Reading from Torah

MosheAdler@aol.com
Sun, 2 Feb 1997 08:50:37 -0500 (EST)

Klugerman@aol.com writes:
> Many communities are fortunate to have an increasing number of young men
> who are yeshiva educated in Israel and are familiar with the intricasies of
> dikduk(hebrew grammar).
> Are we now obligated to read the Torah according to the minutae of shvana,
> dagesh (leading to slight variations in pronunciation) etc. if we know the
> rules?

Haven't we always been obligated to follow all of the rules? My father has
been a ba'al koreh (Torah reader) for over 30 years, and always stressed to
me the importance of pronouncing every word correctly. How are the
"standard pronunciations . . . from a generation ago" different?

Moshe Adler