Alternative Spellings

alef-bet, alef-beis, aleph-beys, aleph-bais, aleph-beis, aleph-bet


  • "A name for the Hebrew alphabet" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Jewish children traditionally learn the aleph-bet at the age of three."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Hebrew אלף בית alef bet, Yiddish אַלף־בית álefbeys

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

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