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Head of the Year — 5780

The Hebrew year 5780 ushers in the decade of “pey” named from the 17th Hebrew letter. The letter itself means “mouth” and the focus of 5780 is on the power of what comes from our mouth — our words.

The “5780” artwork (pey,hey)translates to mouth as seen in Psalm 119:131. “I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for your commandments.” In Paleo Hebrew the “pey” represents an open mouth meaning to express, and the “hey” appears like a man with arms raised trying to get attention and means to look or behold. During 5780 we should “Behold what is the expression from our mouth.”

“Finally, brother, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

THINK ON EXELLENT THINGS AND SPEAK LIFE TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS!

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Passover

C

Chet

Protect

u

Samech

Turn

P

Pey

Spirit

The word is specific to the event in Exodus 12.  Simply it means to crossover or leap.   The pictographs give us the idea that the Spirit (God’s spirit since the word is first used when God is talking) will turn death away from your walls or protect your walls.

P

The ‘Pey’ represents an open mouth means speak, open, blow, or apart.

u

The ‘Samech’ represents a thorn bush that would prop up, support, twist, turn, or snare.

C

The ‘Chet’ illustrates a fence surrounding and protecting the action of life.
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Israel

L

Lamed

Authority

a

Aleph

Leader

r

Resh

Man

s

Shin

Destroy

y

Yud

Work

The ‘Aleph’ and ‘Lamed’ form the root word ‘El’ which means God or strong controller. Together the letters in Israel mean “Men (the nation) whose work is to press/turn others towards El (God).”

y

The ‘Yud’ in pictograph form shows an arm and a hand. The picture can mean to work, throw, worship.

s

The ‘Shin’ represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.

r

The ‘Resh’ symbolizes a head, man, or chief.

a

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

L

The ‘Lamed’ is a picture of a shepherd’s staff. The shepherd used the staff to exercise authority over his sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach, lead, yoke, or move forward.
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Shabbat Shalom

M

Mem

Chaos

v

Vav

Establish

L

Lamed

Authority

s

Shin

Destroy

t

Tav

Covenent

B

Bet

House

s

Shin

Separate

Together the words signify “to separate to the house of the covenant where the authority that establishes chaos has been destroyed” and “Rest in the Lord in peace”

s

The ‘Shin’ represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.

B

The ‘Bet’ shows the floor plan of a tent. It means home, inside, or family.

t

The ‘Tav’ represents a sign, mark, covenant, or cross.

s

The ‘Shin’ represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.

L

The ‘Lamed’ is a picture of a shepherd’s staff. The shepherd used the staff to exercise authority over his sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach, lead, yoke, or move forward.

v

The ‘Vav’ represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or establish.

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the seas, so the letter often meant chaos, mighty, or blood.
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Life (Chai)

y

Yud

Work

C

Chet

Fence

Illustrates a fence around or containing one’s work or deeds.

C

The ‘Chet’ depicts a fence that would contain, divide, surround, protect, or make private.

y

The ‘Yud’ in pictograph form represents an arm and a hand. The picture can mean work, throw, worship or it can simply mean arm or hand.
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Son (Ben)

n

Nun

Life

b

Bet

Floor Plan

Life of the house.

b

The ‘Bet’ shows the floor plan of a tent. It means home, inside, or family.

n

The ‘Nun’ represents a seed or sprout and gives us the meaning of continuing to a new generation. It can have the meaning of continuing, perpetuating, sustaining, offspring, or heir.
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Mother (Em)

M

Mem

Water

a

Aleph

Strong

Strong Water — Giver of Life. Em is the one who brings life to the tent and holds the home together.

a

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader. It is the first letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet and therefore is also used as first or beginning.

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the seas, so the letter often meant chaos, mighty, or blood. On the other hand, water sustained life and in this instance, it carries that meaning.
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Chanukah

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h

Hey

Behold

k

Kaf

Access

v

Vav

Establish

N

Nun

Life/Heir

C

Chet

Fence

The richness of the Hebrew language provides poignant insight into Chanukah, the word that introduces the coming remembrance celebration of the Maccabean rededication of the Second Temple. When investigated through the eyes of Hebrew in its most Ancient form the letters of the word Chanukah reveal inspiring discernment into God’s intentions as He supernaturally delivered provisions to relight the Menorah, a highly significant furnishing in the Holy Place.


Chanukah, in the Ancient Hebrew, starts with the root word NC, one of the more classic thoughts of the entire Word of God, Grace. Chen (NC) was also the root thought of the Chanan or Ancient tent encampment of the Israelites, which embodied a place of beauty and provision. Thus, the opening thought of the word Chanukah directs our thoughts toward the idea that God’s Grace is the source of beautiful provision.


