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The Letter Resh

The twentieth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called “Resh” (pronounced “raysh”) and has the sound of “r” as in “rain.”

In modern Hebrew, the letter Resh can appear in three forms:

Forms of Resh

Write the manual print version (or "block" version) of Resh as follows:

Resh Block

This letter looks a little like a backwards English letter “r.” Be careful not to confuse this with the letter Dalet.

And the cursive version:

Resh Script

The script version is simply a more curved version of the manual print letter.

Write the letter Resh (from right to left) in both manual print and script several times:

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Note: Try pronouncing the “r” sound with the back of the tongue using a “rolling” sound. Resh is usually transliterated as “r” in English. Resh sometimes functions as a guttural letter in Hebrew

Resh Summary

Note:

The pronunciation of Resh in Hebrew is “fricative,” and a plosive pronunciation for Resh is not known. However, in 14 places in the Tanakh there is a Resh with a Dagesh. The translators of the Septuagint knew of the pronunciation of the Resh with a Dagesh - the evidence is  that they wrote the name Sarah with a double R.

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