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Mony Almalech. To praise God or to profane God. The most common Hebrew word for psalm is mizmor (root Zain-Mem-Reish) but the name of the book of Psalms is tehilim (root He-Lamed-Lamed). The semantics of the root He-Lamed-Lamed is to praise, to boast; rejoicing, praise. The author turns his attention to the root Het-Lamed-Lamed (to profane; slain, fatally wounded). The difference between the these roots consists of presence of the short h (He) and the regular h (Het). Almalech claims that the Biblical use of the roots He-Lamed-Lamed and Het-Lamed-Lamed is a linguistically marked prophetic warning on human`s moral: there is a slide difference ‘to praise God’’ or ‘to profane God’ – as it stands for the short h (He) and the regular h (Het).
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