In the twenty-seven lessons of the "Hebrew Nuggets" series, we have introduced fourteen Hebrew letters with the help of nine words. We will learn the remaining eight letters of the Hebrew alphabet by means of six more words. We begin the study of the word (ḤE·sed).
In the 27 lessons of the “Hebrew Nuggets” series, we have introduced 14 Hebrew letters with the help of 9 words. We will learn the remaining 8 letters of the Hebrew alphabet by means of 6 more words. In this lesson we begin the study of the word חֶסֶד (ḤE·sed).
The ﬁrst letter of חֶסֶד (ḤE·sed, “goodness,” “kindness,” “grace”) is the ח (ḥet), a guttural that we learned in Lesson 23 in the word מָשִׁיחַ (ma·SHI·aḥ, “messiah”). Under the ḥet is a new vowel symbol in the shape of three dots. This symbol, called סֶגּוֹל (se·GOL), stands for the short “e” sound as in the word “net.”
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