Almighty decided it was time to put the letters in order. He
asked each one in turn why it should be the first.
tallest," cried the 'Lamed', "And the others will be
able to see my waving crown all down the line."
said the Shin. "I should be first. I have three crowns,
and the people should behold my glory first."
on it went down the line. Or rather, no line, because they weren't
in order yet.
all the letters had given their case for being the first, the
Almighty noticed the Bet hadn't spoken.
what's your reason," the Almighty inquired.
L-rd, I have no reason. I can think of no way that I'm so special
I should go first."
you will," said the Almighty. "My Chosen will be a humble people,
and you are a humble letter."
he noticed one of them was missing.
was the Alef?
finally found the Alef in one corner of the heavens.
were you? Didn't I call all the letters together?"
L-rd, I can't even make a sound. I don't even deserve to be
in the company of the other letters, and I barely even have
Almighty was so please by this display of humbleness, in His
Infinite Wisdom, placed Alef, the silent letter, at the
head of the parade of letters, with Bet following close
that's how we got the Alef-Bet.
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