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see MasoraMasora
or Massorah
[Heb.,=tradition], collection of critical annotations made by Hebrew scholars, called the Masoretes, to establish the text of the Old Testament. A principal problem was to fix the vowels, as the Hebrew alphabet has only consonants.
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Thus, in "A Tribute to the Rebbetzin of Talne," it turns out that "a guardian of [the massorah of the mothers] must be a wise woman," since "regardless of the fact that the maternal massorah is charged with the transmission of living experiences, it cannot succeed in discharging its task if the experiences are not nurtured by wisdom" (79).
Obviously, the Rav felt that the latter task, though associated with the massorah of the mothers, was an appropriate-indeed critical--one for him to undertake.
In a word, the Rav's male melamed was a great representative of the maternal massorah, of torat imehka, the teaching of the mothers!