Hebrew for Kids: The Letter Dalet (10)

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INTRODUCING THE LETTER DALET

  1. DALET is the fourth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet.
  2. The numerical value of DALET is 4
  3. In modern Hebrew, the frequency usage of the letter DALET is 2.59%.
  4. The sound of the Hebrew letter DALET is like ‘D’ in DOOR.
  5. DALET is one of six letters that may have a DAGESH (dot) in their ‘belly.’ In the past, a DALET with a DAGESH had a different sound. In modern Hebrew, there is no distinction between a DALET with or without a DAGESH. (For more about the DAGESH and NEKUDOT, click https://mazorbooks.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/nekudot
  6. More about the Hebrew Letter DALET
  7. The DALET’s letters – דלת (dalet, lamed, tav), are the same as the letters that spell DELET, a door.
  8. The DALET also stands for the poor. דל (dalet, lamed).

Girls’ and Boys’ Names that Begin with the Letter DALET 

In generations past, most Hebrew speakers in Israel and Jews around the world chose Biblical names for their children. There used to be a clear distinction between girls’ and boys’ names. Though past name-choice practices are prevalent to this day, many parents do not limit themselves to Biblical nor gender-specific naming.

Below is a list of generally gender-specific names that begin with the letter DALET.

Contemporary unisex names that begin with the letter DALET include DAGAN and Dor.

Words of Values that Begin with the Letter DALET

MazorBooks children’s books promote Good Values, and in that spirit, here are some Good Value words that begin with the letter DALET.

One of the listed VALUE words, DA’AT, which, depending on the context, translates to knowledge, wisdom; intelligence, understanding, common sense, logic, awareness, consciousness, and mind.

DE’AH – דעה means opinion.
OLEH AL HA-DA’AT – עולה על הדעת – comes to mind.

Biblical Quote:
וְיוֹסִיף דַּעַת, יוֹסִיף מַכְאוֹב. Ve-yo-sif da’at yo-sif mach-ov – He that increases knowledge increases sorrow. Ecclesiastes 1:18

A Place in Israel that Begins with the Letter DALET

As Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel, it stands to reason to include a place in this incredible country that begins with the letter DALET

Coloring and Activity Pages – A Gift for You!

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Hebrew for Kids: The Letter Gimel (9)

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INTRODUCING THE LETTER GIMEL

  1. GIMEL is the third letter of the Hebrew Alphabet.
  2. The numerical value of GIMEL is 3
  3. In modern Hebrew, the frequency usage of the letter GIMEL is 1.26%.
  4. The sound of the Hebrew letter GIMEL is like ‘G’ in GIRL.
  5. GIMEL is one of six letters that may have a DAGESH (dot) in their ‘belly.’ In the past, a GIMEL with a DAGESH had a different sound. In modern Hebrew, there is no distinction between a GIMEL with or without a DAGESH. (For more about the DAGESH and NEKUDOT, click https://mazorbooks.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/nekudot

More about the Hebrew Letter GIMEL

  1. The GIMEL is spelled גמל (gimel, mem, lamed), same as the letters that spell GAMAL, a camel. The shape of the GIMEL is similar to that of a GAMAL, both with walking legs and long necks. 
  2. The letters that comprise the letter GIMEL also spell GMUL – גמול. GMUL is one of the interesting words in Hebrew, which means one thing and its opposite. GMUL means ‘to receive compensation and acknowledgment but it also means to nourish, to give.
  3. Pension plans in Israel are called KUPAT GEMEL קופת גמל as in compensatory plan.

Girls and Boys’ Names that Begin with the Letter GIMEL 

In generations past, most Hebrew speakers in Israel and Jews around the world chose Biblical names for their children. There used to be a clear distinction between girls’ and boys’ names. Though past name-choice practices are prevalent to this day, many parents do not limit themselves to Biblical nor gender-specific naming.

