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 (sä′mĕk, -məKH)
The 15th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

[Hebrew sāmek, of Phoenician origin; see smk in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈsɑːmək; Hebrew ˈsamɛx) or


(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) the 15th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ס) transliterated as s
[Hebrew, literally: a support]
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or sa•mech

(ˈsɑ məx)

the 15th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
[1820–30; < Hebrew sāmekh, akin to sāmakh he supported]
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Noun1.samekh - the 15th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Hebraic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew script - a Semitic alphabet used since the 5th century BC for writing the Hebrew language (and later for writing Yiddish and Ladino)
alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, letter - the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"
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siche in J>e names of J)e lettris as |>ei clepij) hem: alph, beth, gimel, he, vau, 3ay, ex, ioth, karph, lamp, meu, nun, samech, ey, phe, lad, corth,fir, soun, thau, lours.
In the bottom left box, two mirror images of the Hebrew letters samech, pe and resh--which make up the root of the word scribe--are meant to evoke the image of a scribe working.
From Theodore Herzl to Berl Katznelson, from Yosef Haim Brenner to Samech Yizhar (Yizhar Smilansky), from Haim Nachman Bialik to Yehuda Amichai, the mainstream part of the Zionist movement has been steeped in the Bible, with a particular fondness for its historical books depicting the ancient Israelite polity, as well as the books of the prophets, and the great poetry of Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.
The Rabbi explained that the numerical Hebrew abbreviation for 5766, tav, shin, samech, vav gives insight into the nature of the upcoming year.
For example, in his discussion of the Examination of Known Writing section on page 40, he refers to the formation of the "samech," the pressure in the "terminal 'nun'," and the proportions of the "aleph." Dr.