As a long-time Ba'al Kri'ah (Torah reader), I am looking for ways to refine my skill. I realize that there are numerous specifics involved in reading, such as the following:
- Places where a change of accent from the 1st to the last syllable or vice versa changes the meaning of the word. (mil'el vs. milra)
- Use of the nosav achor rule - e.g. a word which is usually accented on the last syllable will have its accent shift back one syllable if the following word is a 1-syllable word. This is done to avoid having to consecutive accented syllables.
- Places where the wrong trope (cantillation) changes the meaning of the verse. (One of the purposes of trope notes is for syntax.)
I think there is a book around that goes through each parsha (weekly Torah reading) and outlines all the "anomalies" or places within each parsha where the Torah reader should pay attention. I don't recall what this book is. Can someone recommend or locate this and know if I can find this book in any Judaica store or order online?
BTW - While I hope to peruse this myself, I hope to train 1 or 2 gabba'im on this as well. In general, I think few gabba'im are aware of these nuances, and they should be educated!