[b-hebrew] Both right?

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Wed Dec 8 07:21:44 EST 2010

Isaac, once again, the Hebrew Language Academy is the farthest thing possible from a rabbinic institution. It is totally academic, and has absolutely no pretentions to any religious authority. 

You are correct, however, on one point. The Hebrew Language Academy has absolutely no authority to "rule" on the "correctness" of biblical Hebrew. Nor does it attempt to. It does publish various studies made by its individual members, each a recognized authority in his or her own academic field. Where the Hebrew Language Academy does set rules is for modern Hebrew, as the official language of the State of Israel. This is part of its mandate, as laid out in its government-given charter. The rules that it sets out are binding on official government offices and the Israeli education system; anyone else can and does continue to speak and to write as they wish.

Please stop making claims on matters that you refuse to first check out.

Yigal Levin


-----Original Message-----
From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Isaac Fried
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 1:32 PM
To: Pere Porta
Cc: b-hebrew List
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Both right?

1. A curious question. What do you mean by "are both forms right?",  
is the HB wrong?
2. I think that the dagesh preceded the NIYKUD. An unusual dagesh  
means, in my opinion, that the NAKDAN (or NAKDANIYM) decided to  
override an existing reading tradition.
2. A dagesh is expected after a QUBUC in a letter not marked by a Schwa.
3. Dr. SHAUL BARQALIY in his, widely used, "the complete table of names"
דר שאול ברקלי: לוח השמות השלם
brings both forms.
4. The Hebrew "Academy" has no authority to dictate right and wrong  
(even though they pretend to have it, speaking grandiosely about  
their "decisions" in this or that matter). Being a rabbinical  
institution they go out, anyway, from the assumption that the NIYKUD  
was handed down to Moses on mount Sinai.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Dec 8, 2010, at 2:02 AM, Pere Porta wrote:

> Noun (OZ, strength (Jd 9:51)
> We have in Ps 21:2 (FZKF, your strength (of a male)
> We have in Ps 66:3 (UZKF, your strength (of a male)
> (Both have dagesh in their letter Z)
> My question is: are both forms right?  Has the Academy of the Hebrew
> Language stated something hereon?
> Kind regards from
> -- 
> Pere Porta
> (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
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