Hebrew is a funny language. How can the root for the word "bread," or lechem (lamed-chet-mem) be the same root as for the word "war," milchamah?
Yet, it is. The theory is that the root originally had to do with being in close quarters or tightly packed. Ahhh... read more about this fascinating Hebrew root at the Jewish Heritage Online Magazine.
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