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