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Sephardim and Ashkenazim pronounce certain Hebrew letters differently. Which is the authentic way?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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All the different ways of pronouncing the Hebrew language are acceptable.


There are many differing methods of pronunciation amongst the Ashkenazim and Sephardim as well. Polish Jews read differently than German Jews and Morroccan Jews read Hebrew differently than Yemenite Jews.


There is no way of knowing which way is the way Hebrew was pronounced in the times of Moses, but one thing is certain: G-d accepts Hebrew prayers no matter how they are pronounced!


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