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Aliyah Magazine brings you an exciting new series that reveals the hidden depths of a language common to most of the world…the Alpha-Bet. Explore the divine Hebrew origins of a language that is the basis of communication for all mankind.
The basis of all Judeo-Christian scriptures is the Hebrew letters. Without an indepth knowledge of the Hebrew letters, the original language of the scriptures, one cannot understand the Western religions or the secrets hidden within them.
Like Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan, Greek and other ancient languages, the Hebrew letters constitute a primary expression of the language and mathematics of spirituality. In scriptures, dreams, and awakened experiences, the symbolism of Kabbalah is delivered through the Hebrew letters. This is the language of the internal worlds.
Basics About Hebrew
There are twenty-two primary Hebrew letters, although several have an additional form when the letter is used at the end of a word.
Hebrew is written from right to left. Keep that in mind when you see Hebrew words: the first letter will be the furthest to the right (the opposite of English). These are the primary forms of the twenty-two letters:
א ב ג ד ה ו ז ח ט י כ ל מ נ ס ע פ צ ק ר ש ת
Every Hebrew letter carries unique meanings, symbols, and importance. When combined into words, those symbols and meanings are combined, resulting in a very rich and deep significance. Thereore, names and words written in scriptures have meanings that are very deep, and known only to those who know the Hebrew letters. By knowing the letters, one can know the real meaning of scriptural lessons and allegories.
Every Hebrew letter is also a number. Thus, every Hebrew word has a numerical significance. This is why Kabbalah is a science of numbers.
We start this exciting new series with the letter Aleph
א Aleph is the first letter of the Kabbalistic alphabet, or better said, the Kabbalistic aleph-bet. Aleph is also the first letter in the Arabic alphabet, but it is pronounced Alif.
The Sacred Breath
The letter א Aleph symbolizes the wind, air. א Aleph is associated with the Sephirah Kether. If you move the letter in order to make the transversal line vertical, you can see for yourself the shape of your throat and two lungs. Imagine that the air that you breathe enters through your nostrils, goes through the trachea and into your lungs; this is how we are alive. This is how we breathe.
The letter א Aleph is also derived from the West Semitic word for “ox”, and the shape of the letter derives from a Proto-Sinaitic glyph based on a hieroglyph which depicts an ox’s head. In Hebrew an Aluph is also a senior commander in the army!
let’s now look at the next letter in the Hebrew Alphabet. After just looking at Aleph, which is also known in English as Alpha, it is then no coincidence that the next letter is ‘Bet’
The letter ב Beth represents a tent or a house, and you can see that in the shape of the letter.
To understand ב Beth, you have to always remember א Aleph, because ב Beth is that through which א Aleph speaks. ב Beth in this sense is like a mouth, and in its shape you can imagine this. The breath (theAleph) emerges through ב Beth. The emergence of the breathe of God is the emergence of life. The breath of God is the Neshemah (the soul). The breath is creation, emerging through ב Beth. This is why Beth is the very first letter of the entire Bible; the entire Torah or Tanach begins with ב Beth. The significance of this letter is underscored by this simple fact.
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