Friday, September 22, 2006

Daf Yomi - Sukkah 20 - Not my Post Dear by David

Rashi q.v. “or sheratzim” gives, as an example, an “ishus”. Now it is very interesting to observe that in Hebrew the same word “ishus” can refer to a woman or to a shrew, for in English we find the same thing (and a pity to all the men who understand this all too clearly). Also interesting, the biblical source for this word can be found in Psalms 58:9, where the commentators debate if the word “aishes” therein refers to a woman or to a shrew.


Not married to one (I hope) said...

What is a shrew anyway or perhaps its better if I dont know? Should I ask my wife?

David said...

A shrew is a small animal, similar to a mole. It is known to be very short-tempered, hence it's other meaning . . . See Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.