A Drop Of Dikduk

From
Rabbi Mordechai Terebelo

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Parshas Terumah

The Statement: Perek 25:5 "VeOros Ailim Meadamamim and the red skins of the rams". Rashi Explains that the skins were dyed after they were worked over by a tanner.

The Question: From where did Rashi see that the skins were dyed? Why didn't Rashi understand the Posuk to mean rams that had red skins naturally?

The Answer: The letter Mem in the beginning of the word is why Rashi explains it to mean that the skins were dyed. Had the skins been naturally red the Posuk would have described them as Adumim. The Mem in the beginning of the word is part of the Binyan called Hifeel. This Binyan in the Paool form is refers to an object and the action that was done to it. An example is the word Moofkad which means it was given to be held as a security or to be watched. The Mem in the front of the word tells us of an action that was done to the object. In this case Rashi understood that the action of turning red was done to these skins. It was not merely naturally red but rather it was dyed red through an action. Therefore Rashi saw in the Mem at the beginning of the word that they were dyed red and not naturally red.

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