A Drop Of Dikduk

Rabbi Mordechai Terebelo

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The Statement: (Shmos Perek 20:9) "Shayshes Yomin Taavode Veaseesa Kol Melachtecha" Six days you should work and do all of your work. The Taamim are a Munach Zarka and a Munach Segol.

The Question: Similar Taamim are found on the words in Shmos Perek 35:2 "Shayshes Yomin Taaseh Melachah" and in Vayikra 23:3 "Shayshes Yomin Taaseh Melachah." What is the significance of this Taam in all these places? What is the reason that they all have the same Taam?

The Solution: The Taam of a Segol may be used for various reasons. It may be used as a pause just like an Esnachta if a Posuk has many different statements. It may also be used to denote a superfluous statement or a statement that is seemingly unnecessary.

The Ralbag comments on this part of the Posuk that it seems to be unnecessary for a person is not obligated or bound by the Torah to do work others may work for him if he wishes. These words are not an obligation but rather just stating permission to do work all six days. It is for this reason that the Taam in all these places is a Segol, for the statement of doing work is on the surface, extra and unnecessary.

Shaarei Zimrah Shaar 6 Paragraph 4

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