Filed under: letters, NIKUDOT, Tagin, Torah, VOWELS | Tags: “crowns”, Bible, Divine supervision, Hebrew Letters, Sefer ha-Tagin
UPDATED January 29TH 2017
“I have given you every herb … and every tree … for meat.” 1:29
This is a mistranslated , in no way is the word here meat in the original Hebrew the word is “achla” which means food.
A similar lesson we can learn from the verse “Sarah lived to the age of 127”. The Hebrew text says “the life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty and seven years.” The words of the God are very exacting, and specific. There are reasons for this strange choice of language. But one would not even notice this from the English translation..
From this we see if you want to study a book as important as the Bible you should study it in its original language.
The Bible in the sacred language Hebrew does not use obscure language, but describes most things in words clearly indicating their meaning. Therefore it is necessary at all times to delve into the literal meaning of words to achieve complete understanding of what is actually meant. This can only be done fully by learning the “original text”. The letters are vessels of Divine Light each represents a specific aspect that works a specific function. It is in the exact order and combinations of these
letters of Divine Light; that they convey the Divine Will according
to The God’s will. All these holy letters in our Holy Torah bring what is, was and will be into existence physically and spiritually. the four letters of The Divine name יהו”ה manifest this Name in the rest of the letters empowering them. יהו”ה empowers all the letters of our prayers.
The letters are male and female, the vowel points are also male and female. However the letters compared to the vowel points are like a body to the Ruach (soul). Concerning “Nikudot”, יהו”ה Sometimes יהו”ה is with “nikud” (vowels) “Shivah”, “Cholem”, “Kamatz”. The “Shivah” is judgement, “Kamatz” is mercy. The vowels “Shivah”, “Cholem”, “Kamatz” it hints to “Because he חשק(desires) me I will save him” (Psalms 91:14), “Only in the forefathers does God חשק desires” (Deut. 10:15). The “tamim” cantalation notes are from the Keter. The “tamim” cantalation notes are weapons of war. “Dagesh” are like the muzzle and bridle of the letters. Through them the “Chayot” “run and return”, they run through the “Dagesh” (hard sound), and return through the “Rafah” (soft Sound).
Decorative “crowns” which are sometimes placed on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The “tag” (crown) is regularly composed of three flourishes or strokes, each of which resembles a small “zayin” and is called “ziyyun” ( = “armor,” i.e., “dagger”). The seven letters צ, ג, ו, נ, ט ע, ש have the crowns on the points of the upper horizontal bars. The flourishes are placed on the tops of the letters, and they are found only in the Scroll of the Law, not in the printed copies of the Torah. The tagin are a part of the Masorah. According to tradition, there existed a manual, known as “Sefer ha-Tagin,” of the tagin as they appeared on the twelve stones that Joshua set up in the Jordan, and later erected in Gilgal (Josh. iv. 9, 20). On these stones were inscribed the books of Moshe, with the tagin in the required letters (Nachmanides on Deut. xxvii. 8). The baraita of “Sefer ha-Tagin” thus relates its history: “It was found by the high priest Eli, who delivered it to the prophet Samuel, from whom it passed to Palti the son of Laish, to Ahithophel, to the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite, to Elijah, to Elisha, to Jehoiada the priest, and to the Prophets, who buried it under the threshold of the Temple. It was removed to Babylon in the time of King Jehoiachin by the prophet Ezekiel. Ezra brought it back to Jerusalem in the time of Cyrus. Then it came into the possession of Menahem, and from him was handed down to R. Nechunya ben ha-Hanah, through whom it went to R. Eleazar ben ‘Arak, R. Joshua, R. Akiba, R. Judah, R. Miyasha (), R. Nahum ha-Lablar, and Rab.”
Haim Nachman Bialik said “Reading the Bible in translation is like kissing your new bride through a veil”
One needs the ability to understand the original author’s words, rather than through the translator’s opinion of the author’s words.
Hebrew is called the holy tongue? The Rambam explains that Hebrew lacks words for genital organs, for the reproductive act, for urine, and for excrement. When Hebrew needs to describe these things, it borrows terms with other meanings or employs allusions. This linguistic limitation makes the language sanctified. Hebrew is the original language of Torah, the language in which God communicates with his prophets and his people, and the language God used to create the world.
It is said that the Hebrew language came directly from God. It contains secrets that were preserved by the initiated. They contain the precise plan of the principles of creation. Each letter is a crystallization of one of the aspects of manifestation of the divine word. Each letter is thus connected to the creative forces in the universe. The twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet are the building blocks of creation. According to the Bible, G-d created with world with Ten Utterances (or sentences) such as “Let there be Light.” Immediately, there was light. And the Bible describes each of the Ten Utterances and the things that were created as a result. What is interesting is that these utterances were not just said once and erased, but stand for all time, forming the objects they created. The world is formed out of combinations of letters; these combinations are created from the letters of the words G-d spoke when he made the world. If a letter were to be rearranged or damaged, that object would cease to exist. Therefore, spiritually, the continued existence of these letters is essential for the functioning of the world.
Every letter in the Hebrew alphabet has a design, a number and a meaning. You might have heard of the term “gematria.” Since every Hebrew letter has a number, words have “totals,” and these numbers have special significance. Two words may be linked in their significance and meaning not just because of etymology or the fact that they are related in their sounds, but also because they are related in their numerical value.
