We have a tradition, very often used in drush, that words deriving from the same root are really manifestations of the same idea in different facets.

In this context, what is the relationship between the words segulah (not sure of a good translation, means usually some kabbalistic custom) and segol (violet)? In the same vein, the word is used to mean "unique" in Shemos 19:5. What is the connection between these and the vowel segol?

  • 3
    Can you source this tradition?
    – Double AA
    Jul 13 '15 at 4:05
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    Where do you see segol meaning violet?
    – Double AA
    Jul 13 '15 at 4:05
  • @DoubleAA I heard this in shiurim from at least 3 of my rabbeim, not directly connected toceach other. Not sure about violet in Tanach, but is that the meaning used in Modern Hebrew?
    – gt6989b
    Jul 13 '15 at 4:16
  • The Hebrew-etymology blog Balashon discusses the word סגל. He says that this article tries to connect it to am segulah, but he doesn't think it's convincing.
    – Rish
    Jul 13 '15 at 4:39
  • @Rish this is very nice, if you write it as an answer, I'll be happy to accept it. It's not drushy but is nicely etymological.
    – gt6989b
    Jul 13 '15 at 10:42

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