, and soul. Put together – the lush and tender love, like a mother for her children, that penetrates our heart, mind, intelligence and soul. This is compassion, mercy.

  14. Is there any significance in which nouns are formed as plural in Hebrew and which are rendered with the typical singular suffix? I notice that many singular nouns with a quasi-pluralisation are abstract, such as your main feature, rakhamim (רחמים), and chayim (חַיִּים). Is this because abstract philosophical realities affect multiple aspects of our lives, rely upon communion between us (one person must be merciful to another, God must be merciful to us; not us or God merciful alone), and manifest themselves in multiple forms (life has its many paradigms of experience, mercy can be shown in so many manners)?

    • Hi Martin, As you point out there are several nouns in Hebrew that have a plural ending – or perhaps we should say “dual ending” This really had to do with denoting things that ended in pairs (hands, lips and so forth). There’s more to the discussion than this of course but we should be careful about attributing philosophical reasons to this grammatical phenomena.

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  15. So when Elizabeth said “Blessed if the fruit of your womb” to Mary in the first chapters of the Gospel of Luke there is a sense that the fruit of Mary’s womb is connected directly to the mercy of God and that Mary is the Mother of God’s Mercy in a very real way.

  16. Shalom, everyone. I find this conversation to be very interesting. I hope that next year, the Lord willing, I may be able to join the classes.

  17. It is fairly common in human languages to use body parts for aspects of personality that are psychological or emotional. In English, we talk of something being “heartfelt” or someone being “hardhearted” and so on. Other languages link love with liver or bowels; anger with spleen… English means anger when it uses the idom ‘vent your spleen” on someone. Please add more examples in Hebrew in future blogs.

  18. Shalom Dr Eli.
    Todah Rabba, Your teachings are enrichment, and our Gentile understanding of Yeshua is more in the reality of His personalty and understanding of His words spoken.
    Regret, i can not afford.
    Shalom
    May others be enriched by your teachings
    noel.

    • Blessings, Noel! Look for a sponsor, please, for most people tuition is very affordable, but perhaps someone can help you.

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  19. I find the meanings of the Hebrew words fascinating and more and more realize that there is NO accident in the word structure and symbolism in the language. It’s very obvious that ‘words mean things.’ So taking this another step in practical application – since God is both male and female in attributes and the imagery of God wrapping and holding us in His womb, would not the act of abortion where the mother rips the baby out of her womb be the very opposite of ‘mercy’ and be a complete affront to God? The taking of the most innocent of human life must be the very epitome of sacrilege to an Almighty God whose very nature is merciful, yet we chose NOT to be merciful. I believe that Jesus had some comments about that particular issue.

  20. Sir
    I am wonderedto read these words
    Rakhim and rekhm…in my language (Urdu) has same words but kh is read as h
    So Rahim and Rahm ..Yes meaning are same .Most of people discuss this word.
    Only highly educated people understand the difference. ….
    I am really thankful to you and your all team.
    Thanks a lot
    Mushtaq Bazmi
    Pakistan

  21. Beautiful text!

    Enjoying is to study Hebrew thoughts! The depth of the text is so incredible that it is something extraordinary. Thank you for this glow of light!

  22. The mercy seat of old was on the gold lid of the Ark of the Covenant with two cherubim beaten out of the ends to cover and create space into whatcha God would appear.

    Then in the same sense that you have explained in this article the Virgin Mary then became the mercy seat for the for the world. Because it was through her womb that salvation
    was released for humanity.

    Thank you, shalom.
    Bless you Eli.

  23. A few years back I noticed the similarity of mercy to womb in its consonant spelling. I wondered about the connection. Now I know 🙂 So “ah ha”. So beautiful. Thank you אלי . 🙂

  24. Regarding the above-mentioned prediction of Christ Jesus in Isaiah 7:14
    But I do not believe, Isaiah 7:14 can be a eal prediction, because:
    Isa 7 and 8 are a continuous story of ia the boy Immanuel.
    A) – Isaiah 8:4
    »for before the boy knows how to cry out ‘My father ‘ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.«
    The last real king of Assyria was: Sin-shar-ishkun (622-612 BC).
    B) – Immanuel, is only mentioned in Isa 7:14 + 8:8 and Matt 1:23, which indicates, that either Matthew 1:23 is added later (like so many other verses), or an attempt from the author to try link Jesus to one more so-called prediction.

