More Discussions for this daf
1. Getting things through prayer 2. Dovid Hamelech and the Harp 3. The speed of the angels
4. Chamor No'er 5. Shema after Tefilla 6. Bedai
7. Moshe and Pharaoh's astrologers 8. Ge'ulah Samuch la'Tefilah 9. Eliyahu in 4 Flights; Rav Elazar bar Avina
10. The Logic of Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi 11. Rashi 12. Bushah & Kelimah
13. Verse proving David was not embarrassed 14. Ashrei 15. Rashi
16. Saying Shema before Shemoneh Esreh 17. Lulei 18. "Lulei"
19. Unneccessary repetition 20. Semichat Ge'ulah l'Tefilah 21. Interpretation of "BeShachbecha"
22. בחצות הלילה 23. King David dealing with Halachic issues
DAF DISCUSSIONS - BERACHOS 4

Moshe Luchins asked:

Rashi discusses the dots on the word lulei. Various rishonim & achronim (See Mahrsah & Sifsei Chachmim) discuss what is pshat in Rashi. A professor checked the Allepo codex for me & said that all the letters are dotted on top and on the bottom. Based on that how does one understand Rashi? Thank you.

Moshe Luchins, Passaic, NJ

The Kollel replies:

The dots alter/diminish the simple understanding of the word; i.e. to tell us that this word is not to be understood literally. Here, the word "Lulei" teaches us that David ha'Melech was sure that he would see the "good of Hash-m." The dots are to lessen the potency of the word; in this case, to say that David was not so sure. (This is the intention of Rashi in Bava Metzia 87a, DH Limda). Also, Tosfos there (DH Lama) writes (from Bereishis Rabah), "All words that have many dots, we expound the dots. This is only applicable when the whole word is not dotted. But when the whole word is dotted, then we are just to lessen the force of the word," as we quoted from Rashi. (This answers the question of the Maharsha in Berachos here.)

Mordecai Kornfeld

(Regards from Yisrael Shaw.)