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Why is Hebrew read from right to left?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart


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According to Kabbalah, the right side symbolizes greater spiritual revelation, as opposed to the left ("weaker") side, which symbolizes a "weaker" manifestation of spirituality.
Perhaps this is the reason why Hebrew, G-d's original language (See What is Hebrew?), the "Holy Tongue" in which G-dliness is more revealed, is read from right to left.


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Jewish mysticism. The word Kaballah means "reception," for we cannot physically perceive the Divine, we merely study the mystical truths which were transmitted to us by G-d Himself through His righteous servants.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.