Use some 1 cm grid paper and "play" several games on different sized "Bill Yud
When a Gentile woman looked at an amulet in the exhibition, she said she had exactly the same kind at home except for the three letters in the middle (i.e., shin, dalet, yud
, spelling Shaddai, Almighty, one of God's names in Hebrew).
The difference is a function of the second letter of Antin's term, either a yud
or an 'ayin.
It was with this kind of poetry ringing in his ears that Bialik, in On the Slaughter (following the Kishinev pogrom), famously intoned: "Let heaven rot with eternal evil." Social protest verse stretches all the way from Ibn Gabirol's On Leaving Saragossa to Gordon's feminist tour de force Kotzo shel Yud
This numerical sequence (10 = the Hebrew letter yud
, 5 = heh, etc.
All the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, says the Rabbi of Kotzk, can be made larger but still retain their identity--except the small letter called "Yud
," a word that in Yiddish also means "Jew." If it is made larger, Yud
becomes another letter, "Vav." So it is with the Jew when he becomes bigheaded: His identity, his Jewishness, vanishes.
For example, Hayyim Yosef David Azulai (the Hida) explains that the reason King David's name is written with an extra letter "yud
" in Books of I and II Chronicles [[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.]] is to indicate that he is tenth in the genealogical list found in Ruth.
"Palestine" is not of Arabic origin; British passports during the days of the British Mandate carried the phrase "Palestine AI." ("AI" in Hebrew are actually the letters Alef and Yud
, denoting "Eretz Yisrael," i.e., The Land of Israel.) Thus the Arabs appropriated a Jewish name of a Jewish country to themselves!
Gordon is most celebrated for his long, satirical poem "The Tip of the Yud
," a mock epic in which he decries the status of women in Jewish culture.
(3) Lamed Shin (one of Shapiro's pseudonyms that he employed in the journal; other pseudonyms were Yud
Zayn and Yud
Zolot), "Shraybtish," 396.
) are associated with 1, 2, ..., 10; the next nine letters (kav, lamed, ..., tzadik) are associated with the integers 20, 30, ..., 100, and the last three letters (resh, shin, tav) are 200, 300, and 400 respectively.