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Term: temurah

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Temurah: A kabalistic method of finding new meanings in words by exchanging letters in them with other letters according to codes. There are several forms of Temurah. In Atbash, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is replaced by the last, the second by the second to last, and so fourth. In Albam, the first Hebrew letter is replaced by the twelfth, the second by the thirteenth, etc. In Avgad each letter is replaced by the following letter. One of the most used forms of Temurah is Aik Bekar, which begins by setting up a pattern like a tic-tac-toe board. Into each of the nine squares, three Hebrew letters are placed according to a predetermined system. A letter in any of the squares or “chambers” can be replaced by either of the other letters in same box.Donald Michael Kraig


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