Question:

What does the Hebrew word leiv mean? It’s usually translated as heart, but Yoav stabs Avner in the Chomesh (Shmuel 2 3:27)?

Answer:

The Gemorah Sanhedrin 49a says in the name of R’ Yochanon that the chomesh means the fifth rib, which is where the liver and bile duct (spleen ) are.

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