As a carpenter employs tools to build a home, so Bore Olam (the creator of the universe) utilized the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, the alef-beit, to form heaven and earth. These letters are the type of metaphorical wood, stone and nails, corner-posts and crossbeams of our earthly and spiritual existence. In a nutshell, HaShem used the Hebrew letters to create the world (the Hebrew letters are called Otiyot Hayyot / Living Letters).
The Hebrew Alphabet contained special meanings for each letter. For example, the word for “E-L” combines two letters Aleph and Lamed. Aleph originally was a pictograph of an “Ox”, and Lamed of a “shepherd’s staff.” Together the ancient Hebrew word, E-L, means “Powerful Leader who keeps us together and on the right path, the ultimate Judge of the universe.”
Hebrew is truly a Holy language, providing much more information in Hebrew Scripture than common English Scripture translations provide. Case in point is that the KJV or any other Bible translation is not the inspired word of God, but the Hebrew Bible is.
We know that the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet are hard-wired to those 22 articulations of energy that are sustaining the universe.
The Hebrew Letter Yod
יוד – It begins with the Yod itself, as a dot, and then moves downward, from the divine toward the created order to form Vav (the "hook" of creation). Finally it moves outward in the horizontal realm as Dalet (the "doorway" of creation).
The Yod, the first of the Hebrew letters created in creation. Although the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet, Yod contains as much meaning as the rest of the Hebrew alphabet combined.
In the Jewish tradition, Yod represents a mere dot, a divine point of energy. Since Yod is used to form all the other letters, and since God uses the letters as the building blocks of creation, Yod indicates God’s omnipresence.
Yeshua our Rabbi said: "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the Yod or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.“ Matthew 5:18
Yod is considered the starting point of the presence of HaShem in all things – the Spirit in everything.
The tenth letter of the alef-beit—and also the smallest—is the letter Yod. Every letter of the alef-beit begins with the Yod (the way each letter is written).
The image of the letter Yod is hand with stretched fingers. The hand is the symbol of power, of creative and directed energy that maintains individual existence.
The Yod is the smallest letter, and as a point it refers to the primal vibration of the universe. The Yod usually represents the point of wisdom from which all begins. It also represents the essence-spark of God (His soul) within each of us.
The numerical equivalent of the Yod is ten. The number ten is a fundamental building block for every aspect of Creation.
Firstly, there are the Ten Utterances of Speech through which God created the world. Next come the ten generations from Adam to Noah, and the ten generations from Noah to Abraham. There were ten plagues that God brought upon the Egyptian people, and ten miracles that He performed for His people to save them from those plagues. God challenged the Jewish people with ten tests in the desert. And, of course, God gave us the Ten Commandments.
The fact that ten represents sanctity and holiness is another reason for the importance of the Yod. The number ten symbolizes a community. The number ten is used to represent a spiritual full set. The number ten is a full integer count that is the symbol of being complete. For example: The letter Alef is made up of two Yod (י) and a Vav (ו), the Yod is not composed of other letters, and therefore, it also represents sublime simplicity.
The letter YOD is a symbol of what exists in a steady state, continuity, God’s indivisible power, His hand, His Name.
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