[b-hebrew] Re: Davka

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Mon Aug 16 10:53:39 EDT 2004

I think I said something like:  "The law is davka to enable us to approach the holiness...."

Meaning that the law is ESPECIALLY (my definition), or PRECISELY (Yigal's definition) for that purpose....


  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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