I have read about the Dagesh Forte and how it doubles a letter in Tanach.

For example, הָלֵּלוּ has a dagesh forte in the לֵּ.

If this dagesh was not there would there really be two ל instead?

Also does the dagesh change the way you pronounce the ל when learning Torah and praying?

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    Ben I've edited the question to make it clearer how it's on-topic. If this version doesn't quite match your intent, please edit further. Also, could you please edit in a citation for where you found "הָלֵּלוּ", in particular? – Isaac Moses Nov 9 at 17:56
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    Do you mean הַלְּלוּ or הַלָּלוּ? I don't recognize הָלֵּלוּ as a word – b a Nov 10 at 18:56
  • Re "really replace a double letter" and "would there really be two" - there is a special case of d'geshim in which a "vestigial" dagesh can appear in the letter after a dropped nasal sound. If the nasal letter was a nun and the next letter is a nun then the placement of a dagesh in it could have the effect of really standing in for two of the same letter in a row. – WAF Nov 19 at 18:12

Yes, the pronunciation of a consonant that is marked with a dagesh hazak is doubled, so you read it as closing the previous syllable and then starting the next syllable.

This comes up in the daily mitzvah of reading Shma:

Mishneh Torah, Sefer Ahavah, Hilkhot Kriat Shma 2:9:

כיצד מדקדק--ייזהר שלא ירפה החזק, ולא יחזק הרפה

How do you [implement the requirement to] be precise [in reading the Shma]? You take care not to pronounce [a letter] marked [by a dagesh] as [if it were] not marked [by a dagesh] and to not pronounce an unmarked [letter] as if it were marked.

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    Is that Halakha not about BGDKPT? How do you know it refers to Dagesh Hazak? – Double AA Nov 9 at 19:36
  • @DoubleAA, I assumed that it meant both kinds of dagesh: kal and hazak. But I don't know for sure. – paquda Nov 9 at 19:53

A Dagesh Forte indicates the consonant is to be geminated. If you want to call that "doubling" go ahead.

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