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Dagesh: (a) emphasis; (b) a grammatical mark indicated by a dot inserted within certain Hebrew letters
Question: Why do some of the Hebrew letters have dots in them, and why do the same letters, in the same words, sometimes appear with dots and sometimes without? Answer: A prime example of this phenomenon is the name of the Egyptian king, Pharaoh, פרעה. In...
On the difference between Sepharadic and Ashkenazic pronunciation
My Sepharadi friends celebrate Shabbat, and my Ashkenazi friends call it Shabbos. The Sepharadim call a groom a chatan, and the Ashkenazim refer to him as a chosson. To bolster their claim, the Sepharadim evoke modern Hebrew pronunciation, which follows t...
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