Tuesday, September 26, 2006

More on the Nuts, Phlegm, and Rosh haShana - part 5

ADDeRabbi has a very nice post on Galen, simana milta, and the practice of eating, or not eating nuts on Rosh haShana. Check it out.

A link to another interesting writeup was posted by Anonymous in a comment to one of the earlier posts.

Still more to come.


Josh said...

On a bit of a tangent, the Chida quoted in the 2nd link explains a minhag not to eat fish on RH based on the word being spelled in Tanach with an aleph, like the word da'ag. Where is it spelled like this?

joshwaxman said...

very cute. :)

The reference is to Nechemia 13:16:

וְהַצֹּרִים יָשְׁבוּ בָהּ, מְבִיאִים דָּאג וְכָל-מֶכֶר; וּמוֹכְרִים בַּשַּׁבָּת לִבְנֵי יְהוּדָה, וּבִירוּשָׁלִָם
"There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, who brought in fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem."

The use of aleph as an em keriya to denote kametz is something one would usually expect in Aramaic. Interesting.


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