In Hebrew a brother is called ach – אָח.
Kayin and Hevel were the first Achim – אַחִים – in the world. Unfortunately, Kayin killed Hevel in a fit of jealousy.
Indeed, sometimes “brother relationships” or shall we say “ach relationships,” can be a major pain – a big ACHE!
Indeed, there is a connection between the Hebrew word ach and the English word ache:
- HaShem tells the prophet Yechezkel to call out in disgust, “ACH,” when he sees improper behavior (Yechezkel 6:11).
- The Talmud says that King Achashveirosh’s name comes from 2 words – אַח רֹאשׁ – (brother head), since he gave Bnei Yisrael a major headache!
That’s why when someone is injured, they may call out, “ACH! It hurts!”
Of course, not every ach – אָח – is such a pain. Most of them are pretty nice. In fact, Achvah – אַחֲוָה – is the term used for a special kind of love: brotherly love.