We are all fascinated by the Hebrew language and the aleph bet. We have all learned about the numerical value of each letter, aleph is one beis is two and so on. What we might not know is that the name of each of the letters of the aleph bet has tremendous significance. Not only that, the forms or structure of the letter also have significance. There is even a whole form of karate based on the form of the aleph bet.
Mystical sources explain that the letters of the aleph bet are the building blocks of the whole world. Rabbi Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezritch writes:
It is known in Kabbalistic literature that the letters of the aleph-bet were created first of all. Thereafter, by use of the letters, the holy one, blessed is He, created all the worlds.
This is the hidden meaning of the first phrase in the Torah, in the beginning God created ES from the letter Aleph and Tav- that is G-d created the letters from Aleph to Tav. This is why in the Sefer Tanya, it is written:
if the letters [with which heaven was created] were to remove themselves for an instant, God forbid, and return to their source, the entire heaven would become an absolute vacuum (Tanya, Shaar HaYichud vhEmuna I).
Each letter of the aleph bet is the building block of the world. Come join us every Tuesday night at 7:00 pm starting November 20th at 1195 Linden Avenue (northwest corner of Linden and Broadway). For more information please contact Rabbi Moshe Heyman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-333-0953.