Kabbalah of Prayer Pronunciations

“KABBALAH OF PRAYER” GLOSSARY OF TERMS 

Note: Both the H and KH are pronounced as a guttural ch.  N.B. Under the bolded section”  When the H is pronounced as an English H the letters appears in bold. When the letter  is pronounced as a guttural ch, the letter  is not bolded.

KEY:  TERM is shown in a bolded text. PRONUNCIATION is italicized. KABBALAH MEANING is shown in regular text.

The glossary below is divided into shorter sections (A-B, G-D, etc). At the beginning of each section, Shulamit pronounces each term. To listen, please click on the  lefthand arrow of the black sound bar.

 

Adam Kadmon  ~  Ah-dahm Kahd-mone  ~  Primordial Man 

Ahlama   ~  Ah-la-mah  ~  Beautiful Gem (Amethyst)

Aleph  ~  Al-ef   ~  A (Letter of the Alphabet)

Anohi  ~  Aw-no-hee  ~  I 

Bet   ~   Bait  ~   B (Alphabet)

Bahir  ~  Bah-here  ~   Illumination

Bara Shith  ~  Bah-rah Sheet  ~  He created six 

Beinoni  ~   Bay-no-knee  ~   In-between 

Bereshit  ~   Bray-sheet  ~  In the beginning

Binah  ~   Bee-naw  ~   Understanding

Dai  ~   Die  ~   Enough

Dvekut  ~   Dve-kute  ~   Devotion, Adhering

Derekh Hashem  ~   De-rekh Ha-shem   ~   Path of God

Daat  ~   Dah-aht  ~   Knowing, Gnosis 

Din  ~   Din  ~   Judgement

Ein Sof  ~   Ain-soph  ~   The Endless One

Elohim  ~   E-lo-kim  ~   (when not praying) God name

El Shaddai  ~   Elle-Sha-die  ~   God Name

Emet  ~   Eh-met  ~   Truth

Etz Haim  ~   Etz-Ha-yim  ~   Tree of Life 

Gedullah  ~   Gedoo-lah  ~   Greatness

Gematria  ~   Gee-ma-tria  ~   Numerology

Gevurah  ~   Gevoo-rah  ~   Strength, Might  

Gilgul Nesahmot  ~   Gill-ghoul Ne-sha-mote  ~   Reincarnation 

Haim  ~   Ha-yim  ~   Life

Hakbalah  ~   Hak-bah-lah  ~   Parallels

Halom  ~   Ha-lome  ~   Dream

Hashem  ~   Hah-Shem  ~   “The Name” , Word for God

Hashmal  ~   Hash-mal  ~   speech/silence, rapidity/pause

Hayah  ~   Hah-yah  ~   Soul Essence

Hayot  ~   Hah-yote  ~   Angels (Vision of Ezekiel)

Hesed  ~   He-sed  ~   Grace

Het  ~   Het  ~   Error, Sin

Hay  ~   Hay (H)  ~   H (Letter of Alphabet)

Hirik  ~   Hee-rik  ~   One of the Vowel Points

Hoah  ~   Ho-ah – Strength

Hod  ~   Hoed  ~   Splendor

Hoddah  ~   Ho-dah  ~   Acknowledgement

Hokhmah  ~   Hokh-mah  ~   Wisdom

Holam  ~   Ho-lam  ~   One of the Vowel Points

Holayim  ~   Ho-lah-yim  ~   Diseases

Holim  ~   Ho-lim  ~   People with illness

Ibbur  ~   E-boor  ~   Impregnation 

Ilat haIlot e-lat ha-e-lote Cause of Causes

Kabbalah  ~   Kah-bah-lah  ~   Received, Receiving 

Kamatz  ~   Kah-matz  ~   One of the Vowel Points

Kelipot  ~   Kli-pote  ~   Shells, Powers of evil

Kesher  ~   Keh-sher  ~   Tie

Kavannah  ~   Kah-vah-nah  ~   Intention

Keret  ~   Ke-ret  ~   Cut off

Keter  ~   Ke-ter  ~   Crown

Kitur  ~   Kee-tour  ~   Surround

Koah mah  ~   Koah mah  ~   Power of what 

Kubutz  ~   Koo-boots  ~   One of the Vowel Sounds

Kivun   ~   Key-voon  ~   Direction

Kol  ~   Kol  ~   Voice, Sound

Kol Dmamah  ~   Kol Dmah-mah  ~   Sound of silence

Lamed  ~   Lah-med  ~   L (letter of Alphabet)

Lev  ~   Lev  ~   Heart

Likkutei Amarim- Tanya  ~   Lee-koo-tay Ah-ma-rim ~Tan-ya  ~   A Gathering of Teachings 

