In the third parashah of Shema' (maftir from P' Shelach) we have a divergence of cantillation on the words ולא תתורו. In R' Wolf Heidenheim (see Koren for a contempary example) these words are cantillated with kadma veazla (ול֨א תת֜ורו) whereas in Breuer (Keter Yerushalayim) they are tied together and vocalised with an azla-geresh (ולא־תת֜ורו).

What is the mesorah of these two variants ?

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    "What is the mesorah of these two variants?" What does this mean? I don't know what you are asking. Please be more precise
    – Double AA
    Commented May 4, 2021 at 2:34
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    Duplicate? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/111989/15256 Commented May 4, 2021 at 5:00
  • As a Sepharadi who witnesses chazanim read it with a Kadma veAzla daily even though the siddurim we commonly use do not have that, I'm very happy you posed this question.
    – MDjava
    Commented May 5, 2021 at 14:46

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All the Tiberian manuscripts (and here, here, here, and here) and the majority of the other (Ashkenazi/Sephardi) old manuscripts* have a maqef, followed by the Venice Mikraot Gedolot and other historically important printed editions.

The testimony to no maqef consists of a handful of old Ashkenazi manuscripts*, followed by some printed editions in the last 150 years or so.

Suffice to say that the weight of evidence is on the side of the maqef.

* See a fuller list of manuscripts here, with the key here (PDF downloads).

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