Hebrew Alphabet #2: The Aleph


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The aleph is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet. It symbolizes the One and Only, the Eternal, the Omnipotent God. It is the symbol of God as the Creator and Master of the universe. In gematria (assigning numerical values to numbers) the numerical value of the aleph is 1. The parts with which the letter is formed allude to God’s sacred Name…

 

 

 

A Hebrew letter has gematria, form and symbolic meaning in addition to a sound and a value in its alphabet. The graphic form of the aleph symbolizes the infinite eternal nature of God. If its parts are separated, they consist of yods (y)and vavs (v) connected. Each of these yods has a numerical value of 10. The vav , 6. These total 26, the numerical value of the four letter divine name – YHVH. He was, He is, He will be. That name is never pronounced, but instead Jews use ha shem (the Name).

 

 

 

The aleph also represents the one Divine, unchangeable Torah, the thought of God, the repository of all wisdom. concealed in the letters of the Torah, in their combinations, crowns, and shapes, are the laws of physics and metaphysics, music and mining, psychology and ethics. Solomon knew where mineral deposits were located and what veins of land were suitable for growing exotic plants; he knew the behavior of animals and the secrets of healing. all of this knowledge he found by interpreting the Torah.

 

 

 

“aleph”in hieroglyphs
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The sum total of human knowledge derives from the Torah because the universe is a product of Torah which is the blueprint of the world (Zohar, Ruth 88). When His Ineffable Word took physical form, heeaven and earth became the clothing for the word of God which infuses Creation, and without which Creation would not continue to exist. The spiritual Torah which preceded the world became clothed in ink and parchment, and the Godly wisdom which is the essence of Torah remained hidden in its words and letters (Ramban; see pp. 145, 209).

 

Quoted in great part from The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet, The Sacred Letters as a Guide to Jewish Deed and Thought, by Rabbi Michael L. Munk

 

 

See the first article in this series at: https://judaicaworld.wordpress.com/series-on-hebrew-alphabet-1/

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