Learning the Hebrew Alphabet
When we research the origin of the scriptures we will take note that the actual language that they were originally written in was Hebrew. Remember that the scriptures are actually speaking to the history of one particular nation of people, the Hebrews. Which is very important to keep in mind as you read the scriptures because from the beginning to the end it is speaking to this specific culture. Although that is not my topic for the post and may later be touched on. It is important to have an understanding as to who the scriptures are speaking to, to better understand the language and why the earlier scripts had the forms that they did.
Depending on the era the elder forms of the Hebrew letters/ characters, where truly basic which is consisted of Pictograph then transitioned into Paleo scripts, Sumerian, and other variations. Until eventually in today's modern world we have modern Hebrew which is a block form. One of the things to note is that modern Hebrew tend to have vowel points which goes into "Yiddish". Truth be told, I'll be honest I have not fully learn the modern Hebrew forms as of yet.
Few reasons for that is that they omit a letter, as well as the fact that I personally believe you acquire a greater appreciation for the language and our culture when you learn from the pictograph. We get to see and enter into the mind frame of what the people of that generation where experiencing and how they where living.
One thing to note is that the Ancient Hebrew language was based on "Function" every letter was not just a letter as it is in today's society is is an action being performed by an individual or object. Also we where agricultural people who in a sense where sojourners. This is also an important aspect to remember as you study the language to give you a feel for what the word means based on what we would have been seeing in our day to day life.
Yes English - Latin - Spanish any other [modern] language variations - is not the original language of the scriptures. Which this lack of understanding of the language causes much of the confusion today. However taking the time to study will really help on the pursuit of understanding what the scriptures are really saying to us.
As you scroll below you will find the break down of what the Hebrew Alphabet. The images are formatted Pictograph - Ancient/Paelo - Modern Hebrew. I give very brief break downs to help propel understanding on the letters! As always do your own research and keep seeking! You're also more then welcome to share added information pertaining to the letters. I for the most part directly copied and past the description from my Instagram when I first was releasing them, you could take a look at the comment section as some individuals did share additional information to some of the letters on that platform.
You are also able to download a PDF version of the images containing the letters by double clicking on the ALAPH.
ALAPH / A / א : Pictograph of an Ox Head
The Ox is considered to be the leader, the first, the strength, the father. AB / אב.
Lets take a look at the functionality of this bovine in our life. Quick facts an Ox is a male cattle used for working whereas a Cow is considered the female cattle used for milk, reproduction and meat.
I had looked through scriptures and seen that the OX was thee only animal being associated with being YOKED. (Doesn't mean other animals can't be but looking at the scriptures correct me if Im wrong and missed it)
Now what exactly is yoking? A Yoke is a wooden beam that was used to pair animals for labor.
In the agriculture aspect a Larger more skillful OX would sometimes be yoked to a smaller Oxen or animal. In doing so the leader would guide the steward in the direction that was needed while plowing (remember Zayin) their loads. Until the smaller was able to bear the weight and understanding on their own.
We can see why this relates back to why the most high is called the "Father" its AB / אב /House of the Leader / it coincides.
IF we follow the ALAPH our Leader YHUH and YOKE ourselves to him the FRUITS of our Labor (Zayin) is a good/tub/functional LIFE.
Which ultimately sustain us.
Just that simple.
BaT / B / ב : Pictograph of an Tent floor/House בת
The BaT / ב represents to go in as you would do so in your home. It is the beginning/structure of your family, sons and daughters. This is shown through the pictograph.
If we look closely at the picto you can see there is an entrance, opening and then it appears to go into a room, just how we'd see a floor plan today of a house. We see the structure of the Bat/house.
Again lets think of our forgathers, when they would pitch their tents the wood/beems would be their structure and they'd used the skin of rams, goats, sometimes various linens as the covering for their tents.
Now the skins would not always last forever, and would need to be replaced periodically. However the foundation would still stand essentially the house/tent could last forever. Just as our forefathers foundation can last forever through their seed. Which can help add understanding to the word SON and DAUGHTER in Hebrew.
