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Parashat Tzav (March 26, 2016)
by Rabbinic Intern Stephanie Crawley

ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS ABOUT READING TORAH is that there is meaning to be found not only in the words themselves but in how you read them. The Masoretes — a group of sixth through 10th century C.E. Jewish scribes and scholars — developed the vowel notation system as well as the system of cantillation, known as trop, that we use to this day. As a result, the Torah, when it is chanted, is not so different from other forms of music. Both the words themselves, and their accompanying melodies, convey meaning and emotion.

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