God's name

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Fri Jan 25 10:09:58 EST 2002


Good answer Charles! Great answer!
Only I don't agree that questions from stark beginners
have no place on the list. Weren't we all stark beginners once?
Shabbat shalom and gut shabbes to you.
Liz
  -----Original Message-----
  From: Charles David Isbell [mailto:cisbell at home.com]
  Sent: Thu, January 24, 2002 9:31 PM
  To: Biblical Hebrew
  Subject: Re: God's name


  One of our list members with an e-mail address only, but whose name I can
not guess, has written the following response to my posting:  I find this
anti-semitic joke highly offensive and ask the moderator to put a stop to it
immediately.
  Now I know there is no accounting for taste, but I would like to inform
"Bearpecs" that I am as Jewish as chicken soup and a rabbi myself.  I have
sat through six or seven days of dreary exchanges about the name of God
ranging from one extreme to the other.  One faction slogs through rain,
sleet and snow to "prove" what they began the debate already believing--that
the "original" pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton was Ye-Ho-wa, so
convenient for the Jehovah's witnesses who find themselves commited to this
crazy mix of a Ketiv/Qere that has absolutely no warrant at all.  All this
gleaned from a book by a Frenchman, and everybody knows the French can't
pronounce their own names correctly!  The other faction is championed by a
lovely lady who is a serious practicing Jew of a very traditional ilk, who
believes that only the high priest ever said the name, but who has yet to
explain from whom HE heard it or why one of the Ten Commandments would
prohibit something that was never done anyway!  All this gleaned from
Qabbalah and a haredi view of "da toyra."
  One member, trying hard to be couteous, suggested we try humor.  I posted
my attempt.  If you don't find it funny, so be it.  As they say, "beauty is
in the groin of the beholder."  I intended it to be funny, I sent it as
humor, and I still think it is funny.  If you don't get it, or if you don't
think it is funny, don't laugh.  I live in the parish that borders the home
parish of David Duke.  I know anti-semites.  And I ain't one.
  In my opinion, what does not belong on a list ostensibly devoted to
classical Hebrew discussions among specialists and teachers of the language
are:  [1] questions from stark beginners; [2] theological pleadings that
always sound like the final refuge of the truly desperate; [3] ad hominem
exchanges.
  Shalom from one Jew who looks in the mirror and knows God has a sense of
humor,
  Charles David Isbell
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