Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The quote-hunter spots another one

For earlier quote-hunter fun, see my old series here.

I'm listening to the haftarah (2 Samuel 22:1-51) on the seventh day of Pesach/Passover when a word jumps off the page: "chashkiy." As in:

כט כִּי-אַתָּה נֵירִי, יְהוָה; {ס} וַיהוָה, יַגִּיהַּ חָשְׁכִּי. {ר}

29 For Thou art my lamp, O LORD; and the LORD doth lighten my darkness.

Oh, I get it: "chashkiy," as in "choshech (darkness) sheli (of mine)."

But that's not why the word jumps off the page--"chashkiy" jumps off the page because this is only the second place in my life that I'm heard that word. After some considerable head-scratching as to whose song I'd first heard it in, I finally realized that it was part of an old Diaspora Yeshiva Band song. But I couldn't remember which one. So I went looking for it just now on my office computer, and found it in a song called "L'oro," from The Diaspora Yeshiva Band Collection, Disc 1. I'm not sure that this is the exact text being quoted, since there's at least one word (Elokai) in the song that doesn't appear in this quote, but it's close enough. :)

Yep, I found "chaskiy" in a song. "But it's Sefirah!," some of you protest. "Why are you listening to music during Sefirah?" Good question . . .


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