the second step when you learned three different Hebrew fonts,
I identified one as Ktav Ashuret. I explained
that this was a calligraphy font, used on Torah scrolls, Megillot(1)
and other parchment stored in a Tefillin box or a Mezuzah.
that this font uses what is called a Tag ()
plural (sounds like tahg, tahgin), which are in virtually
all traditions a Zayin or Dagger which is used
to decorate some of the letters. In Jewish teaching each tag
has a spiritual meaning.
are SEVEN letters that use THREE tags. Out of these seven
letters, two of them are also decorated in their sofit forms
in many traditions.
letters are (shown right to left in the Hebrew font)
Ayin, Tet, Nun, Zayin, Gimmel, Tsade
The Nun and the Tsade sofit letter forms are also decorated
The rabbis teach that these letters are bent over and laying
down in this life and straightened and standing in the world
are also SIX letters that are decorated using only ONE tag
on each letter. These are (shown right to left in the Hebrew
Dalet, Qof, Chet, Yod, Hey
were taught using acronyms to make them easy to remember.
The first acronym was SH`ATNeZ-GeTz"
SH`ATNeZ-GeTz" (sounds like:sha-ot-nez getz)
Shin, Ayin, Tet, Nun, Zayin, Gimmel, Tsade
The first part ()
is made up of three Hebrew words used as an acrostic (Combining
and Twisting ).
The Hebrew word
voweled as a'atnez means "mixture". As for
the best I can find so far for meaning is from the use of
[rah-"getz"] meaning "pieces" or "parts".
However visually we can see a Nun sofit in many places being
planted and a Tsade sofit being the tree that sprouts (or
"God Redeemer") in Gimmel-Tsade sofit. This will
be the tree/shoot ()
coming out of the root of David(3)
(also messiah in the resurection).
is a famous place in scripture where all of these Tagin come
together in one single place in Torah. Also, this place is
actually teaching shatnez. While this is mentioned in the
Law three times, it is also seen in use where rabbis teach
a halachah from Deuteronomy 22:11(4).
The teaching is on Garments that might contain "shatnez"
which include different fabrics and threads used for joining
linings, inner linings and stiffenings.
I see from this is the scripture (Deuteronomy 22:11) that
is wool and linen spun together and then the Getz ()
is used as acronyms for two different Hebrew words.
In verse 11 and shown above
(wool) and in verse 12 we find shown
(plural for fringes).
In Numbers 15:38-40 we find a mitsvah about these fringes
and a reason for them. It was so that after they fall away
they can LOOK and REMEMBER. So that they can seek not after
their own heart and own eyes and finally keep all of His commandments.
The greatest commandment (love) and be woven together both
Jews and Gentiles in the future. These wool and linen fringes
are an exception to the rule.
"That their hearts
might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto
all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the
acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and
of messiah; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and
knowledge" (Colossians 2:2-3)
The following SIX letters were also
taught as an acronym:
"BeDeQ-KhaYaH" (ba,da,koo)-(chi,yah) Bet, Dalet,
Qof, Chet, Yod, Hey.
This acronym is made up from two Hebrew words
Seeing both meanings from the Hebrew root: ,
(bedeq) denotes opening or making a gap
(badaq) in order to mend. The second word ()
revives, refreshes and restores life.
All of these letters can
be found in different fonts and forms, depending on teachings
from different traditions.
explain more and show many of these different fonts, in another
book: 9 Steps to Understanding Ancient Hebrew.
I will point out one of special significance now since it
has to do with the forming of the letter Chet.
is made up from a Vav and a Zayin.
some traditions these can be seen drawn as two Zayin, and
in others as a Vav and a Zayin (as well as some other differing
way, the rabbinic teaching will be the same. There are two
figures in Chet and they are under a wedding tent. This is
seen in the presence of the chatoteret(6)
crowned figure (Zayin) is the same as the Vav (also equal)
seeing that the Zayin has used or imparted two of it's Tagin
to make the bridge.
letter root from
Chet means new life and the letters making up Chet are two
men coming together, to make one new man and bring peace.
For now lets learn this step well and learn these letter forms.
It might be a good idea to learn these forms with the acronyms,
since they already seem to be in the fabric of God's design.
have added Tagin Flashcards to the Flashcard Kit to help you
you learn these well, hurry back for the next step.
References (click the
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1. Megillot plural (Megillah singular) for writings
(scroll) or long story (five books): Ruth, Esther, Songs,
Ecclesiastes and Lamentations
2. Also Taggin
3. Isaiah 11:1
4. Also Leviticus 19:19
5. Some dialects called Heth
6. A "canopy" or "covering", also huppah,
chipe, chupah, or chuppa. This is a canopy that a Jewish couple
stands under during the wedding ceremony.