Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lamentations 5 REVISITED



LAMENTATIONS 5
(the first Hebrew word in the 5th chapter of Lamentations is זכר ZaKHoaR, remember)


I

Score O’ Lord
what has befallen us,
feel and share our recent shame.


Anatevka's gone to the dogs;
our synagogues
are Soviet museums.
A generation's orphaned
of our Father, leaving us
widows' fears and survivors' guilt.


II


We've paid the train ride to our own cremations;
we've literally dug our own graves.


We’re up to our necks
in ghettos and gallows:
even in labor camps
we’re worked to our bones.


And where the Axis let us flee,
the Allies turned us back.


III


Our fathers took religion
as the air they breathed:
so now we gasp for breath in chambers
of horrors forewarned in your forgotten book.


The subject Slavs enslaved us,
happy to hunt the enemy of their enemy;
the Anglos delayed liberation;
sparing train tracks, sparing useful killers.


We risked and bartered our bodies for bread,
between the hungry mouths
of machine guns.


Our skin crusted in the ovens,
with no meat on our bones.


IV


Farmwives who kept family purity
laws were gang-raped
along with Berlin debutantes.


Surgeons were strung by their hands;
rabbis beards were ripped away.


Selections sawed up families;
children swept like wood chips.


Sages were stolen from their studies,
schoolboys plucked from piano lessons.


V
We were numbed past fear;
hope became sarcasm.


They'd half proven that
we're not chosen,
a genocide for a deicide.


After this our courage was crushed,
our vision darkly dimmed.


Who could see an Israel
in Britain's Palestine?


Yet the sun could never set
On the empire of our Lord.


VI


Why did it take forever
to remember us?
You abandoned us too long
to the free will of men.


Turn history back to us, Lord,
and we'll turn it back to you

( Collected Poems of Isaac Mozeson / Amazon: Kindle).

Friday, July 29, 2016

REJOICING WITH SIX





SIX                    SHaiSH               Shin-Shin
SHAYSH              שש          [S(H)-S(H)]
ROOTS: Latin sex (#6) and the IE “root” s(w)eks  of number SIX do dominate the Germanic languages, with the guttural-fricative combination of the X/KS perhaps available from the  ה /Hey of  ששה  SHeeSHaH, six (noun).  But note how the double-fricative of the Hebrew six adjective,   שש SHaiSH  (Six , #6 Genesis 1:31),   fared in the table below.

Even Semitic languages were diversified with Babel-babble. The SH-to-T Aramaic shift (seen at the “TAURUS”  entry -- where שור SHOAR, ox, becomes תור TOAR) is seen in Amharic, Arabic, etc.


BRANCHES:
Albanian -- gjash
Amharic -- sidisiti  (see Arabic below)
Arabic sit ستة  and Swahili - sit(t)a
Aramaic  שית SHeeYT or SHeeY)S) -- similar in Nabatean and Syriac
Basque - sei
Belarusian -- še
Bengali - cha
Bosnian -- šest
Bulgarian --  shest
Catalan -- sis
Croatian, Czech  - šest 
Danish - seks ß S-G   ששה  SHeeSHaH, six (noun)
Dutch - zes
Estonian -- kuus
Ethiopic -- sessū (f.), sedestū (m.)
French - sis
Gothic - saihs
German - sechs
Greek - hex έξι   <  ß S-G   ששה  SHeeSHaH, six (noun)
Igbo (Nigeria) Nnamdi Ejekwumadu:  Ishii = 6;  Ugobelunorji  K'Anayo Ozorka: 1/6 = shiishii 
Italian - set
Kurdish, Afrikaans – şeş
Latin and Icelandic -- sex
Latvian and Lithuaniansheshi’
Luri or Lurish (Western Iran) - shis
Macedonian -- šest
Nepali -- Cha
Norwegian and Danish - seks
Polish - szesc
Portuguese and Spanish - seis
Rumanian - sase
Russian - shest шесть
Sanskrit - shash
Serbian, Slovak, Slovene -- šest
Spanish and Filipino -- seis
Swedish – sex
Ukrainian -- shistʹ
Welsh - chwech

Edenic שש  SHaiSH did quite well, especially when considering how conservative a hard K sound tends to be.
X and S are not so far apart. BORAX, for instance, is initially from Old French boras and ultimately from BoaReeY(S).

Cognates of SIX at IE “root” sticks include: HEXA-, HEXAD, SEICENTO, SEMESTER, SESTER, SESTINA, SEX-, SEXT(AN), SEXTANT, SEXTILE and SEXTODECIMO. The Hebrew SIX is related to  שש SahS (to be happy) – see “PEGASUS” and ששון SahSOAN (rejoicing – Jeremiah 7:34) –  see "SEVEN" (satiety) and “EIGHT” (fat, excess). Numbers 4,6, 7 and 10 reflect a hunter-gatherer’s increasing joy at accumulating desired objects: at four (ארבע ARB[A]h), he has many or (רב   RahBH), at six ( שש  SHaiSH (  he is  happy  (שש SahS), at seven ( שבע SHe(V)[A]h)  he feels satiation  ( שבע Soa(V)[A]h)  and at ten ( עשר ESeR) he feels rich ( עשיר  [A]SHeeYR).

If the sexy SEX is not from the clinical Latin secare, to cut, as if the sexes were like political sects, then    צחק  TSa[K]HeQ may be involved. This word for sporting or laughing is specifically SEXY in Genesis 26:8 and 39:14.  The Eskimo term for sexual activity is “laughing with” someone.
        
Rabbi  Major Yehoshua  J. Steinberg  (YJS) reports from Ft. Bragg, NC: The root  ש-ש  Shin-Shin has three meanings:    1) the number six,  2) silk and  3) marble.
1.  is discussed above , 
2.  Rashi (Exodus 26:1, based on Talmud Yoma 71b) says that the silken fabric is called שש  SHaiSH   because each thread is woven "six times" (with six fibers, or wound six times).
3. Marble  שש SHaYiSH is composed of limestone or dolomite, both derivatives of Calcite. Pure calcite is 100% calcium carbonate (CaCO3) which is crystallized in hexagonal (SIX-sided) form.   
 Ibn Ezra, adds another word to the שש  SHaiSH family, namely שושנה  SHOASHaNaH  (lilly or rose -- Song 1:17) , a  flower with six petals.