Word of the Day Sha'on: How Diaspora in Ancient Babylon Brought Meaning to Time

It took a rabbi to find a short solution to a long-standing problem of what to call a clock.

The ingenious contraptions by which we tell time, whether watches or clocks, are called by Hebrew speakers "sha'on" (sha-ON) in the singular and "sha'onim" (sha-o-NIM) in the plural.