Is it true the Vilna Gaon said that cholam must be pronounced first with a komatz then followed with a shuruk as letter "o" in the american pronunciation of the english word "go"?

  • FWIW, the Litvish (Lithuanian) pronunciation of וֹ is "ey". With the Gaon being from Vilna, there's a pretty big chance he pronounced it this way too. – ezra Sep 26 at 2:06
  • @ezra that's also the Russian-Chabad pronunciation, and the way the Rebbe said it – user613 Sep 27 at 7:37
  • I've heard from someone that Yemenites pronounce the cholam as "go", as they pronounce the vov (which they pronounce as a w) with the cholam, though a Yemenite once told be that they pronounce it as ey. I'm aware that there is more than one Yemenite pronunciation. Could anyone clarify this? – user613 Sep 27 at 7:39
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    Indeed, there isn't just one Yemenite Hebrew dialect. Saying "Teimani havarah" is tantamount to saying "Ashkenazi havarah" - there are variations. I believe there are some Teimanim who pronounce cholam as "oh", and others "ey". @user613 – ezra Sep 27 at 15:28

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