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Was the Torah written with vowels?


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Mikey: was Torah written with vowels, what role the vowels play in interpretation of biblical hebrew?

Rabbi Gurkow: it was written without vowels but the volwels were taught to Moshe and he taught it to the people of his generations

Rabbi Gurkow: vowels play an important role because many words can have more than one meaning and the meaning depends on its "vowelization"

Rabbi Gurkow: if that's a word :-)

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