Off The Pulpit: Current Newsletter "Hidden Treasures"
by Rabbi David Wolpe
Hebrew has no one letter words. The word for "I" is Ani which begins with the letter aleph. Aleph is a silent letter. Referring to oneself then, should begin in silence.
Over the centuries, people have uncovered wonders in Hebrew. The difference between the word for man and woman (ish / ishah) is a heh, which is also a sign of God. Both man and woman have the word for "fire" in them; so between the two there is fire and more often than not, it is the woman who brings God into the relationship. You see how the game is played?
Take the last letter of the Torah, Lamed, and the first, Bet, switch them, and you get Lev, heart. If you take the first, middle and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet — aleph, mem and taf, you get the word emeth, truth. Because truth is the first and last value, and must be observed all along the way. Once you add gematria, since each Hebrew letter has numerical values (as in chai =18) there is no end to the ingenuity of combinations. Learn our language, spin it around, play, calculate, and discover.