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Jews Only: What do these Hebrew words mean?

Discussion in 'Religions Q&A' started by TrueBeliever37, May 4, 2021.

  1. TrueBeliever37

    TrueBeliever37 Well-Known Member

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    I have a silver plate with Hebrew words on it. I have figured out the meaning to some words but not all yet. What is the meaning of the following words?

    1) Aleph - Nun - kaf -yod - hey

    2) Lamed - aleph - yod - hey - yod - hey

    3) Lamed - aleph - taw - sheen - aleph

    4) zayin - kaf - vav - resh - aleph - taw

    5) kaf -bet - dalet - aleph - taw

    If someone can/will help me with these, then I would like to add some more of the words to the list if you don't mind. I tried to name the letters as they appeared from right to left.

    Thanks
     
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    Harel13 Am Yisrael Chai
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    These are the first words of five of the Ten Commandments (I assume the rest are the other five):

    1. אנכי ה' - I am the LORD

    2. לא יהיה - You shall not have

    3. לא תשא - You shall not take

    4. זכור את - Remember

    5. כבד את - Respect

    This is a customary Jewish way to make decorations that include the Ten Commandments, using a short-form, which allows for smaller, more compact and/or symmetrical decorations.
     
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    TrueBeliever37 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, that makes sense, since there are 5 words in that section, and they are below the word Torah on the left. And the 5 words you responded to were below the word: Kaf - Taw - Resh

    There are also a number of words around the plate. Some are obvious to me like eloheinu, asher, melek, and haOlam. But maybe you can help me with the others.

    Bet - Chet - Dalet - Bet - Nun - Vav

    Mem - Kaf - Lamed - Hey - Ayin - Mem - yod - Mem

    vav - nun - taw - vav - lamed - nun - vav

    aleph - taw - taw - resh - vav - kaf


    aleph - taw - hey - hey ( I am suspecting this is another case where the full name of God is not given, since a dot is above the final hey. )
     
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    Just an additional note -- though you listed them as a string of letters, there are word breaks within them as each one is actually the first 2 Hebrew words of that particular statement.

    6. lamed-aleph...tav-reish-tsadi-chet
    lo tirtzach, do not kill
    7. lamed-aleph...tav-nun-alef-fey sofit
    lo tin'af, do not commit adultery

    etc.
     
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    That should be b-ch-reish

    Spelling Bachar Banu (who chose us)
    mikol ha'amim (from all the nation)
    v'natan lanu (and gave us)

    these are three lines of one of the blessings on the Torah
    I'm not really sure about the transcription of these two lines. I thought the blessing would continue, but it doesn't match up with what you have
    אתתרוכ
    אתהה
     
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    Thanks rosends! I actually knew a few of the words but couldn't tell where the all the breaks were for sure - Unless it gave a final letter.

    Your word above has a Bet after the 2nd Taw if that helps.
    Would it possibly be something like "You (the name) are eloheinu (our God) melek haOlam (the king forever) asher Bachar Banu (who chose us) mikol ha'amim (from all the nations)
    v'natan lanu (and gave to us) aleph - taw - taw ( ???) Baruk ?

    Or maybe that last taw starts the next word?
     
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    אתה ה' - You are Hashem
    This I don't know. A picture would be helpful.
     
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    if you could take a picture, that would be great!
     
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    Harel13 Am Yisrael Chai
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    This should say: את תורתו - His Torah.
     
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