[Avodah] Then Be Consistent

Jay F. Shachter jay at m5.chicago.il.us
Thu May 21 13:27:27 PDT 2020

> The Dikdukian: B_MIDBAR
> Posted: 20 May 2020 08:45 PM PDT
> For some time, when I would write my Weekly Shtikle (shameless
> cross-promotion) for this week's parshah, I would write it Bemidbar
> since that is how it is pronounced correctly.  However, one year a
> friend of mine sent me the following convincing argument which I
> have accepted: While you are correct that in context the word is
> read Bemidbar, the name of the parsha is clearly Bamidbar.  The
> custom has been to isolate the word or words that are the title and
> conjugate accordingly.  This is why we have Tazriyah and not
> Sazriyah.  Mishpatim and not HaMishpatim (since we do not use
> v'aileh and clarify it with asher ...).  Devarim and not HaDevarim.
> Since the reference is to a specific desert (Sinai) the hay
> hayediyah is implemented.  The names, according to tradition, are
> clearly not just the word or words of the beginning phrase.

Then be consistent.  Say Sefer Sheimoth, Sefer Mshalim, and Parashath
Axarei HaMavveth.

But you don't say any of those things, do you?

                        Jay F. ("Yaakov") Shachter
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