Friday, May 26, 2006

Yom Yerushalayim - Parshas Digalim


אִישׁ עַל דִּגְלוֹ בְאֹתֹת לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם יַחֲנוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִנֶּגֶד סָבִיב לְאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד יַחֲנוּ

2 comments:

sars said...

why are their fingers like that?

Brooklyn Habiru said...

It is referencing the Pasuk in Tehillim 137 and I believe that perhaps the artist’s interpretation was in the light of an archer who without his 2 forefingers on his right hand is an easy target... and so the Pasuk in that context would mean "Oh Jerusalem if I forget you - then I am just as good as dead".

Interestingly I believe the English refer to this as the “two finger salute” and is meant as a vulgar sign [akin to the middle finger].