Who knows thirty-seven?
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37 were King David's mighty men (II Sam. 23:23-39).
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.
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?