Let’s learn more Hebrew via understanding the meaning of names.
- Shlo-mo – (English equivalent of Solomon) comes from the root ש.ל.מ (Sh.l.m) that means ‘complete’ ‘wholeness’. Many words are constructed from this root: מוּשְׁלָם – perfect (moosh-lahm). For female it is: מוּשְׁלֶמֶת (moosh-le-met). King Solomon was known as the perfect king מֶלֶךְ מוּשְׁלָם (meh-lekh moosh-lahm). There were no wars throughout his reign . How did he manage to do it? He married the daughters of his enemies. This perfect king מֶלֶךְ מוּשְׁלָם (meh-lekh moosh-lahm) was considered to be the wisest of all men who was also able to communicate and understand animals. Yes, if not מוּשְׁלָם – (moosh-lahm) he was very close to one.
- Shalom – שָׁלוֹם – peace, goodbye, hello. Is a word that is based on the same basic root. When
you’re at peace, you’re whole; you are complete – שָׁלֵם (sha-lem), for female – שְׁלֵמָה (Sh-leh-mah).
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There are more words that are deriving from this root. See you in the next article for more.