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     [ג] — “Gimel” is the 3rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It’s name comes from [גמל] — a root that means to “deal out to,” especially in a nurturing way.

     The Hebrew alphabet can teach us about ourselves.

    [א] — “Aleph” — tells us that the Source of all — Divine Unity and Silence — is the deepest level of our own souls.

    [ב] — “Beit” — is the first sound. What distinguishes “sound” from “silence”? “Sound” has a beginning, a middle and an end. “Beit” tells us that we are the Divine Silence, expressed as something with a beginning, a middle and an end.  

    [ג] — “Gimel” — signifies Perpetual Divine Giving.  ” ‘Gimel’ represents G-d’s eternal beneficence. Without G-d’s hesed [kind giving], the entire [universe] could not exist even for a moment. Day in and day out, G-d gives us the spirit of life, wisdom and strength, the use of our limbs, sensation and speech [even existence itself].” [2]

     Ha-Rav Yitzchak Ginsburgh says “Gimel” teaches: “[Our] obligation to emulate G-d by giving to others.” [3]

     We are “Aleph” and “Beit” now. But we must be like “Gimel.”

     “Giving,” we’re truest to what we are. In all our giving, it’s ourselves that we really give.

Doesn’t “Give” begin with “G”?

Doesn’t “G-d”?

Doesn’t “Good”?

     Today, even more than most: Let us each remember the good that’s being given to us in every moment. Think of Japan, Haiti and elsewhere. Let us give — our prayer, our money, our blood, our goods, our help.    

It’s more than our holy obligation.

It’s our holy nature.

It is G-d giving through us.

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[1] design c. 2011 by Rabbi Eli Mallon
[2] Munk, Rabbi Michael L.; The Wisdom of the Hebrew Alphabet; p. 72; (based on Otiot d’R’Akiva [Letters of Rabbi Akiva])
[3] http://www.inner.org/hebleter/gimmel.htm