Recently, I’ve had a few friends and family members ask me about the name of my website and what it means. Assuming that they aren’t the only people on the planet wondering the same thing, I figured I would take some time to explain it a little bit. Get ready!
The word Arukah (pronounced a-roo-kah) is Hebrew. In Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, which if you don’t know is a guide that helps with study of the original languages of the Bible, it is translated as “health, made up, perfected, restoring to soundness, wholeness”. It is a feminine passive participle of the Hebrew word “arak”.
For those of us that weren’t english majors in college (or those of us who just didn’t pay attention since it was in fact college), a passive participle is the form of a verb that can also function independently as an adjective. Now, I don’t know about you, but this starts getting a little confusing if I think about it for too long. So, let me simplify it to what you need to know in this case. The “passive” part of passive participle means that the verb (in this case restored) is being done to us rather than us doing it ourselves.
Ok, so you might be saying, that’s great and all…but what does this even mean???? Well, I’m getting there.
Because arukah means health being restored as a whole, I believe this refers to our different categories of health-mental, spiritual, and physical. These branches of health are all affected by one another and can not be looked at separately without taking into account the role each one has on the other.
Also, because arukah is a verb, it means that the restoration of health is an ongoing process that will be done. It won’t be done in one day-you won’t wake up and suddenly be healed of every single ailment that you might have. Rather, it is a journey.
Coming back to the “passive” part of passive participle-we are being restored rather than restoring our health. I believe this refers to the fact that God is ultimately the one doing the healing. He is the one that has created our remarkable bodies to heal themselves when given the proper tools.
-Arukah means: health, made up, perfected, restoring to soundness, wholeness
– This refers to all aspects of our health: mental, spiritual, and physical. These separate categories of health are all affected by one another and can not be looked at separately
– Restoring health isn’t an overnight process but is a journey
– God is ultimately the one doing the healing. He is the one that has created our remarkable bodies to heal themselves when given the proper tools
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed the mini Hebrew lesson and that you gained some insight into what my website and nutrition practice are based on.