To aid the reader in pronouncing the transliterated Hebrew words that appear in this text, we have adopted the following rules:

a, e, o, u = the short pronunciation of the vowel

aa=“ah-ah” as in yaar, pronounced “yah-ar”

ai=long “i” as in zain, pronounced “zine”

ea=“ay-ah” as in the word meah, pronounced “may-ah”

ei=long “a” as in beis, pronounced “base”

i=long “e” as in min, pronounced “mean”

ch=a guttural sound made by forcing air through the closure formed by the back of the tongue against the palate, as in the words Chanukah and challah.

Alef-Beis Chart

Pronunciation and Gematria