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The vowel pointing was added about 600 AD. There are two speculations as to why: To make the pronunciation easier. To hide allusions to Christ which exist when applying the 32 rules of Rabbi Eliezer. #1 doesn't make much sense since vowels are not used in Modern Hebrew newspapers. #2 has the strength of argument in that the Jews who rejected Christ had ...


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As other answers have mentioned, what is meant is simply what is said: many renderings of the Torah leave out the vowel markers (and punctuation). As several comments have offered, this is a common feature of a lot of Hebrew text, and more broadly, is found in quite a few languages (off the top of my head, I believe Arabic is also often written this way, and ...


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Vowels in Hebrew - called n'kudot - are written as dots and lines surrounding the letters. In an actual Torah - written on parchment - these symbols aren't there. As an example, here's a picture of a book called a "tikkun", which is used to help learn the chanting for the traditional way to read the Torah: On the right side is text with ...


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