Friday, December 26, 2008

Has anyone heard of this?

חשמנאי = ח' שמן

A friend of mine who is a recent Baal Teshuva and is just starting to learn Hebrew noticed that the word Chashmonai implies Chet Shemen, that is to say, the people of the 8 days of oil.

Seems like a pretty obvious Remez but I have never seen it or heard it before.  Have any of you seen this somewhere before or is it his Chiddush?

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