[Avodah] Fwd: A Different Approach to Sheidim

Zev Sero zev at sero.name
Fri Mar 15 13:11:07 PDT 2013

> The term sheid is often translated, unsatisfyingly, as "demon".

That translation is indeed unfortunate, and I think is the cause of much
misunderstanding.  I think a better translation is "fairy" (or "faerie",
if one is into modern fantasy).  Sheidim are the Fair Folk, sometimes
helpful, sometimes hateful, who don't quite exist and yet have tangible

Zev Sero               A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and
zev at sero.name          substantial reason' why he should be permitted to
                        exercise his rights. The right's existence is all
                        the reason he needs.
                            - Judge Benson E. Legg, Woollard v. Sheridan

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