Sunday, May 20, 2007

Aseres HaDibros

Mossad Harav Kook’s Toras Chaim Chumash subtracts two Psukim from the Torah in the Aseres HaDibros – both in Yisro and Va’eschanan. They do this by substituting an Esnachta for a Sof Pasuk on the word “Avadim” at the end of the first Dibbur, and continue until “Al Panoy.” (in the Taam HaTachton.) This presents problems both with the “Kol Pesuki D’lo Pasik Moshe” aspect – who’s correct – them or the rest of the Chumashim? And also there is the problem of them making all Mareh Mekomos that refer to the pesukim from Lo Yihyeh onwards (until the end of the Perakim) incorrect.

Another thing that the Toras Chaim Chumash does is that in the Taam HaElyon it DOES start a new Pasuk at Lo Yihyeh, unlike other Chumashim which continue as one pasuk until Lo Sisa.

Another aspect of this whole issue is that the Simanim at the end of the Parshios for the number of Pesukim is only accurate if we count is certain ways. In Yisro it will only be accurate if we count the Pesukim in the Toras Chaim Chumash’s Taam HaElyon, and in VaEschanan it is only accurate if we count according to the standard chumashim’s Taam HaElyon.

Does anyone have any insight in this?


Blogger Ari Kinsberg said...

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13/6/07 4:24 AM  
Blogger Ari Kinsberg said...

all bible texts published by mosad harav kook are based on the edition prepared by r. mordechai breuer

on breuer, see

he explains the trop to the first two pesukim in depth in his "dividing the decalogue into verses and commandments" in The Ten Commandments In History and Tradition, ed. Ben Zion Segal (1990), pp. 291-330.

13/6/07 4:25 AM  
Blogger Moshe Y. Gluck said...

Thank you, I'll have to try to get a copy of that book.

22/7/07 12:41 AM  
Anonymous Yitzhak said...

The Kesav Ve'hakabalah has a fascinating discussion of the different verse totals of the Decalogue reflected in the various masoretic notes. He claims that there are actually four versions of the division of the decalogue into verses: a) 12 verses - our tahton b) 9 verses - our elyon c) 13 verses - our tahton but with anochi and lo yiheh split into two d) 10 verses - our elyon but with anochi and lo yiheh combined into one. He maintains that the four masoretic totals (end of yisro, end of shemos, end of va'es'hanan and end of devarim) actually reflect the four versions; do the arithmetic and you'll see that he's apparently correct. [I first came across this dicussion of his in an issue of the Ihud Be'hidud weekly ...]

2/8/07 2:05 AM  
Blogger Moshe Y. Gluck said...

Wonderful! Thank you very much. If anyone else wants to see it, it's all the way at the end of HaKsav VeHakabalah, after Sefer Devarim.
(I must have missed that week's Ichud Bechidud.)

2/8/07 2:22 AM  

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