Gathering Manna: The Alephbet

LamedLamed למד is the 12th letter of the Hebrew Alephbet and it forms the “L” sound.

 Lamed Word Picture:  The Lamed in Paleo Hebrew is represented by a shepherd’s staff or cattle goad.  It represents something that leads you and when necessary prods and goads you, it even carries with the connotation of pricking or stinging.  It’s no wonder that the term itself, “lamed”, also stems from the roots of the term lamad meaning to learn or teach.  This letter represents the teacher, a reference to the Torah as well as the Torah made flesh, the Messiah, who teach and instruct us, and when necessary chastise us to keep us on the proper path.


This letter also forms the center of the Hebrew Alephbet, and in the modern Chaldean flame letters it is the tallest of the letters.  Because of its height and central position, it is looked to represent the Melekh – the King!  It’s also interesting to note that there’s a unique word play in the Alephbet itself.  The order of the letters are Kaf, Lamed, Mem – backwards this spells melekh מלך!  Once again this ties us into the Messiah, the Melekh who instructs and teaches!


Psalm 25:4 – “Shew me thy ways, O Yahweh; teach me thy paths.”


Textual Oddities:

  • In Genesis 27:30 – “As soon as Isaac finished blessing Jacob…” (Vayehi ka’asher killah Yitschaq levarek ‘Et-Ya’aqov), there is an extra flourish on the letter lamed, an unusual tag is added to the term “killah” כָּלָה – to accomplish, be complete, or finish; this is also the root of the term kallah meaning bride!  Could it be representing that it was Jacob and his line that would be the chosen kallah/Bride because they were willing to be taught (Lamed) and instructed by the Torah?


  • In Deuteronomy 29:28 – “and He cast them into another land…” there is an oversized lamed, once again it seems the emphasis is on Israel’s ability and willingness to be taught by the Torah, their rejection of it goes hand in hand with their rejection from the land!