Monday, August 17, 2009

HH and Blogging 300

The latest Haveil Havalim is available here. Special thanks to Mottel for including my translation software post.

And in somewhat related news, it turns out that last week’s inaugural edition of Fish Tank Friday was my 300th post.

Which naturally begs the question - as my Heblish-speaking kids would say - “what’s the kesher?” Is there some deep and profound significance to this random bit of trivia? Does it serve to teach us an important lesson?

Moreover, what are we to make of the fact that the combined gematriah of אוקיינוס (ocean), ים (sea), and דג (fish) is 300?

Perhaps it’s a sign or omen – a la the Rosh Hashanah simanim – for my posts to multiply like fish?

Maybe it’s an indication that this blog is coming along swimmingly?

I have no idea.

But feel free to think of your own connections.

And remember, the more farfetched and convoluted the better…



  1. What kind of a word is אוקיינוס - is it used? Doesn't look Hebrew, perhaps Aramaic?

    Like your fishy streams of consciousness.

  2. How do you know the blog is coming along "swimmingly"? Maybe it's "flounder"ing? Maybe it needs a "tuna-p"? But I won't "carp" on that....

  3. Leora - I suspect that it may be Greek. In any event, the word appears in the Gemara. For instance, the description of what we now refer to as the water cycle begins with the words, "the entire world - from the waters of the אוקיינוס, it drinks..." (BT Taanit 9b)

    In modern Hebrew, the five oceans are known as חמשת האוקיינוסים. (For example, the Pacific Ocean is האוקיינוס השקט.)

  4. I can see that you're getting into Elul, preparing yourself for the chaggim. 300 is a very impressive number.
    Chodesh Tov!

  5. Muse - I can't believe that tomorrow night is already Rosh Chodesh Elul IY"H!

    חודש טוב to you too.


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