Ha (𐤄)

Acceptable ways to write it: ha, h

The letter ha (𐤄) is the fifth letter in the Afroasiatic language known as Paleo-Hebrew. The letter has been equated with the letter E and the letter H in the English language. However, the letter E, in the beginning, held the same sound that the letter H currently holds. Nonetheless, the letters hold different pronunciations and H is more commonly used in the place of some words when translated into phonetic spelling.

The Paleo-Hebrew language or Original Ābarayam language is one spoken with an emphasis on the rauach (breath, wind, spirit). With the language of the Ābarayam, each letter has a meaning and a number associated with it that adds meaning to each word they’re used with. Below you will be able to learn more about the letter in Ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and much more. However, you can read more about the Paleo-Hebrew alaph-bayt on Wikipedia.

paleo-hebrew ha
Ābarayt
Paleo-Hebrew
Ancient Hebrew
English
Masoretic Hebrew
Askenazi Hebrew
Israeli Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
Arabic
Aramaic
Syriac (Aramaic)
Greek
Latin
Cyrillic
South Arabian
Ge'ez
Letter
𐤄
E e
H h
ה
ه
ܗ
Ε ε
E e
H h
E, Є
Transliteration
ha
E
H
he
ha
he
he
epsilon
E
H
E, Ye
Pronunciation
ha
e
h
hey
ɛpˈsaɪlən
e
h
ye
Number
5
N/A
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
Definition
Look, Behold, The, Reveal, breath, man
Jubilation, Window
Him, The retract (invisible), Souvenir

History of the Meaning

The pictograph of the word is of a man with his arms outstretched. The raised arms show praise as they point towards the sky, saying “look at that”. The word means “behold” as when looking at a great sight. This word also means “breath” or “sigh” as one does when looking at a great sight. This letter is a consonant, with an “h” sound, but also used as a vowel with the “ah” sound. This letter is commonly used as a prefix to words to mean “the” as in HaSham, HaShathan, or HaMashayach.

History of the letter E

The letter E was introduced in 1779 BCE (2146 AM). The letter was pronounced like an “h” in Semitic and resembled a stick with two arms and a leg meant to signify a human form. The Greeks flipped it around in 700 BC and changed the sound to “ee.”

The sound represented by the letter was a mid-front vowel corresponding to the sound a makes in the word take. The latter sound was a diphthong, where e represented an unmixed vowel sound, such as that heard in French tête or été.

In English, an extensive change took place in the sound of the long vowel during and after the later Middle English period (probably between the 13th and 17th centuries). Just as the sound represented by the letter “a” moved forward until it was the same as what formerly represented “e”, so the letter “e” encroached upon the territory of the sound of “i.”

History of the letter H

The letter H was introduced in 1066 CE (4991 AM). It’s one of the most controversial letters in the English language. The breathy sound associated with the letter made academics argue that the letter was unnecessary — and many Latin and British scholars began dropping the “H” in 500 CE. Despite the controversy, “H” secured a spot in our alphabet.

In the alphabets used to write Greek, the letter became superfluous as a result of the disappearance of the aspirate which it represented in that dialect. It was accordingly put to new use to indicate the open long e which had arisen through alteration of the primitive Greek long a

In English, the initial h is pronounced in words of Germanic origin (e.g., hunt, hook); in some words of Romance origin, the h remains unpronounced (e.g., heir, honour), but in others, it has been restored (e.g., humble, humour). The initial h often disappears in unaccented syllables (e.g., “What did he say?”).