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revised Why are all pronunciations of each letter voiced or voiceless?
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comment Why are all pronunciations of each letter voiced or voiceless?
@Yishai, an excellent point. I'll edit it when I have time to do so, bl"n.
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comment Why are all pronunciations of each letter voiced or voiceless?
@user6591 I don't understand your comment.
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comment Why are all pronunciations of each letter voiced or voiceless?
[cont'd] Rather, by "Why", @WAF, I mean to ask what (Torah-based) qualities are intrinsic to the letters or their pronunciation that influenced this curious turn of events that voicedness is uniform. Contrast e.g. a non-holy tongue like modern Hebrew, and you have people voicing הs etc. Even in vulgar l'shon kodesh, we see pos'kim warning us against saying "למען תשכרו", so obviously people devoice sounds. And yet in religion-defined language we don't. So, yes, this is a religion-based question.
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comment Why are all pronunciations of each letter voiced or voiceless?
@DoubleAA, among the questions we consider on-topic are those of "general knowledge (science, etc.) as it relates directly to Judaism". So even a linguistics question can be on-topic here. But this isn't a linguistics question. A linguistics question could be "Why did the sounds for each letter evolve in such a way?" -- but I'm asking about prescribed sounds, not sounds as evolved, and linguists (I think) aren't happy talking prescription. [cont'd]
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revised Why are all pronunciations of each letter voiced or voiceless?
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comment Why are all pronunciations of each letter voiced or voiceless?
I think it's on-topic because it's about proper pronunciation and not actual pronunciation. Why "proper pronunciation" has certain qualities is a religious question.
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asked Why are all pronunciations of each letter voiced or voiceless?
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comment How are we kings' children and why does it matter?
+1; many thanks. But I don't see (in the passage you quote) anything about being sons of God.
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revised Is one allowed to use a nasal filter or gas mask on Shabbat or Yom Tov?
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revised Is One Obligated to Honor Parents if it Involves a Loss of Income?
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revised Are the strangers in Deuteronomy 14:21 converts?
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revised How does one rectify money fraud done earlier in his life?
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revised Book of Joshua verse 1 & 2
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comment Book of Joshua verse 1 & 2
What @yechezkel said. A somewhat better question IMO would be why God told Joshua that fact.
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revised What is the tikkun for a unmarried Jewish man that slept with a non Jewish woman with protection?
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revised Did Jacob send “real angels” to Esau?
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reviewed Leave Closed Does the presence of a kallah in shul during the week after the wedding exmpt the minyan from saying Tachanun?
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comment Am I Supposed to Believe that the Messiah is coming today, or that he is coming generally
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/33298
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comment Am I Supposed to Believe that the Messiah is coming today, or that he is coming generally
That wording is not the Rambam's. It's merely based on his writings.