I understand that the main purpose of trope is grammatical. The musical aspect, as I understand is secondary.

Halachically, when one reads the Torah publicly, is one required to sing it with the trope? (If he is able to do so?)

What about someone who has an artificial larynx sounds monotonic. As long as he knows to pause at the end of each verse (so at least this is a signal that he distinguishes the grammatical usage of the trope to the best of his voice ability), would he be allowed to be a Ba'al Kri'ah?

Please address both:

  • If someone else is available, but the monotonic person is more qualified, e.g., he is the shul's hired Ba'al Kri'ah, and he was injured.

  • No one else is available

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    Why would you think such a person shouldn't be allowed to read the Torah?
    – Daniel
    Jun 28 '17 at 17:02
  • Could he be chazzan on rosh hashana? Seemingly he shouldn't be if there's someone else available.
    – Double AA
    Jun 28 '17 at 17:43
  • @Daniel Refer to my 2nd paragraph.
    – DanF
    Jun 28 '17 at 18:05
  • @DanF That's my question. Why would you think it might be the case that it is required to sing the Torah with the trope?
    – Daniel
    Jun 28 '17 at 18:31
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    Is someone who talks with an artificial larynx halachically considered talking? Maybe it's no different than talking into a microphone/telephone/other electronic device, in which R' Moshe says one cannot fulfill a mitzvah by listening under such circumstances. Perhaps here, too, an electronic larynx would not be fit for listening to Kerias HaTorah.
    – DonielF
    Jun 29 '17 at 14:11

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