Friday, May 26, 2006

Yom Yerushalayim - Parshas Digalim

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


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].