  25. I thoroughly enjoy all this back and forth. I do share these teachings and Hebrew words with my Adult Bible Class. They to are fascinated. I learned something today, when God gave many languages at Babel, He did make them very much similar, I mean a lot of our words are the same, so close in root words–. Was God pulling all of His Creation together in/with language. Just wondering what He had in mind!?
    It is almost like our languages are in some way connected as are we.

  26. I have read a lot of posts and unfortunately I do not feel I am educated enough to be able to follow the courses .
    I love God’s word , reading the Bible is in my heart and soul. How special it would be to understand Hebrew and read it . I am not clever enough . I will still follow you Dr.Elie and bless you many times for what you do. God bless you and your family with peace .

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  27. Do’s isn’t mean, if your womb is not open, you don’t have a child, God’s mercy is not with you? Do”s that maen also, you are curse or its your sin even when you are a Christian?

    • I’m sorry Augusta, I don’t really understand your question. The passage in Luke (1:58) says that God “magnified” (emegalune) his mercy on (the old and childless) Elizabeth. I wouldn’t recommend creating a doctrine from this single verse that says barren women are cursed or that God is not merciful to them.

    • Lástima que no hablo español, de lo contrario me encantaría ofrecer cursos en español.
      Translated by Google.

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  28. I’d like to give my 1% here. In Portuguese, we say “misericórdia” (mercy). It comes from the junction of two latin words: miseratio (compasion) + cordis (heart). Therefore, misericórdia means something like “a compassionate heart”. In my language, there’s no connection among the words “misericórdia” and “útero” (womb).
    P.S I love Hebrew, English and etimology as well.

  29. i am not going to get into the seed of the serpent discussion giants and the daughters of men or the seed of Cain what I will say is about the woman’s womb in connection with mercy and compassion the womb of the woman is repre[sentive of the holy place of where the mercy seat of YHUH/YHVH IS THIS IS IN HEBREW THOUGHT THE PLACE FROM WHENCE DEITY SPEAKS IT IS THE PLACE OF THE SEED OF THE PROMISE OF ABRAHAM WHO THIS SEED IT IS THE MESSIAH YESHUA WHO IS THE PROMISE OF THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM

  30. Some have said that the womb was created for Jesus to become flesh and enter into our world so he could go to the cross for our sins. That is the ultimate mercy.

  31. It’s very interesting to note that the Hebrew name for God is in the plural. God is 3 in 1 and He never leaves small details out. What an awesome God.

  32. When Jesus returns for the thousand year rein, people will be born during that time, those left behind. For the enemy will be released for a short season and even when our Lord is present in Spirit and body they will make war against Him and they will be uncountable, at the end. How/why ? but they will, they to have to make the choice also. His Words ring in my ears when the Apostles asked about the end of the age. His first Words were always, be not deceived” and these were to His own. Stay focused.

  33. I just know that having an intimate fellowship with the father who is LOVE through His Son Jesus gives me revelation to know Him.

  34. This Topic of Angels having Sex with Humans creates in me even more need/ curiosity and a deep desire to study Hebrew word of God….because

  35. All I can say if God wanted me to read the Hebrew bible He would have given me the understanding of the Hebrew words.

    • I hope you are kidding. Because it is like saying if God wanted me to use internet for his glory, he would have made me already knowing how to turn on my computer and type :-).

  36. My church has a teacher of Hebrew; I joined late a month later n could not follow. Also old age n poor memory are challenges I was embarrassed to drop out. Looks like excuses but my husband is mentally challenged now as in late 2017 he was hit by

  37. Would I possibly be correct in stating that the Hebrew Language is eternal and that used in the Beginning of Creation and used up until the building of the Tower of Babel? As the Hebrew language came from God, it must therefore have been created by Him, and thus eternal?

    • You would be correct, Kevin, depending on whom you ask. Rabbinical Judaism certainly maintains this, but because of the Tower of Babel incident and creating new languages, trying to prove how it was before then would amount to speculation. But it is plausible, and besides, on this side of history, study of Hebrew has many tangible results!

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  38. Do you think Paul was saying something like this article in 1 Timothy 2:15, or something totally different. It was what came to my mind as I thought of all the OT examples of women finding and rejoicing in the mercy of God that produced fruit from their wombs.

