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Further Insights on Cantillation

Further Insights on Cantillation

In the three books of Emeth, there are many verses that conclude with a series of connected words, whereas in the other books, such a series would demand a number of mafsiqim preceding the end of the verse. However with regards to the beginnings of verses, the opposite is true, when we deal with unusually … Continue reading

What Belongs in Your Siddur: a Dagesh or a Comma?

What Belongs in Your Siddur: a Dagesh or a Comma?

Recently, I was privileged to be part of fun yet esoteric discussion on matters of Hebrew grammar. First some background: there is a grammatical phenomenon in Biblical Hebrew known as “nasog ahor,” literally, “stepped back.” In certain words that are accented on the last syllable but have an earlier syllable that is open, then sometimes … Continue reading

Exposition of the Book of Numbers, Part 3

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6) The book of Numbers has a number of sections in which the verses’ structures, both syntactical and cantillational, create noticeable patterns. Many have a song-like quality to them, and some are actually sung by the reader during the public Torah reading. If you review the … Continue reading