BaN / בנ / Son : is the BAT and the NUN Which represents the house of seeds continuing.
BTh/ בת / Daughter : which is basically the same as the word BAYT / בית / House : BAT YAD & TAU which shows how the daughters/women are the structure that help keep the home solid while housing the seeds.
GIMAL / G / ג : Pictograph of a Foot
The Foot represents various things, one of the functions of the feet are to walk. However more importantly they also carry and/or lift your body. When the Gimal is paired with other letters it's often times described as the uplifting of that other element.
Your feet are also used to gather. Throughout scriptures there is constant reminder to guard the path of our feet. Also to keep them clean! I always found it interesting that there are customs of washing the feet of those you welcome into your home. It's a show of humbling of I feel both parties. One who humbles to clean the feet of another you essentially show peace by serving them, in the same time you are making them clean to enter into your abode, you don't know where they are coming from.
The GAmal is also associated with PRIDE
- GAH / גאה :
- GAMAL : Foot - Lifting up
- ALAPH : Ox Head - The strength of
- HAY : Man
Pride is the thing that leads to destruction and its lettering directly speak to what is the action that brings this, its found in Lifting up a Man (ourselves) up high. As though we are unreachable.
Remember to stay Humble.
Dalet / D / ד : Is a pictograph of a Tent Door
Again consider out nomadic lyfestyles, our doors which are entrances many times moved and where hanging, they would be curtains at the entrance which could be rolled up or moved to the side this speaks to the functionality of the DALET.
The DALET is indicative of time in diffrent dimensions, enetering and leaving. Also the forwards and backward motions, or MOVEMENT in itself or lack there of.
For example the Hebrew word for "Blood" is דם / DM / DaM
It begins with the DALET and the MEM. Which is the movement of water.
We know our blood is primarly water, and it circulates the body. Makes sense?
Just to show how beautiful the hebrew language is and how it's important to understand the pictographs whilst studying. And it really can be simple.
If we add another MEM to Blood "דמם " this then becomes the word for Silent.... .
Remember the Hebrew language is based on ACTIONS being done. So if there is alot of movement of blood/water - typically this occurs when it's being shed - the person or animal then becomes still, silent from the loss of it. More than likely because it is dying. .
In this manner it makes me think how movement is part of our lives. And how we must embrace it even when we sit still.
The HAY / H / ה : is a Pictograph of a man with his arms raised up
HAY YOU OVER THERE LOOK! BEHOLD! .
That's practically what this letter is!
as tho literally saying "HAY" "BEHOLD" look at this! You can see why it also represents a revelation of some sort "HAY I didn't know that!" The arms raised up high are also associated with depicting the windows of Shamayims/heavens..
The HAY also indicative of the breathe of life, when you have something that sparks you, you often breathe or sigh in astonishment. Your lungs and chest cavity literally exhale air when you say this letter.
The HAY is the second and last letter in our creator the most high name YHUH / יהוה (remember this would be left to right)
We have the:
- YAD י : The works of the Delivering arm, strong hold
- HAY ה : Behold, reveals itself
- UAU ו : Secures yokes our foundation
- HAY ה : Revealed to us.
There is much that comes with the revelation that comes in knowing who the most high YHUH is to us, and our creation. All I can say really it's a beautiful thing!
UAU:VAV:WAW / U : Is a Pictograph of a Tent Peg/ Hook/Nail.
A tent peg is representative of adding and securing something. The tent pegs often times where in the shape of a Y or a nail. The action is bringing the rope of the tent and securing them to the ground. Which if we look closer at the whole picture it's the act of fastening a larger object to a smaller one creating support and stability.
The UAU is the third letter of the creators name YHUH / יהוה Which speaks to the security in His name, the bonding, and refuge that comes along with Him and the way His mightyness secures us and guides us. Gives us that support to not be easily plucked off when we are yoked to him.
