Dagesh and Syllable Division

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During this lesson we will discuss syllables in Hebrew and the "Dagesh"-stress, which is a dot that can appear in the middle of a Hebrew letter. We will also talk about the way the Hebrew stress falls mostly on the last syllables. 
We'll read Genesis 3-1, the story of the snake’s temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden. This verse will give us an opportunity to look into a Midrash about the word -עָרוּם “crafty", as this is written the same as the Hebrew word “naked,” which is used elsewhere in this passage. 

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lesson 5

QUESTION: the pronunciation after ELOHIM thru the next 3 HEBREW words is puzzling me as to how they are pronounced. I can not hear how the "to'kelu" with its phonetics seems to blend with the " mim ----" word. I have not come upon the softening of the consonants as of yet. So I am curious how that part goes together.Please enlighten me. HELP?
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