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‎ישׂראל Israel, Gen. 35:10

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:56 pm
by Isaac Fried
We read there
‎וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ אֱלֹהִים שִׁמְךָ יַעֲקֹב לֹא יִקָּרֵא שִׁמְךָ עוֹד יַעֲקֹב כִּי אִם יִשְׂרָאֵל יִהְיֶה שְׁמֶךָ וַיִּקְרָא אֶת שְׁמוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל
I tend to think now that
‎יִשְׂרָאֵל = איש-שׂר-אל
so that with איש he became connected with his father יצחק, his uncle ישׁמעאל and his brother עשׂו. With שׂר he became connected with his babushka שׁרה SARAH.
Also, the letter L appears now in all the names: ישׂראל, לאה, רחל, בלהה, זלפּה Israel, Leah, Raxel, Bilhah, Zilpah.

Isaac Fried, Boston University