The utterances themselves are the building blocks of creation. They are not just what called creation into being; they are the being called creation. Each letter has a soul, has an force, each contain a meaning and a service. Each letter together with the next letter create a new item, eg: Kuf Hey Sin "kiseh" create a chair, Kelev means dog. … Kalev means "like a heart."
There are an estimated 3,000 languages (not counting dialects) and more than 66,000 letters which make up the alphabets for these languages. Only one language and one alphabet is Divinely created, the letters having been formed and shaped by G-d alone. That language is Lashon HaKodesh, biblical Hebrew.
The Hebrew alphabet (Hebrew: אָלֶף־בֵּית עִבְרִי, alefbet ʿIvri ), known variously by scholars as the Jewish script, square script, block script, or more historically, the Assyrian script, is used in the writing of the Hebrew language, as well as other Jewish languages, most notably Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Arabic.
The Alep Bet, the Hebrew Alphabet, has 22 letters (five of which appear in a different form at the end of a word) which are all consonants. Hebrew is written from right to left. During the years a system of vowels called nikud were added, but these are mostly seen in school books and prayer books. Newspapers, signs, magazines and most other printed materials in Israel today do not use nikud.
In the first verse of the Torah we read: Bereshit bara Elohim ET hashamayim ve’ET ha’arets.
In Hebrew Et is spelled Alef Tav (the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet). The Et in this verse was explained by the Magid of Mezritch as follows: Bereshit – In the beginning Bara Elokim – G-d created Et – Alef through Tav. In the beginning G-d created the Hebrew Alef Bet.
The word Et (Building blocks). תא / Et is a Biblical Hebrew word that has no translation. To be sure, the word is not meaningless, and while it cannot be translated, it is interpreted. The Talmud is replete with respective explanations for the numerous Et’s that appear throughout the Torah.
The Hebrew Alef Bet are not just letters; they are the Elementary Particles, or DNA of existence. According to the Jewish tradition, G-d used the Hebrew letters to create the world. The movement patterns of Otiyot Hayyot (Living Letters).
Jewish tradition teaches: Twenty-two foundation letters: He engraved them, He carved them, He permuted them, He weighed them, He transformed them, and with them, He depicted all that was formed and all that would be formed.
Therefore the Bore Olam (Master of the World) says "Let there be light", i.e. may the energies/letters of Alef, Vav, and Resh fuse into (the word) Or (light). They do. As a result we have light.
As a simple carpenter employs tools to build a home, so Bore Olam utilized the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, the Alef-bet, to form heaven and earth. These letters are the metaphorical wood, stone and nails, corner posts and crossbeams of our earthly and spiritual existence.
Traditionally, Hebrew letters possess:
- Design—the specific way each letter is formed. This form represents the Divine energy within each letter.
- Gematria—each of the letters of the Alef-bet represents a certain number, e.g., alef = 1, bet = 2, etc.
- Meaning—each letter has many meanings, e.g., the letter alef stands for chief, to learn, wondrous, and much more. Bet means house, etc.
- Nekudot (vowels)—most letters have a vowel that tells us how it is to be pronounced.
- Crowns—some letters in the Torah have crowns—little lines drawn on the top of Hebrew letters—which add strength to the letters.
- Cantillation—each word in the Torah has a musical note.
If any single letter of the Torah’s 304,805 letters is missing, the whole Torah scroll has to be wrapped up and put away until it is fixed. So if someone asks you, "What’s the most important letter in the Sefer Torah?" the answer is, "Every letter is!"
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