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Hei: Breathe On Me

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When it is followed by an apostrophe, the letter hei  has the distinction of representing the most holy name YHVH. The reason is because the letter hei  is the definite article “the.” When placed before the word shem which means, “name,” heitransforms a “name” into “the name” Hashem.  Therefore, hei  represents the name YHVH.

Accordingly, the Talmud teaches that the LORD used this special letter to create this world and the letter yud  was used to create the world to come.  Interestingly, when these two letters are combined, they form the name YAH.

In Psalm 33:6, the Scripture teaches that, “By the word of Hashem the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their hosts.”

On the surface it seems that this passage is stating two different things -- God created the heavens with His word and the hosts of heaven with His mouth. However, the reality is that, this passage is teaching one concept, wording it two different ways.  In other words,  His Word and His Breath are one and the same.

It is humanly impossible to speak if you can’t breathe. In fact, it is the breath that makes speech possible.  Therefore, breath -- which comes from God -- gives life to words which come from man.

The point is, God both spoke and BREATHED the universe into existence.  Every time God spoke into a situation, He BREATHED into that situation.  The letter hei gets its name from the sound of breath -- hei.  Thus, this letter has come to represent the very essence of God -- Life, Word, BREATH!


Genesis 2 tells us that, “These are the generations (offspring) of the heavens and the earth when they were created.” The phrase, “when they were created” is the Hebrew phrase, b’hibaream.

The way in which this is written in Hebrew is very interesting because this can be read as “with hei,  He created them”.  Again, He created by breathing.  He changed the course of events by doing what comes easiest -- breathing.

We can see this in the Exodus when with a blast from His nostrils, He parted the Red Sea and changed the course of history.  It specifically says, “Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them” (Exodus 15:10). The word “wind” is ruach, also translated in many instances as “breath.”  So, again we see that the breath of God changes things.


In name, hei  means “to be broken, to take seed,” and “behold.”  It means “broken” in the same way one would break a vessel in order to restore it to what the maker wants it to be. In the same manner, a field is plowed (broken) in order to plant seed. Thus, the breaking is not destructive in nature, but to the contrary, is done in order to prepare for something that follows.

We see this in the story of Abraham.  First introduced to us as Abram from the land of the Chaldeans, God calls him from out of the land of the pagans and takes him into another land.  It is there that God promises that through his seed, all nations will be blessed. It is there that he is told he was to have a son.  To underscore this promise, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, “the father of many.”

If you look carefully, you’ll notice that, in Hebrew, the difference between Abram and Abraham is the letter hei.  So, when God inserted the hei  into Abram’s name, He planted a seed -- He breathed into him. WITH ABRAHAM God changed the course of history.  In Hebrew, the phrase “with Abraham” is a permutation of “with hei  He created them,”.

Rabbinically, it is taught that the hei  Abram received from God came from the most holy name, YHVH.  Likewise, Abraham’s wife, Sarai, received a name change as well. And, like her husband, she received the addition of the letter hei, the other of the two in the name YHVH, and became Sarah.  She too received the seed of God’s breath and was thus prepared for the coming change.  Later, she gave birth to the promised son through which Abraham would become the father of many.


The value of this is to understand that when God “breathes” into any one or any situation, things will change.  God’s breath, His ruach (also interpreted “spirit”) created from nothing all that exists and, therefore, is capable of changing the course of our lives and, indeed, the world.

We also see that breath -- which comes from God - - gives life to speech -- the spoken word.  Therefore, the supernatural gives essence to the natural.  Speech is where heaven and earth meet.  This is why when we have faith the size of mustard seed we can SPEAK unto the mountain and say, “be cast into the sea” -- AND IT WILL HAPPEN!  Why?  Because the breath that gives life to that word comes from the One who created that mountain and that sea.  This also explains why “life and death are in the power of the tongue.”

Speech (word) is where Heaven and earth meet and this is one reason that, I believe, Y’shua was referred to as THE WORD.  He was God and He was man.  He was the Torah manifest in the flesh.  God chose to BREATHE into existence and change the course of history.

The LORD chose to “break” His chosen vessel in order to restore mankind back to the position for which they had been created.  He planted a corn of wheat in the ground so that there would be much fruit. So we see, the hei  -- the breath -- ultimately leads us to His Messiah, Y’shua.  He is the One who breathes upon us to create within us a new creation.


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