You are here:

Orthodox Judaism/Singular vs. Plural of a word in Torah


I have a question about the word mishkebi (מִשְׁכְּבֵ֣י) in Lev.18:22 and its relation to mishkeb (מִשְׁכַּ֣ב) in Judges 21:11-12. The first is plural, the second is singular. Is it the "Yod" at the end of the first that makes it plural as opposed the the second one that has no "Yod"? Or is it the vowels that change whether it is plural or singular? Thank you!

Hi Frank

Yes, you are correct, the י at the end of the word is the first indicator of plural. It would normally be a ים at the end of the word, but this is a possesive term, which is linked to the following word. When that happens, the ם drops to indicate that the word links to the word that follows.

Kind regards,

Rabbi Shishler

Orthodox Judaism

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Rabbi Ari Shishler


I am a rabbi who loves teaching, through writing and speaking. In 1999, my wife and I started our own Chabad House and it's grown exponentially. I'm also the learning director at Chabad House of Johannesburg, a high school teacher and the father of young children. As you can imagine, I get to answer lots of questions every day. I'd be glad to answer your questions on Judaism, Jewish spirituality and practice.


I have been a practicing Orthodox rabbi since 1997 and have headed my own community since 1999. I teach Talmud at a religious high school in Johannesburg and give daily lectures to adults on Jewish practice, spiritualty, Chassidic philosophy and Kabbalah. I'm the campus rabbi at our two major universities in Johannesburg.

Chabad-Lubavitch South African Rabbinical Association.

Monthly column in Jewish Life magazine, South Africa. Jewish Tradition, South Africa. Jewish Report, South Africa. South African Union of Jewish Students annual Holiday guide. Jewish Observer, South Africa. Nshei Chabad Newsletter, NY. Jewish Online Magazine.

After completing high scool, I spent six years studying in Rabbinical seminaries in South Africa, Israel and New York.

Past/Present Clients ChaiFM ( Jewish Life magazine

©2017 All rights reserved.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]