[b-hebrew] Someone knows?

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Mon Apr 18 06:37:24 EDT 2011

Yes! In Rt 1:7 IMAH has a dagesh in the M instead of a yod. In Rt  
1:18 ITAH has a dagesh in the T instead of a yod. In 1Sm 1:13 LIBH  
has a dagesh in the B instead of a yod.
I find the spelling אימא with a yod not only offensive, but also  
an insult to the human intelligence.
The occasional "debates" within the Israeli society about reforming  
the Hebrew script are exercises in futility; orthodoxy will never  
allow it.
There is this interesting instance of the spelling of HERAYON,  
'pregnency', that the Hebrew "Academy" "mandates" should be written  
HYRAYON with a yod, an "edict" routinely spurned by the public.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Apr 18, 2011, at 2:11 AM, Pere Porta wrote:

> Isaac,
> I remark in you some rebellion or disdain or contempt of the  
> "official" spellings.
> You should deepen more into these "official" spellings, namely  
> those of the Academy of the Hebrew Language (and not those of  
> Wikipedia).
> In the hasar haniqud, )M) takes a yud  -)YM)-, yes.
> But (MH (Rt 1:7), )TH (Rt 1:18); LBH (1Sm 1:13) and many others  
> take NO yud.
> We all -me, Pere, included-  need a cure of humility, Isaac.
> Concerning you proposal of keeping the dagesh even in the usual  
> unpointed  Israeli script, have you followed these last times the  
> debate on the Reform of the Hebrew writing, which debate was born  
> just inside the Academy and was started by M. Mishor ( himself a  
> member of the Academy)?
> Heartly,
> Pere Porta
> (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)

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