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Hebrew or English?


Rabbi Eliezer S. Weisz

24 Shevat 5764
I am not fluent in Hebrew. I struggle to phonetically pronounce words, and I’m very slowly getting familiar with some of the prayers. During this ongoing process, is it better that I struggle with a prayer in Hebrew and likely not understand its meaning, or is it acceptable to read it in English? At least in English I’ll understand it, and it will have more meaning.
It's better to struggle in Hebrew, practice makes perfect.
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