Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Torah reading of Shavuot


On the first day of Shavuot, we read the presentation of the Torah at Sinai in order to commemorate that event.

We traditionally use a unique set of musical notes to read the "Ten Commandments" portion of that reading. This altered way to read the musical notes serves one purpose of marking this reading as special, but there is a second purpose as well: the different set of notes actually breaks up the sentences differently from the regular set of notes, providing another layer of meaning for the text.

(Chizkuni to Shmot 20:2)

Have a great day,

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