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Aleph: The First Letter of the Hebrew Alphabet

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by Raskin, Rabbi Aaron L.

The [letter] alef has three different meanings.

 

One is אלוף, aluf, which means a master or a chief… This lets the world know that there is a Creator… The uni­verse did not simply emerge by itself…[and] G‑d is the Aluf, the Master of the universe.

 

The second is אולפנה, ulfana, a school of learning or teacher… Not only [is] G‑d the Creator of the universe, but also the Teacher of all mankind… Through the Divine wisdom of His [Torah], G‑d establishes Himself in the world on the level of the ultimate Teacher.

 

The third meaning is …פלא [alef written backward, which means], peleh—wondrous… [This] represents the esoteric or mystical level of Torah—Kab­balah and the teachings of Chassidic thought… These secrets of Torah comprise its greatest level.”