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Not surprisingly, the Hebrew verb lehodot also means to admit.
Yehuda's fitness for monarchy was not because he was perfect. Instead, Yehuda possessed a critical trait necessary to lead effectively – the ability to admit his mistakes. He made mistakes, but unlike his predecessor who was a great king but who justified his errors, King David responded to the prophet Nosson's admonition simply with acknowledgement of his mistake. The sign of a true leader is his ability to admit he was wrong.
Yehuda was one the 12 tribes that descended from our forefather Yaakov.
Understanding who Yehuda was and what he represented provides us with the key to comprehending the name Jew and understanding who we really are.
We are a nation of many names: Israel, Jacob, Ephraim, to name a few.
Why does it seem that the name "Jew" sticks the most? The words Jew (Yehudi in Hebrew) and Judaism (Yahadut) come from the name Judah, or Yehuda as it is pronounced in Hebrew.
At that critical moment, Tamar could have in front of everyone accused Yehuda of fathering the child she carried.
Instead, she let only him know, and offered him the choice as to whether he would admit his mistake.
One can only imagine the courage it must have taken to confess that mistake, and the embarrassment that ensued.The honesty and the courage to be modeh is the hallmark of a king.On a deeper level, King David lived in a constant state of hodaa, thanksgiving and admission that whatever he had was not his own.A particular incident in the Torah illustrates the inner meaning of that name and how it relates to one's ability to lead.Yehuda's son Er had been married to a woman named Tamar.