A Drop Of Dikduk

Rabbi Mordechai Terebelo

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Parsha Bechukosai

The Statement: Vayikra 27:9 "Ve-eem Behayma Asher Yakrivoo Memenah Korban Lashem" And if the animal is from the ones which may be brought as a sacrifice to Hashem.

The Other Statement: Vayikra 27:11 "Ve-eem Kal Behayma Temayah Asher Lo Yakrivoo Memenah Korban Lashem" And if the animal is from the impure ones which may not be brought as a sacrifice to Hashem.

The Problem: The Taamim on both Pesukim are almost identical. In the first Posuk the Ve-eem Behayma has a Zakaf Katan combination. In the second Posuk it is a Kadma on Ve-eem followed with a Zakaf Katan on the Kal Behayma Temayah. The end of the first Posuk "Yakrivoo, Memenah, Korban, Lashem" and the end of the second Posuk "Lo Yakrivoo, Memenah, Korban, Lashem" both end in the same way. Both end in a Darga, Tevir, Tipcha, Sof Posuk combination. Which leads us to wonder why in the first Posuk the word Asher has a Kadma as it's Taam and in the second Posuk the word Asher has a Telisha Gedolah as it's Taam? The Taamim of the two Pesukim are so similar why suddenly does the Taam change on the word Asher?

The Solution: We have mentioned many times before, a difference between Taamim. Some are Mesharsim and some are Melachim. The Melachim represent a pause or a stress on the word while a word that is a Mesharays leads up or is a servant to the following word. The Kadma is a Mesharays while the Telisha Gedolah is a Melech. In the first Posuk which is in regard to the donation of an animal which may be used as a sacrifice the Torah uses a Mesharays. This is to allude to the fact that to donate a pure animal there are no stipulations. It is to be used directly for a sacrifice. Therefore the Taam is a Mesharays a Taam that has no stress, for there is no hindrance to it being brought as a Korban. There are no obstacles to it becoming holy.

In the case of the donation of the impure animal which will not be used as a Korban the Torah uses a Melech as it's Taam. This is to show stress. That it is not an easy task to donate an impure animal. It will have a difficult process. It will have to be appraised for it's value. It may be redeemed with an added fee levied on the one who redeems it. The donation of a non-Kosher animal is complicated, not easy and simple like the Kosher animal which is brought as a Korban. Therefore the Torah uses a Melech Taam such as the Telisha Gedolah to point out this difficult process.

From the Sharei Zimrah Shaar 5 Paragraph 9

Rabbi Mordecai Terebelo can be reached at MTEREBELO@juno.com

Rabbi Terebelo is Rav of Young Israel of Lawrenceville 5th-6th grade Rebbi at Bezalel Hebrew Day School of Lakewood NJ Member Kollel of Beth Medrash Govoha and Director of Partners in Torah Program of Lawrenceville NJ

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