Saturday, January 24, 2009

French Frogs in Parshas Va'eira - Illustrated Version

In honor of the plauge of Frogs in Parshas Va'eira, I just have to re-air this post from two years ago (when I had virtually no readers):


Ever notice that the Hebrew word for France is Tzarfat, which would make the plural for French people, "Tzefard'im," the Hebrew word used in Parshas Vaeira, for the plague of the Frogs?

Coincedence? I think not. (I am now in the process of removing my tounge from my cheek)

-Dixie Yid

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7 comments:

Crawling Axe said...

Brilliant. Everything in place (except oily hair and cigarettes).

Menashe said...

I was thinking the same thing during kriah today.

DixieYid (جنوب يهودي) said...

Menashe,

Great minds think alike I guess. Nice talking to you tonight!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I think you didn't get the point... Tzarfat means "Tzar" "Pat": a narrow bread, which is the famous "baguette", the traditionnal Franch bread. Rav Yehuda 'Manitu' Ashkenazy used to teach that bread, "Pat" in hebrew, stands for the mind, the spirit of a nation. Thus, "Tsar-pat" shows a narrow-minded nation...

DixieYid (جنوب يهودي) said...

Anon,

I can't tell whether you're kidding at the beginning since I was making a different point. But thank you for bringing down that pshat. Very cute/interesting!

Bob Miller said...

Do frogs daven Nusach Tzfard?

DixieYid (جنوب يهودي) said...

Bob,

Badum ching!