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The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet (ArtScroll (Mesorah)) Hardcover – June 1, 1986

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  • Series: ArtScroll (Mesorah)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mesorah Pubns Ltd; 1st edition (June 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899061931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899061931
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story is told how Rebbe Nachman of Breslov once suffered from amnesia and could not remember any of the Torah he had learned. In desperation, he asked one of his disciples to recite the Hebrew alphabet. He did -- and the Rebbe's memory came back to him. After reading this excellent book, you will understand how that is possible. The Hebrew alphabet is much more than 22 letters written on paper. Each letter has a numerical value, a number of symbolic Torah meanngs, and a mystical connection to the Creation of the Universe. According to kabbalah, the Hebrew letters are the primal "energies" with which God spoke the Creation into existence. The inner essence of a thing are the letters which compose its name in Hebrew. (The Overview in the book is entitled "Protoplasm of Creation," and explains this concept in more detail than I can do here.)
Unlike so many of those pseudo-kabbalah books on the market, which attempt to use the Hebrew alphabet and its numerology for fortune-telling, this book is solidly grounded in authentic Torah sources. Like all of Artscroll's publications, the approach is Orthodox, but also accessible to both Jews and non-Jews of all backgrounds. This is not an easy-read "spirituality" book, however. It is a detailed set of Torah lessons, to be savored slowly, one letter-chapter at a time. The author also assumes that you are either familiar with basic Hebrew terms, or at least willing to take the time to learn them. But even if you do not already know the Hebrew alphabet, this book will help you understand the deeper wisdom within traditional Judaism.
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Going over the Hebrew Alphabet, Rabbi Munk offers more than enlightening insights about these letters of divine origin

He makes many observations about the reason why every letter was created, why it has that particular shape and orientation and how it communicates with the physical and spiritual realms as well as with other letters

It also makes many related references citing Midrashic (Torah interpretations), Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) sources

Although the book follows a definite structure, one letter, one chapter, the extent and depth of the explanations for every letter go quite different as letters are indeed different too

I conclude that this is not a book to read just one time because one is interested in this particular subject but a reference volume worth to be consulted many times, in any library of any University for the purpose of religious studies and research
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I am a Christian Minister, and I greatly enjoyed this book. It gives an overall view of the basic ideas of Judaism that is clear and beautiful. It also explains the concept of the creative Word of God and the power of the spoken word, by a metaphysical analysis of each letter from Aleph to Tav, each of which is an "entity." Beautifully written. I read a copy loaned by a Rabbi friend, and had to get my own copy for future reference.
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I bought The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet because I am studying Hebrew and thought it might help me get the alphabet more ingrained in my thinking; and, because I have had a strong conviction for sometime that there is something mysterious and wonderful about the Hebrew alphabet. I could not have known how right my hunch was.

After beginning to read the book, I decided I had to buy it for my Father; then, a separate one for my Mother (she kept stealing his); my brother; and at my dad's request a spare one that he could have to give away.

The author has a wonderful way of presenting a historical perspective on the structure and sounds of the Hebrew letters; while also presenting the religious and cultural considerations.

Being a Christian, I have found it especially wonderful. I didn't realize that many of the concepts related by Jesus and the other writers in the New Testament were dealt with at length by the Scribes and Rabbis in sacred writings other than the Torah, Books of Wisdom and the Prophets. This book uses references to those writings (as well as those included in our Old Testament) to explain the importance and nuances of meaning of the letters. This adds so much meaning for me to some of the things Jesus said and did: I'm truly amazed at how many of the things that seemed a little odd, actually have a reason behind them.

This book cannot just simply be read in a sitting. I find myself going over and over the chapters; gleaning something new each time. Actually, I have yet to get through even a chapter in one sitting. And, has it helped my grasp of the Hebrew language? It really has! To know that each letter is made up of parts, and to have word pictures to remember the letters by...
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The Hebrew Aleph-Bet is explained in such a clear fashion that anyone can understand. It goes in depth into describing the letters and give a multitude of examples of how those letters are important to Torah interpretation. Its delves deeply into Talmud, Midrash and commentaries to present examples of inspiration and morality based on these letters. Any student of Hebrew and Kabbalah should read this book.
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