Wits Hebrew Club

Wits Hebrew Club

Wits Hebrew Club is a non-political, non-racial, pluralistic organisation that works expose the Wits community to Hebrew culture in all of its forms.




TONIGHT @ 19h30 Documentary on Jerusalem Director Obett Motaung in conversation with Sharon Spiegel Wagner Join us for the screening and Q & A Register here: https://bit.ly/SAZFOnTheHill

The Bible Quiz ! 22/08/2018

Thank you for your participation and well done for the amazing achievements !

Hebrew Lunch ! 22/08/2018

First Hebrew Lunch of our club ! Thank you for your participation !


The Bible Quiz !
Stand a chance to win R 3000 !
Please RSVP : [email protected]


SHALOM FRIENDS ! Join us today on lunch time for a TASTE OF THE HOLY LAND session !
13.15 outside Umthombo !


The twelfth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called "Lamed" (pronounced "lah-med") and has the sound of "l" as in "look."



Hebrew is regulated by an official academy !

Many languages, such as Spanish and French, are regulated by official academies, which provide guidelines for grammar and control which words are added to the dictionary. Hebrew is regulated by the Academy of the Hebrew Language, which was established by the Israeli government in 1953.


The 11th letter in the Hebrew alphabet is kaf (or kaph): כ

The letter gets its name due to its similarity to the shape of the palm of a hand: כף היד kaf hayad. Besides meaning "hand, palm of the hand", kaf can also mean "sole of the foot", "pan, censer", branch (of a palm tree - כפות תמריםkapot tamarim, the Torah's name for lulav), handle, scale, spoon. The word kfafa כפפה - glove, kapit -כפית - teaspoon, and kafkaf כפכף- "wooden shoe, clog", all come from kaf. According to Klein, "all of these words derive from base כפף and literally mean 'that which is bent'".


# 9: Yerushalayim - ירושלים
Which means : JERUSALEM !

Jerusalem : יְרוּשָׁלַיִם‎

Is a city located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem was named as "Urusalima" on ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets, probably meaning "City of Shalem" after a Canaanite deity, during the early Canaanite period (approximately 2400 BCE). During the Israelite period, significant construction activity in Jerusalem began in the 9th century BCE (Iron Age II), and in the 8th century the city developed into the religious and administrative center of the Kingdom of Judah. It is considered a holy city in the three major Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. The part of Jerusalem called the City of David was settled in the 4th millennium BCE. In 1538, walls were built around Jerusalem under Suleiman the Magnificent. Today those walls define the Old City, which has been traditionally divided into four quarters—known since the early 19th century as the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters. The Old City became a World Heritage Site in 1981, and is on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Modern Jerusalem has grown far beyond the Old City's boundaries.
According to the Biblical tradition, King David conquered the city from the Jebusites and established it as the capital of the United Kingdom of Israel, and his son, King Solomon, commissioned the building of the First Temple. These foundational events, straddling the dawn of the 1st millennium BCE, assumed central symbolic importance for the Jewish people. The sobriquet of holy city (עיר הקודש, transliterated ‘ir haqodesh) was probably attached to Jerusalem in post-exilic times. The holiness of Jerusalem in Christianity, conserved in the Septuagint which Christians adopted as their own authority, was reinforced by the New Testament account of Jesus's crucifixion there.
Jerusalem is also home to Hebrew University and the Israel Museum with its Shrine of the Book.


9 : Hebrew is written from right to left. That one you might have heard before, but the reason for it is pretty interesting. Scholars asserted that Hebrew was written from right to left because, when people where chiseling in stone, they would hold the chisel with their dominant hand — typically speaking, their right one — and it was easier to move the chisel from right to left than from left to right.


The tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called "Yod" : י
(rhymes with "mode") and has the sound of "y" as in "yes."


8 : Hebrew is the original language of the Bible. It has played a central role in the cultural history of the Jewish people for the past three millennia, and has had an important impact on Western culture. Ancient Hebrew names such as Jacob, Joseph, Sarah, and Mary, and old Hebrew words or concepts such as "amen," "hallelujah," "hosanna," "Sabbath," and "Messiah" have survived, resisting translation in many languages and cultures.


The ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called "Tet"-ט

(rhymes with "mate") and has the sound of "t" as in "tall."


7 : Much of what we understand about standard language doesn’t apply to Hebrew. For example, there is no way to say “to be” in Hebrew. So if you were to write the sentence “He is there” in Hebrew, it would consist only of the words “He” and “there.” Additionally, men and women use different verbs. The words in Hebrew are slightly different, depending upon who is using them. So although the meaning of a sentence ends up the same, the words are different based on who is using them.


# 8:
Chai - חי
Which means : Alive


The eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called "Chet" - ח :


# 7 :
Zebra - זברה
Which means ..... Zebra ! 😀

Hebrew - it's easy, interesting and fun !


The seventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called Zayin-ז
And has the sound of "z" !


# 6 : MEVORACH - מבורך
Which means : Blessed !


#6 : Hebrew is one of the original languages of the Bible. Biblical scholars assert that the original text was available in three languages: Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew. And back during the era in which the Bible was written, Hebrew was a widely spoken language. After 200 AD, however, it died out as a spoken language and was used only in writing. It was revived as a spoken language in the 19th century.


