When we say the blessing on commandments, such as Tefillin, there is a dagesh in the דּ of קדּשנו.

From what I have learnt a dagesh lene occurs when the בגד כפת starts a syllable and is not preceded by a vowel.

In קדּשנו the ק takes a vowel and breaks this rule. Is the dagesh in this instance a forte?

  • Definitely doubled. qiddeshanu is correct, not qidshanu. Syrian and Iraqi Jews are very particular about this.
    – pandichef
    Apr 17, 2019 at 1:47

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You have this one basically figured out. The dagesh there is indeed a dagesh forte, and thus the /d/ sound is to be geminated.

This word is in the Pi'el form and, generally speaking, Pi'el verbs take a dagesh forte in the middle consonant when possible.

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