The four letters in the amazing Hebrew word “ahavah” are translated into English as “love.” Love can describe everything from an intimate relationship, such as the love between a husband and wife, to the love that is displayed in selfless service to others such as the love that a father and mother have for a dependent child or a dear friend.


אָהַב Strong’s #157 ahav

And thou shalt love YHWH thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Deuteronomy 6:5

We do not choose our parents or siblings, but instead they are given to us as a gift from above, a privileged gift. Even in the ancient Hebrew culture, one’s wife was chosen. It is our responsibility to provide and protect that privileged gift. In our modern Western culture love is an abstract thought of emotion, how one feels toward another, but the Hebrew meaning goes much deeper. As a verb, this word means “to provide and protect what is given as a privilege” as well as “to have an intimacy of action and emotion”. We are told to love Elohiym and our neighbors, not in an emotional sense, but in the sense of our actions.