Haifa Cape, the Blue Snail and Capability

When we take a walk on Haifa beaches, especially at the south shore, there is a great chance that we shall see the blue snail.

In ancient times the locals used to produce from it the blue color as well as the purple color. That’s why in the Romans times Haifa used to be called after the blue snail in Latin, Porphyron.

The color purple in hebrew is Segol, from this noun was created the verb mesugal meaning “capable”. So when we we see the color purple this is to remind us that we are capable.

Also in Hebrew we use Nikud as vowels: Segol סֶגול

for the sound E

is written with three dots, unlike the Tzere which has only two dots, Tzere is like Tzar צר, narrow, while the Segol is a broad way, because when we have two dots its like two opposites directions, and the third, the additional one, Segol has the capability to bridge the two opposite directions, creating a new way a middle way, containing the opposites using them as a basic to bare a new way which is capable to live with.

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Eti Shani was born in Israel and has been teaching Hebrew for more than 10 years with a special interest and experience in ancient Hebrew scriptures and culture. She's also the author of a series of books for novice and intermediate Hebrew learners.

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  • PB

    Is there a difference in the pronunciation of a segol and a tsere?
    I often hear the expression עם סגולה. Is this the same root?
    In the dictionary, I saw many words that seem to have the same root letters. Should I try to learn them all at once? If so, how?

    • Eti Shani

      There is a connection to עם סגולה, the meaning is the people who are capable.
      Your question shows that you connected the root ס.ג.ל with the noun עם סגולה.
      when writing this post i considered to write the connection that you pointed, but in a second thought i did not write it, in order to give the reader some space to think and and find the relation between letters, roots and understandings.
      As for your question, “Should I try to learn them all at once ?” Leonard Cohen answers, “One by one, the guests arrive” (The Guests). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxj5fvHpCpc