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What Are All These Dots, Then? Part 3. Originally Published February 21-22, 2020.

Well.  We have pierced enough letters with dagesh kal and hazak.  But we still see dots before our eyes!  Last week we mentioned the schwa.  As Mrs. Gallagher taught us in fourth grade and our parents before us, a schwa is written thus:  ǝ.  Did she know that the original word is שְׁוָא which derives […]

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Debby Firestone - Life & Legacy

We are now a Legacy Partner! Beth Shalom was invited to become a member of the Life and Legacy program this past fall. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this program, along with more than thirteen Pittsburgh Jewish organizations offered by the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The […]

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What Are All These Dots, Then? Part 2. Originally Published February 14-15, 2020.

Last week we discussed the dagesh kal.  To review a bit, a dot in the middle of a Hebrew letter (and we are talking for the most part Biblical Hebrew for the moment) is called a dagesh (דָּגֵשׁ).  In fact, the dot inside the “ד” is one.  “Dagesh” means “piercing.”  There is another sort of […]

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03/04/2020: Derekh Speaker Series 2020: Yousef Bashir

This series of talks by four authors from across the country is made available through the Jewish Book Council and funded by Seth Glick and Carolyn Slayton. Yousef Bashir, The Words of My Father - March 4 at 7:30 p.m. A Palestinian-American activist recalls his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada, and how he […]

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What Are All These Dots, Then? Part 1. Originally Published February 7-8, 2020.

A dot in the middle of a Hebrew letter (and we are talking for the most part Biblical Hebrew for the moment) is called a dagesh (דָּגֵשׁ).  In fact, the dot inside that “ד” is one.  “Dagesh” means “piercing.”  There are six letters which take a dot to produce a hardened tonal quality when pronounced: […]

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