What is the official name of the yud in the heh, and tet in the tuf - do we say simply yud ha'heh and tet ha'tuf (assuming tuf is vav with a roof, followed by backward-facing script-tet) ? Also, is there a relation between vav and tet?

  • I'm unfamiliar with safrus (how to write a Torah scroll and the like), and am not picturing how a tav can be construed as a vav followed by a backward tes.
    – msh210
    Oct 14, 2015 at 6:37
  • if anything, a Tuf is a Reish and a Vav. Oct 14, 2015 at 7:39
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    @msh210 You must have keen insight! (Maybe that's why you're a moderator :-) How did you determine that this was a safrut question from just the question itself, or did you view the tags to figure that out? I recommend editing this so that it is clear up front that this is related to safrut. I had no clue what the OP was saying.
    – DanF
    Oct 14, 2015 at 14:44

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The Yud in the Heh - ה

In Hilchot Safrus we consider the ה to be made up of a ד and an upside down י

In סימן לב - סדר כתיבת התפלין sometimes it's called the inside leg of the Heh other times it's called the leg of the Heh

נִקַּב רֶגֶל פְּנִימִי שֶׁל הֵ '' א אֲפִלּוּ לֹא נִשְׁאַר מִמֶּנּוּ אֶלָּא כָּל שֶׁהוּא כָּשֵׁר לְהָרֹא''שׁ

אִם נָגְעוּ רַגְלֵי הַהֵ '' א וְהַקּוֹ''ף בַּגַּג יִגְרֹר הָרֶגֶל וְיַחֲזֹר וְיִכְתְּבֶנּוּ

The Tet in the Tuf - ת

In Hilchot Safrus we consider the ת to be made up of a ר and an upside down ו - but it would be referred to as the left leg of the Tuf. Can't find an easy reference to that now.

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    The left leg of the ת: Mishnas Sof'rim (MB), at least, calls it that.
    – msh210
    Oct 14, 2015 at 13:01
  • assuming quf is formed with a cuf, then it makes sense that tuf is formed with tet, nu?
    – sam
    Oct 30, 2015 at 2:59
  • @sam, I don't follow the logic - sounds like a joke. Maybe it is. Besides a quf ק is not formed with a cuf כ, but I can see why you think so. (A legless quf would not be a Kosher cuf, as the roof and floor of the cuf כ have to be the same length.) But how you get from ט Tet to Tuf ת is a mystery. Nov 1, 2015 at 9:04

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