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I will try to combine translation and cantilation analysis. The answer of @DoubleAA is of hight level. Without his help, I could not find the verse in Melachim and understand. But my conclusion, following Rashi in Vayera and the Targum on Melachim is different. For this reason, let me formulate my own response. The verse in Vayera (Genesis 18, ...


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The letters בגדכפת take a Dagesh Kal at the start of a word, unless they follow a word ending in אהוי. There are four major exceptions to this rule when the Dagesh Kal is there even after a word ending in אהוי, the first of which (called "Mafsik") is when the previous word had a pausal Trop note on it. So in Gen 18:5 or Jos 5:14 where the phrase means "No, ...


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The 2 possible Shabbat parshi'ot that can be read the most are Shmini (non-leap year) and Acharei Mot (leap year, as in this year). Both can be read a max of 8 times, exactly because of what you have stated in your question. Note that this only occurs in Diaspora. This leaves Diaspora one week behind Israel for a while. This year, the "evening" week, I ...


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Consider the quip that Shmini is read eight times when Pesach in Chutz La'aretz has the first and last day on Shabbas in a non leap year (so that Shmini is the parsha affected). Mincha, Mon, Thurs, Mincha, (skip Chol HaMoed ), Mincha, Mon, Thur, Shabbos. This is a well known riddle that children bring home when it happens. In 1991 for example This ...


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If the 2nd day of Pesach has a "doubt" as to whether it is the first or second day then we would probably read both that of the first day and that of the second which means we would have to remove 3 Sifrei Torah instead of 2, and would have to do the same every day except the 8th day. On Sukkot it is less of a problem as the 2nd day reading is Maftir only ...


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The most Sifrei Torah that can be taken out on 1 Shabbat is 5. And, actually, in many shuls, this will occur tomorrow morning and afternoon, so you may want to be there to witness a somewhat rare event. Here's how: 6 aliyot from parshat Tazri'a the 7th aliyah is from Pinchas for Shabbat Rosh Hodesh Maftir from parshat Bo for parshat Hachodesh A custom to ...


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R Josh Flug comments on this here (but I would note that this is more descriptive than explicative). The Mishna in Megillah 21a and the Gemara in Megillah 22b provide the formula for determining how many aliyot are called on each occasion: If it is a day that there is no Mussaf offering (or Mussaf prayer), such as an ordinary Monday and ...



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