The tag currently has 79 questions that have not been closed. Most of those concern general Jewish traditions, m'sora, one receives from his forebears or teachers. A few, however, concern the m'sora: the tradition of spellings, vowels, cantillation, etc., on Tanach. (Those are 11290, 11295, 14671, 25884, 33566, 34342, 34806, 37311, and 48256, though I may have missed some.) Which should the tag be used for? or both, as it is now?

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    In my opinion these are both tagworthy topics. They are also not the same thing, so I think there should be two separate tags.
    – WAF
    Dec 28, 2014 at 23:40
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    @WAF, perhaps post an answer to that effect so that people might up- and downvote it.
    – msh210 Mod
    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:40

3 Answers 3


Another alternative proposal:


I think the latter is more specific and immediately understandable to the uninitiated than either and .


Since these are two tagworthy topics that are distinct but synonyms, they should be split into two different tags:

There's gotta be a better name for the second tag, though. I'd appreciate a counter-answer to that effect.

  • I'm working on a wording for the second tag....do we need the word "mesorah" in the tag at all? [ancestral-tradition] sounds fine to me.....
    – MTL
    Dec 30, 2014 at 3:11
  • my thought is that otherwise people will make a mistake when they mean mesoretic-tradition.... but i think those are spelled close enough that it's not a big deal. Dec 30, 2014 at 3:52
  • To clarify: I was suggesting [ancestral-tradition] for the first tag, not the second. ....I don't have any good ideas for wordings, yet.
    – MTL
    Dec 30, 2014 at 14:34
  • FYI, I've followed up with another answer here.
    – msh210 Mod
    Mar 2, 2016 at 22:40
  • @msh210 As have I, FYI.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Mar 3, 2016 at 16:31

As a tweak to Charles Koppelman's answer (as he requested therein), I'd like to suggest we split it into and .

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