by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
These questions come from a weekly class of nine-year-old Jewish boys in Australia.
What is the origin of the Hebrew language? Did Adam speak Hebrew with Chava (Eve)? At what point was the Hebrew alphabet created?
Your questions are actually very deep questions. The Torah records a number of conversations in the Garden of Eden: Adam and Chava spoke, the Serpent spoke, and G-d spoke to all three of them. So obviously, there had to be a common language.
The source and history of this language goes back even earlier than the Garden of Eden. Before G-d first created the universe, there was nothing physical existing for Him to make the creation out of. This means that not only is the entire creation made out of nothing, but also that G-d continually creates the creation, or else it would revert back to what it was before it first began, i.e. nothing! The underlying substance that He created (and creates) it out of is the same underlying substance that it is being made of today.
What is this most basic building material that G-d uses to make His creation? Look at the beginning of the Torah and see. Genesis 1:3 tells us that when G-d created the universe, He did so with words. He said, “Let there be … .” and with these words the creation came into being. So we see that the universe is actually being made out of words, and words are made out of letters.
This also means that when we look at an object, we only see its physical exterior. Just like a physical microscope can show us that all matter is actually made of molecules, atoms, and so on, so too, a “spiritual microscope” could show us that all matter is actually being made out of the letters of G-d’s words.
But it is even more amazing that the history of language goes back still further. The Zohar tells us that before G-d created the universe He created the Torah. Then, when He chose to create the universe, He looked into the Torah, and created the physical creation through the Torah.
As we all know, the Torah is written in Hebrew. This is the source of the Hebrew language. Even today, the letters of the Torah are the underlying, fundamental building blocks of all creation.
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