Next follows the letter v, Vav. Even to this day Vav connotes adding and attaching as a conjunction in the Hebrew language and thus speaks of establishing, attaching, or bringing together.


The Vav is followed by the letter k, Kaf. In its Ancient form, k signified the attributes and actions of the open palm. We are most familiar with the message of the k as the simple expression we make with our hand when we invite another into our home with a sweeping motion of our open palm indicating welcome and freedom of access to our space.


The final letter h, Hey, is the magical letter that gives life to the message embedded in the word Chanukah. It cries out “Hey, behold, take notice – this is important!”


Put them all together and the message of Chanukah is powerful and encouraging:


Chanukah – hkvNC
Behold the Grace of God that
freely establishes access
to His life giving light!


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Spirit (Ruach)

C

Chet

Within

v

Vav

Establish

r

Resh

Man

Spirit is the expression of man that is established from within, commonly portrayed as breath or wind.

r

The ‘Resh’ symbolizes a head, man, chief, highest, top, beginning, or first.

v

The ‘Vav’ represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or hook. But it can also simply mean peg or nail.

C

The ‘Chet’ depicts a fence that would contain, divide, surround, protect, or make private.
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Loving Kindness

d

Dalet

Door

U

Samech

Assist

C

Chet

Protect

Door of mercy and protection. When such loving kindness is extended to one another, a common journey through life takes place.

C

The ‘Chet’ depicts a fence that would contain, divide, surround, protect, or make private.

U

The ‘samech’ represents a thorn bush that supports, assists, or shields.

d

The ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door. It can also mean back and forth movement as in going in and out of a door.
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Yeshua

e

Ayin

Look

v

Vav

Nail

s

Shin

Separate

y

Yud

Hand

As pictographs, the letters combine to mean ‘see how a hand will save or separate by a nail.’ But it is actually a compound word consisting of ‘Ya’ (God) and the root word ‘shua’ (to rescue). Yeshua is the one who secures our rescue or salvation.
yThe ‘Yud’ in pictograph form shows an arm and a hand. The picture can mean to work, throw, worship, or it can simply mean an arm or hand.
sSThe ‘Shin’ may be depicted differently depending on the time period, but represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.
vThe ‘Vav’ represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or hook. But it can also simply mean peg or nail.
eThe ‘Ayin’ appears as an eye. It relates to the function of the eye, understanding, or knowledge.
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Torah

h

Hey

Look

r

Resh

Man

v

Vav

Nail

t

Tav

Mark

Vav-Resh-Hey create a root word that means ‘to point the way.’ Adding Tav means shoot toward a mark or target. So the Torah helps point the way, but simply combining the literal definitions of the pictographs seems to reveal Christ in ‘Look what comes from the man nailed to the cross.’ WOW!

t

The ‘Tav’ represents a sign, mark, covenant, or cross. As the last letter of the Hebrew Aleph-bet, it also means last or end.

v

The ‘Vav’ represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or hook. But it can also simply mean peg or nail.

r

The ‘Resh’ symbolizes a head, man, chief, highest, top, beginning, or first.

h

The ‘Hey’ pictograph represents a man with his hands in the air trying to get someone’s attention. It suggests look, reveal, behold.
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Sin

a

Aleph

Strong

J

Tet

Surround

C

Chet

Fence

Sin is a fence that surrounds strongly, holding us captive, and preventing us from moving in the right direction.

C

The ‘Chet’ depicts a fence that would divide, protect, or make private the inside from the outside.

J

The ‘Tet’ shows a basket that means contain or surround but sometimes means snake .

a

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.
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Selah

h

Hey

Behold

l

Lamed

Control

U

Samech

Support

What comes from lifting up something of value.
A musical term—lifting of sound.

U

The ‘samech’ represents a thorn bush that supports or shields.

l

The ‘lamed’ is a picture of a shepherd’s staff. The shepherd used his staff to push or pull sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach or lead, yoke, or move forward.

h

The ‘hey’ pictograph represents a man with his hands in the air trying to get someone’s attention. It suggests look, reveal, behold.
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Righteous

q

Quph

Follow

d

Dalet

Journey

f

Tsade

Hook

The desire to be hooked on a journey that follows God.

f

The ‘Tsade’ represents a fish hook and means hunter, catch, or desire.

d

The ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door. It can also mean back and forth movement as in going in and out of a door or a journey.

q

The ‘Quph’ character appears like the back of man’s head or a sunset and means last, behind, following, revolving or cycle of time.