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From: rhendel@king.mcs.drexel.edu (Russell Hendel) Date: Sun, 23 Jun 1996 11:46:48 -0400 Subject: A Simultaneous Davening-Laining error//With Source While I helped "contribute" to starting the search for laining errors which then led to an (exhaustive) search for davening errors I decided to retire from the contributors. But then I realized that there is one mistake---it occurs in both laining and davening---I correct people on it all the time (or try and prevent them from making it) and it even has a halachic source. So I decided to return to the contributors. The mistake I refer to is the so-called silent aleph. In benching the proper pronunciation is "YERU eth hashem kedoshauv"; NOT "YIRU eth hashem kedoshauv"(The aleph is silent). (See Psalms 34:10). Similarly the correct pronunciation is "HARUVANI" not "HAREUVANI" (Num 26:7; 34:14; ) and also in Deut 5:43 it is "LARUVANI" and not "LAREUVANI". Good balay Keriah pronounce these correctly. In terms of sources for this pronunciation: (1) Most Chumashim correctly omit the shevah under the RESH so as to create one syllable: RU; (2) The Minchath Shai on the above mentioned verses explicitly mentions the pronunciation; (3) I have not yet found a grammatical reason for why the aleph becomes silent...maybe someone out there has an idea. Russell Hendel, Ph.d. ASA, rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu