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Vav: The Sixth Letter of the Hebrew Alphabet

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by Raskin, Rabbi Aaron L.

“The design of the vav looks like a hook and the word vav actually means ‘hook.’ A hook is something that holds two things together. It is also a means to connect the spiritual and the physical…

 

Torah is often compared to water. Just as water courses down the steep mountains to the valley below without chang­ing its life-giving essence, so does the Torah reach man in its original, essential form.

 

Torah began in Heaven, emanating from G-d, and then traveled—and continuously travels—down to the physical world utterly intact.

 

This message is conveyed through the letter vav, which is a hook connecting the higher realm to the lower; the chute that allows Torah to flow to man.”