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Correct Pronunciation Hebrew Words

07.06.17

Question

It seems that the correct pronunciation of some Hebrew letters and vowels (for example, how is the kometz vowel pronounced?) has been forgotten. It seems that every group has a different way of pronouncing the letters. It is essential that we know the correct pronunciations so that we can perform the mitzvoth such as saying the Kriyat Shema, the Amida prayer, and other mitzvoth that are dependent on the way we say the words.
 

Answer

The issue of pronunciation is not necessarily problematic, because prayers, Kriyat Shema and others can be said in any language. It doesn’t have to be in Loshon Kodesh (Hebrew), so any pronunciation of the words fulfills the obligation no matter what language is being spoken.
 

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