In the Torah portion to be read this Shabbat by Jews around the world, Pharaoh dreams about wheat, cattle and the future of Ancient Egypt:
וְהִנֵּה שֶׁבַע שִׁבֳּלִים עֹלֹת בְּקָנֶה אֶחָד, בְּרִיאוֹת וְטוֹבוֹת… (בראשית מ”א:כ”ב) And behold, seven heads of grain growing (literally, rising) on a single stalk – (they were) healthy and good… (Genesis 41:22)
This imagery of different heads of grain growing together (at right) lends itself to the Hebrew expression used today to mean different ideas cooperating – לַעֲלוֹת בְּקָנֶה אֶחָד (literally, to rise in one stalk). Far more commonly, however, speakers will use the opposite expression:
שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים לְכֻלָּם!
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About the Author: Ami Steinberger is founder and director of Ulpan La-Inyan.
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