The UAU alone also means "and" which would make sense since it's action of adding.. In Spanish we say "Y" (ee) for "and" which is direct correlation to the nails function of adding and interestingly l has kept it's pictograph form. Lastly the UAU is actually how we got the moder day letter "W" or double - U.
ZAYIN / Z / ז : Pictograph of a Plow.
The ZAYIN is associated with food. Remember we where an agricultural people, relied on wheat, barley, various grains and crops. .
The plow is a tool/weapon used to cultivate the earth essentially cutting loosening up the soil to be seeded or assist in harvesting. Tilling the earth is and should be done for sustaining purposes.
Ideological without this tool there would be no production of food. Hence when we think of the ZAYIN it's pertaining to the actions surrounding attaining foods, nourishment, becoming fruitful, also a form of being cut off. Remember remnants and gatherings of the choice harvest.
CHET / ח : A Pictograph of a Tent wall / Fence.
A wall/fence is used primarily to divide, to separate from the outside, it is formed in surrounding formation.
This is an important function to consider, the scriptures speak for us to be Set-Aart → ( קדש QDSh) very similar to (חדש ChDSh) the term used for "New moon" when you first see the crescent of the moon it's as seeing a "wall" hence the word begins with the CHET as this becomes a determining factor to be considered a new moon.
However interestingly both words speak towards a renewal of time, a crossing over, A wall is used to separate and to stay within is meant to uphold being the separation. There is protection and safety that comes with this. You hold fast to the core values and principal's of Our own culture , instructions, ways of life. Not easily moved. .
There is a quote that I've seen floating around "Elevation requires separation"
This is indeed truth the CHET can speak to separations. Consider the benefits that come with separation vs the trauma that can come with assimilation.
TET / T / ט : A pictograph of a Basket.
A basket is a valuable thing to have, functionally basket would usually be woven by various fibers, it's purpose it to surround and contain. .
Baskets are used for storage, safe keeping.
Baskets are also used for fishing Remember think of ancient times. Although many traditionally do it like this to this day! Very functional and eco-friendly.
TET also Symbolic for being generous and giving in secrecy think of the action of giving a gift.
The TET is also compared to a snake, 🐍 as of the innate behaviors of a snake, is to coil up, and surrounding they're prey.
YOD / Y / י : A Pictograph of an arm with the hand.
A delivering arm and strong hand. Our arms are a very functional part our bodies. We use them essentially to do work, to create and action we desire, we use them to throw, as well as to speak and worship. To grasp take a hold. Working to deliver us out of bondage.
The YOD is the first letter to our creator the most high name יהוה / YHUH / YAHUAH
Which its his delivering arm and strong hand who delivers us out, provides, and more. Remembers Hebrew reads right to left.
Fun fact shared by my Aysh:
YUM/YOM / יום = Hebrew word for DAY. Which begins with the YOD which the arm is used to work.
When the creator number the days "day one day two ect" . YUM these 6 days consist literally of working, the creators worked these 6 days
The 7th day was sanctioned as the SHABBAT -which begins with the Shin ש which we learned what this letter was before, to cut - which is the beginnings of ceasing work, to rest. So Yum literally means to work whereas Shabbat to cease.
I encourage you if you'd like to add to this letter or any posted please comment below so others can research as well. The letters I've been posting I have been giving very brief description to assist as a learning tool.
Kaph / K / כ : A Pictograph of an Open Palm
When the palms of our hands open we usually are allowing something.
For example when giving or receiving. We become open, can tame or be tamed. We can become filled with what we receive. Also remember we are frequency filled people and are to keep/wash them clean, I personally don't shake everyone's hands.
Consider how what we become open to may influence us. Consider what our forefathers open their hands to and the outcomes.
Lamad / L / ל : is a Pictograph of a shepherds staff.
A long piece of wood with a hook at the end. .
Lets look at the functionality of it. First the one who holds the staff usually needs it. They ground themselves with it physically they may use it as something to ground there footing, spiritually they use it based on the grounds of their knowledge. They understand the need for it and use it as such in the same time should do so with caution.
