Semitic language of the Afro-asiatic language family. Hebrew is a phonetic language.
Modern Hebrew is spoken by most of the eight millionpeople in Israel, while Classical Hebrew is used for prayer or study in Jewish communities around the world.
Modern Hebrew is one of the official languages of Israel, along with Arabic.Hebrew Vowels
The English alphabet includes the vowel letters "A-E-I-O-U" (and sometimes "Y") Unlike English; however, the Hebrew alphabet is a consonantal one.
But ancientHebrew contained no written vowels as distinct letter forms.
Actual vowel sounds were "added" to the reading by means of oral tradition and long-established usage.
Lv th Lrdyr Gd wth ll yr hrt
There is not a vowel in the bunch, the reader, must supply the missing "intonations" or vowels.
Around 600 A.D., a group of scribes began developing a system of vowelmarks (called neqqudot) to indicate how the text was traditionally read. The scribes also added "cantillation”) to indicate how the text was to be chanted or sung.
Since these scribes did not want toalter the consonantal text, they placed these markings under, to the left, and above the Hebrew letters.
"Simple" Hebrew Vowels
Most vowels in the Hebrew arecalled "simple" vowels (or basic) because they are composed of one Hebrew letter and an identifying vowel mark.
"Consonantal" Vowel Letters: ו, ה, א and י
Before the vowelpoints were introduced, the scribes used the letters Aleph (א), Hey (ה),Vav (ו), and Yod (י) to indicate vowel sounds.
Letter Aleph represented an "ah" sound (paran: פארן)
Letter Hey represented an"ei" or "ay" sound (Leah: לא; Moshe: משה)
The letter Vav could represent either an "oh" sound (Yoel: יואל) or an "oo" sound (barukh: ברוך)
The letter Yod represented an "ee" sound (David: דויד...
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