Hebrew Nuggets, Lesson 9: Hallelujah (Part 1)

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The Hebrew word ha·le·lu·YAH is used as the next object The Hebrew word ha·le·lu·YAH is used as the next object lesson in Hebrew Nuggets

Revised: 29-Sept.-2015
“Hallelujah” is the English form of a Hebrew word. The Hebrew word הללויה (ha·le·lu·YAH) is spelled with five consonants and four vowel symbols. However, we have already learned one of the consonants, the י (yod), and three of the vowels, ַ  (pa·TAḤ), וּ (shu·RUK) and ָ  (ka·MATS). Also, two of the five consonants in ha·le·lu·YAH are duplicated. Altogether, then, we only need to learn two new consonants and one new vowel to read the long Hebrew word ha·le·lu·YAH.

Hebrew NuggetsThe first letter in the word הללויה is ה (he’). It is the Hebrew “h” sound, the fifth letter in the Hebrew alphabet. In our system of transliteration, he’ is transliterated “h.”

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This article originally appeared in issue 9 of the Jerusalem Perspective magazine. Click on the image above to view a PDF of the original magazine article.

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    David N. Bivin

    David N. Bivin is founder and editor of Jerusalem Perspective. A native of Cleveland, Oklahoma, U.S.A., Bivin has lived in Israel since 1963, when he came to Jerusalem on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship to do postgraduate work at the Hebrew University. He studied at the Hebrew…
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