First of a two-part series on the well-known Hebrew word Shalom.
We have learned in past lessons all the sounds of the word שָׁלוֹם (sha·LOM). The first letter of שָׁלוֹם is שׁ (shin), the “sh” sound. Under the shin is a ָ (ka·MATS), indicating the vowel “a,” as in “father.” The second letter of the word is ל (LA·med), the Hebrew “l” which is followed by the “o” vowel, ḥo·LAM. The last letter of shalom is a mem, but it has a different form than the mem we learned previously.
Five Hebrew consonants assume special forms when they appear as the last letter of a word. One of the letters with a special final form is mem. A mem used anywhere other than at the end of a word looks like this: מ. As the last letter of a word, the mem looks like this: ם.
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