Welcome to The Aleph

This web-site gives an in-depth insight to Gematria - the numerical system for understanding the Hebrew Bible. Many of the Gematrical concepts presented in this web-site are based on the extraordinary work of Prof./Rabbi Frederick Weinreb who wrote the book ‘The Roots of the Bible’ which is now unfortunately out of print.  These concepts have been expanded upon and will continue to be expanded upon in order to increase our knowledge and understanding of the Bible.


The underlying concept of Gematria is that the true meaning of the Bible and the stories therein is far deeper than the fascinating tales told and retold in Sunday schools and Jewish Cheders and which have become imbedded in our psyche. It is far beyond the underlying philosophies and interpretations that have evolved from these stories both by rabbis and priests in our attendance in synagogues and churches to create dictates of social mores and right behaviour. The Bible is no less than the word of God.


The Hebrew text of the Bible is a composition of letters that are organized and combined to generate words that in turn lead to phrases and sentences. In accord with the theory of Gematria, a number is assigned to each letter. These, when combined to form words and sentences can be summed together to form a numerical value that can be related to other words, phrases and sentences. Analysis of these numerical values and their relationship to other words can give us deeper understanding of the Hebrew text. Moreover, once we have translated a set of words into their numerical value, we can relate them to other sets of words in the Bible in order to understand their relationship and deeper meaning.


The web-site is designed in three parts:


The first part provides background information to the history of the Hebrew alphabet, the origins of Semitic characters, the history of Gematria and the basic structure of numerical systems in the Hebrew alphabet.

The second part examines the meaning of key numbers such as 1,4,5,8,17,50,58,358,400 and 500 that appear in the texts of the Bible such that the student can grasp the essence of each number and how it leads to better understanding of Biblical texts.

The main part has divided the five books of Moses into sections (Parasha) which are readings that are read each week in accord with the Jewish calender and allows the student to explore different stories and episodes in the Bible with a ‘Gematrical eye’ and thereby understand a deeper meaning of the intention of the story.


A key table is the Table of numerical values and which should be printed out for constant reference in reading the different texts.
Due to the integrated relationship between each number and the different Gematrical stories, the web-site is structured in order to allow maximum maneuverability between the web-pages.

 

Table of Numerical Values of the Hebrew Alphabet

Hebrew letter

Written form

Numerical value

Meaning

The Phenomenal World

Aleph

א

1

Bull’s head

Bet

ב

2

House

Gimmel

ג

3

Camel

Daled

ד

4

Door

Heh

ה

5

Window

Vav

ו

6

Hook

Zayin

ז

7

Sword

Chet

ח

8

Fence

Tet

ט

9

Snake

The Conscious World

Yod

י

10

Hand

Caph

ך, כ*

20, (500*)

Hand (bent)

Lamed

ל

30

Ox-goad

Mem

ם, מ*

40, (600*)

Water

Nun

ן, נ*

50, (700*)

Fish

Samach

ס

60

Prop

Aayin

ע

70

Eye

Peh

ף, פ*

80, (800*)

Mouth

Tzadek

ץ, צ*

90, (900*)

Fish hook

The Spiritual World

Koph

ק

100

Back of the head

Resh

ר

200

Head

Sin/Shin

ש

300

Tooth

Taf

ת

400

Cross

* Note: the letters denoted with an * are the final forms of the primary letters and are used at the end of words. Some Kabbalah scholars assign the higher numerical values (in brackets) to these final form letters. These however will not be discussed or used in this book.

 
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