Below is a list of generally gender-specific names that begin with the letter GIMEL. Contemporary unisex names that begin with the letter GIMEL include GAL and GILI.

Words of Values that Begin with the Letter GIMEL

MazorBooks children’s books promote Good Values, and in that spirit, here are some Good Value words that begin with the letter GIMEL.

The number of words in the Hebrew language are far fewer than in English. However, oftentimes we find that a single Hebrew word can express multiple concepts, notions, and ideas 

One of the listed VALUE words, GVURA, strength, means more than just brute strength. It denotes heroism, bravery, overcoming adversity, and standing up to things that are wrong and/or evil. 

A Place in Israel that Begins with the Letter GIMEL

As Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel, it stands to reason to include a place in this incredible country that begins with the letter GIMEL.

Coloring and Activity Pages – A Gift for You!

Click the following and get access to downloadable Hebrew related coloring and activity pages. (If you have subscribed to the MazorBooks Mailing list, you will receive the link to the new Activity Pack via email.)

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Hebrew for Kids: Say Hello!

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How to say HELLO is probably the first thing one wants to know when learning a new language. So how do Hebrew speakers greet each other?

The most common word used to say hello and goodbye is

Greeting one another in peace is a custom that dates back to the days of the TALMUD (Beginning of the third to the end of the fifth century).

However, the influence of English and other languages have made their mark. Nowadays, many Israelis say “Hi” when they meet, “Bye” when they part, and “Hello” (pronounced ‘hallo’ or ‘allo’) when answering their phone.

Of course, there are lots of other greetings, appropriate for the time of day, special days like the Sabbath, holidays, and special occasions. Here are some common greetings!

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Enjoy the second MazorBooks volume of relaxing and creative coloring. Coloring activities, aside from providing the joy of setting one’s imagination free to experiment with hues and colors, generate wellness, tranquility, and calm.

The famed psychologist Carl G. Jüng applied coloring as a relaxation technique early in the 20th century. Jüng recommended circular designs with concentric shapes.

Recent studies found that coloring intricate patterns and designs also stimulates brain areas beneficial to problem-solving, organization, and memory.

Inspirational Designs: Let’s Color A World of Peace adult coloring book offers 45 simple to complex designs that promote relaxation and stimulate cognition. The coloring book’s thematic approach adds yet another enhancing element to the joy of coloring, as you will learn the word PEACE in 40 languages. Also included are 40 inspirational proverbs from around the world. Color, relax, and be inspired!

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Hebrew for Kids: Bet / Vet (8)

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INTRODUCING THE LETTER BET/VET

  1. Bet is the second letter of the Hebrew Alphabet.
  2. The numerical value of BET is 2
  3. In modern Hebrew, out of all the letters in the alphabet, the letter BET’s frequency of usage is 4.98%.
  4. The Hebrew letter BET is one of four letters that represent two different phonemes. (A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound in a word that makes a difference in its pronunciation and meaning.) The BET sounds like ‘b’ in boy, and the VET sounds like ‘v’ in velvet. A ‘dagesh’ – a dot in the center – distinguishes between the two. The BET has a dagesh, and the VET does not. (For more about the dagesh and NEKUDOT, click https://mazorbooks.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/nekudot/
  5. BET is the first letter of the Torah, the Old Testament. The first book, GENESIS, starts with the word “BERESHIT” – in the beginning.
  6. BET spelled the same way as BAYIT, which means HOME. 
  7. The letter BET is also used as a prefix and may function as prepositions, meaning in, at, or with.

Girls’ and Boys’ Names that Begin with the Letter BET 

In generations past, most Hebrew speakers in Israel and Jews around the world chose Biblical names for their children. There used to be a clear distinction between girls’ and boys’ names. Though past name-choice practices are prevalent to this day, many parents do not limit themselves to Biblical nor gender-specific naming.

