On Jun 9, 2005, at 11:33 PM, René Uittenbogaard wrote:
> I love Bargoens - I remember how funny it was to hear that the pointing
> stick used for reading the Torah scroll (ending in a hand) is called a
> "yad" - the word "jat" /jAt/ being Dutch slang for "hand" :)

|yad| in Hebrew means "hand", so the pointer-with-a-hand-shaped-tip is
simply called "hand" after its shape :) .

> Or to hear that the word "tof" ("cool", "neat") is the same word as
> used
> in the book Genesis, where it says "God looked at the light and saw
> that
> it was good (apparently "toob/tauw")." :)
> De mazzel,
> René

_tov_ /t>o:b/ [t>o:v], in Classical Hebrew.

-Stephen (Steg)
  "my suggestion... sleep next to garlic"
      ~ e