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

B

Bet

Home

v

Vav

Attach

s

Shin

Destroy

Destroy the home where [sin] attaches [to you] so it cannot return.

s

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

v

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

B

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

L

Lamed

Authority

a

Aleph

Strong

g

Gimel

Lift up

Authority used to lift up or restore to an original position.

g

The ‘Gimel’ is the picture of the upraised head of a camel and means walk, carry, lift up, or pride.

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 push or pull sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach, lead, yoke, or move forward.
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Peace or Shalom

M

Mem

Chaos

v

Vav

Establish

L

Lamed

Authority

s

Shin

Destroy

Destroy the authority that establishes chaos.

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 the sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach, lead, yoke, move forward, or authority.

v

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

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews did not understand the waves or waters of the ocean. So the letter came to mean chaos, mighty, or blood.
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Name

s

Shin

Destroy

m

Mem

Chaos

What destroys chaos. In Ancient Hebrew, everything was in the name because it described the character of a person. God revealed Himself through His name.

m

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews did not understand the waves or waters of the ocean. So the letter came to mean chaos, mighty, or blood.

s

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

L

Lamed

Authority

a

Aleph

Strong

r

Resh

Man

v

Vav

Establish

B

Bet

House

g

Gimel

Lift up

The One who would gather and lift up the house established for man with great power, strength, and authority.

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 the sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach, lead, yoke, move forward, or authority.

g

The ‘Gimel’ is the picture of the upraised head of a camel and means walk, carry, lift up, or pride.

B

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

v

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

r

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

h

Hey

Look

v

Vav

Attach

a

Aleph

Strong

Look what what attaches strongly. Lust is built on the root word Vav-Aleph which means ‘desire’ and is an example of how desire can be a strong nail that attaches destructive and ungodly longings that grow and separate us from the love of God.

a

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

v

The ‘Vav’ represents a tent peg or nail and means to attach, secure, or hook.

h

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