Below is a list of generally gender-specific names that begin with the letter BET. Contemporary unisex names that begin with the letter BET include Be’eri and Bar.

Important Words – Values that Begin with the Letter BET

MazorBooks children’s books promote Good Values, and in that spirit, here are some Good Value words that begin with the letter BET.

A Place in Israel that Begins with the Letter BET

As Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel, it is only fitting to include a place in this amazing country that begins with the letter BET.

Coloring and Activity Pages – A Gift for You!

Click the following and get access to downloadable Hebrew related coloring and activity pages. (If you have subscribed to the MazorBooks Mailing list, the link to the new Activity Pack has been mailed to you.)

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Hebrew for Kids: ALEPH (7)

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And we are off!
Today we are beginning our Hebrew AlephBet journey.

Introducing the ALEPH

  1. Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew Alphabet.
  2. Aleph is a silent letter. Read about silent letters at https://mazorbooks.wordpress.com/2020/08/27/silent-letters
  3. The numerical value of Aleph is 1
  4. In modern Hebrew, the frequency of usage of the letter Aleph is 4.94% of all letters of the alphabet.
  5. In Jewish mysticism, the letter Aleph represents the Oneness of God.
  6. There are lots of sayings that involved the letter Aleph. A most common one is describing anything or anyone as “Aleph-Aleph” – means that it or he/she is top of the line, best of the best!

Girls’ and Boys’ Names that Begin with the Letter ALEPH

In generations past, most Hebrew speakers in Israel and Jews around the world chose Biblical names for their children. In previous generations, there were clear distinctions between girls’ and boys’ names. Though past name-choice practices are prevalent to this day, many parents do not limit themselves to Biblical nor gender-specific naming.

Below is a list of generally gender-specific names that begin with the letter ALEPH. Names that begin with the first letter used for boys and girls (unisex) include, Aviv, Aviya, Adar.

Important Words – Values that Begin with the Letter ALEPH

MazorBooks promotes Good Values, and as such we want to include Good Value words that begin with the letter Aleph.

A Place in Israel that Begins with the Letter ALEPH

As Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel, it is only fitting to include in this a name of a place in this amazing country that begins with the letter Aleph.

Coloring and Activity Pages – A Gift for You!

Click the following and get access to downloadable Hebrew related coloring and activity pages.

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Read All About the Hebrew Alphabet:First Blog Posts

Hebrew Now!

FIRST SIX BLOG POSTS

Blog #1
Hebrew for Kids: A Close-Up Look at the Hebrew Alphabet!(1)

MazorBooks is starting a new series of posts to celebrate the Hebrew Alphabet and the Hebrew Language.

The series, which intends to introduce children of all ages to this language, focuses on the Hebrew letters. The posts will also provide lots of interesting and fun facts such as words that begin with each letter including the names of boys and girls, places in Israel, values, common words, and much more.

Blog #2
Hebrew for Kids: The Hebrew Alphabet(2)

The Hebrew language, thelanguage of the Bible, was spoken by the Jews of the Land of Israel in ancient times and continued to serve as the language of prayer and study through the generations and still is to this day.

The language wasrevivedand reintroduced into the daily life of theJewish population…

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Hebrew for Kids: The Sounds of the Hebrew Alphabet (6)

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The Hebrew alphabet, as you all know by now, has 22 letters. Two of the letters are always silent and one only some of the time, while four letters have two sounds!

In the modern-day pronunciation of Hebrew, there are no parallels to the English language ‘TH’ sounds as in ‘THE’ or ‘THOUGHT,’ there is no ‘G’ sound as in ‘GIRAFFE’ or ‘J’ sound as in ‘Jet’ sound, and there is no ‘W’ as in ‘WHAT’ or ‘WHEN.’

Today, let’s concentrate on the sounds of the Hebrew letters.

Now get ready!
The Hebrew alphabet march is about to commence.
In the next installment in the series, the story of the Hebrew alphabets will begin with the first letter, the letter ALEPH!

