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CHAT: Kwisatz Haderach (was: Hi from Ukraine)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Monday, November 26, 2001, 5:36
Andreas Johansson wrote:
>Steg Belsky wrote: >> > Steg Blesky wrote: >> > > "kwisatz haderach is a strange way of saying qefitzat >> > hadderekh." >> >> > What does "qefizat hadderekh" mean?
>>It's a Hebrew phrase meaning literally _a jumping of the path_. It's the >>'technical' term for a type of miracle in which a journey that should >>take a long time only takes a very short time.
Jorge Luis Borges must have had this in mind in his story "The Secret Miracle". (He often referred to, and was presumably familiar with, various works of the Jewish mystical tradition.) In the story, a Jewish writer is about to be executed by a Nazi firing squad; his main regret is that he won't be able to finish a play, which he feels would have been his masterpiece. He hears the order given to fire; then, in his mind, he completely rethinks, revises, rewrites, and finishes the play, and is satisfied...then the bullets hit him. re "Kwisatz Haderach" (sp?)
>It's a kind of Messiah that the "Bene Gesserit" (may've misspelt that)
No, it's right. Latin: 'It will have done well'-- though I think the official version is incorrectly passive: it will have been done well. Somehow out-of-place Latin (was the BG supposed to be some sort of descendant of the Roman Church?) in that sea of slightly odd Arabic. (My first pb copy of Dune didn't have a glossary IIRC; I assumed Bene was some sort of corruption relatable to Hebrew "Bnai".)


Anton Sherwood <bronto@...>Bene Gesserit