One or One?

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at
Mon Jan 28 23:06:01 EST 2002

EHad is the number one. It doesn't mean anything,
it's just a number. Echad, Shnaim, shalosha, etc. 1,2,3.
Echad cannot mean anything but the number 1.
Now if you have an idea that the number one can mean
three, then gehe gesund, as we say, but it's not derivable
from the text itself.

Now, yaHad is the verb, to make as one, to unite.
But that is not what we have in Deut. 6:4.

YaHid means only, solitary, the only one, as in you are
my only son. It is an adjective.

Hope this helps.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: JWE [mailto:jwe1 at]
> Sent: Tue, January 29, 2002 1:49 AM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: One or One?
> Hi Shoshanna,
> >What is a "composite unity"????
> As I understood the speaker, it means one being or thing that is 
> made up of many
> parts (like your point of 1 million parts), but is unified 
> (single); the example
> given was Adam and Eve being 2 people, but they became one flesh 
> (Gen 2:24)
> Again, the other example was given as us having one body, but our 
> body is made
> up of MANY parts but it is still ONE body.
> The speaker said that "Echad" (one)  was used to convey "oneness" 
> or "unity",
> whereas, the word "Yachid" was used to convey a single "one" 
> thought (such as
> having  "Yachid" sun in the sky.)
> Liz Wrote:
> >The Trinity, obviously.
> Yes that was the speaker's point, but I didn't (and don't) want 
> this to turn
> into a "Debate" about G-d, and that was the reason that I asked 
> if anyone could
> please tell me if what she said about "Echad" & "Yachid" was (1) 
> true and (2)
> could someone please tell me if there are any website's that may give any
> information on this so I could get a better understanding regarding this?
> Thanks to everyone that has responded, but I'm still not clear on 
> this and would
> appreciate anyone's help in understanding it.
> Let me say again, so there is no misunderstanding: I am NOT 
> asking if there is
> or if anyone  BELIEVES there is a "Trinity" - I need information 
> on those 2
> WORDS (Yachid - Echad)  and whether they can MEAN what the 
> speaker said they
> meant.
> Thanx again.
> G-d Bless,
>   J.W.
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