Uncommon in Common


These men:

Chamuwl “spared” younger son of Perez) Yehudah grandson (Chet~Mem~Vav~Lamed)

Nachum “comfort” Elkoshite prophet ( Nun~Chet~Vav~Mem)

Manoach “rest” Danite father of Samson (Mem~Nun~Vav~Chet)

all share something extraordinarily uncommon in common.

All have these words “grace” (Chet~Nun), “rest” (Nun~Chet), “chuwm'” swarthy dark black (Chet~Vav~Mem)

1 Samuel 25:25

As his name is, so is “he”

Did Chamuwl, Nachum, and Manoach have the Chet~Nun, “grace” of G-d, “rest” of G-d, Nun~Chet, as swarthy brethren with darker hues?

Why do these men have chuwm in their names?

Isn’t it plausible that there is something definitive here?

Should I question the unquestionable in the quest for emeth truth? After all, Isaiah 55:8 says: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways saith Hashem.”

Isaiah 55:9 says: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than you ways, and My thoughts your thoughts.”



  1. I do not know of any source that discusses their “swarthiness” nor whether they were blessed with “chen” or not. The Torah does absolutely state that Noach had “chen.” The Rabbis also teach that Yosef had “chen” as well, even though the letters “chet” and “nun” do not appear in the name “Yosef.”

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