Remember we were agricultural people.
A staff with a hook was used to be placed on the collar/neck of cattle's.
This is action Yokes them together, to be bound : they become one.
The leader then moving the staff guides the cattle. Forward, backwards, in which ever way deemed. Until the cattle would follow with the guidance until they knew what to do on their own.
With the same staff it could also be used as a form of discipline. We have a negative association with discipleship however it doesn't have to be the reason we do usually deals with pride. However if your going astray the staff would hook you and pull you back. That moment of disciplineship can cause you to live versus heading towards defeat in reality when done right it's a form of protection. .
The one who holds the staff usually teaches what they know. Lamad.
MEM / M / ם : Is the pictograph of water.
Use your hand and do the motion of the ocean. This is literally it. The word water translates to "MAYIM"
Let us think of water, it can be everywhere. It circulates the earth the dew , sea, fog, condensation, rain snow. It circulates just as it does in our body. Our bodies are roughly 60% made up of water. .
Blood is water. .
Water can be chaotic, calm, deep, shallow, when frozen it can have a face like when the Ruach/spirit of YHUH moved on the face the waters in Barashyth/Genesis.Water can also be so vas that it causes you to wonder, question, think, what is beyond the Kaph the horizon? We even say "hmmmm" "mem" as we ponder. .
Water is the only natural element that can simultaneously destroy and cleanse.
So in using MEM keep it's characteristics alive. The Word is like water. Power to give life or destroy.
NUN/ N / נ : A Seed . The NUN is a pictograph of a seed.
Pretty basic many of us see that, however its so much more beauty in the letter NUN.
The NUN is not just any type of Seed but a living seed.
When we look at a mans semen it is the exact same shape, the head carries the life as the tails insures mobility and rooting. Identical to the structure of our central nervous system. Our brain the head (life) the spinal cord which houses variety nerves connections (insures our mobility). Their peak function is in the ability for the Head and Tail to work together, only in unison they thrive.
Agriculturally you may have a seed however, it may not be sprouted (having the tail) when a plant seed is alive nourished by water, light and other elements it sprouts grows it's "tail" again to be mobile and takes root.
In essence a seed is literal life, that came from within the host to continue to thrive. Offspring's, heirs, as long as you have NUN you will always be in motion. Your offspring's should be as functional as the head it came from. If the head is functional and has not turned away.
Samekh/SMK/ ס : A Thorn.
Examine the functionality of a thorn.
It is a shield, often times there are many, endless thorns. A thorn also grabs and takes hold to something, think of one being stuck to your clothing. A thorn in providing protection literally causes you to Turn.
Make sure what you grab and hold on to is meant to be hedged and protected versus turned from.
Ayin / AYN / ע : Pictograph of an eye.
When we look at the functionality of an eye, we look upon things but its much more. It really can be trans formative!
Consider this, when we see things, we then begin to know, and by knowing we become watchful. To become watchful doesnt mean we're carelessly watching just with your eyes, but we are watching in a sense of guarding our Whole being.
When we are young, there is much we don't know, but as we grow and SEE we KNOW, if I cross that street without looking I can die so we then WATCH what we KNOW through what we Saw. AYIN.
Same concept applied through the proper usage and understanding of scriptures and life itself.
Pey/ P / פ : Is the pictograph of a mouth/lips.
I also attached two variations of the pictograph version I've seen.
Look at the functionality of the mouth, they are the edge to our face, beard, nose... They also are an opening an entrance. The mouth speaks, praises, blows, when you say "P-eh" this action brings your lips together then separates to speak...
(let us hear the conclusion of all the whole matter come together before separating and casting judgement)
Also consider the how the dabar/word of YHUH is as a two-edge sword and how our words can destroy or build.
Tsade/צ : Pictograph of a man laying down on his side, or squatting.
View the functionality of this letter when a man is hunting, putting his hand to the plow, tilling the earth a man will functionally get in this position either on their sides, squat down in the hunt, during their journey.
