Tuesday, April 19, 2005

קפיצת הדרך

i'm watching the second dune miniseries, and reveling in it. one thing what's always bothered me is one term, of which i now have discerned the origin.

Kwisatz Haderach is a term which means "Shortening of the Way." This is the label applied by the Bene Gesserit to the unknown for which they sought a genetic solution: a male Bene Gesserit whose organic mental powers would bridge space and time. Also known as "the one who can be many places at once."

The phrase Kwisatz Haderach קפיצת הדרך originally came from Hebrew (poss. originally Kfitsat or Kfitzat Haderech) and means "Jump ahead of the path", i.e. a significant breakthrough.

i would transliterate that rather as qfiSæt hæddrak - & i'll be looking deeper into it to recognise the origins and cognates. i think i recognise derek off the bat.

apparently, chani's name is a nickname for Hænnah חַנָּה "Grace, Charm, Mercy". Significantly, the same site observes the following about Hænnah:

[Hænnah] was a wife of Elkanah and the mother of the prophet Samuel as recorded in the Book of Samuel. Elkanah's other wife, Peninnah, had provided him with children, but Hannah was childless. Elkanah favored Hannah, but her rival Penninah taunted her because the Lord had not allowed her to bear children yet.

Hannah beseeched God to grant her a child, and vowed to give that child back to God. God granted her request, and she and Elkanah conceived the baby Samuel, whom she gave to the House of the Lord at Shiloh once he had been weaned. From that day, Samuel was in the care of the high priest Eli, living his life as a Nazirite.

In Judaism she is regarded as the prime role model for how to pray. Hannah's famous prayer in 1 Samuel 2 exalts the Lord's providence, power, sovereignty and holiness. This is read on the first day of Rosh Hashanah as the haftarah.

obviously, some of this relevant, particularly given her role as second wife, as most-beloved female figure of the series and because her son became the all-prescient god-king leto II.

thanks, explore literature.

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