look at the “pink”. notice how the path of the visual fibers for the right visual field makes a perfect letter ayin.
look at the ‘grey”. notice how the path of the visual fibers for the left visual field makes a perfect reverse letter ayin.
notice the “optic chiasm”, the place where the two visual pathways intersect, where the two letter ayins intersect.
directly above this on the scalp is the exact location for the placement of the head Tefillin, bain aynaim.
OMH! totally blown away. WOW.
WoW! nice Feivel, thanks for sharing!
care to go through ALL the alef-beis letters. it would be extremely interesting.
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Merck changed the way they label their files. Try this:
Very interesting. The Gemara uses the fact of not making a bald spot being called “Bein Einayim” to prove that it means above the forehead by Tefillin as well. Academic researchers have pointed out that the phrase “between the eyes” means above the forehead in several ancient middle eastern works. Apparently it was a common idiom at the time (which highlights the anachronistic foolishness of the Karaites for being unable to realize that their simple reading of the words did not take context into account).
Though this is certainly a very cool Remez.
And what do the “academic researchers” propose as the origin of this enigmatic idiomatic phrase?
In order to see the aynayim more clearly, you need to pay attention only to the top half of the diagram and not the bottom half. The bottom half is the optic tract, a second set of neurons,not the original neurons that emanate from the eye.
feivel: That I do not know. I do know that they have 4 or 5 texts from the time that use the phrase. I don’t know if any of those pre-date the Torah (in terms of physical existence in this world), so it could be that they borrowed the phrase from the Jewish usage. Or it could have been a common phrase from another text, and Dibrah Torah K’lashon B’nei Adam. I could ask someone about this when I get the chance, but I don’t expect to be in contact with anyone in the field for quite a while.
Thank you sam
It was actually a rhetorical question.
Perhaps because that spot is the first large area that falls between the field of vision of both eyes.