The Kamatz, Segol, and the Israeli Supreme Court
Today two new judges were sworn into the Israeli Supreme Court. One of them, Justice Dafna Erez-Barak, became the Deputy to the Chief Justice. Until today, despite her being a woman, her position would have been המשנֶה לנשיא בית המשפט העליון with the nun in the first word vocalized with a segol, ha-Mishneh. Justice Erez-Barak wanted to see if it was possible that the name of her position should reflect her being a woman. She was in touch with the Academy of the Hebrew Language and the response was that the term המשנָה לנשיא בית המשפט העליון with the nun vocalized with a kamatz, ha-Mishnah, was acceptable. Below are the exchange of letters between Erez-Barak and Moshe Bar-Asher of the Academy.