Is there a 3D Alef-Bet? In which case Samekh could be something like a sphere, etc.

Or for that matter something 4D like kinetic sculptures, which would explain how the aseret ha-dibrot were legible from every direction . . .

Could this be related to the form of the actual sound waves in the air when the letters are pronounced? In which case people would literally be seeing the physical forms of the sounds, explaining the synesthesia as well?

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    Is this on topic?
    – robev
    Nov 20, 2019 at 18:37
  • The aleph (gematria=1) might be considered a symbol representing simple, unrestricted, infinite oneness/simplicity. Projected into 2 dimensions, that might correspond to 2D axes. So in 3D it might be depicted as 3D axes. (But, if that's true, that ability to be depicted in n dimensions might be unique to the aleph in its transcending limitation.)
    – Loewian
    Nov 20, 2019 at 18:51
  • The Maharal often considers the symbolism of numbers in terms of geometry.
    – Loewian
    Nov 20, 2019 at 18:54
  • Thanks for mentioning that @Loewian. Source?
    – הראל
    Nov 20, 2019 at 19:24
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    A good Q, but very ill-phrased. Maybe start with the background, I assume you're trying to visualize Matan Torah where people supposedly saw the spoken letters. Anyway I think the answer is a sound NO, there's no translation of the letters into the third dimension. The only this we know is that the letters on the Tablets were chiseled through, but that does not make them 3D.
    – Al Berko
    Nov 21, 2019 at 14:26

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It's essentially impossible to prove that nobody has ever proposed the existence such a 3-dimensional alphabet, but I have never heard of such a thing and I think it's safe to say that no major religious scholars have ever proposed that such a thing exists.

  • Some of Yitzchak Ginsburgh's work seems to indicate that it might exist.
    – הראל
    Nov 20, 2019 at 18:44
  • @KinnardHockenhull so why don't you write an answer with some details about that.
    – Daniel
    Nov 20, 2019 at 20:15
  • I don't have an answer, just speculation based on some of what I've read. @Daniel
    – הראל
    Nov 20, 2019 at 20:30
  • @KinnardHockenhull in that case, if you added that context to the question, it would make the question much better IMO. Right now it's completely unclear why you'd even ask the question in the first place.
    – Daniel
    Nov 20, 2019 at 20:35

There are many 3-D Aleph Bets. One is available for free download here. It should be compatible with most 3-D printers.

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    Given the OP’s example of a samech being a sphere I’m not sure this is quite what he had in mind. Though, question’s not worded too well, so maybe it is.
    – DonielF
    Nov 20, 2019 at 22:47
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    @Doniel given the way the question was worded I think this is the best answer possible Nov 20, 2019 at 23:35

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