Cipher or Cultural Code?


The Script, the Torah, is central in Jewish tradition. Every single letter in it is sacred. The use of Hebrew letters carries spiritual meaning – knowing them opens a door to Judaic traditions. The script is respected, therefore reading and writing it is regulated by strict rules. Apart from the sacred texts, everyday objects, liturgical items and pictures are also often ornamented by Hebrew letters helping the users and viewers interpret them. This chapter sheds light on the world of Hebrew letters