The Letter Kaf As A Metaphor

The letter Kaf is the eleventh letter in the Hebrew Alphabet and has the numeral value of twenty. The letter Kaf has the sound of the letter C (as in the word coffee) or as the letter K (like in the word king) in English.

The meaning of the letter Kaf is a spoon, a hand, or a branch of a palm tree. For the hand is the first tool we use to hold something or to weigh it.

In a similar way of thinking developed the language for example: “The spoons on which we weigh things” are named in Hebrew “Kapot Hamoznayim”, and from this point the letter Kaf was being used as a comparative particle to note similar pictures like in the phrase: שיכור כלוט meaning “as drunk as Lot” and in transliteration “Shikor Ka-Lot”.

The letter Kaf symbolizes in the systematic method (the ten spheres) the upper sphere named “Keter” in English “crown”, the sphere which moderates between the infinite and human.

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Eti Shani was born in Israel and has been teaching Hebrew for more than 10 years with a special interest and experience in ancient Hebrew scriptures and culture. She's also the author of a series of books for novice and intermediate Hebrew learners.
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