A number of our students subscribe to word of the day and today’s word, appropriately, is vernal. Vernal stems from the Latin word vernus meaning “pertaining to spring.” It is related to the word “verdant.”
My love of language and words has instilled a curiosity in how words come into being. For instance, what is the meaning and etymology of ‘curious’?
1. Eager to learn more
2. Unduly inquisitive; prying.
3. Arousing interest because of novelty or strangeness
Middle English, from Old French curios, from Latin crisus, careful, inquisitive, from cra, care; see cure.
I am curious to see if I introduce, alongside the weekly blog, a component called the Kabbalah word of the week that you, the readers, can suggest a meaning for the word. I will choose words that fit the definition of curious as, “arousing interest because of novelty or strangeness.”
If symbols become symbolic what do cymbals become? Cymbals have been utilized historically to suggest frenzy, fury or bacchanalian revels.
So what might your definition be for the word Cymbalic? (or cymbalism). Creativity is encouraged.
Please send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week I will revisit with you the process of the 50 day counting the omer which we start the second night of Passover—Saturday night April 7th (through the holiday of Shavuot—Saturday night May 26th). This will be the focus of the blog for the next two months.