וְעַתָּה, אַל-תִּירָאוּ – אָנֹכִי אֲכַלְכֵּל אֶתְכֶם, וְאֶת-טַפְּכֶם;
וַיְנַחֵם אוֹתָם, וַיְדַבֵּר עַל לִבָּם.
“And now, do not fear – I will support (provide for) you and your children”; and he consoled them and spoke to their hearts. (Genesis 50:21)
You may also be familiar with the verb לכלכל from the Jewish prayer book:
כ.ל.כ.ל (k.l.k.l), the four-letter root of כלכלה and לכלכל , probably derives from a better-known root, כ.ו.ל (k.w.l) meaning all or all-encompassing.
Riding on the concept of providing all that is necessary, the word כלכלה in the times of the Mishnah referred to a basket of full of produce. And today, כלכלה also refers to board as in room and board.
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