letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Hebrew letter; Introduction to Hebrew?; Hebrew alphabet opener;
Beth's preceder; Hebrew leader?; A, in Hebrew
2 times a year
essential Hebrew words and phrases
is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
original value was a glottal stop. In Modern Israeli Hebrew, the
letter is either a glottal stop, or has no pronunciation besides
that of the vowel under it. The pronunciation of Aleph varies
from group to group, with some pronouncing it more as a glottal
stop, and others more silently.
is the subject of a midrash which praises its humility in not
demanding to start the Bible. (In Hebrew the Bible is begun with
the second letter of the alphabet, Bet.) In this folktale, Aleph
is rewarded by being allowed to start the Ten Commandments. (In
Hebrew, the first word is 'Anokhi, which starts with an aleph.)
the Sefer Yetzirah, The letter Aleph is King over Breath, Formed
Air in the universe, Temperate in the Year, and the Chest in the
is also the first letter of the Hebrew word emet, which means
truth. In Jewish mythology it was the letter aleph that was
carved into the head of the golem which ultimately gave it life.
also begins the three words that make up God's mystical name in
Exodus, I Am That I Am, (in Hebrew, 'Ehye 'Asher 'Ehye), and
aleph is an important part of mystical amulets and formulas.
Sayings with Aleph
Aleph to Taw describes something from beginning to end; the
Hebrew equivalent of the English From A to Z.
who doesn't know how to make an Aleph is someone who is
with a big Aleph (lo b'aleph rabati) means Absolutely not!.
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