Word of the Day / Ekdakh: How a precious stone became a pistol
The Hebrew word for pistol hadn't always been the name of a means of death: In its single biblical reference, the word refers to the pearly gates.
I’m a peacenik, so I don’t much like or want to write about words of violence or war. However, since the end of this bout of violence between Israelis and Palestinians is nowhere in sight, I guess it’s my duty to write a few war related words of the day. So here it is: ek-DAKH - the Hebrew word for pistol.