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Overview of Hebrew Alphabet

Hebrew belongs to the Semitic family of languages which includes Arabic, the best know and most widely-spoken Semitic language. Like other Semitic languages, Hebrew is

Peh (Hebrew Letter)

The letter PEH is equivalent to the number eighty in the Hebrew alphabet. It appears in two forms, bent and elongated. The elongated form of

The Hebrew Alphabet

The Hebrew alphabet is called the alefbet in Hebrew because of the first two letters, alefΒ and bet. The Hebrew language, unlike English, is written from

Hebrew & Other Jewish Languages

The original language of the Jewish people is, of course, Hebrew, the language in which the Jewish Bible is written. Hebrew is an unique language

Yad

The pointer, or yad, was developed for utilitarian reasons to aid in reading the Torah. It is called a yad, which literally means ‘hand’, as

Tzizit

“G-d spoke to Moses, telling him to speak to the Israelites and have them make tzitzit on the corners of their garments for all generations.

Tefillin

“Bind [these words] as a sign on your hand, and let them be an emblem in the centre of your head.” Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:8 “You

Tallit (Jewish Prayer Shawl)

“G-d spoke to Moses, telling him to speak to the Israelites and have them make tzitzit on the corners of their garments for all generations.

Shofar

The shofar is a polished ram’s horn used in Jewish services at certain times of the year; in ancient times, it was used to summon

Mezuzah

A mezuzah has two parts: a parchment scroll on which specified Biblical verses are hand-written, and a protective case for the scroll. The mezuzah derives

The Menorah

The menorah originated as a seven-branched candelabrum carried by the Israelites through the Sinai desert as part of the equipment for the Tabernacle (forerunner to

Magen David ('Star' of David)

The six-pointed star known as the Star of David (magen david) is actually a relatively new Jewish symbol, closely associated with the establishment of the

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