Is taking notes and highlighting in a Hebrew/English Tanakh considered defacing the text?


So long as you aren't erasing the text, recording content-related notes in a text's margins is a very traditional Jewish practice. Consider this page from a very old Tanakh:

page from aleppo codex from book of kings showing many markings in the margins

  • For the grammarians among us, I picked this page for a reason: who can spot Ben-Asher's 'typo'? – Double AA Oct 11 '13 at 3:21
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    enlighten us please? – Shalom Jun 14 '20 at 20:45
  • Would that be the extraneous dagesh in the lamed in אם־יש־לּי? – magicker72 Jun 15 '20 at 1:24
  • @magick ha that's a good answer, probably better than what I was thinking of. Cool that two seemingly distinct weird phenomena are so close within a couple lines of each other – Double AA Jun 15 '20 at 1:28
  • @DoubleAA Aha, I see what you had in mind. Nice. – magicker72 Jun 15 '20 at 1:45

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