[b-hebrew] head and see
if at math.bu.edu
Thu Nov 29 23:10:40 EST 2012
Here is an example, in Hebrew רע RA is 'bad, evil, frail, flimsy,
as the Hebrew nursery rhyme says:
אוי רע לי, רע לי, רע לי, כזאת עוד לא קרה לי
"Oi, I feel so bad, I feel so bad, I feel so bad, a thing like this
happened to me ..."
But רע REA is 'friend', (see Ps. 88:19). So, is REA a דבר רע a
Certainly not, except that רעות REUT, 'friendship', is a loose and
association among free individuals. Such a relationship exists
cows freely roaming רועות בשדה while grazing in a field.
Similarly, RAYON רעיון (see Qohelet 4:16) is an idea that roams
in the mind.
So, there is no "horizontal" relationship RA <–––> REA between
'evil' and 'friend',
yet they are both "vertical" offshoots, or outgrowths (so to speak)
of the same
uni-consonantal Hebrew root R, endowing both words with the same
meaning of 'loose'.
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Nov 29, 2012, at 7:00 PM, David Kolinsky wrote:
> Sorry I am only a physician, not a mathematician.
> Please explain with some examples.
> David Kolinsky
> Monterey, CA
> From: Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu>
> To: David Kolinsky <hadeesh at sbcglobal.net>
> Sent: Thu, November 29, 2012 3:58:50 PM
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] head and see
> They are all interconnected "vertically" via the roots.
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
> On Nov 29, 2012, at 6:50 PM, David Kolinsky wrote:
>> Furthermore, if there is no such thing as "come from" in Hebrew
>> then how are any of the words in your etymological scheme, which
>> is as extensive as mine, at all connected?
>> David Kolinsky
>> Monterey, CA
>> From: Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu>
>> To: David Kolinsky <hadeesh at sbcglobal.net>
>> Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Sent: Thu, November 29, 2012 3:28:04 PM
>> Subject: head and see
>> In my opinion there is no such thing in Hebrew as "comes from".
>> One word does not "come from" another word. If ראש RO$, 'head',
>> "comes from" ראה RAAH, 'see', then by this plan of things
>> רעש RAA$, 'rattle', "comes from" רעה RAAH, 'pasture'.
>> Isaac Fried, Boston University
>> On Nov 29, 2012, at 1:52 PM, David Kolinsky wrote:
>>> ראש meaning head comes from ראה meaning "the place of seeing"
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