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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Hebrew Word of the Day

ברוך הבא

Today's Hebrew word is from Gen. 12:5: "Avram took his wife Sarai, his brother's son Lot, and all their possessions which they had accumulated..."
Both "posssessions" and "accumulated" are derived from the same root word here, which is
רכש(RAKHASH) :lay up, collect, gather, get
רכוש(R'KHOOSH) :property, goods.


Blogger Mattithyahu said...

I am just starting to learn Hebrew, is it common to add a vowel letter to change the root (as in רכוש) (I mean I have only seen roots changed through the change of vowel points and not vowel letters)?

Also, how do you know the vowels without showing the points?


5:02 PM  
Blogger tangle_poet said...

Thanks for your comment. It is actually quite common to add a vowel letter (besides other consonantal prefixes and suffixes) to modify a verb. For example, הלך (halach-walk) is in the past tense, but to bring it into the present all one has to do is add a vav after the hey. הולך (holech)

Unfortunately my Hebrew font doesn't put vowel pointings among the letters, and I'm trying to work out that kink.


8:48 AM  
Anonymous Matt Jones said...

Heh, I still have a lot to learn!

Is it still possible to read without vowel points (as I think was the case in the ancient reading tradition)? I have notices that much of your artwork doesn't contain the vowel points, is that for aesthetics or because of reading tradtion? Or both?


PS: Oh, and thanks for allowing non-Blogspot users to comment.:)

4:42 PM  
Blogger tangle_poet said...

yep, all modern Hebrew and the Torah scrolls are read without vowel points. Learn to leave them out as soon as you can and you'll get along much better.
My art is done without vowels because, well, it's less work... and, ok, it looks better too.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Matt Jones said...

So is it just a matter of knowing the text well enough that you know what the vowels are without actually seeing them?

11:39 AM  
Blogger tangle_poet said...

that pretty much sums it up.

11:46 AM  

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