The dalet is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is the sound of “D.” The word picture for dalet is “door”, (and sometimes the leaf of a gate or a page) it is something that opens.
A familiar dalet word is the word dan, the Hebrew word for judge. The word picture for dan is a dalet, for door the sound of “D” and noon, the sound of “N” the word picture of a fish indicating life or action.
The dalet followed by the noon is a word picture of a door to life; something that could have influence or power over life, as a judge might.
In Hebrew customarily there are no “nick” names. The word Danny in Hebrew is a form of the word Dan with the possessive pronoun ending sound of “ee” indicating “my” or “belonging to.” Here the word picture is “judge me,” or “my judge.” When the “el” is added to the end of the word “Dan,” the picture changes again. The Hebrew letter alef a silent letter carrying the sound of a vowel, and is a word picture indicating strong, leader or first, followed by a lamed, the sound of “L” and a word picture of a staff or shepherd is the Hebrew “el.” The alef followed by the lamed is the word picture of a strong leader used to picture God. The Hebrew letter dalet and noon followed by “el” is the Hebrew name Daniel. When these Hebrew letters are together they form the word picture showing a strong influence of my life by God’s hand. In other words, “God is my Judge.”
Another dalet word is the word dam, the Hebrew word for blood. The dalet is the sound of “D” with a word picture of a door, a leaf on a gate or a page. The second letter is mem with the sound “M” and a word picture of water and sometimes chaos. The word for blood in Hebrew has a very deep meaning, unlike the meaning in English. The two letters, dalet and mem are the root letters to some very interesting connections in Hebrew, and that is, the relationship between blood, earth, man and even the color red. In English there is no apparent connection but because Hebrew is a precise language, unlike English, everything has a specific meaning. The character of God shows in its design.
First the word “dam” dalet- mem, is Hebrew for blood. Second, adama, alef-dalet-mem-hey, is Hebrew for earth or soil. Third, adam comes from within the word adama, (adam is one word for man.) This shows man came from within the soil. Fourth, what sustains life? Blood or “dam,” once again, all these Hebrew words are within the root of adama. And lastly, the color of blood is adon, (Hebrew for red).
Altogether these individual words share a common root and tell the story that man came from the soil or earth, that man’s life is in the soil and that the blood is red.
Another dalet word is dama which means weep. Dama in Hebrew is spelled dalet, the sound of “D” pictured as a door, mem, the sound of “M” and a word picture of water, and the ayin, a silent letter carrying the sound of the vowel with the word picture of an eye. Here we have a complete word picture that shows the door of the eye and water; in other words weeping or tears.