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  Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet
There are over 150 laws concerning how the Hebrew Alphabet must be written by the Jewish Scribe.
After all, the closest letter in the English Alphabet for Letter Vov is a W? The question incorrectly assumes there is a connection between the English alphabet and Hebrew alphabet.
Finally, keep in mind that in Hebrew they also use the numbers 1234567890, and so even though they are not Hebrew characters, they are universally known and used.
www.geocities.com /Athens/9587/alephbet.html   (3569 words)

  Hebrew Language
Hebrew is written from right to left, rather than left to right as in English, so Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Tav is the last.
Early Hebrew was the alphabet used by the Jewish nation in the period before the Babylonian Exile--i.e., prior to the 6th century BC--although some inscriptions in this alphabet may be of a later date.
The Early Hebrew alphabet, like the modern Hebrew variety, had 22 letters, with only consonants represented, and was written from right to left; but the early alphabet is more closely related in letter form to the Phoenician than to the modern Hebrew.
www.crystalinks.com /hebrew.html   (0 words)

 JewishEncyclopedia.com - ALPHABET, THE HEBREW:   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The characters of the Hebrew Alphabet are derived from the so-called Phenician or Old Semitic letters, to which almost all systems of letters now in use, even the Roman, can be traced.
In the case of alphabets having a highly developed system of ligature, like the Arabic, the writer might obtain good results by artistic grouping of letters, but in a block text, such as the Hebrew, in which every letter must be strictly separated, efforts in the direction of ornamentation were confined to the individual letter.
In the Saracenic, or, as they were called, Sephardic (Spanish) lands the Hebrew Alphabet is distinguished for its roundness, for the small difference between the thickness of the horizontal and upright strokes as well as for the inclined position of the letters.
www.jewishencyclopedia.com /view.jsp?artid=1308&letter=A   (0 words)

 Torah Tots - The Site for Jewish Children - All About the Hebrew Alphabet
The alphabet consists of twenty-two letters (five of which have a different form when they appear at the end of a word,.....but more about that later).
Note that Hebrew is written from right to left, rather than left to right as in English, so Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Tav is the last.
Hebrew Alphabet used in writing STA"M. There is another style used for handwriting, in much the same way that cursive is used for the Roman (English) alphabet.
www.torahtots.com /alefbet/nekudot/allabouthebrew.htm   (0 words)

  Hebrew alphabet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Hebrew alphabet was in origin an abjad, in other words it had letters for consonants only, but means were later devised to indicate vowels, first by using consonant letters as matres lectionis, later by separate vowel points or nikud.
The number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet, their order, their names, and their phonetic values are virtually identical to those of the Aramaic alphabet, as both Hebrews and Arameans borrowed the Phoenician alphabet for their uses during the end of the 2nd millennium BC.
The Hebrew alphabet was retained as the alphabet used for writing down the Hebrew language during its rebirth in the end of the 19th century, despite several unsuccessful attempts to replace it with the Latin alphabet.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hebrew_alphabet   (2032 words)

 Learn the Hebrew Alphabet - Introduction
There are many reasons to learn Hebrew such as to read the Tenach (the Old Testament of the Bible written in Hebrew) in its original language or simply to learn how to pronounce Hebrew words such as those in Strong's Concordance without having to use the transliterations.
Hebrew on the other hand uses "Alephbet" as they are the first two letters of the Hebrew Alephbet; Aleph and Bet.
One advantage to Hebrew is that the sound for each letter remains the same unlike English where one has to memorize many variations such as the word circus where one "c" is pronounced like an "S" and the other like a "K".
www.ancient-hebrew.org /7_intro.html   (708 words)

 Yamada Language Center: Hebrew WWW Guide
Hebrew is taught at the University of Oregon by the Department of Judaic Studies.
Hebrew Language at the University of Texas - a nice collection of video clips and sound bites that are used in the modern Hebrew courses at UT. You can replay small bits of the files to develop your listening and translation skills.
Hebrew on the Net - For definitive information about reading and writing Hebrew over the internet, this is the place to start.
babel.uoregon.edu /yamada/guides/hebrew.html   (584 words)

 Hebrew Alphabet
Hebrew is written from right to left and books therefore begin at the opposite end from a book written in the English Language.
Hebrew is the language in which the Torah is written; it is also used for prayer and study.
Modern Hebrew is spoken in Israel today although it stopped being a language for everyday use until about a century ago.
www.hitchams.suffolk.sch.uk /synagogue/hebrew.htm   (163 words)

