The Holy and the Holey

Why should a Hebrew verb originally meaning to puncture have produced so many words relating to both the non-holy and to holes?

The Western Wall in April 2018. Sergey OrlovTASS via Getty Images.

The Western Wall in April 2018. Sergey OrlovTASS via Getty Images.

Observation
March 31 2021
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