Re: Rodesh Shalom Cemetery, NY #general

Judith Romney Wegner

At 7:29 AM +0200 7/25/06, yoni ben-ari wrote:
Could also be "Doresh Shalom".
In theory, yes; "doresh" shalom means "seeking" peace ( a milder
version of "rodef" shalom, "pursuing" peace). And one can easily
imagine a slip of the tongue turning "doresh" into "rodesh" - by
metasthesis -- especially if the speaker does not know Hebrew.

However, the actual phrase that occurs famously in Mishnah Tractate
Avot (routinely printed in our prayer books) is in fact "Rodef
Shalom" (see Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers 1:12, referring to
Aaron as I mentioned earlier).

Moreover, I just googled Rodef Shalom and discovered several
references to cemeteries with that name!

Incidentally, Google is an amazingly helpful source for both Hebrew
and Yiddish expressions in transliteration. It jogs my memory when
I am having a senior moment (all too frequently!) as well as teaching
me stuff I didn't know before! Highly recommended to all jgenners,
even the younger ones.

Judith Romney Wegner

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