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See here that the letter (chart on the right) that the letter tzaddi - צ - has one of the lowest frequencies in the Hebrew alphabet. Only tet is lower. That is from anywhere in the word. A better frequency chart would be for the start of words. In terms of vav, while it is frequent even in the beginning of words, this is only as a connective letter, meaning ...


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From what I understand, your second question is based on the assumption that every column begins what a Vav. While this seems to be common practice, it is frowned upon by the Poskim who seem to claim that it has no basis in halacha. See for example the Keseth HaSofer at the end of Ch. 4 - and the footnote there. He claims that the ווי העמודים - as it's ...


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I discovered that the מגילת אסתר of the תורה שלֵמה has some answers: For פרמשתא, citing מדרש רבי עקיבא בן יוסף על אותיות קטנות:‎ פרמשתא, ש׳ ת׳ של פרמשתא קטנה, הסר פ׳ ור׳ וישאר שמתא.‏ This one is hard to translate and explain. So I'll leave it as is. For ויזתא: The Gemara in Megila (16b) says in the name of Rav Yochanan - the Vav of ...


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The HaEmek Dovor explains unexpected dageshim as an intensification of the meaning. Thus, in Gen 43:26 he says that: the dagesh in the Aleph indicates the strength of the bringing, to show that each one tried to present the gift with their own hand rather than have one or two of the brothers bring it on behalf of all of them. This was in order to show ...


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This is the picture from my sefer, which experts have identified as either German or Czech. As you can see, there is a beis visible inside the Peh but it made neither in the style of the old European Bet Yosef ksav nor the Mishna Berurah's modification.


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Chasdei Dovid explains per Rashi that says Bas Kuf K'Bas Chaf L'Yofi that Sara was as beautiful at 100 as a 20 year old. Therfore there is a small Chaf as he did not cry regarding her lost beauty, he cried regarding the loss of her Yiras HaChet.


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Sometimes the name changes because it spells a "bad" idea, but sometimes it's done because the other one is just nicer. 1910 - תר"ע became עת"ר (from Ra - bad) 1912 - תרע"ב became תער"ב (like here) (from Rav - hunger) 1917 - תרע"ז became עזר"ת (like here) (Ezras - help) 1919 - תרע"ט became עטר"ת (like here) (Ateres - crown) 1938 - תרצ"ח became תרח"צ ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe addresses this in a letter included in the appendices to Likkutei Sichos vol. 16. He gives several explanations: According to the מהר״ש מאסטרופוליא הי'ד: Each of the names have a gematria of 9 in mispar katan - except NaB (5+2 = 7). BaN on the other hand, does have a mispar katan of 9, since a final nun has a mispar gadol of 700. The ...


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The Aruch Hashulchan writes that one is allowed to write spare contracts. He says that we don't say that it looks like a lie (the scribe writes that someone borrowed money before it happened) unless there are witnesses signed there. However, he says that some say not to write the last part of the contract (the Toref). This is usually taken care of by not ...


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See the article on parashah in Wikipedia . Some extracts from it: A parashah formally means a section of a biblical book in the masoretic text of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible).[1] In the masoretic text, parashah sections are designated by various types of spacing between them, as found in Torah scrolls, scrolls of the books of Nevi'im or Ketuvim ...


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It's very common in some of the manuscripts - for example, the codex of the Prophets from the Qaraite synagogue in Cairo, which was written by Moshe ben Asher. There, it features in every the occasional consonantal aleph (and might therefore be understood to be a mappiq). This is generally considered to have been a feature of the Palestinian vocalisation ...


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I was told that the reason is that since there is no 'thousands' letter equivalent, we tend to show it as a separate indicator. It is similar to people who write the secular year as a two digit rather than a four digit number. Thus, the thousand indicator is shown as the letter with an apostrophe.


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ה׳ רֹעִי לֹא אֶחְסָר is the quotation from Psalm 23. The other can be worded various ways. One is ה׳ מַחְסִי (from Ps. 91:9). In general, to find the original Hebrew of a verse in the Jewish Bible, try Mechon Mamre; to find the Hebrew of an arbitrary English phrase likely to be in the Bible, search the same site.


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If this question is relevant to you, consult your rabbi. (Indeed, if it's relevant to you, then you're getting married — mazal tov! — and should have someone officiating your wedding who knows the main rules, knows how to find out the other rules, and will be able to answer this question for you.) But for background information, here's a source: ...


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Yod, like most other letters, can only get a dot in it called a "dagesh chazak." This indicates that the affected consonant should be geminated, or doubled the way you would double, e.g. the 'b' sound in "subbasement." So, for the word in your example, שִיֵּץ, you would say "shiy-yatz" rather than "shiyatz," and your name would be pronounced "Chay-ya" ...


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שֵׂטִים (also written סֵטִים) occurs in Tehillim 101:3 and Hoshea 5:2 and translates to something like "deeds/people that veer." Rashi on the verse from Hoshea connects this word to the root also found in the more common word סוטה‎ sotah: סטים - לשון כי תשטה אשתו (במדבר ה') לסור מן הדרך דישטולמנ"ט בלע"ז Setim - This language is used in the verse ...


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See the תורה שלמה: ולבכתה, כ׳ קטנה כל מי שאינו בוכה על אדם כשורה [כשר] כ״ף וכ״ף וכ״ף פורעין לו (מדרש אותיות קטנות) In the footnote he writes: ובהערות המו״ל בדפוס פריז מעיר אולי ר״ל מי שאינו מכה כף על כף. [כלשון יחזקאל כ״א, י״ט ... ] לצרה של אדם כשר מכה לו ה' בכפו The phrase וְהַךְ כַּף אֶל כָּף in יחזקאל- refers to the clapping of mourners. See Rashi ...


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Sefer Ziknei Machane Yehuda - page 57 - in the name of Rabbi Shalom Shachana M'Lublin says that according to the Gemara Bava Basra 16b, Avraham had a daughter named Bakol. He says that she died at the same time as Sara. Without the Chaf the remaining letters spell U'Lbita and for his daughter, as Avraham came to mourn both his wife and his daughter at the ...


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In Yermiyahu 25:26, there is a mention of King of Shishah (מלך ששך), AFAIR the commentators say that the talk is about the King of Bavel (מלך בבל) because shishah = bavel in atbash. Also mentioned here.


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because if it were termed נ"ב then it wouldn’t equal 9 in “the small number gematria” value. The “small number gematria value” comes down to this: were I to add 2+4+6 I’d of course arrive at 12. If I were to add the 1 and 2 of the figure 12 I’d arrived at just now, I’d then arrive at the number 3, which is the “small number gematria” value of the original ...


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Contrary to what the previous answer states, there can be a phonemic difference in many of these instances. If one pronounces an unaspirated /bet/ as a /waw/, for example, it might be mistaken for a conjunctive; if one usually differentiates between a /tav/ and a /sav/, the use of the former in a situation where the previous word sounds as though it ...


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Rabbi Zirkind was commissioned to write R"T for Rav Feinstein. The Rebbe was told by R'Feinstein that his were missing from the old country and couldn't find a qualified pair to replace them, nor a sofer. The Rebbe said that if he could get him a pair of kosher R"T's would he were them. And so Rabbi Zirkind wrote for R'Feinstein. The mesora as per authentic ...



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