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How does one pronounce the sefardi Ayin?

There is an excellent video discussing the proper pronunciation of the letter Ayin with several clear examples by Rabbi David bar Chaim from Machon Shilo. The relevant section begins at point 3:06-07 ...
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How does one pronounce the sefardi Ayin?

א is a glottal stop, like the break in the phrase "uh-oh". It's a closure or clicking of the glottis, which is the lowest opening in the throat used for speech, right above the voice box. ...
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Is there any symbolism associated with Hebrew being written right to left?

In The Great Partnership Rabbi Sacks gives a speculative explanation of the difference between right-left and left-right alphabets. The book is an attempt at describing the differences between science ...
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Why is the מ in מוֹקְדָ֨ה small?

My Tikkun has the small mem as below.So Does my Bais Yehudah Chumash. I once heard that Rav Menachem Mendel of Kotzk said that Moktah represents the fire we should have for Torah and Mitzvohs but keep ...
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Amen to a Chazzan with a different pronunciation of Hebrew

That's not the correct interpretation of the source you brought. There's no such abstract concept that the chazzan can't lead a congregation that distinguishes more letters than he does. Rather, it is ...
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What's with the small heh in Bereshit 2:4?

There are several explanations: A good starting point is Rashi who mentions two answers: (i) The verse teaches you that all of them (i.e. the productions of heaven and earth) were created on the first ...
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What's with the small heh in Bereshit 2:4?

First of all, there are many letters in The Scriptures, which, according to tradition are mandatory either written smaller, or larger than the surrounding text. For each one there are explanations ...
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Is there any symbolism associated with Hebrew being written right to left?

The chasam sofer answers this question in his shu"t on OC 187. (You have to read the whole piece in order to understand the linked paragraph, so I'm not going to quote it). The gist of it though ...
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א mi yodeya (the pronunciation)?

We are sure that א was originally pronounced as a glottal stop, which is like the break between the syllables of the phrase “uh-oh”. Every time it has a vowel underneath it, even a silent Shva, it ...
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The Yud and Hey in creation (Isaiah 26:4)

Rashi explains it. The Yud represents the fewness of the Tzadikim, the Heh with its open bottom represents the ability to return to hashem (teshuvah) it also represents the descent prepared for the ...
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