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Who knows thirty-seven?

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37 were the years that King Yehoyachin spent in prison in Babylonia (II Kings 25:27, Jer. 52:31).

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From yesterday, 37 months in 3 Hebrew years (usually)

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37 were King David's mighty men (II Sam. 23:39).

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Thirty-seven is the word לז, "that."

Many languages have different words for "this" (something close), "that" (something further), and even "that thing far over there."

My impression is that we have "zeh/zot" which gets used most of the time (with a lot of discussion whether "zu/zo" is a variant of this, something else, an Aramaic version, etc.); but occasionally biblically, Talmudically, and even later, לז was used as "that over there", but it never really became a popular word. Does anyone know anything about this?


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Rashbam (to Gen. 24:65 and 37:19) states that indeed "laz(eh)" means "that thing (or person) far away over there." In the latter place he contrasts them using French terms: "halazeh" = "c'il," for something far away; "hazeh" = "c'est," for something right at hand. – Alex May 13 '10 at 17:15
ברוך שכיוונתי . Thanks Alex. – Shalom May 14 '10 at 11:54

37 is the ordinal-value (alef = 1 ... tav = 22) gematria of "חכמה" (wisdom) and the reverse (in decimal representation) of the regular (1 ... 400) gematria of the same word (73).

Also, if you multiply it by 3, you get 111.

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37 is the second part of the Sod HaRatzon which is the 50 Shaarei Binah made up of 13 and 37 (Aderes Eliyahu in Parshas Ha'azinu verse 3).

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37 is of blessed memory. (ז"ל)

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