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THE JOSEPH STORY AS IF CHANTED
– A Seemingly Endless Shalshelet
Shalshelet is the name of the longest of the cantillation tropes or short melodies used in chanting the Hebrew Bible; it is used only four times in the Torah. Its written symbol is a zigzag line which is fitting for the back-and-forth and up-and-down moving melody. In illustrating the emotional Joseph story, I chose to emphasize my choice of one key word or phrase within a verse with a metallic thread – echoing how cantillation melody lines (in the Masoretic text) are chosen for emphasis.