My nine-year-old son has an obsession with this week’s Torah portion, Massei. You see, the Torah is chanted in public using a special tune, read from cantillation marks
(known as trope
). Now, two of the rarest cantillations (named karnei-farah
) are found exclusively in this week’s Parshah.
Oddly enough, the words to which these marks are set seem fairly dry and routine. In discussing the forty-eight cities to be set aside in Israel...