ROSH YESHIVA AT TALMUDIC UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA

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As we mentioned earlier, the word Semite derives from the name Shem, who was the son of Noah. Interestingly, this word Shem, actually translates to mean name. In other words this man Shem was named NAME.  In Judaism, a common way to refer to G-d is Ha Shem. This translates to "The Name". This is seen as the most respectful of the informal ways to refer to G-d. 

I believe that the reason this son of Noah was called Shem, is because it was his mission to publicize the NAME of G-d. He established the first university whose purpose was to teach the universal Noachide laws, and to educate the entire world as to the fact of the existence of G-d and His Name. 

One last fascinating fact about this man named Shem. Scripture tell us that Shem eventually became the king of Jerusalem and a minister to G-d. (Slide) In light of our understanding this is no mere coincidence. In Judaism, Jerusalem is the city of G-d's Presence. Even today, people from all over the world travel to Jerusalem to connect with spirituality and holiness. It makes perfect sense that the man who sought to educate the universe as to G-d's existence and name, would be the king of this city and a minister of G-d. 

As I stated at the beginning of this address, the motto of The University of Oxford is Dominus Illuminatio Mea, or The Lord is My Light. This motto is a shining example of an authentic Semitic teaching. By stating that there is a G-d and by recognizing that G-d gives guidance, the University of Oxford has shaped itself in true Semitic fashion. Not only is the teaching Semitic, but it is being promulgated by a UNIVERSITY!! This is true Semite tradition! 

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