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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tiveria, mayim, kol hashem, shir chadash, safah berurah

I was reading the info below on Wikipedia on Tiberian Hebrew.

The fact the mesora of diacritics and taamim owes to Tiveria, seems to give extra credence to the Petek Hakadosh, which fell in Tiveria.

Why should Tiveria be mesugal for all this? Could it be its association with water (Tiveria being one of the Four Holy Cities (bechinat four elements) of the Land of Israel: Jerusalem-fire, Hebron-earth, Tiberias-water, and Safed-air.

And Rabeinu associates kol/voice with nahar yotze me`eden/"a river went out from eden" (genesis 2) in LM II:8 where he writes about the future song y yk ykw ykwk. As is written: kol hashem al hamayim (ps. 29).

And water is Torah.

May we merit to the complete safah berurah soon!

Ki miztion tetze Torah... but ki mitveria yatzta pitka!

where did baruch sheamar fall?

Tiberian Hebrew designates the... traditional medieval pronunciation committed to writing by Masoretic scholars based in the Jewish community of Tiberias in the period ca. 750-950 CE. This written form employed diacritics added to the Hebrew letters: vowel signs and consonant diacritics (nequdot) and the so-called accents (two related systems of cantillation signs or te'amim), which together with the marginal notes (masora magna and masora parva) make up the Tiberian apparatus. (Though the written vowels and accents only came into use ca. 750 CE, the oral tradition they reflect is many centuries older, with ancient roots.)

While the Tiberian systems of vocalization and accentuation for the Hebrew scriptures represented a regional pronunciation, localized to Tiberias, Tiberian Hebrew was universally acknowledged as superior to other reading traditions....

As mentioned above, the Tiberian points were designed to reflect a specific oral tradition for reading the Tanakh. Later they were applied to other texts (one of the earliest being the Mishnah), and used widely by Jews in other places with different oral traditions for how to read Hebrew. Thus the Tiberian vowel points and cantillation signs became a common part of Hebrew writing...

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