[Avodah] Toho VaVohu

Danny Schoemann doniels at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 04:26:50 PDT 2020

R' Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer asked:

> I heard somewhere this week that Null and Void is a translation of
> Tohu and Vohu. Has anyone else ever seen or heard this? Wish I
> could remember from whom I heard it!

That's how we learnt it in Kita Alef (or in the Adas Yeshurun Cheder -
or both) in Johannesburg 50 years ago.

The closest I could find in my bookshelf is in the Silberman Chumash
that has it as Desolate and Void.

Never occurred to me until now that Null and Void isn't The
translation of Tohu vaVohu.

Oh well, live & learn.

- Danny

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