Seeing the Letter Tet in a Dream: 9th Anniversary
The numerical value of the Hebrew letter tet is 9. The Talmud states (b. Bava Kamma 55a):
א"ר יהושע: הרואה טי"ת בחלומו סימן יפה לו…
Rabbi Yehoshua says: “If one sees the letter tet in his dream, it is a good sign for him…”
הואיל ופתח בו הכתוב לטובה תחילה שמבראשית עד "וירא אלהים את האור" (בראשית א:ד) לא כתיב טי"ת
The Torah introduces [the letter tet] in a context of “good,” as from the word bereshit, until the verse: “And God saw that the light was good (טוב)” (Genesis 1:4), the letter tet is not written.
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