Friends. Haverim is a Hebrew word for friends!
The type of friends Jesus called His disciples in John 15:15.

What’s in a name?

A rabbi wrote online:

The word חבר [Haver] means a member of a group, a comrade or a friend. The verb לחבר [LeHaber] means to attach things together. The noun form of this root is therefore used to indicate the people we are attached to. A member of Parliament is a חבר כנסת [Haver Knesset]. A study partner is a חברותא [Havruta].1

It’s been my privilege to spend many years helping Christians, and Jews learn the concept of being haverim through an amazing work God gave me that ended up with that name! I’ve retired Haverim as an official non-profit, but I can’t think of a better name to express the intent of my blog. I find that it is only after immersing myself deeply into studying Biblical Hebrew that I understand how vital it is for believers to grasp Jesus’ authentic character and Hebraic gospel.

Hebrew understanding and insights into Jesus/Yeshua’s presence throughout the Bible is an eye-opener. Inviting folks to visit this blog, or become part of this community, takes the name Haverim to a deeper, more personal level. Once we experience passages through the Old and New Testaments opening up to us by understanding their original Hebrew, our experience becomes like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. We recognize the living Christ – Messiah in the pages before us. Like them, our hearts burn within us, and we realize we’ve just experienced what it means to have Him take us into His confidence. We’ve become His haverim! Glory!

Blessed be the Holy One of Israel,

Nan Montgomery

  1. Haver, My Jewish Words, Rabbi Chaim Weiner ↩︎

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