In the siddurs I've seen, we ask for annulment for vows made "with the name הוי״ה ". That word is left unvowelized. How is it pronounced?

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Usually I hear it pronounced "havaya." I think we refer to the four-letter name (yud-kay-vov-kay) as "havaya" ("existence") because it has the same letters and same root.

Has anyone heard otherwise?

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    You are correct. My source is purely mimetic from reliable Jews who actually had mesorah.
    – Yahu
    Sep 8, 2010 at 16:56
  • Do any siddurim vowelize it? Do they leave it unvowelized so people know it's an anagram of the (unvowelized) name of G-d?
    – Shalom
    Sep 8, 2010 at 17:00

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