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We have not had the Urim Vetumim (the insert with the name of Hashem put into the Choshen) since the end of the first temple. The Choshen (with the stones) was commanded as part of the Bigdei Kehunah (priestly garments), so the high priest wore one without the insert during the second temple. Since we do not have a temple (yet) we cannot have anyone wear the ...


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In answer to the question of "how", here is some explanation The אוּרִים ותוּמִים [sic], Urim V’tumim, served as a means of communicating with G-d. Rashi states, in Yomah 73b, that the High Priest could ask questions of G-d through the אוּרִים ותוּמִים [sic], and the letters that were etched in the stones would light up, providing answers to the ...


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The historical elision of a vowel preceding ד could explain the absence of a dagesh qal within it. Similar phenomena are seen in words like בִּנְפֹל and מַלְכֵי. The latter probably was pronounced like malak̲e at some point, since the absolute plural form מְלָכִים has an a vowel before k̲. See, for instance, p. 40 from Greenstein's "An Introduction to the ...



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