A Drop Of Dikduk

From
Rabbi Mordechai Terebelo

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The Statement: Bereishis 25:22 "VaYisrotzetzu Habanim Bekerbah" and the children struggled inside of her. Rashi explains this Posuk as being vague, for it does not explain what the struggle was about. The commentaries explain that it can not be the struggle of bearing twins for that would generally not lead to despair.

The Rule: One may actually derive the fact that the Posuk is not referring to the struggle of bearing twins from the Taamim. One of the instances that a Munach Zarka and Munach Segol combination is used, is in a Posuk with three independent statements. When there are three statements then a Munach Segol combination is used before the Esnachta. (A Munach Segol combination is never found after an Esnachta.)

The Question: In this Posuk there are three independent parts. 1) The struggle of the children 2) Rivka asking why this is transpiring 3) Rivka going to the house of Hashem to receive the answer. If there are three independent statements then theproper Taamim should be a Munach Segol combination. Why does the Posuk use a Mahpach Pashta combination.

The Answer: Although there are three independent statements, a Munach Segol combination is not used here. A Munach Segol combination is only used when the statement under the Segol is very clear and explained well. When the statement is not clear then a Munach Segol combinationis not used.

The Proof: One may actually derive the fact that the Posuk is not referring to the struggle of bearing twins from the Taamim. Had the Posuk been referring to the struggle of twins then the statement is fully explained and it would receive the Munach Segol Taam. Since the Taam is not a Segol it indicates that the struggle is not fully explained here. Therefore the Taamim point to a struggle among the babies of something else besides the struggle of carrying twins. Sharei Zimrah Shaar 6 Paragraph 3

Rabbi Terebelo is Rav of Young Israel of Lawrenceville 5th grade Rebbi at Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion of Piscataway NJ Member Kollel of Beth Medrash Govoha and Director of Partners in Torah Program of Lawrenceville NJ

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