“Teaching a child the alef-beis together with the vowels1 imbues him with holiness. The te’amim (musical notes), nekudos (vowel signs), tagim (the ‘crowns’ atop certain letters in the Sefer Torah) and osiyos (letters) were given to Moshe Rabbeinu at Mount Sinai at the time that the Almighty said, ‘I am the L‑rd your G‑d.’2 Teaching a child these elements infuses within him the power of self-sacrifice. If, however, he is taught without these four elements (whose Hebrew acronym is טנת"א), this holiness is lacking.”3