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Hebrew letter on Hamsa?

Postby AliceKnewIt » Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:54 am

What is the letter on this Hamsa (hand amulet)?

I think it is Heh, but it could be Chet?
What is the significance? Why is it associated with the Hamsa?

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Re: Hebrew letter on Hamsa?

Postby Jim Eshelman » Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:53 am

I looked at pictures of 50 or so other hamsa designs, and none of them had this, so it seems unique to this particular example. I'm not sure about that, but I didn't see it on a single other example, so it seems the case.

As for this example, it could simply be a design and not a letter, but it sure looks like a letter. If it's a Cheyth, it's the first letter of Hamsa, and if it's a Hé then it's probably for 5 (as in 5 fingers) or because hamsa literally means "five."
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Re: Hebrew letter on Hamsa?

Postby Hermitas » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:12 pm

Ah, that's foggin awesome.

No, really. I love it with the Hehversion.
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Re: Hebrew letter on Hamsa?

Postby Avshalom Binyamin » Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:30 pm

It's a heh.

"the hand shape of this brass hamsa is in the form of two birds on either side of a Star of David, with the Hebrew letter Heh (symbolizing the Divine Name) in the center."

http://www.judaicawebstore.com/-wall-ha ... P5108.aspx

http://www.dokomedia.com/wallhamsajerusalem.html
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Re: Hebrew letter on Hamsa?

Postby AliceKnewIt » Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:01 am

Avshalom Binyamin wrote:It's a heh.

"the hand shape of this brass hamsa is in the form of two birds on either side of a Star of David, with the Hebrew letter Heh (symbolizing the Divine Name) in the center."

http://www.judaicawebstore.com/-wall-ha ... P5108.aspx

http://www.dokomedia.com/wallhamsajerusalem.html



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