Mathew 5:8
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
Kaf the eleventh letter of the Hebrew Alphabet

The word picture of the Hebrew letter “kaf” is the palm of the hand, or when holding up the open hand with palm open it appears to represent “wings” symbolizing to open, or to cover or to allow something. The letter “kaf” is one of the five Hebrew letters that has a final form which is an entirely different form when it is the last letter of the word.  The Hebrew letter “kaf” has a letter sound of the “C” or a “K” in the English alphabet when it has a dot in the center.  The “kaf” can have a soft guttural sound when it does not have a dot in the center of the letter. The letter “kaf” can be a prefix with several meanings such as:  like or as, according to; and it can also mean:  in, inside or into. 

One common “kaf” word used a little different in Biblical Hebrew as opposed to Modern Hebrew is the word “ken.”  Most generally in Biblical Hebrew the word “ken” has a meaning of “thus or so,” and in the Modern Hebrew the meaning is “yes,” or "agreement.” The Hebrew word “ken” begins with the letter “kaf” with a “K” sound and word picture of “open or to allow” followed by the letter “noon” with the letter sound of “N” and word picture of “life or movement.”  Together the word “ken” is a word picture of “open your hand to life or activity” or to agree to be open to life or activity.

Another “kaf” word is “kee-per” which means to forgive or to atone.  “Kee-per” is spelled “kaf” with a letter sound of “K” and a word picture meaning “to cover,” followed by a “pey” with a letter sound of “P” and a picture of "a mouth" followed by a the letter “reysh” with a letter sound of “R” and a picture of "a person’s head."  When these letters are put together the word picture of “kaf, pey and reysh” is the picture of: to cover the mouth of a person.  Sometimes it is better to cover your mouth than to say something you may regret or if you have said something you regret.  As with the “kaf” the letter “pey” can also take a dot, which is called a dagesh, which hardens the sound to a “P” whereas the “pey” without the dagesh has a letter sound of the letter “F.”



By: Rev. Kathryn S. Patterson M.Min., BCCC