[Avodah] Correct Pronunciation of Hebrew

Arie Folger afolger at aishdas.org
Tue Aug 31 01:00:05 PDT 2021

R'Prof. LLevine write:
> As a fan of all things Ashkenaz,  I suggest that the Ashkenaz
> pronunciation is preferable and probably correct. It has the
> difference between beis and veis, sof and tof!

Ahah, interesting. And what about gimmel with and with dagesh? Daleth with
and without dagesh? ´Het and khaf? Quf and kof? Alef and Áyin?

The truth is, that nobody has a monopoly on the correct pronunciation, but
many communities preserved indispensable parts thereof. Modern Hebrew
pronunciation is a nightmare, as it willfully combines all the mistakes
that crept in to any community and settles for the lowest common
denominator. We should really rebrand it as the Hebrew for Beginners

But none of that is germany to your reaction to RMB's comment, RP.LL. RMB's
comment about correct Hebrew pronunciation wasn't to elevate one messorah
over another, but rather to highlight who cares to pronounce Hebrew
properly and who doesn't care as much. And in addition, RMB was
concentrating on grammar, for which Mediaeval and early post Mediaeval
Ashkenaz mostly had not much interest.

Shana tova,
Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Yours sincerely,

Arie Folger,
Visit my blog at http://rabbifolger.net/
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