Skip to main content



What's in a name? Eved Ivri

I am adding on my own take to what The Divrei Chaim wrote that I quote below.
The first "Ivri" we meet in Tanach is Avraham. He has an eved named Eliezer, who at one point aspires to consider a match between their families, a hope that Avraham dashes on the basis of a categorical difference between them: that of baruch and arur.  (see ).  Eliezer, great as he was, and he was Avraham's right-hand man, could not change that aspect of his status. In contrast, Avraham's progeny would inherit his Ivri status that remains intact, no matter what circumstances one is in. Accordingly, I believe the adjective is invoked for the Jew who has to sell himself into slavery to remind him that --in essence -- he is still not a slave but one of the family that is  baruch. This is true even when he feels far away from the free people status of a Yisrael.

: Thursday, January 31, 2019"eved ivri" and not &…

Latest Posts

How many Israelites died in Egypt?

Why Daniel Pink is Wrong About Hanukkah

Why Hakaras Hatov is Paramount

Another source of Torah observations from another Brown

Divrei Chaim: win them over with kindness

Sins, sinners, and mistranslation

Naming the stars

Help On Wheels: Chaverim Answers Your Call

Living On: Vayechi

Vayigash Divrei Chaim: ha'od avi chai?