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haftorah trope... - Karen's Musings
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estherchaya
estherchaya
haftorah trope...
Forgot to say in my last entry that I missed my haftorah class on Tuesday thanks to being sick with no voice and also waiting for the stupid cable-modem-repair-person. I shouldn't complain...he's the only one of the FOUR technicians they sent out that managed to fix the problem. But I digress...

So anyway, we had two weeks of no class, and then I missed the class this week, so I've been without class for three weeks. But I'm still a classy lady, and don't you forget it. The nice thing is that I spent a lot of time just singing and practicing the trope on my own, and I can now sing nearly the entire first page without stopping and stumbling and stuttering and crying. Okay, I've never actually cried over Haftorah Trope, I've just thought really hard about it.

Lastly, the other way cool thing about this class, I noticed last night while bentsching and today in services... My Hebrew facility has really improved. I'm a lot faster and I don't second-guess myself nearly as much. Plus, I keep picking up vocabulary. I'm so thrilled about this side-effect of the class. I mean, Regina (our teacher who has the patience of Job), told us that it would have that side effect, but I pretty much didn't believe her.

:-)

Current Mood: cheerful cheerful
Current Music: um, none...golly, I don't have enough music in my life these days. SIGH.

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yermie From: yermie Date: June 23rd, 2004 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Vocabulary

You keep promising a hebrew to english dictionary....

and yet, we keep waiting...

:)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 25th, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Vocabulary

sorry. what words do you need to know? I'm guessing "haftorah" is one of them. Every week in shul (syagoguge), we read a portion from the Torah (Hebrew Bible). Over the course of a year, the entire Torah (which is the 5 books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) is read. After the Torah portion is read, a portion from the prophets is read. This is called the haftorah.

You probably also want to know what "trope" is. When the Torah and Haftorah are read, they are chanted with a system called "trope". It's sort of like adding punctuation to a paragraph. It helps with emphasis, and even meaning. It tells you when to pause and what things to group together. And besides, it's pretty.
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