Can one Daven (as the chazan or by himself) using a different pronunciation of letters / vowels than his minhag?

For example, pronouncing a תּ and a ת (with and without a dagesh) the same, instead of his minhag of differentiating, or saying a Patach and a kamatz differently, instead of his minhag of not differentiating between them.

Note that I don't mean that he would change his minhag. Just temporarily pronounce them according to a different minhag.

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    Consider tosfot megillah 24b
    – Double AA
    Nov 14, 2023 at 1:29
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    I think I once heard an opinion that said that if you are leading the davening for a minyan which normally has a specific pronounciation that is different to yours, you should use their pronounciation Nov 14, 2023 at 8:27
  • For the most part, you can daven in English, so it wouldn't be worse than that. There are some restrictions which may apply to davening in a language other than Hebrew though, so the question is still relevant.
    – AKA
    Nov 14, 2023 at 21:36
  • @DoubleAA that seems to be in a case where we know that the pronunciation of the chazan is wrong. Would it hold true if we don't?
    – Lo ani
    Nov 14, 2023 at 22:14
  • @Loani Classically, that is the only kind of case.
    – Double AA
    Nov 14, 2023 at 23:52

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When we made aliyah, I asked our new local Rav about how I should pronounce words when I daven, especially since I planned on davening from the amud. (In the U.S. I davened nusach Ashkanaz with an Ashkanazi pronunciation.) Should I change? He answered, "Don't change. Daven the way you've been davening. If you change you're bound to pronounce words wrong. I don't think there will be any shules in Israel who will care about your pronunciation."

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    Can you elaborate how this answers the question? Note, the title of the question doesn't quite capture the question's essence, the body of the question is more specific
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Nov 28, 2023 at 16:28

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