[Avodah] Hebrew Pronunciation
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Sun Aug 29 15:48:32 PDT 2021
The discussion of the preferable time to say
selichos has led to a discussion of Hebrew
pronunciation. For more on this, please see the article
The Real Story of Hebrew Pronunciation
by Rabbi Dr. Seth Mandel at
From the article
Given that there is no certainty regarding the
authenticity of one tradition over another, it is
not surprising that most posekim, including Rabbi
Yitzchak HaCohen Kookdespite his nationalistic
bent and positive feelings toward the revival of
the Hebrew languagetook the position that one
may not change his ancestral custom regarding pronunciation.
See the above URL for much more.
See also the article
No, Sephardic Pronunciation Is Not More Correct Than Ashkenazi
From this article
Many people believe that when it comes to the
Hebrew language, the Sephardic pronunciation is
the correct one. Its common to hear that this is
the reason that modern Israeli Hebrew
pronunciation is based on the Sephardic one.
People have told me for instance that the
phonetics of the Sephardic speech is closer to
the pronunciation used in the biblical period.
And yet, none of this is accurate. The first
assertion is senseless from a linguistic point of
view. The second one is partly incorrect. And the third one is speculative.
Which one of the three ancient dialects,
Tiberian, Palestinian or Babylonian, did
Jews speak during the time of King David?
We have no information to help us definitively
answer the question. But even during the time of
King David, Jews in different parts of the Land
of Israel might have pronounced Hebrew
differently and the Forward was not yet
around to teach them the correct way to do it.
See the above URL for more.
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