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Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:36 pm

• Pesach •

Pronunciation: pay-sahk • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun, proper

Meaning: Passover, a Jewish holiday beginning on the 14th of Nisan at sundown and continuing for eight days, which runs from April 6 to April 14 in 2012 by the Gregorian Calendar. It commemorates the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt.

Notes: The highlight of the celebration of Pesach is the Seder, a special supper held on the first night or the first two nights of Pesach. All of the food has meaning: only unleavened matzo (flat bread) is eaten and green vegetables are dipped in a vinegar or salty water to symbolize the suffering of the Jews crossing the desert. Children recite passages and answer questions to show that they have learned the significance of Pesach, which they will pass on to their children.

In Play: The Haggadah is the story of the Exodus from Egypt, which everyone at the Seder table reads. The story of the Exodus is told four ways, each emphasizing a different aspect of the Exodus and its importance for the Jewish people. According to the synoptic gospels, the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the Last Supper that Jesus attended was a traditional Seder. The Book of John places it the day before the Seder, on the day of the slaughter of the sacrificial lamb.

Word History: Today's Good Word is the Hebrew Pesah "Passover" from the verb pasah "to pass over". Pasha "Passover, Easter" is the Aramaic variant of the same Semitic root. These words are the origin of the term for "Easter" in most European languages: French Pâques, Spanish Pascua, Portuguese Páscoa, Italian Pasqua, Swedish Påsk, and Russian Paskha. Those of us here at The Lexiteria and alphaDictionary hope the homes of all our Jewish friends are filled with peace and love during this Pesach season.
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Postby Audiendus » Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:40 am

Can any linguists here answer the etymological question I raised the last time this word was featured?

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Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:52 am

I don't know if you are familiar with this site, started
by Anu Garg, a linguist.
There are 3-4 extremely well - versed linguists on
the forum.
You might join up, and pose your question. People
do it all the time, even for just one answer. I go
here, and post frequently on just one or two threads,
because the others are very arrogant. But you
may get a good response....and I would be very
interested to see the answer to your question....
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Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:39 pm

Do pascal celery, Pascal the scientist or Pascal the computer language have any relation to the Passover? I love pascal celery, admire Pascal the scientist and abhor, loathe, abominate and despise Pascal the Computer Language. But it’s better than Ada the Computer Language that followed. Then the C languages rescued computer programming. My prejudices are not showing, are they?
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:44 pm

Far be it for anyone to call you (or me for that matter)
opinionated. To each his own.
While I studied Pascal in Philosophy, I have no
familiarity with computer languages.
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