Sundog (blkrabbitofinle) wrote in thequestionclub,
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I'm not sure if this is just a semantic thing, or if it's got something to do with the Jewish culture/language that I'm not knowledgeable about. This part of one of the stories about King Solomon confuses me a little, though;

As soon as Solomon read the inscription, the smile vanished from his face. The jeweler had written three Hebrew letters on the gold band: gimel, zayin, yud, which began the words "Gam zeh ya'avor" -- "This too shall pass."

Is this saying that the ring was basically carved with the WTF of the Jewish days of yore? It was literally the first letter of each word, but it was a common enough phrase that the meaning was easily interpreted?
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