[b-hebrew] Re: Davka

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Mon Aug 16 00:58:23 EDT 2004

Thanks, Yigal, I stand corrected.

When Shoshana mentioned that a davka was something that connects us to the sacred, or something very similar to that (sorry, I don’t have her message before me, so if I misstated what she said, it was not intentional) it appeared to me that “davka” is an anglicization of a yiddishization of a Hebrew word meaning to join, adhere or stick to, much the same way “gonef” and “tsuris” came from Hebrew.

Now I have a question, what does being precise have to do with connecting us with the sacred?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>

> Karl,
> "Davka" is spelled Dalet-Vav-Qoph-Aleph -  DWQ), not with a Bet. Anyway, the
> word in Gen. 2:24, Davaq (DBQ), means "to adhere" or "to stick". How is this
> like the meaning of Davka?
> Davqa seems to come from the root "DYQ", which does not exist in the Tanakh
> (a Dayeq in the Tanakh is a siege-wall), but which in rabbinic Hebrew and
> Aramaic means "to be precise".
> Yigal
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