Yesterday I’m providing a little family tech support in Microsoft Outlook. I’m advising them how to sort their contacts when I spot this peculiar phrase among the list of sortable fields: given yomi. Having never heard the phrase, I did a little research.
I didn’t get all that far, but apparently ‘Daf Yomi’ refers to a daily page of the Talmud that Jews read each day. With 2711 folios or pages in the Talmud, it takes about seven and a half years to complete the entire cycle.
Could ‘Given Yomi’ refer to the particular page that was up on the day of your birth? Or are you essentially assigned a particular page at some point in your young life? Clearly my Yiddish scholarship is pretty weak, but it’s possibly the first time ever that a Microsoft product actually taught me something. I welcome corrections and kvetching from my Jewish readers.