The ‘Aleph’ and ‘Lamed’ form the root word ‘El’ which means God or strong controller. The ‘Shin,’ ‘Dalet,’ and ‘Yud’ form another root ‘Shad’ meaning breast. Together they reveal the One mighty to nourish and supply all our needs.
|The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.|
|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.|
|The ‘Shin’ may be depicted differently depending on the time period, but represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.|
|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.|
|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.|