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Hebrew numerology Number meanings And how to calculate?

by on Jan.29, 2011, under Numerology Meanings

Question by themind34: Hebrew numerology Number meanings And how to calculate?
How about when a name or words exeedes 3 digits?

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Answer by DanE
to get the value of a word, take the value of each letter and add them up.

See the values here –> http://www.jewfaq.org/alephbet.htm

The numerical value of a word is determined by adding up the values of each letter. The order of the letters is irrelevant to their value: the number 11 could be written as Yod-Alef, Alef-Yod, Heh-Vav, Dalet-Dalet-Gimmel or many other ways. Ordinarily, however, numbers are written with the fewest possible letters and with the largest numeral first (that is, to the right). The number 11 would be written Yod-Alef (with the Yod on the right, because Hebrew is written right-to-left), the number 12 would be Yod-Bet, the number 21 would be Kaf-Alef, the number 611 would be Tav-Resh-Yod-Alef, etc. The only significant exception to this pattern is the numbers 15 and 16, which if rendered as 10+5 or 10+6 would be a name of G-d, so they are normally written Tet-Vav (9+6) and Tet-Zayin (9+7).

Because of this system of assigning numerical values to letters, every word has a numerical value. For example, the word Torah (Tav-Vav-Resh-He) has the numerical value 611 (400+6+200+5). There is an entire discipline of Jewish mysticism known as Gematria that is devoted to finding hidden meanings in the numerical values of words. For example, the number 18 is very significant, because it is the numerical value of the word Chai, meaning life. Donations to Jewish charities are routinely made in denominations of 18 for that reason.

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1 Comment for this entry

  • yotg

    There are 22 letters in the Hebrew Alphabet, and each letter has a numeral value:

    א (Alef)- 1
    ב (Bet)- 2
    ג (Gimel)- 3
    ד (Dalet)- 4
    ה (Heh)- 5
    ו (Vav)- 6
    ז (Zayin)- 7
    ח (Chet)- 8
    ט (Tet)- 9
    י (Yud)- 10
    כ (Kaf)- 20
    ל (Lamed)- 30
    מ (Mem)- 40
    נ (Nun)- 50
    ס (Samech)- 60
    ע (Ayin)- 70
    פ (Peh)- 80
    צ (Tzadi)- 90
    ק (Kuf)- 100
    ר (Resh)- 200
    ש (Shin)- 300
    ת (Tav)- 400

    The number 312 will be written שי”ב. Shin (ש) is for 300, Yud (י) is for 10, and Bet (ב) is for two. The letters are written from right to left and two inverted commas before the last letter shows that it is not a real word.

    This Hebrew year is the year of תשס”ז means 400+300+60+7= 767. It is accepted to add the letter Heh (ה) with an apostrophe after it before the name of the year, and thus to add another 5000 years to the counting: ה’תשס”ז.

    Any word in Hebrew has a numeral value:
    תורה (Torah): 611
    אהבה (love): 13
    יותם (my name): 456
    עגבת (syphilis ): 475
    מלפפון (cucumber): 286

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