“Whatever crawls on its belly…” (Leviticus 11:42)

The word for stomach/belly is “gachon”. The letter ‘vav’ in this word is always written enlarged in a Torah scroll. It happens to be the middle letter in the entire Torah, the center point.

The meaning of ‘vav’ in Hebrew is a hook. The letter actually has the shape of a hook. The ‘vav’ is also the letter in the Hebrew alphabet used as the conjunctive – it means “and”. We connect two Hebrew words by placing the letter ‘vav’ at the beginning of the second word.

We learn from here that the belly, the core, the guts of the Torah is captured by the letter ‘vav’ which means “connection”. The entire goal of Torah is connection. Connecting us to our true selves, to each other and to the Creator.

Sharing is caring!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

One Response

Leave a Reply

Don’t Stop Here

More To Explore

Wanting God

“I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob…” (Exodus 6:3). This seems to be a very straightforward and unambiguous statement by God to Moses.

Question, Challenge, Pray

“You don’t learn by having faith. You learn by questioning, by challenging, by re-examining everything you’ve ever believed. And yet, all this is a matter

Flaunt not

“You have enough. Circle the mountain and turn to the north” (Deuteronomy 2:3). Rabbi Shlomo Ephraim Luntschitz, in his commentary Kli Yakar, spins this verse


%d bloggers like this: