Aleph is the first letter of the Semitic abjad (which includes Phoenician, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic) which comes from Phoenician aleph meaning “ox, oxen”, perhaps because the hieroglyph resembled that of an ox’s head. It may have been derived from Proto-Sinaitic based on an Egyptian hieroglyphic.
Aleph has an important symbolism in Hebrew, expressing a oneness and unity with God as well as symbolizing strength and authority
- Alef (Hebrew, Persian)
- Alif (Arabic)
- Alpha (Ancient Greek, English)