Rabbi Yizhak of Vorki was asked: "Why on the Day of Atonement is the list of confession of sins arranged in alphabetical order?" He replied: "If it were otherwise, we should not know when to stop beating our breasts. For there is no end to sin, and no end to the awareness of sin, but there IS an end to the alphabet."[1]

There is an end to the alphabet, but there is barely an end to what can be said about the alphabet, so central is it to Jewish culture. This month's edition of JHOM includes the following articles focusing on the Hebrew letter:

The Editor.

[1] From Tales of the Hasidim, Martin Buber, Shocken Books 1991 [back]





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