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Taw (תו) is the twenty-second and last letter in the Hebrew alphabet . It has the numerical value 400. In modern Iwrit no distinction is made in the pronunciation of Taw and Tet . The Taw is in the IPA phonetic spelling correctly [⁠ t ⁠] playing, so it will be like the German "t" pronounced.

Originally "hard" and between "soft" Taw distinguished (depending on was Dagesh wherein the soft Taw), the English "th" [⁠ thetav ⁠] corresponds. The academic transliteration of the soft taw is “ṯ” (“t” with dash below). However, it is often also transcribed as th . This distinction is made in the Ashkenazi pronunciation of Hebrew tradition and in Yiddish on, there where the "hard" Taw as [⁠ t ⁠] as and the "soft" Taw [⁠ s ⁠] are spoken.


The Taw is a consonant whose written form originally goes back to a marking sign (x or +); this meaning of “Taw” has been preserved in the book of the prophet Ezekiel (chap. 9, verse 4 and 6) and in the book of Job (chap. 31, verse 35). The Greek letter Tau is derived from Taw and from this the Latin T is derived.


  • תַּלְמוּד Talmud "study"
  • תּוֹרָה Torah "teaching" (earlier spelling: Torah)
  • תֵּל אָבִיב Tel Aviv "Spring Hill "
  • תֵּאַטְרוֹן (theatron) theater (Taw as a transcription for th )
  • בַּת (baṯ) "daughter"
  • שַבָּת (schabaṯ; Ashkenan: schabos, Yiddish: schabes) " Sabbath "

Character encoding

Unicode - Codepoint U + 05ea
HTML & # 1514;
ISO 8859-8 0xfa

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