Имян Отчествович Фамильев (nomen_nescio) wrote,
Имян Отчествович Фамильев

Из статьи о Саадье-гаоне в Encyclopaedia Judaica

It is still more astonishing to read his “Shir shel ha-Otiyyot,” which he wrote on each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, including the final letters. On each he composed two couplets which, by words and biblical allusions, give the number of times that particular letter occurs in the Bible. Each poem, in addition to giving the precise figure, conveys an idea. The lines written on alef will serve as an illustration:
אהל מכון בניני
ששם עלו זקני
הקהל עשו קרבני
ולזבח תודה באו בני
… the meaning of which is as follows:
“The Temple, the foundation of all buildings, To which the elders of Israel went on pilgrimage, And where the people offered sacrifices, And the children of Israel came to sacrifice a thanksgiving offering.”

The number of times the letter alef ( אֹהל ) occurs in the Bible corresponds to the numerical value of the initial letters of the words following אהל , that is
, 42,377 =) מ״ב (אלף) שע״ז ),
the mnemonics for which are הקהל (Neh. 7:66, “The whole congregation [ הקהל ] together was forty and two thousand three hundred and three score”)
and ולזבח (Num. 7:17, “And for the sacrifice [ ולזבח ] of peace-offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year,”
making a total of 42,360+17.

[Abraham Solomon Halkin / Haggai Ben-Shammai (2nd ed.)]

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