MemberAugust 19, 2020 at 1:16 pm
My friend, I said the hey is silent because it doesn’t have vowel point under it. Not that the actual hey letter itself is silent. The hey in the YHWH doesn’t have a vowel point, so how would you pronounce it? Also, there is a difference between classical Hebrew and Yiddish. Yiddish is a Germanic language with Hebrew words, in a Hebraic script. It’s not Hebrew, it has no Semitic roots. It’s a bastard language, no different than English. English has some French words, and is written in a Latin script. Classical Hebrew is close to the ancient Hebrew, however it has been tampered with. In the sense that when the Ashkenazim decided to adopt the Hebrew language, because Hebrew is a very throaty and guttural language, just like Arabic.
And so the Ashkenazim had difficulty pronouncing certain words because they are so harsh on the throat. So what did they do? They reduced the harshness of words by replacing them with less emphatic tones. For example, they replaced the Bet, with Vet. The Chet with Ket, the Waw with Vav. And so on. They adapted the language to suit their own needs, wants and preferences. The evolution from Classical Hebrew to Modern Hebrew was not organic, it was a pick and choose of what letters to pronounce properly, and which to completely scrap entirely.