Hey = 5th letter of the Hebrew Alephbet, it is translated as the “h” and forms the sound of one releasing a breath.
Hey Word Picture: The Paleo letter Hey resembles a man with his arms raised, as if beholding something or in worship. The letter carries with it the idea of revelation, something being called to your attention or for you to look towards (“hey, pay attention”), it is also associated with the breath of Yahweh, and therefore His Word and His light. This letter is also the picture of a window, for it is through a window that you look in order to behold something. It is interesting that the idea of worship is connected here because once an individual beholds the light of Yahweh and the revelation of His Word, the only appropriate response is to worship the one that is worthy!
John 4:23 – “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
Gematria/Numerical Value: ה = 5
*5 = Grace, yet we must define grace to understand its connection to this letter, grace is not unmerited favor like has been taught, but instead it is the favor of Yahweh received because of being obedient. It is first seen in the life of Noah in Genesis 6:8 – “But Noah found grace in the eyes of Yahweh.” Remember that the ה is connected to revelation, so we find that if one is obedient to the revelation Yahweh shows to us from His Word then we too can find grace/His favor!
*5 is also the number connected with Israel coming out of bondage in Egypt. In Exodus 13:18 – “But Yahweh led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.” Harnessed comes from the Hebrew term chamush חמש meaning by fives or in battle array. In other words, Israel is led out by fives marking them as those who Yahweh is favoring and extending grace towards, and so they can go forth confidently in battle, for if Yahweh is for us, who can be against us?
*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!
ה as a prefix = “The”, forms the definite article, that points to the object making it concrete and definite.
ה as a suffix = forms the feminine ending on Hebrew terms, symbolic of making whatever it is attached to fruitful and able to conceive and be reproductive (just as the revelation of the Word of Torah does in our lives, it enables us to be fruitful!). As a suffix it can also infer movement towards what it is attached to, action and a heading forth.
*It is also highly probable that this Hebrew letter Hey is the root of our English term “hey”, another way of saying hello or attempting to get someone’s attention, just like this letter does in Hebrew!
Other Torah Tidbits:
- There is an undersized letter ה in Genesis 2:4 – “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh Elohim made the earth and the heavens” – “when they were created” is behibar’am בהבראם and the Hey is smaller.
- The letter ה is added to the name of Abram and Sarai when they enter into covenant with Yahweh, and they become Abraham and Sarah. The name change goes hand in hand with the covenant of circumcision that is given which became a crucial steppingstone to the birth of the promised son Isaac. We as well can have the Hey added to us when we allow the revelation and the light of Yahweh’s Word to circumcise our flesh and hearts in order to bring forth His promises in our lives!
Practice words with the letter ה:
Hebel הבל Abel/”Breath”
Halleluyah הללויה Praise to Yahweh
Hineni הנני Here I am
Harah הרה Pregnant
Harar הרר Mountain