A Drop Of Dikduk

Rabbi Mordechai Terebelo

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Parshas Vayeshev

The Statement Bereishis 37:10 "Vayesapar El Aviv V'El Echav" And he told the dreams to his father and his brothers. Rashi comments on this Posuk that this is the second time Yosef is telling about the dreams. The first time he told just the brothers. The second time he told his father while his brothers were present.

The Reason: Rashi explains the Posuk referring to the second telling of the dreams because the previous Posuk also mentioned of Yosef's recounting of the dreams. In the first Posuk it makes no mention of his father being there. This is why Rashi understood that Yosef told about the dreams in two different instances. The first was when he told the brothers alone. The second time was when he told Yakov in the presence of the brothers.

The Taam: The Shaarei Zimrah in Shaar 6 Paragraph 5 explains the Taamim on these words using the explanation of Rashi. A Munach Zarka and Segol combination is used many times to stress a point. When something is being done excessively then the Taam is many times a Munach Zarka and Segol combination.

The Explanation: In our Posuk it is discussing Yosef's recounting of the dreams. Yosef told them over twice, once to his brothers and once to his father in the presence of his father. Since Yosef was telling them over many times and excessively therefore the Taam is a Munach Zarka and Segol combination which signifies excessiveness.

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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