Hebrew Vowels Complete Chart
Learn the Hebrew Vowels
Hebrew Vowels Use and Meaning
In traditional Hebrew texts and as well as modern writings, the vowels are not written, only the letters. The vowels are understood from the context of the writing. Early writings such as the Torah or bible have no written vowels. Later, people started adding them as dots and lines above and below the letters, in order to make Hebrew reading easier.
It is well known that each Hebrew letter has a deep meaning that can expand our understanding of the texts, which you can read about here. The vowels also have spiritual meaning, which the Kabbalists tell us is even more profound than that of the letters. They explain that the reason the vowels are not written and the letters are, is that the vowels are to the letters as the soul is to the body. The soul cannot be seen, but it gives life and movement to the body. Likewise the vowels are not traditionally seen, but they give light and movement to the letters.
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Hebrew is an amazing language, which I consider essential to really understanding the Torah or the bible. To learn Hebrew, I highly recommend The First Hebrew Primer and Answer Book. I have not found a better book for learning Hebrew.
To learn more about the deeper meanings of the Hebrew letters, I recommend this article. To learn about meditation on the Hebrew letters, I recommend the Invisible Stairway:Kabbalistic Meditations on the Hebrew Letters by Kabbalist Samuel Avital.
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I thought the Kaballah was part of the occult!
No, kabbalah is just a deeper part of the Jewish tradition. However, I understand your confusion, as there is something called Qabbalah, which is indeed some sort of medieval occult study. Jewish Kabbalah has nothing to do with that. They are not the same thing at all.