Maggid  ~   Mah-geed  ~   “One who tells,” Answering Angel 

Maggidim  ~   Mah-gee-dim  ~   Plural of maggid

Malakh  ~   Mal-akh  ~   Angel

Malakhim  ~   Mal-ah-kheem  ~   Angels

Malkhut  ~   Mal-khoot  ~   Kingdom

Mazal  ~   Mah-zal  ~   Luck,Destiny

Mem  ~   Mem  ~   M, Letter of the Alphabet

Merkavah  ~   Mer-ka-vah  ~   Chariot

Midot  ~   Me-dote  ~   Attributes

Nafash  ~   Nah-fash  ~   Rested

Nekud  ~   Nee-kud  ~   Vowel point, System of vowel point 

Nekudot (Nekudim)  ~   Ne-ku-dote  ~   Vowel points 

Nefesh  ~   Ne-fesh  ~   Vital animal soul

Neshamah  ~   Nshah-mah  ~   Higher soul 

Netzah  ~   Ne-tzah  ~   Eternity,Victory

Nishmat Haim  ~   Nish-mat Ha-yim  ~   Breath of Life

 

Olam haAssiyah  ~   O-lam ha-Ah-si-yah  ~   The World of the Concrete

Olam haAtzilut  ~   Olam ha-Ah-tzi-lute  ~   The World of Emanation

Olam haBeriah  ~   Olam hab-ree-ah  ~   The World of Creation

Olam haYetzirah  ~   Oh-Lam Hay-tzi-rah  ~   The World of Formation

Ophanim  ~   Oh-fah-nim  ~   Wheels, Angels 

Patah  ~   Pah-tah  ~   Vowel sound

Pituhey  ~   Pi-tu-hey  ~   Openings

Reishit  ~   Ray-sheet  ~   Beginning

Ruah  ~   Ru-ah  ~   Spirit, Wind, Breath

Ruah Hakodesh  ~   Ru-ah Ha-ko-desh  ~   Spirit of God (Holiness) 

 

Sefer Yetzirah  ~   Se-fer Yetzi-rah  ~   Book of Formation

Sefirah  ~   Sfee-rah  ~   Emanation of the Tree of Life

Sefirot  ~   Sfee-rot  ~   Plural of sefirah

Segol  ~   Se-gol  ~   One of the Vowel sounds 

Segullah  ~   Sgu-lah  ~   Treasury 

Sefer  ~   Se-fer  ~   Book

Sehel  ~   Se-khel  ~   Intelligence 

Seraf  ~   Sa-raph  ~   Angel 

Serafim  ~   Sra-phim  ~   Plural of seraf 

Sha’ar ha-Nikud  ~   Sha-ar ha-nee-kud  ~   The Gate of the (Vowel) Points

Sha’are Orah  ~   Sha-ar O-rah  ~   Gates of Light 

Shaddai  ~   Sha-die  ~   My breasts

Shefa  ~   She-fah  ~   Divine Influx 

Shehinah  ~   Shkhi-nah  ~   Indwelling female aspect of God

Shevirah  ~   Shvi-rah  ~   Shattering of the vessels

Shmot  ~   Shmot  ~   Book of Exodus

Shir Hashirim  ~   Sheer Ha-shee-rim  ~   Song of Songs

Shofar  ~   Sho-far  ~   Rams Horn

Shuruk  ~   Shu-rook  ~   One of the Vowel Sounds

Shva  ~   Shva  ~   One of the Vowel Sounds

Siddur  ~   Si-ddur  ~   Jewish Prayer Book

Sippur  ~   Si-ppur  ~   Story

 

Talmud  ~  Tal-mud    ~  Commentaries on Torah, the Mishnah and Gemara 

Tanakh  ~  Ta-nakh  ~  Holy Scripture, The Five Books of Moses, The Prophets and the Writings

Tav  ~  Tav  ~  T, Letter of the Alphabet

Tiferet  ~  Teef-eh-ret  ~  Beauty, Glory

Tikkun Olam  ~  Ti-koon Oh-lam  ~  Repair of the World

Tikkuney Zohar  ~  Tik-koo-ney Zo-har  ~  Amendments to the Zohar

Torah  ~  To-rah  ~  Five Books of Moses

Tzaddik  ~  tza-ddik  ~  Righteous person

Tzerey  ~  Tze-rey  ~  One of the Vowel Points

Tzimzum  ~  Tzim-tzoom  ~  Contraction 

 Tzinnor  ~  Tzi-nor  ~  Channel

Tzinnorot  ~  Tzi-no-rot  ~  Channels

 

Vav   ~  Vawv  ~  Hook/Letter of the Alphabet

Yadah  ~  Yah-dah  ~  Knew

Yehidah  ~  Yehee-dah  ~  Oneness

Yeshivah  ~  Yeshee-vah  ~  School of Hebrew study 

Yesod  ~  Yesod  ~  Foundation/ The All

Yetzer  ~  Ye-tzer  ~  To make, A force, Impulse

Yetzer haRah  ~  Ye-tzer Ha-rah  ~  Force of evil

Yetzer haTov  ~  Ye-tzer Ha-tov  ~  Force of Good

Y-H-V-H  ~  Unpronounceable  ~  Four letters of the Holy name of God

Yud  ~  Yood  ~  Letter of the Alphabet/Symbol for the name of God

Zohar  ~  Zo-har  ~  Splendor