Thursday, May 19, 2016

נר תמיד

There is a custom to include a light in every shul which is on constantly, called a נר תמיד. Most people are aware of this. So what's the problem? I think that is what leads to a very popular misreading of a פסוק at the beginning of תצוה which is also found in אמור.

 לְהַֽעֲלֹ֥ת נֵ֖ר תָּמִֽיד

I think people automatically group the two words נר תמיד together in their minds and thus read it with a טפחא on להעלות and a מרכא on נר which is incorrect. It does change the meaning ever so slightly but I would never correct that on the spot. Maybe after the fact, I would point it out.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

More likely the first posuk in Tetzaveh.

Shtikler said...

Ah, I knew it was somewhere else. Couldn't remember where. What do you mean "more likely?" It is a מרכא טפחא there as well.

Anonymous said...

More likely that the mistake comes from mis-reading/mis-laining Tetzaveh because that posuk is lained four times a year instead of one, and is studied in schools more so than the posuk in Emor.

Shtikler said...

I'm not sure I follow your logic. Misreading תצוה would not be the cause for misreading אמור. The cause, as I am suggesting, is familiarity with the "Ner Tamid." Misreading תצוה and misreading אמור are both consequences of the same cause.

Anonymous said...

You said: "I think that is what leads to a very popular misreading of a פסוק in אמור."
My point is this post belongs in Tetzaveh because it is the more frequently read. Obviously one would be likely to misread both pesukim equally, given the familiarity with the phrase "Ner Tamid". But a random sample of a miread occurence of this posuk is "more likely" to come from Tetzaveh.
We're both wasting too much time on this. Wasn't meant to be that deep.

elie said...

אני מלמד זכות
א. יכולים לומר נר-תמיד סתם כצירוף מילים אף שמקורו מתצווה ואמור
ב. לפעמים מקום הטעמים במקום לא-צפוי יש מוקפים דווקא מילים כמו "לא" וכד' ולא עצם הביטוי וכו' אינני זוכר דוגמאות אבל יש

Shtikler said...

לימוד זכות על הבטוי "נר תמיד" יש כאן. אבל לימוד זכות על טעות הקריאה אין כאן.