Words and letters have a certain kind of power that goes beyond our capacity to imagine.
The Hebrew Bible is arranged similarly to a hologram. The Torah has recorded with in it a vast “world” of information “imbedded” within and waiting to be later reconstructed, some what like being unfolded. It is like a “zip” (compressed) file. The first letter contains the whole. The first word expands from the first letter, the first sentence from the first word, etc. It’s very much like what our scientists do, We include information with messages sent to outer space that explains how to decode the entire message-that’s also how compression programs work on computers. To perceive the Torah requires information retrieval, and information processing. As all is concealed with in it most only look upon its surfice. The ancient Hebrew alphabet is far more than a tool for everyday communication or the transmission of sacred texts; the letter forms themselves have intrinsic geometric and mathematical properties that point us to a profound knowledge of life and nature. They hold within them the secrets of human consciousness. The letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, as the manifestations of God’s speech. They are the energetic and vibrational building blocks of creation. They are analogous to physical elements. Just as, for example, an atom of oxygen gas unites with two atoms of hydrogen gas to form a molecule of water, so does one letter combine with another to create new entities. Hebrew words and letters are the constituent spiritual elements of all existence.
The Hebrew Alphabet is like the periodic table of elements.
The written Torah. It has in it only the crowns of letters and letters. It has none of the vowels written in it. Thus the words of the “Torah” (Bible) have many possible meanings. This does not mean that there is not a known simple meaning which Moses was taught by God at Sinai, but it lets us know there are other “secret” meanings to it’s words. The letters are the 288 sparks of the vessels that shattered. In creating the world God joined letters and sparks together. By the shattering of the vessels sparks fell below. Through reading of the Torah with the “tamim” (musical notes) and “nikudot” (vowels) which are into the vessels. This purifies the vessels and the sparks. Raise the letters that are fallen by the “tagim” (notes) , “nikudot” (vowels), “tagin” (crowns) All letters have their source in the letter “Alp” the Hebrew “A”, which is called sweetened.
By this the vessels are fixed ,from their shattered state. V”H of YHV”H is the source of the letters, it is the letters. By holy speech one makes permutations of these letters and sparks, thereby making peace between them and raising them up to the place from which they have fallen and their fixing reassembles them above to be conduits of light for us here below. Giving the world a higher and better level of Divine supervision, nullifying judgments..
The nature of the letters of the Torah is revealed by the fact that when the letters flew off the Tablets Moshe was no longer able to hold them any longer as they were so heavy, so he had to let them drop and shatter. This was because after the letters had departed from the Tablets they were with out “ruach” (Spirit) so grew heavy and fell. In the Torah scroll itself there are no vowels allowing the Torah to have many meanings, as each generation has a unique “tikun”(fixing) of its own by exchanging the letters
The vowel Kametz is a firmament a line and a point, this is the letters י and ו, it is a gathering of all the other vowel points, which is the gematria sixteen, the sixteen faces of the Chayot. Therefore it is a gathering of all the other vowel points. Kametz is a big movement. Because it is the beginning of all the vowel points of the sefirot. Even though all the holy names make a chair to the other. Like a son needs to work for his father and mother to make himself to them like a servant, a helper, a chair, and a pedestal under them. So too, the sefirot one to the other. Therefore there is a vowel point which is a king, and there is a vowel point which is a servant to it. Like the Shvah is a servant to the Kametz. The secret of the Kametz קָמֵץ is fourteen plus the three points (30) and the line (6) equal fifty
Petach is forty two, the gematria of Petach is twenty, and a point and two lines equal ווי 22, which is forty two.
The secret of the vowel point of צרי is forty two plus the three letters equals forty five which is the gematria אדם man (45). Through the vowel צרי The world was created.
The vowel “Shvah” is the secret of (42) מ”ב , as 42, plus the three letters of “Shvah” equals 45.
”Nikud Segol” סֶגול equals 18 .
The vowel Cholem חֹלֵם without spelling it with the ו equals the gematria י–ה plus the three points equals forty five which is the Shem Hamoforesh מ”ה , and with the three letters and the kollel it equals forty nine which is the gematria of the forty nine letters of “Shema Yisroel…” (Deut. 6:4), and “Baruch Shem…”. As the Rabbis of the Mishnah have said (Rosh Hashanah 21B) “the fifty gates of Binah were created in the world and were given to Moshe except one” as it says, “And missing a little bit from אלהי”ם (Psalms 8:6). And below of the angels these are the forty nine faces of purity from the angel מטטרו“ן who is the חלם of the angels.
“Nikud Chirek” חִרֵק plus the “gematria” of its letters equals 41 . “Chirek” is the gematria וה =11 and it has three dots י‘ י‘ י‘ which is thirty, together they equal forty-one.
“Nikud Shuruk” שֻרֵק equals the letter ו, and the five points (50), fifty six, plus the three letters and the kollel equals sixty “סוד the secret of Hashem is for the ones who fear him” . And in it is “sing to Yaackov in happiness” (Jer. 31:6). רנו ליעקב שמחה an acronym for shurek שרק. The Vowel Shuruk (שורק), is the “tzadik” the foundation of the world, in it is the secret of the second Shurek with the addition of the ו‘ equals forty two.
All the vowel points come forth from the upper Chochmah, until the Malchut. And the “tammim” (musical cantelation notes) are from Keter to Malchut.