 Hebrew alphabet at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, with Intial/Medial and Final forms, the most standard Latin-letter transliteration values used in academic work, pronunciation using IPA symbols for modern standard Israeli pronunciation, reconstructed Tiberian pronuncation, reconstructed older pronunciation, and a SAMPA column for modern transliteration for those lacking fonts or browsers to properly handled the IPA characters.
Following the Babylonian exile, Jews gradually stopped using the Hebrew script, and instead adopted the Babylonian Aramaic script (which was also originally derived from the Phoenecian script).
Following the decline of Hebrew and Aramaic as the spoken languages of the Jews, the Hebrew alphabet was adopted in order to write down the languages of the Jewish diaspora (Yiddish and Judaeo-Spanish).
www.wiki.tatet.com /Hebrew_alphabet.html   (1268 words)

 Hebrew Alphabet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It is my opinion that the Hebrew words, as written in the standard 22-letter Hebrew alphabet, contain the consonants and some of the vowels of the spoken words.
As it happens, the Greeks seem to have borrowed their alphabet from the Hebrews, and the first Hebrew letter "aleph" corresponds to the first Greek letter "alpha".
The modern Hebrew scholars claim that the Hebrew letter "heth" is pronounced in that manner, but this letter corresponds to the Greek letter "eta", which seems to be pronounced as A-long.
www.vorsoft.com /faith/hebrew/alphabet.htm   (1088 words)

 Hebrew Alphabet / Torah 101 / Mechon Mamre
If you are familiar with Greek, you will no doubt notice substantial similarities in letter names and in the order of the alphabet.
The line of text at the right would be pronounced (in Sephardic pronunciation, which is what most people today use):  "V'ahavta l'rayahkhah kamokha" (And you shall love your neighbor as yourself, Leviticus 19,18).
Another style is used in certain texts to distinguish the body of the text from commentary upon the text.  This style is known as Rashi Script, in honor of Rashi, the most popular commentator on the Torah and the Talmud.  The alefbet at the right is an example of Rashi Script.
www.mechon-mamre.org /jewfaq/alephbet.htm   (0 words)

 Looking at the Tarot: The Natural Sequence and Order of the Tarot by Hebrew Letter
Our goal then, is to establish a one-to-one correspondence of Tarot to Hebrew letter through each Tarot's astrological and alpha-numeric symbolism, and then bring the pattern into coherence by restoring the positions of seven Tarot trumps, which just happen to represent the seven classical planets, to their original order according to ancient cosmology and astrology.
When this is done, the "locked" formative meanings of the Hebrew alphabet are opened, and may be used for decoding certain texts written in that language.
There, they will find the Hebrew alphabet, and Shabbatai Donnolo in the 10th, The Kalonymus Family escaping lethal perscution in the 12th, and Abraham Abulafia in the 13th century in Italy and can learn where Pico and Ficono got their material in the 15th, around the time the twenty-two images of the Tarot appeared.
www.psyche.com /psyche/tarot/tarot_natural_order.html   (5177 words)

 Ancient Scripts: Hebrew
Hebrew is one of the longest continuously recorded languages that has survived to the modern day.
While the script on this inscription is called Old Hebrew, it is barely discernible from Phoenician from where it originated.
The Hebrew alphabet as it is adopted from Phoenician actually doesn't reproduce all the sounds in the Hebrew language, so some letters represent multiple sounds.
www.ancientscripts.com /hebrew.html   (494 words)

 Hebrew language, alphabet and pronunciation
The modern Hebrew script was developed from a script known as Proto-Hebrew/Early Aramaic.
Hebrew is a member of the Canaanite group of Semitic languages.
In the late 19th and early 20th century the Zionist movement brought about the revivial of Hebrew as a widely-used spoken language, and it became the official languge of Israel in 1948.
www.omniglot.com /writing/hebrew.htm   (528 words)

 Hebrew Alphabet
Note that Hebrew is written from right to left, rather than left to right as in English, so Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Tav is the last.
The Sephardic pronunciation of Hebrew is increasingly becoming the norm, because it is the pronunciation used in Israel.
In Hebrew numerals, the position of the letter/digit is irrelevant; the letters are simply added up to determine the value.
www.templesanjose.org /JudaismInfo/writing/Hebrew_Alphabet.htm   (1487 words)

 Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet
After all, the closest letter in the English Alphabet for Letter Vov is a W? The question incorrectly assumes there is a connection between the English alphabet and Hebrew alphabet.
Finally, keep in mind that in Hebrew they also use the numbers 1234567890, and so even though they are not Hebrew characters, they are universally known and used by the name Arabic characters.
The Hebrew language is similar to English in that there are many different fonts which one can use to write the letters.
www.safrus.com /alephbet.html   (0 words)

 Hebrew Numbers and Counting
Other Hebrew fonts, supporting not only Hebrew characters but punctuation, vowel and cantillation marks, are discussed on Mechon Mamre's font page.
Hebrew numbers on the other hand, simply add the values of each letter together and the position doesn't matter.
Numbers are formed by choosing the hebrew letter with the largest value that doesn't exceed the number and then selecting the next largest valued letter that reduces the remainder.
www.i18nguy.com /unicode/hebrew-numbers.html   (1102 words)

 Israel and Zion are Central to the Hebrew Alphabet: INTRODUCTION
Secondary evidence includes an Ugaritic tablet of the fourteenth century B.C. containing the 30 letters of the Ugaritic alphabet -- which is the oldest known ABC -- including the symbols of the twenty-two North Semitic letters in the same order as they appear in the modern Hebrew alphabet.
In addition to ordinal values, the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are also assigned numerical values2.
This led to the approach of examining the Hebrew alphabet itself to determine what sets of letters could be shown to have a unique place in the alphabet following the pattern found with "Israel" and the possible significance of the patterns.
www.yahuah.org /izintro.html   (667 words)

 The Hebrew Alphabet, Acrostic Psalms, Picture Letters - Biblical Hebrew
We can learn the aleph-bet by examining various Biblical passages which are written as acrostics (alphabetically ordered verses and each first word commencing with each Hebrew letter of the alphabet in turn, from 1 through to 22).
Psalm 119 is a famous example, written with 8 verses for each of the Hebrew consonants in order, so verses 1-8 each have a first word beginning with 'aleph and verses 9-16 each have a first word beginning with beth, and so on.
The first Hebrew letter, 'Aleph, originally represented an ox head and was similarly portrayed in Phoenician and Ancient Greek as well as Ancient Hebrew.
www.biblicalhebrew.com /alphabet.htm   (0 words)

The Phoenician alphabet was widely received, as it was only 22 letters based on sound, as opposed to the myriad of symbols in cuneiform and hieroglyphics prevalent at the time.
As the Aramaic alphabet became the Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew papyri and parchments of the second and first centuries BC were written in the Aramaic alphabet.
Two characteristics of ancient Hebrew were the pure use of consonants, and the use of an epicene personal pronoun (a personal pronoun that does not distinguish for male and female - the same word is used for both "he" and "she", as in Genesis 3:15).
biblescripture.net /Hebrew.html   (1240 words)

 Genetic Correspondences Between Hebrew, Greek and Roman Alphabets   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Systematic genetic correspondences are possible because the Hebrew, Greek and Roman alphabets derive from a common source, the North Semitic alphabet of c.1700 BCE.
It's worth noting that the Modern Hebrew alphabet, which is commonly used in esoteric work, is no closer in form to the original alphabet than are the Greek or Roman alphabets.
This is because the Roman alphabet developed from an early Greek alphabet in which the letter shaped X (with numerical value 600) had the sound /ks/.
www.cs.utk.edu /~mclennan/BA/PT/BA/JO-Alpha.html   (572 words)

 Hebrew Alphabet
The Hebrew alphabet is often called the "alef-bet," because of its first two letters.
People who are fluent in the language do not need vowels to read Hebrew, and most things written in Hebrew in Israel are written without vowels.
Hebrew Alphabet and Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews are courtesy of Judaism 101
betmishpachah.org /hebrewdate/alefbet.html   (616 words)

 The Hebrew Alphabet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Hebrew codes contain 27 letters, the 22 basic letters of the Hebrew alphabet and the 5 final forms.
The cantillation marks, also known as accents (in Hebrew, Teamim or Teamey Hamiqra) are used with biblical texts to indicate precise punctuation and the notes for reading the text in public.
Hebrew and Arabic are written from right to left, while numbers and other languages are written from left to right.
www.qsm.co.il /Hebrew/ab.htm   (229 words)

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