Aleph–the first letter of the Hebrew Alphabet


A few years ago, I taught Hebrew to the 3d grade at the Chicago Waldorf School.  I taught that class once a week for six years.  I’m not especially fluent in Hebrew.  Mostly, we learned the letters.  I told a story each week and from it we drew a picture from the story and from that we found the letter. (This is how writing is taught in Waldorf schools–from story to image to abstract letter–how writing developed) For most of the children, this was there first exposure to a different alphabet and they thought it was both funny and interesting.

Aleph is the letter with no sound.  Lawrence Kushner, in The Book of Letters, describes it like this:

It has no sound.  Only the sound you make when you begin to make every sound.  Open your mouth and begin to make a sound.  STOP!  That is Aleph.

Pretty amazing.  And there’s all sorts of interesting mystical interpretations of the Hebrew letters.

I’m not sure where my old Hebrew books are, but here is a doodle from my sketchbook of an aleph:FullSizeRender 39

I’m excited to be doing the A to Z blogging challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

12 thoughts on “Aleph–the first letter of the Hebrew Alphabet

  1. Wow Susan.. That’s great. Hebrew.. It is the oldest script we have. And I didn’t knew before that Aleph has no sound. Thanks for the information.. It will be great to check your challenge throughout this month. Thanks. All the best

    Have a great weekend.. 🙂

    • I loved learning about the Hebrew letters–although I don’t remember most of it anymore.
      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend, too!

      • Yea, being occupied by language and using it in everyday helps in remembering it.. But such languages are difficult to remember..

        It was my pleasure mam.. Happy Sunday . 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s