• n. The traditional chanting and melodic patterns used in reading the Torah and other books of the Tanakh in communal prayer services.

  • n. Diacritic-like marks in printed editions of the Tanakh and the tikkun indicating the melodic pattern to be used with each word.

Example Sentences

  • "Teaching children ta'amei ha-mikra at an early age serves to avoid the pain and effort of bar mitzvah training, but it is much more than that." (source)

  • "He is credited with completing the Masorah, the printing of the Bible with vowels, as well as the ta'amei mikra, the usage of biblical accents and cadence still used today." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew
  • Textual Hebrew


  • TH/MH טַעֲמֵי הַמִּקְרָא ta'amei hamikra

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      ta'amei mikrah, ta'amey mikrah, taamey mikrah, taamey mikra, ta'amey mikra, ta'amei ha-mikra, ta'amei hamikra


  • Sometimes shortened to tam.

    Another term for ta'amei mikra is trope.

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