The Kotz of a Yod
The Hebrew word for letter is ot, which can also mean “sign” or “wonder.” Each letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, then, may contain signs that point to wonderful truths about life.
The Hebrew text of the Torah (and Tanakh) has all sorts of mysteries that cannot be fully appreciated when considering print (and electronic) versions of the text. For example, when Jesus said that "not a jot (yod) or a tittle (kotz) will pass from the Torah until all is fulfilled" (Matt 5:18), He was referring to the "kotz of the Yod" as understood in the Jewish scribal arts of His day.
“The kotz of a Yod” refers to the upper serif of the letter Yod, the smallest of the Hebrew letters. But how can we see this level of detail without looking at the actual Hebrew text as transmitted by the Jewish scribal traditions?
Torah Scrolls must be written perfectly - according to the laws of soferut, but in Numbers 25:12 we find a textual oddity that warrants a closer look:
Why is the Vav in the word "shalom" broken?
For more information about some of the mysteries of the Hebrew Alphabet, I encourage you to look at the "Advanced Information" sections of the Hebrew Consonants pages on my site. Click here for more.
- John Parsons