Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Sfirafied

Driving in the car with Iguana (age 9):

Iguana: So....what can we listen to? Do you have anything that's sfirafied?

Me: ...sphere-o-fied?

Iguana: Yeah, sfirafied. You know. What's it called when you have singing but no music?

Me: You mean a capella?

Iguana: Huh?

Me: Sfirafied...did you make up that word?

Iguana: (laughing) Yeah!

Me: Good one.

10 comments:

Stacey said...

LOL. I assumed it was a Hebrew word and was searching the deep recesses of my brain to try to remember it!!

Rebecca said...

what an imagination on that one!

Essie said...

Too funny!

Shira Salamone said...

:) :) :)

Eshet Chayil said...

sefirafied. lol How cute. I'm gonna have to use that.

Kiwi the Geek said...

:o? What's Sfira?

PsychoToddler said...

click the link in the post

Kiwi the Geek said...

'Sfirafied' is based on 'Sefirat'? I didn't catch that the first time.

PsychoToddler said...

The time between Passover and Pentecost (shavuot) is called "Sfira", referring to Sfirat Haomer, counting the omer.

During that time, it is customary to be in mourning for the thousands of students of Rabbi Akiva who died during that time, and also for many other tradgedies that have befallen the Jews during that time over the millennia.

When orthodox Jews refer to "sfira", they're talking about the time period, but also they are referring to all the things they can't do, like listen to music, go to movies, or get haircuts.

There is a genre of Jewish music popping up called "sfira music", which is basically a capella music, which derives its legitimacy from the assumption that the ban on music refers only to music played by instruments, which is not entirely clear.

So when Iguana refers to "sfirafied music", she really means a capella music.

Kiwi the Geek said...

Thanks, PT. I understood all that, I just didn't make the connection between 'Sfirafied' and 'Sfirat Haomer' until the second time I read the link. I guess I'm dense. ;o)