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"Jerusalem" is spelled the same way in Hebrew and Aramaic (if you ignore the vowels); but in Hebrew it's pronounced "Yerushalayim", and in Aramaic it's pronounced "Yerushleim" (as it appears in the Akdamut.)

The text of the Ketubah is primarily Aramaic; so when reading a Ketubah in Jerusalem, do you pronounce the city's name the Hebrew way (as we're used to) or the Aramaic way? And why?

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If anyone know a source for a transliterated ketubah or a ketubah with nekudot, (or myaybe an audio file somewhere?) – user1008 Nov 11 '11 at 14:02
@michaelpariser, Welcome to Judaism.SE! Please consider posting your question as an actual question on the main site and then checking back for answers. – Isaac Moses Nov 11 '11 at 14:10
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I'm having a hard time seeing why this matters. – Double AA Dec 10 '13 at 3:10
@DoubleAA more than you think -- I heard an mp3 from R' Hershel Schachter shlit'a -- can a ketubah be in a mix of two languages? Half in Hebrew half in English? Because the standard text we use is a mix of Hebrew and Aramaic! No, that's a language called "rabbinic." – Shalom Dec 11 '13 at 17:24
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I asked Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz; he said as everyone calls it Yerushalayim, that's how it's pronounced (the Hebrew way).

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What does R' J. David Bleich say? You've told me before of his prescriptivist leanings in these matters. – Isaac Moses Aug 6 '10 at 19:06

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