What is the Hebrew word for human being? It is "Adam". The Hebrew word appears below. It is read from right to left. Hebrew is God's language. It is fascinating because, unlike English, there is meaning in the very parts of the letters. The Hebrew word for "Adam" does more than label man with an abstract label. The parts of the word actually describe "Adam" and what "Adam" is like.
The first letter on the right is alef. The alef is made up of a straight diagonal line and two curved lines - one that points up and one that points down. The straight diagonal line is actually another letter in the Hebrew alef-beit, which is vav. Each of the two curved parts is another Hebrew letter, yod. The alef is the first letter in the Hebrew alef-beit. It symbolizes the number one. It is a silent letter. It symbolizes strength. It also symbolizes --- can you guess --- God. Anytime alef appears in a word, God is involved in the word. God's Spirit is inside each one of us.
There is more to alef. The letter vav symbolizes a connector. Connectors were used to hold together the panels of the Mishkan. The Mishkan was the Tent of Meeting that Moses made for Adonai in the desert. Adonai came down to dwell in the Mishkan. The two yods point up and down. They are on either side of the connector, vav. One points to heaven and one points to earth. Vav also represents man - the connector between Heaven and earth.
The letter vav also represents the number 6. The letter yod represents the number 10. If we add the number values of the letters that make up the alef (10 + 10 + 6 = 26), we get 26. There is a Holy Name for God. It is:
From right to left, the letters are yod, hey, vav, hey. As we know the numerical value for yod is 10. The numerical value for the letter hey is 5. We also know the numerical value for vav is 6. The total numerical value for this word is (10 + 5 + 6 + 5 = 26) 26. Once again, connected to God.
The middle letter in "Adam" is dalet. The letter dalet is the fourth letter in the Hebrew alef-beit. It is the first letter that points to the four cardinal directions - north, south, east and west. Dalet symbolizes earth. It also symbolizes a doorway because it looks like the doorway of a tent hanging down from the roof. Man can be a doorway between Heaven and earth - the connector.
The dalet appears to me to be two vavs at right angles to each other. The numerical value of each would be six and added together would be twelve or twelve tribes. Since "Adam" describes a human being, it would appear to me that all human beings are members of the twelve tribes.
The last letter is mem. This mem occurs at the end of the word, so it is in "final" form, which is also called sofit (pronounced so-feet). The letter mem also looks like this:
The nearly vertical stick to the left is a vav - numerical value of 6. The rest of the letter comes from the letter kaf - numerical value of 20. Connected again to God's Holy Name (26). The old pictograph that was mem resembled a wave. Mem represents water. The numerical value of mem is 40. There is a lot of meaning in mem, but what struck me - relative to the word "Adam" is
Genesis 1:7: And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.
Again we see that man is a connection between Heaven and earth and is a doorway between the waters above and the waters below.
Glory to our Father, who art in Heaven. May each of us be a faithful (see Strong's H539 - make firm, to be established, sure, etc.) connector.