Sunday, November 06, 2005

A Riddle For Parshat Noach

My younger daughter asked me this riddle at the Shabbos meal:
"With a kamatz he is one of three, with a cholam he's one of eight."
Do you know the answer?

Update: I just realized that my word for word translation from Hebrew to English is misleading. Here it goes again:
"With a kamatz he is one of three, with a cholam it is one of eight."


yaak said...

Probably not the answer you're looking for, but I'll take a wild stab at this:
We say:
וכל בניך למודי ה' ורב שלום בניך -
אל תקרי בניך, אלא בוניך

so the answer could be any one of the sons of No'ah. As "Banayich", sons, they are 1 of 3, but as "Bonayich", builders, as in the builders of the world, they were 1 of 8, which includes No'ah, his sons, and each of their wives.

Cosmic X said...


Great answer but not the one I'm looking for!

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