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

*photo credit michel D’anastasio

6 thoughts on “The Hebrew Aleph-Bet

  1. Thank you Cindy, will download and am looking forward to begin to learn ~ it will a slow start as I’ve never studied the Hebrew language before.

    • Jenny so glad you are joining us on this adventure! One thing I’ve learned over the years of studying Hebrew is that it is so vast and so deep that our joy in learning it will last an eternity.

  2. Jenny, how are you doing? Even if it feels a bit like being thrown into the deep end…keep persevering, and enjoying what you can, and it will start sinking in – then it’s a joy to start recognizing words and letters etc. Let us know any ideas, criticisms, suggestions…whatever, OK? We value your participation and input.

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