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From: rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu (Russell Hendel) Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 20:28:03 -0400 Subject: Teamim and OpenMindedness The recent discussions on rare Teamim reminded me of the rarity in Deut 1:4--ETH SICHON--it "looks like" a mahpach pashtah but it really is a Yethiv Pashtah (The cantillation on the eth is a yethiv not a mahpach). In fact the mesorah says that there are 11 times in Tenach when a Yethiv appears before a Pashtah (and therefore looks like a mahpach). But what struck me is how this is being dealt with TODAY. The KORAIN Tenach actually "changed" the "traditional" appearance of the Yethiv so that >>readers should not be confused between the two teamim>> Isn't that remarkable? A 1000 year tradition on Teamim notation is changed >>to make it more readable>> and no one (not even from the so called Charedi community) objected or raised a storm. The reason I am bringing this up is that a frequent theme in Postings is >>Why can't Orthodoxy adjust..>> >>Why can't this change...>> I think what Korain did shows that change of sacred traditions is possible IF THERE ARE SOUND REASONS. How far this applies is another question, but I believe there is room to change some of our opinions on closedmindedness due to tradition when we see examples such as this. I am interested in reactions to this observation. Are there other examples in other areas like it? Am I perhaps overlooking something exceptional which made the change more palatable here? Am I overgeneralizing in my statements that "traditionalists" are open minded? Russell Jay Hendel; PH.d; ASA; rhendel @ mcs drexel edu