On Tue, 29 Jan 2002 17:41:20 +0300 Pavel Iosad <[log in to unmask]> writes: > Nope, not Irish. Jewish. it was the name of a Jewish rabbi in Vilno > back in > the 17th century. Well, the rabbi's name was actually <jsud>, but > who cares. > It gets two possible interpretations - as an abbreviation > (yud-sin-waw-dalet > for something Aramaic, I never knew enough Aramaic to actually try > to check > possible interpretations), or as one of the 'sfirot' - something > like levels > of spiritual understanding. The yud-sin-waw-dalet is the second one, > there's but one left until the top is reached.... :-))) - Well, _yesod_ (yud-samekh-vav-daled) means "base" or "foundation", and i think it's the name of one of the sephirot on the Kabbalistic tree of life. -Stephen (Steg) "mooo."