Title. I'm not sure how to find out about it so I'll ask in here.


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    This may not apply to you, but generally, people who don't know how to say it also don't know what it really means, rendering any attempt at saying it pointless
    – Double AA
    Aug 20, 2020 at 23:03
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    Anything for Hashem I offer it up to Him until I am more educated on Hebrew. But according to another website I was also reading, its pronounced just the way its written "Yod, Kei, B'vav, Kei." Also I just learned reading this prayer is the custom of Sephardim. Aug 20, 2020 at 23:29
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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya andy. Where have you seen these words?
    – Alex
    Aug 21, 2020 at 0:05
  • It's in the Lishem Yichud prayer. There is a translation for these words in my Sephardic siddur. I hadn't learned what the apostrophes were for yet. Aug 21, 2020 at 0:13
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    @andyhanukaai It's not an incantation but a declaration of intention. If you don't understand it, you can't intend it. You're much better off saying in English "May the following action take effect in accordance with the details described in this text which I don't understand".
    – Double AA
    Aug 21, 2020 at 15:37

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It's pronounced "Yud Kay b'Vov Kay." See footnote here.


Siddur Hameforash by Rabbi Yaakov Wingarten brings the following:

See חיי אדם כלל ה’ סעיף כ"ז, where he states that it is prohibited or "איסור חמור” in his words, to pronoune the Hay.

The חתם סופר in שו"ת חו"מ בהשמטות סי’ קצ"ב also states that the minhag is not to pronounce the Hay.

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