|qarney para||֟||telisha gedola||֠|
|telisha qetana||֩||yerah ben yomo||֪|
Kadma (Hebrew קַדְמָ֨א, with variant English spellings) is a common cantillation mark found in the Torah, Haftarah, and other books of the Hebrew Bible. It can be found by itself preceding certain trope groups, or together with a Geresh, in which case, the pair is known as "Kadma-V'Azla."
Kadma has the same symbol as the Pashta, though Kadma is distinct from Pashta in the placement of the symbol. In a Kadma, the symbol is always placed on the first syllable of the word, while Pashta is placed on the last syllable.
The symbols for Kadma V'Azla are designed to resemble the fingers of an outstretched hand in a curved position.
The Kadma-V'Azla pair occurs 1733 times in the Torah.
The word Kadma is related to the Hebrew קדמה (kedma), east. It is also related to the root קדם, front. The combination of these words translates to going away.
- Chanting the Hebrew Bible By Joshua R. Jacobson, page 221
- Jewish liturgy as a spiritual system: a prayer-by-prayer explanation of the nature and meaning of Jewish worship , page 129
- Concordance of the Hebrew accents in the Hebrew Bible: Concordance ..., Volume 1 By James D. Price, page 6