Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I use the ArtScroll sidurim (prayer books), which include a great many vertical bars between adjacent words of the three paragraphs of "Sh'ma", wherever the editors felt people may come to slur adjacent words together. Unfortunately, these vertical bars look exactly like the vertical bars used as cantillation marks. Thus, although the sidurim include cantillation marks, any p'sik (or pasek) or munach l'garmeh is lost among the plethora of vertical bars thrown in by the ArtScroll editors. Is there any such p'sik or munach l'garmeh in "Sh'ma", and, if so, where?

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The only such 'real' (cantillation) vertical bar in the three paragraphs of "Sh'ma" appears before the word "echad" in the first pasuk. (It represents a p'sik.) (Source: two good-quality chumashim.)

share|improve this answer
This agrees with the pointing in the Keter Yerushalayim, ArtScroll, and Koren Tanachs, as well as every tikkun I've seen. In my opinion, the editors of the ArtScroll siddur went a little overboard with guiding the reader on correct phrasing. It's particularly noticeable in opening pasuk of the Shema, where (in my edition) they have managed to indicate a pause between every word (either a comma or a pasek). – Ted Hopp Sep 24 '12 at 1:08

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.