Bet n. (AH-lef BET) A name for the Hebrew , formed from its first two : alef and bet. Using the term “Alef Bet” is comparable to calling the English alphabet the “ABCs.” The alphabet consists of 22 and five final letters. The 10 vowels in Hebrew, which are indicated by seven vowel , were added to the alphabet in the 7th century c.e. Because the precedes this change, Torah scrolls are written without vowel signs. Each Hebrew letter has a numerical value, which plays a role in a mystical mathematical system called . Hebrew, the , Judeo-, Ladino, and Yiddish also use Hebrew characters.

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Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish and life-cycle events, culture, , the and other sacred texts, and worship. Each entry has a guide and is cross-referenced to related terms.; “A JPS desk reference”–cover. (4). , : Jewish Publication Society.

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