[b-hebrew] Gen 1:16 Tifha

Avi Wollman avi.wollman at gmail.com
Tue Sep 5 02:27:23 EDT 2006

yonah said:
"Don't forget that an important function of the trope is to tell you
how to CHANT the verse"

And I'll forget because the trope is to SING not CHANT. as the bible is a song.


On 9/5/06, Yonah Mishael <yonahmishael at gmail.com> wrote:
> IMHO, there is no significance to את and ואת taking the mercha accent
> in Genesis 1:1 instead of being attached to the following words via
> makkef (־). I think we're really stretching for meaning here. The
> accents that really indicate meaning are major disjunctives. Mercha is
> a connector. The trope pattern of Genesis 1:1 is
> This is one of the most common and simple trope patters in all of the
> Torah. I think it would be a waste of time and energy to sit and try
> to think of reasons in every verse for the placement of these accents.
> You have to think in terms of *phrases* when dealing with trope, and
> there is nothing overly significant about this trope phrase
> whatsoever. There are only two major disjunctives (ETNACHTA and SOF
> PASUK). If you're going to question anything, you should question why
> the ETNACHTA is placed on אלהים instead of on another word, but even
> that is a fruitless question since it is logically the middle of the
> verse -- in many verses this is not the case.
> Don't forget that an important function of the trope is to tell you
> how to CHANT the verse. Is there always a reason for specific notes on
> specific words in every song? Sometimes, you just have to put notes on
> a word to get to the next word in the phrase. The notes themselves do
> not matter so much as the overall pattern.
> שלום
> Yonah
> On 9/4/06, Chris and Nel <wattswestmaas at eircom.net> wrote:
> > Hi Kelton, you said:
> > ------------------------
> > I always took the tifha marker to act like a comma instead of making
> > something repeat itself twice.  I would take the "ve`et hacocaviym' as a
> > third object of the verb `asah.
> > ------------------------
> >
> > 1.    Please could you tell me why there is no maqqef joining the et and the
> > final word?  This all seems irrelevant because in one sense the meaning is
> > still one of clarity.  I am simply trying to understand the masoretes'
> > descisions here to put this in or leave that out etc etc.
> >
> > thankyou,
> >
> > Chris
> > Ireland.
> >
> >
> --
> Yonah Mishael ben Avraham
> Joplin, MO
> yonahmishael at gmail.com
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