Each letter in the Hebrew Alphabet is magical and has various special Mystical interpretations !

More about The Letter Vav (ו) :

Secret of the Hebrew letter Vav | Hebrew alphabet reveals the Messiah of Israel The secret of the Hebrew letter Vav reveals the Messiah of Israel. It is He who connects the heavens and the earth, the material and the spiritual, the seen and the unseen worlds.


Please welcome the letter Vav ( ו ) the sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet !


*** The Hebrew Meaning of "Jesus" : ***

The name "Jesus" in English has a complicated linguistic history that isn't apparent in modern Bibles.
"Jesus" is an Anglicized form of the Greek name Yesous found in the New Testament. Yesous represents the Hebrew Bible name Yeshua, which occurs as "Jeshua" in English Bibles (Ezra 2:2; Neh 7:7). In Medieval English the "J" was pronounced as a "Y" is now.


Yeshua, in turn, is a shortened form of the name Yehoshua ("Joshua" in English Bibles).

Moses' righthand man, Joshua, has three names in the Bible. Originally, it was Hoshea, but Moses changed it to Yehoshua (Num 13:16). During the Babylonian Exile, it was shorted to Yeshua (Neh 8:17).

Hoshea > Yehoshua > Yeshua
"Yehoshua" is a compound name consisting of two elements.

(1) The prefix "Yeho–" is an abbreviation of the Tetragrammaton, God's Four-Letter Name: Yod-He-Vav-He: YHVH. (Modern scholars think the third letter was pronounced as "W." Thus: YHWH, Yahweh.)
The 4-Letter Name

In the Hebrew Bible "Yeho-" is used at the beginning of certain proper names: Jehoshaphat, Jehoiachin, Jehonathan (the "J" was pronounced as "Y" in Medieval English). The suffix form of the Tetragrammaton is "-yah" ("-iah" in Greek, as in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, or Halleluiah).

(2) The second element of the name Yehoshua is a form of the Hebrew verb yasha which means to deliver, save, or rescue.

Thus, linguistically, the name Yehoshua/Yeshua/Jesus conveys the idea that God (YHVH) delivers or saves (his people), eventually through his servant messiah.

What is not evident outside the Hebrew strata is that the word "savior" is also rooted to yasha.

Moshiah is used 9x for God (2 Sam 22:3; Isa 43:3; 45:15, 21; 49:26; 60:16; 63:8; Jer 14:8; Hos 13:4) and 5x for human "deliverers," "rescuers" or "saviors" (Judg 3:9, 15; 2 Kgs 13:5; Obad 1:21; Neh 9:27).

Isaiah 19:20 may refer to the Savior-Messiah: "He [God] will send [to the Egyptians] a Moshiah and a Rav [champion] and he will deliver [natzal] them."

According to Matthew 1:21, "Yeshua" is the name God gave his Son. It is his original birth-name.

"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Yesous [Greek] / Yeshua [Hebrew], for it is he who will save his people from their sins."
Note also the play on words on the name "Yeshua Messiah" that Hebrew speakers would hear in Acts 4:

"There is salvation [Heb. yeshuah] in no one else; for there is no other Name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved [Heb. yasha]" (v. 12).
"Yeshua" in
Ancient Hebrew Shem-Yeshua
"Yeshua" in
Modern Hebrew
with vowel points
For more details on the Hebrew behind the name "Jesus Christ," see Shem Yeshua Mashiach.


The fifth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet : He(y) ה !
The original pictograph for this letter is , a man standing with his arms raised up. The Modern Hebrew, and original name for this letter, is hey, a Hebrew word meaning "behold," as when looking at a great sight. This word can also mean "breath" or "sigh," as one does when looking at a great sight. The meaning of the letter is behold, look, breath, sigh, reveal and revelation from the idea of revealing a great sight by pointing it out.

This letter is a consonant, with an "h" sound, but also used as a vowel with the "eh" sound. When the Greeks adopted this letter it became the epsilon (E-psilon meaning "simple E") with an "eh" sound.

This letter is commonly used as a prefix to words to mean "the" as in ha'arets meaning "the land." The use of this prefix is to reveal something of importance within the sentence.

The Early Semitic evolved into the Middle Semitic by rotating the letter 90 degrees to the left. This letter then evolved into in the late Semitic script that developed into the Modern Hebrew ה. The Middle Semitic was adopted by the Greeks and the Romans to become the E (reversed from its Semitic origin due to the direction of writing). This Middle Semitic letter also became the number 5.


#6 : Simcha - שמחה
Which means : Joy !


# 5 :

As we learned the third (Gimel -ג) and fourth (Dalet -ד) letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, we can already create a word in Hebrew : (Dag) דג !
Which means : Fish



#5 : In Hebrew there are different letters for hand-writing and printing. Each letter has its "hand-writing version" and "priting version" . The letters you see here and in books are the "printing version". When we write in Hebrew we use the "hand-writing version" which the letters are more "round" (For more information - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_alphabet)

Hebrew alphabet - Wikipedia The Hebrew alphabet (Hebrew: אָלֶף־בֵּית עִבְרִי‎[a], Alefbet Ivri), known variously by scholars as the Jewish script, square script and block script, is an abjad script used in the writing of the Hebrew language, also adapted as an alphabet script in the writing of other Jewish languages, most nota...

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