Sha'arē ōrā

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Max S-R
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Sha'arē ōrā

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I've been looking at what I imagine is the frontispiece of some medieval book, and I can't make out the word in the top right sphere (middle of image). I've been looking at the "sefiroth" page on wikipedia, but it doesn't list this word, as far as I can tell.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_be ... atilla.jpg
My guess is מוּלָה, which according to Jastrow is 'strength' (Aramaic?). But there appears to be a schwa underneath the first letter, so then I thought maybe נְדוּלָה, but I can't find such a word. Can someone help?

Many thanks!
-Max
"I yam what I yam." - Popeye the Sailor Man
שְׁתֵה בַיּוֹם עֲדֵי יִפֶן וְשֶׁמֶשׁ
עֲלֵי כַסְפּוֹ יְצַפֶּה אֶת זְהָבוֹ

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Re: Sha'arē ōrā

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The dot to the bottom left of the Mem does not look like it belongs to the letter, so we can ignore it.

The word is מולה which is Hebrew for “circumcision”, spelled מולת in Exodus 4:26.

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Max S-R wrote: Fri Oct 06, 2023 10:44 pm I've been looking at what I imagine is the frontispiece of some medieval book, and I can't make out the word in the top right sphere (middle of image). I've been looking at the "sefiroth" page on wikipedia, but it doesn't list this word, as far as I can tell.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_be ... atilla.jpg
My guess is מוּלָה, which according to Jastrow is 'strength' (Aramaic?). But there appears to be a schwa underneath the first letter, so then I thought maybe נְדוּלָה, but I can't find such a word. Can someone help?

Many thanks!
-Max
These are the ten sfirot of the Kabbalah. The one you’re asking about is גְּדוּלָה.
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יוֹדֵ֣עַ צַ֭דִּיק נֶ֣פֶשׁ בְּהֶמְתּ֑וֹ וְֽרַחֲמֵ֥י רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים אַכְזָרִֽי׃
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kwrandolph wrote: Sun Oct 08, 2023 10:36 pm The dot to the bottom left of the Mem does not look like it belongs to the letter, so we can ignore it.

The word is מולה which is Hebrew for “circumcision”, spelled מולת in Exodus 4:26.

Karl W. Randolph.
No, it is not.
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יוֹדֵ֣עַ צַ֭דִּיק נֶ֣פֶשׁ בְּהֶמְתּ֑וֹ וְֽרַחֲמֵ֥י רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים אַכְזָרִֽי׃
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Re: Sha'arē ōrā

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Jason Hare wrote: Mon Oct 09, 2023 6:33 am
kwrandolph wrote: Sun Oct 08, 2023 10:36 pm The dot to the bottom left of the Mem does not look like it belongs to the letter, so we can ignore it.

The word is מולה which is Hebrew for “circumcision”, spelled מולת in Exodus 4:26.

Karl W. Randolph.
No, it is not.
With such a blurry picture, what do you expect?

Since you knew, why didn’t you answer earlier?

Karl W. Randolph.
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Thanks, Jason. I should've thought of that.
"I yam what I yam." - Popeye the Sailor Man
שְׁתֵה בַיּוֹם עֲדֵי יִפֶן וְשֶׁמֶשׁ
עֲלֵי כַסְפּוֹ יְצַפֶּה אֶת זְהָבוֹ

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Re: Sha'arē ōrā

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kwrandolph wrote: Mon Oct 09, 2023 9:21 pm
Jason Hare wrote: Mon Oct 09, 2023 6:33 am
kwrandolph wrote: Sun Oct 08, 2023 10:36 pm The dot to the bottom left of the Mem does not look like it belongs to the letter, so we can ignore it.

The word is מולה which is Hebrew for “circumcision”, spelled מולת in Exodus 4:26.

Karl W. Randolph.
No, it is not.
With such a blurry picture, what do you expect?

Since you knew, why didn’t you answer earlier?

Karl W. Randolph.
Perhaps because I am not glued to the computer screen, especially when there is a war in Israel right now.
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יוֹדֵ֣עַ צַ֭דִּיק נֶ֣פֶשׁ בְּהֶמְתּ֑וֹ וְֽרַחֲמֵ֥י רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים אַכְזָרִֽי׃
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