Gathering Manna: Hebrew Alephbet




‘Ayin עין = the 16th letter of the Hebrew Alephbet, it is a silent letter often transliterated with ‘ (a backwards apostrophe).

‘Ayin Word Picture:  In Hebrew, the ‘ayin is a picture of an eye.  It represents our ability to see, perceive, discern, and understand.  Because the eye is a gateway to our mind, it also represents a womb (specifically the womb of our minds).  We are admonished to guard this gateway and to have wisdom and discernment concerning what we allow to enter through our ‘ayin into the womb of our minds.  It is also a picture of a fountain, spring, or well.  In fact in the Strong’s Concordance, #5869 is the word ‘ayin and it can be found used throughout the Scriptures representing a fountain or our physical/spiritual eyes!  It’s interesting to note that the Torah is seen as the living fountain, and if we will choose to put our ‘ayin/our eyes to this in order to perceive, discern, and understand then we can draw from it with joy!

Psalm 19:8 – “The statutes of Yahweh are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Yahweh is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

Gematria/Numerical Value = 70

*70 is the number associated with completeness and being in Covenant (much like the number 7 that it stems from).  I can be seen often in the Scriptures and is a powerful number.  70 souls are recorded as going down into Egypt with Jacob (Exodus 1:5), 70 palm trees are seen at Elim during the Exodus (along with 12 wells of water – a reminder after encountering the bitter waters of Marah that there was a covenant in place, they didn’t have to drink the bitter waters, there was provision for them), 70 elders were appointed by Mosheh as leaders of Israel and these 70 dined upon Mt. Sinai in the presence of Yahweh.  This is the birthing of the Sanhedrin, the supreme court of Israel that was to govern in all matters of Torah Law.

*Remember Aleph, with a value of 1, represented the husband, this leads us into the Bet (2), the wife that is joined to the husband to form the house, from this divine union we see the Gimmel (3), representing the firstborn son, the Messiah.  We learn of the role of this firstborn in the Dalet (4), He will be the door, and the Hey (5), causes us to behold him – connecting how He, the Gimmel/Messiah would be the Dalet/Door by walking among us in the flesh allowing us to behold (Hey) Him as the restored Vav (6) Man!  He would be nailed (Vav) upon the tree in order to be the connector (Vav) for fallen man.  It would only be through the Vav man’s sacrifice that He would be able to take back the authority and reign as the crowned King (Zayin), and once again offer the covenant (Zayin) to all of us who had strayed.  His example would teach us how to walk a circumcised life wielding the sword of the Torah (Zayin)!  By wielding this sword, we enter into a new beginning (Chet) and find ourselves inside the place of protection with the boundary lines intact once more (Chet) and can now stand under the chuppah with our Bridegroom (Chet)!  From this place of new beginning, that we should be bearing the fruit of the spirit (Tet) in our lives because we’ve become encircled by His Covenant (Tet).  It is from this position of Covenant that we now as well can operate in the authority promised to the one sitting at the right hand (Yod) and take possession of all the Covenant Promises (Kaf).  In order to have possession of these Covenant promises (Kaf) it requires us to sit at the feet of the Teacher (Lamed) and allow the Torah to prod and incite us (Lamed) along the straight and narrow path.  It from the instruction of the Teacher (Lamed) that the hidden truths (Closed Mem) begin to open to us (Open Mem) and we’re able to grow in the midst of the different trials and tests (Mem) that Yahweh allows us to endure for our own maturing process.  This is the mystery of how we can be His light (Nun) in the earth, the trials give us a chance to shine (Nun) and an opportunity for His Seed/Word (Nun) to grow within us!  As His Word grows within us, it causes the blessings of Yah to come upon us, His face to shine upon us, and He is gracious towards us and writes His name upon us as His people (Samech).  We now become a Tabernacle that His Glory (Samech) rests upon!  From this place and position in covenant (Ayin), we are able to see, understand, and discern from the living wells of Torah (Ayin).

Textual Oddities:

The most famous and repeated verse, the Shema, in Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our God is one LORD:”


This verse has an enlarged ‘ayin on the end of the word Shema/hear!  It is paired with the enlarged Dalet on the end of ‘echad/one, forming the word ‘ed עד or witness/testimony.  It is our willingness to hear the voice of Yahweh that is a witness and testifies that we are in covenant and serving Him!

Practice Words with the letter ע:

‘Ayin עַיִן Eye/Well

‘Ezra’ עֶזְרָא Help

‘Eden עֵדֶן Delight (Garden of Eden)

‘Ivri עִבְרִי Hebrew

‘Olam עוֹלָם Eternity, Ancient, Forever