Sunday, April 10, 2016

Songs that get it wrong

I figured on the heels of my recent (re-)post about the mistake in הרחמן הוא יקים it might be fun to compile a list of songs which commonly include mispronounced words. (Have to admit, partly inspired by this video.) We'll start with this one and another one in the comments of the source of that post. I'll add to the main list as I receive suggestions through comments or by email.

RED = חירוף וגידוף alert!

Proper pronunciation: Commonly mispronounced:
הרחמן הוא יקים לנו את סוכת דוד הַנֹּפֶלֶת הַנֹּפָלֶת
טוב לי תורת פיך מאלפי זהב וָכָסֶף וָכֶסֶף
הנה אנכי שלח לכם את אליה הנביא אליהו הנביא
הוֹדוֹ על ארץ ושמים הוֹדוּ
ברוך הוא אלקינו שֶׁבְּרָאָנוּ לכבודו שֶׁבָּרָאנוּ
מי כמוך בעל גבורות בל גבורות
וְקוֹיֵ ה' יחליפו כח וְקוֹוֵי (Sorry, Dedi)
** UPDATE: Sorry, Dedi, again.
It seems this exact text is not so


ablock said...

Don't forget just about every version of mimkomcha that has "he'amur" (ha'amur) and the blasphemous "mashiach hashem" (m'shiach hashem)

Shtikler said...

I believe "he'amur" is at least a matter of dispute.

ablock said...

Who says "he'amur"?

Here are the rules as quoted on wiktionary (

If the consonant after the ה־ is א or ר, or if it’s ע and its syllable is stressed, then a kamáts is used instead of a patákh; so, הָ־ (ha-).

If the consonant after the ה־ is ע and its syllable is unstressed, then a segól is used instead of a patákh; so, הֶ־ (he-).

If the consonant after the ה־ is ה or ח, then a patákh is used as usual, unless the ה or ח has unstressed kamáts or khatáf kamáts, in which case a segól is used instead.

hanofeles said...

If you actually pay attention during chazaras hashatz you will notice that MOST people say Bal Givoros instead of Ba'al Givoros. (As well as every other time Ba'al comes up). This is more than a little mistake. Ba'l Givoros states that Hashem is the master of mighty deeds. Bal Givoros would be saying that Hashem is NOT capable of mighty deeds - chalilah!

One should certainly NOT say Amen to such a bracha (quoting from R' Yiroel Reisman - Pathways of the Prophets).

The fact that the Bal Koreh is known as such, instead of the correct Ba'al Koreh is an apt title, since generally they are in the Bal category - they can't lein! (Ibid. This site will back that up!)