faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Tue Mar 13 22:27:51 UTC 2001
A. Maberry wrote:
>On Tue, 13 Mar 2001, Alice Faber wrote:
>> >So is a megillah nine yards long?
>> My first reaction was to say no, of course not. But, actually, I'm
>> not so sure. Even if this was intended as a joke.
>Megillah is from the Hebrew root GLL which basically means "to roll".
>Don't think the length is an issue. I'm pretty just means any rolled
Of course...but I was thinking specifically of the Book of Esther,
which is a relatively short book. I honestly don't know how long that
scroll is. Within the semi-Hebrew/Yiddish speaking American Jewish
communities I'm familiar with, The Megillah (when it's not being used
metaphorically) always refers specifically to the Book of Esther.
And, hey...I've now got a full year to come up with a really good
Purimspiel proposing this as an etymology for "the whole nine yards"
and then the rest of my life to explain to people that it really was
Alice Faber faber at haskins.yale.edu
Haskins Laboratories tel: (203) 865-6163 x258
New Haven, CT 06511 USA fax (203) 865-8963
More information about the Ads-l