August 15, 2018
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Review Category : Hebrew Alphabet

TAV: Impression – The Seal of Creation

1 of 9   The Origins of Tav Taw, Tav or Taf is the twenty-second and last letter in many Semitic abjads, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew Taw (Modern Hebrew: Tav) ת and Arabic alphabet Tāʾت (look below). Its original sound value is /t/. The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek Tau (Τ), Latin T, and Cyrillic Т. Taf is said to have come from a mark; or asterisk-like marking, perhaps indicating ...

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SHIN: The Eternal Flame

1 of 8   The Origins of Shin Shin (also spelled Šin (šīn) or Sheen) literally means “Sharp” ; It is the twenty-first letter in many Semitic abjads, including Phoenician&&&‎, Aramaic/Hebrewש, and Arabicش (in abjadi order, 13th in modern order). Its sound value is a voiceless sibilant, [ʃ] or [s]. The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek Sigma (Σ) (which in turn gave Latin S and Cyrillic С), and the ...

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RESH: Process – The Art of Clarification

1 of 9   The Origin of Resh Resh (Arabic: look below) is the twentieth letter of many Semiticalphabets, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrewר and Arabic alphabetrāʾر. Its sound value is one of a number of rhotic consonants: usually [r] or [ɾ], but also [ʁ] or [ʀ] in Hebrew. In most Semitic alphabets, the letter resh (and its equivalents) is quite similar to the letter dalet (and its equivalents). In the Syriac ...

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QOPH: Omnipresence – Redemption of the Fallen Sparks

1 of 9   The Origins of Qoph Qoph or Qop (In Modern Hebrew: Kuf/Kof, Arabic: Qāf) is the nineteenth letter in many Semitic abjads, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Syriac, Hebrewק and Arabic alphabetqāfق (in abjadi order). Its sound value is an emphatic[kˤ] or [q]. The OHED (Oxford Hebrew English Dictionary) gives the letter Qoph a transliteration value of Q or a K and a final transliteration value as a ck. In ...

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SADHE: The Faith of the Righteous One

1 of 9   The Origins of Sadhe Ṣade (also spelled Ṣādē, Tsade, Ṣaddi, Ṣad, Tzadi, Sadhe, Tzaddik) is the eighteenth letter in many Semitic alphabets, including Phoenician, Aramaic, HebrewṢadiצ and ArabicṢādص. Its oldest sound value is probably /t͡sˤ/, although there is a variety of pronunciation in different modern Semitic languages and their dialects. It represents the coalescence of three Proto-Semitic “emphatic consonants” in Canaanite. Arabic, which kept the phonemes separate, ...

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PE: Communication – The Oral Torah

1 of 9   The Origins of Pe Pe is the seventeenth letter in many Semitic abjads, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew Pei פ and Persian, Arabic fāʼف (in abjadi order). (look below) The original sound value is a voiceless bilabial plosive: /p/; it retains this value in most Semitic languages except for Arabic, which having lost /p/ now uses it to render a voiceless labiodental fricative /f/. The Phoenician letter gave ...

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AYIN: Divine Providence

1 of 9   The Origins of Ayin Ayin or ʿayin (Hebrew: [ajin], Arabic: [ʕajn] is the sixteenth letter in many Semitic abjads, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew ע and Arabic ʿaynع (in abjadi order). It is the twenty-first letter in the new Persian alphabet. It represents a sound like a voiced pharyngeal fricative (/ʕ/), which has no equivalent in English. There are many possible transliterations, most commonly ʿ, (U+02BF) “modifier letter ...

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SAMEKH: The Endless Cycle

1 of 9   The Origins of Samekh Samekh or Simketh is the fifteenth letter in many Semitic alphabets, including Phoenician, Hebrew, and Aramaic, representing /s/. The Arabic alphabet, however, uses a letter based on Phoenician šin to represent /s/ (see there); however, that glyph takes Samekh’s place in the traditional Abjadi order of the Arabic alphabet. The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek Xi (Ξ, ξ).[2]. The origin of ...

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NUN: The Messiah – Heir to the Throne

1 of 8   The Origins of Nun Nun is the fourteenth letter of many Semitic abjads, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew נ and Arabic alphabet nūnن (in abjadi order). It is the third letter in Thaana (ނ), pronounced as “noonu”. Its sound value is [n]. The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek nu (Ν), Etruscan &&&&&, Latin N, and Cyrillic Н. Nun (Hebrew: נ) is thought to have come from ...

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MEM: Fountain of Wisdom

1 of 8   The Origins of Mem Mem (also spelled Meem or Mim) is the thirteenth letter of many Semitic abjads, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew מ and Arabic mīmم. Its value is [m]. The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek Mu (Μ), Etruscan &&&&&, Latin M, and CyrillicМ. Mem is usually assumed to come from the Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for water () which had been simplified by the Phoenicians ...

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