  39. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg
    How certain can we be about hidden meaning such as found in Hebrew or Greek?
    It is clear there are some meanings that do not come across in translation yet how can we be sure that the meaning is real

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  40. Shalom Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg
    Re :the fallen angels and the children of men Does the book of Enoch have any truth????

    Blessings
    Sher

    • Whether there is any truth should not be the primary question since that is nearly impossible to prove. Rather how important was the book of Enoch to the Apostolic writers–that is a question we can work with.

  41. WELL I AM A NATIVE AMERICAN AND I WILL ONLY SAY THIS; WE ARE ALL BLESSED BY KNOWLEDGE WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US, BUT FIRST WE ALL MUST REACH A MERCIFUL KINDNESS SO LARGE THAT WE FIND & RECOGNIZE & THAT WE ARE NOT GIVEN THE POWER TO JUDGE!

  42. I have been thirsty on the meanings and secrets of certain events and stories in the bible such as the “fallen angels” but felt some phrase that would have enlighten me were lost during translation. I believe the study of Hebrew is a correcting tool.

  43. Reading about Father Enoch (7th from Adam), in both the OT and the NT (by Saint Jude) led me to The Book of Enoch, and then, to The Jubilees (audio versions by Joseph Lumpkin). There are more details about the antediluvian age in those books.

  44. THat brings to mind Titus 3:4-8 esp “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” New life in Christ.

  45. First of all, I LOVE THIS LANGUAGE!!!!
    Secondly, it’s like He ENGINEERED that His Word would not return to Him empty, like YeshaYahu says.
    Le sigh…

    As I was reading through this mini article, two recent thoughts I came into remembrance.
    The qahal I meet with online from afar were discussing the Tazria portion on on 4/23/2020. We were discussing how the time of purity a new mom of a girl is doubled. We were trying to unpack multiple things about the “why” of mom’s purification period was being doubled.
    Then I remembered one of the things I learned when I worked for a functional medicine doctor, once upon a time.
    When a momma carries a baby girl, THAT BABY GIRL has all of the eggs of her future children inside of her ovum. When the thought came to my intellect, I thought, “maybe? but’s it’s pretty ‘thin’!”
    NOW, reading about compassion and the womb in your article and seeing how the circumcision covenants “may” cover present and future children, I can HELP but think of Shemot 34:6-7:
    יהוה יהוה אל רחום וחנון ארך אפים ורב חסד ואמת…
    …YHVH, YHVH, El rachum v’chanun erekh apaim v’rav chesed v’emet
    נצר חסד לאלפים נשא עון ופשע וחטאה
    Notser chesed la’alafim nosei avon vafesha v’chata’ah
    ונקה לא ינקה פקד עון אבות על בנים ועל בני בנים
    v’naqeih lo’ y’naqeh poqeid avon avot al banim v’al b’nei vanim
    על שלשים ועל רבעים
    al shileishim v’al ribei’im.

    YHVH, YHVH, God, compassionate and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth,
    Preserving lovingkindness to thousands, lifting iniquity and transgression and sin,
    that by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children,
    to the third and to the fourth (generation).

    I think about Rachel. It seems an exchange happened! Elohim remembered Rachel. Elohim listened/did to/for Rachel. Elohim opened rachmah/her womb. Maybe He opened compassion in Rachel that had been shut up at the same time? Wowza, is that not beautiful? Talk about double duty?!?
    Rachel ‘parents’ (verb?) with Ya’aqov and bears a son and confesses that Elohim has gathered her disgrace/reproach. And then calls this boy’s name Yoseif and says יהוה will call for me an other son.

    And that vav in Yoseif’s name… I could see that vav being the ULTIMATE reversive vav, doing supernatural work of reversing the poles of the family’s impending sin situations. JUST WOW!

    Just realized that this article has been “refreshed”. KEEP REFRESHING THIS ONE! I can’t wait to see the fruit from others that multiplies from this article!!!

    GREAT ARTICLE!!!

  46. Hi, Dr. Eli. Can you please just Clarify Something for me. Should all Christians keep The Sabbath Holy or can we choose to Keep Sunday as a reciprocal for yhe Sabbath? Thanks.

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