Hebrew Nuggets, Lesson 10: Hallelujah (Part 2)

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

Revised: 29-Sept.-2015
“Hallelujah,” the English form of the Hebrew word הללויה (ha·le·lu·YAH), was introduced in the previous lesson. We learned the first two sounds of this word—he’, the Hebrew “h” sound, and pa·TAḤ—pronounced as the “a” in “father.” Together, these two sounds make up the first syllable, the הַ (ha) of הַללויה.

Hebrew NuggetsIn Lesson 9 we mentioned that הללויה (ha·le·lu·YAH) is composed of two words: הללו (ha·le·LU), the masculine, plural, imperative form of the verb meaning “to praise,” and יה (yah), an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton, the unpronounceable name of God.

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This article originally appeared in issue 10 of the Jerusalem Perspective magazine. Click on the image above to view a PDF of the original magazine article.

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