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Hebrew for Kids: Modern Hebrew (5)

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Hebrew, the language of the Bible, is alive and well. Hebrew was revived in the 1800s by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the father of Modern Hebrew.

Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel.

Jerusalem, Israel

Modern Hebrew accommodates societal, environmental, scientific, technological, and new-age innovation. There are Hebrew words for modern-day phenomena, but English, Latin, and other international words infiltrated spoken Hebrew.

Hebrew speakers use words such as telephone, television, and bacteria, but language purists prefer using newly coined Hebrew.

Most new Hebrew words rely on the roots of words found in the Bible.

EXAMPLES

Biblical “Chashav” – the verb to think – past tense.

New words from same root (חשב)
MACH-SHEV – Computer

MACH-SHE-VON – Calculator

Biblical “Rechev” – vehicle/mode of transportation

New words from same root (רבב)
RA-KE-VEL – Cable Car

RA-KE-VET – Train


STAY TUNED FOR MORE!
Almost there! The Hebrew alphabet, one letter at a time!
Each of the Hebrew letters has a story to tell.
Next blog will focus on the sounds of the letters and proper transliteration!

Then, we shall begin our ALEPH-BET journey.

A Taste of Hebrew
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Hebrew for Kids: Silent Letters (4)

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There is only one official ‘silent’ letter in the Hebrew alphabet, the ALEPH. However, in modern-day Israel, the AYIN is regarded as silent by many. The letter HEI is sometimes silent as well.

The ALEPH – א
English words may begin with a vowel (as, in, are). Not so Hebrew. The one exception is the conjunction ‘VAV’ – as in UGA U’GLIDA, cake, and ice cream. (Normally, the symbol for the vowel ‘U’ in Hebrew is a ‘VAV’ with a dot in its belly.)

When Hebrew words begin with the sound of a vowel, like ADAM, the silent ALEPH is there to hold the vowel. When the ALEPH does not hold a vowel, it is silent. For example, ALEPH BET ALEPH (אבא) spells ABBA (father). The first ALEPH holds the vowel ‘aa,’ the second is silent.

The AYIN – ע
The AYIN is not officially a silent letter; it has a sound. However, most Ashkenazi Jews and a growing number of Sephardi Jews treat the AYIN as they do the ALEPH.

And then there is the Hei.

The Letter HEI – ה
The HEI sounds like ‘h’ in honey. The HEI without a vowel at the end of a word is silent. For example, A-HA-VA (הבהא), love, spelled ALEPH HEI VET HEI; the first HEI sound is HA while the second HEI at the end of the word is silent.
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STAY TUNED FOR MORE!
Coming soon, the Hebrew alphabet, one letter at a time!
Each of the Hebrew letters has a story to tell.
But first, so you have a more comprehensive picture, a bit more about the alphabet.

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Hebrew for Kids: Nekudot (Points) Instead of Vowels (3)

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Ancient Hebrew was written without vowels.

The current vowels system, or the nekudot (points/dots), came into existence around the 8th century, when the rabbis living in ancient Judea realized the need for aids to pronunciation and devised a system of vowels, used to this very day. The vocalization marks of dots and dashes are referred to in Hebrew as nikud or nekudot (dots/points).

The nekudot appear above, below or inside the letter, and do not change the spacing of the line. Text containing these markings is referred to as “pointed” text.

Nikud

There is a host of additional vocalization marks, but their sounds are so similar to the ones listed above that even Hebrew speakers would not notice the difference.

Torah scrolls do not contain nekudot, nor do over 90% of contemporary printed books, magazines, etc. You will, however, find nekudot in prayer books, Tanach books (Old Testament), poetry volumes, children’s books and in Hebrew-for-beginners books.

In this blog we will use nekudot. The stories of the Hebrew Alphabet are coming, but is a bit more basic information coming your way before the letters begin telling their tale.

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