Maggid

Abe Gross argross at bigpond.net.au
Mon May 5 03:02:07 EDT 2003


 1:54 PM
Subject: Re: Maggid


> On Sat, 3 May 2003, Abe Gross wrote:
>
> |A "Maggid" (sometimes spelled other ways in English) is a (usually
> |itinerarnt) Jewish preacher or teacher popular in Europe, though not used
> |now as a contemporoary term, AFAIK. I've often wondered if DWJ may have
seen
> |this term somewhere and decided to use it for her Maggids. It's pronouced
> |"MAH-ggid" and is a Hebrew word.

Deborah wrote:

> You know, I never thought of this, because I pronounce the Hebrew word
> "Ma GEED" (which is the Sphardic Hebrew pronounciation) and the DWJ
> word, for whatever reason, is "MAY gid" for me.  But I like the
> synchronicity!

If I'd seen the word with a small "m" I'd also have pronounced it with the
stress on the second syllable, but because I saw it as a title, I
immediately remembered all those Jewish History lessons and that meaning
just leapt right at me!

Ros

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