Also take a look at the first image to the very left. Now mimic the image, imaging being in the field, with your hand held plow you strike it Down- then Pull it towards you. - This is part of the action associated with the tsade. To gather, bring towards oneself.
When we do this we are harvesting. In the grand scheme to even get to the position of harvesting, and hunting we have to go through a journey first to be able to do this action. Before we can harvest we have to plant and wait for growth. Before we hunt we have to follow. Before we hook the fish we have to throw the line and wait.
When we visualize the bigger picture we are able to see how the all of this is symbolic to the letter Tsade.
Quph/Qoph ק : Is a picture of a Sun at an horizon. .
Representing Light that is growing or diminishing, when the sun is at the horizon it is gathering. Stretch your hands out in front of you and pull them in towards you as though your gathering a bunch of leaves. Essentially this is the action surround the Quph.
Alongside it symbolic for time, condensing, and physical perspective hints to something that is behind.
As the sun in setting the Sun appears to be setting behind our vantage point and picture it gathering the sunlight as it sets. So when we see the Quph being use, we can connect it with location of an object or the action of pulling in.
The Rash/Resh ר is a picture of a mans head.
Today it would be as using the "R"
Which is representative of the beginning, the first, the chief,
Something to think about,
When someone is doing "bad" or being " " "wicked" the Hebrew word is " rah / ra'a "
Beginning with a mans head. As well as Ra'a can also mean Friend.
Lets take a quick look at the word.
The Shin ש is a picture of two front teeth
Which is representing to "press" ,
We have to think about the functionality of our two front teeth these two together, pair, press down , and in doing so they destroy, devour, and cut what they come into contact with.
A way I like to remember this letter/ otiot is "My "Shin" makes my teeth press down"
So when we think of the Shin being paired with other letters we know that the action of the word may be in line withbeing consumed, crushed,
The Tav/Tau is a picture of two sticks crossed
Representing a 'mark'. For example as in marking out a boundary, location, goal. Remember the saying "marks the spot."
Along side this when one reaches the mark you are essentially reaching the end, the last, the goal and are - crossing - joining together, sealing a covenant - which is also representative of the Tau/Tav
This makes sense when we look at the ALAPH (The beginning) and the TAU (The end) Which in so many ways makes sense when the most high is represented as the Alaph and Tau the most high is the head who we are in a covenant with. Should we choose his ways.
But wait there's One more!
Gayin / Gh / Ayin / ע : Is a pictograph of A Rope! 🔗🔗 .
A Rope is typically a woven 3 strand cord or more that twist and turn. A Rope is used to connect, tighten, and bound. A Rope though functional signifies dysfunction.
This particular letter is associated with darkness, and wickedness. Whereas we're commanded to keep a straight path, a rope turns. This letter is thought to have been merged with AYIN/ 👁 / ע . .
In Hebrew, words typically do not mean more than one thing as in the English language. Because typically there is only one functionality to an Action it either does or doesn't. However, research has shown that GHAYIN may very well had been a letter on its own. .
There are few words in the Hebrew language that have a double meaning when in conjunction with the AYIN ע, and usually one is good and one is considered to be dark- hence the speculation of this letter GHAYIN
For example :
RA / רע - Rash + Ayin means friend H# 7453 (Man turns towards his eye)
RA / רע - Rash + Ghayin means Bad H#7451 (Man turning from what his eyes see)
There are said to be more letters however this comes from studies in the ancient Semitic languages of Canaan. #Ugarit . Just putting it out there for further research .
Tsephanyah (Zephaniah) 3:9
“For then I shall turn unto the peoples a clean lip , so that they all call on the Name of יהוה, to serve Him with one shoulder.
This is a simple guide to help assist as we persue studying the dabar/word of the most high we get a more deeper appreciation and understanding for the word that is actually being spoken of. We have to remember that the Hebraic language is based on actions - no application of what we subjectively my think a word means. Functionality.
Know more, feel free to add your throughts in the comments below for others to see.