The Hebrew Aleph-Bet

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By the Word of the Lord the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
Psalm 33:6

The Sages taught that the letters of the Aleph-Bet were the building blocks of this world. They drew this understanding from the first four words of Genesis — Bereshit bara Elohim et… “In the beginning G-d created… et…” Et is not a translatable word. Et‘s purpose is to point to the direct object of the sentence. It is spelled את – aleph and tav.

The Sages say that in the beginning G-d created all the Hebrew letters from aleph (the first letter of the Aleph-bet) to tav (the last letter) and from these letters all life sprang – including Torah, the Word of Life.

The Hebrew word for letter is ot – which means sign or wonder. It is the same word used for ‘sign’ in Isaiah 7:14:

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

From one (Cindy) who considers herself a beginner with this amazing language, I can tell you that just learning the letters of the Alpeh-bet will open up the Word in a way you have yet to see.

Download a PDF file of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet HERE

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