Gathering Manna: The Alephbet


Zayin = 7th letter of the Hebrew Alephbet, it operates as a consonant forming the “z” sound.

Zayin Word Picture: The Paleo letter Zayin is the picture of a weapon or a sword.  Because of this it carries with it the meaning of to “to cut” and it becomes connected to the idea of circumcision.  In the Chaldean flame letters, it is seen written as the letter Vav with a crown on top.  Literally, the Vav man/Messiah, being crowned as King!  The root of this letter, however, derives from the root meaning “sustenance” or “to be nourished”, same root is seen in the term “mazon” meaning “food”.  It reminds us that we must be willing to cut away our flesh (circumcise our hearts) in order to partake of the sustenance and nourishment of the Torah!


Deuteronomy 30:6 – “And Yahweh thy Elohim will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love Yahweh thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.”

Gematria/Numerical Value: 7

*7 = The number is associated with the Sabbath, Covenant, completion, and spiritual perfection.  In fact the Hebrew term for seven shevah שֶׁבַע comes from the root meaning to swear, to take an oath, further linking this number to the idea of entering into a covenant.  It’s also interesting to note that the number 7 is connected with covenant, and the zayin represents the weapon by which we are circumcised, causing the picture to come full circle because circumcision is the sign of the covenant!

*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)!

Other Torah Tidbits:

  • In Malachi 4:4 there is an oversized letter Zayin.  “Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.”  It’s found in the term “remember” or “Zikeru” זכרו – teaching us that if we will remember the Covenant, it is this that becomes the powerful sword in our hands!

Practice words with the letter ז:

Zakar זָכַר “Remember”

Zebuluwn זְבוּלוּן “Zebulun – Exalted”

Zamar זְמָר “Instrument, music”

Zebach זֶבַח “Sacrifice, Offering”

Zerowa’ זְרוֹעַ “Arm”