I've been having trouble understanding the multiple meaning of the letter aleph. from the alphabet of kabbalah course it goes on to explain the word aleph in relation to speech and among other things. my understanding so far of the meaning(keep in mind i'm extremely new to Hebrew) is that א represents both the physical air and the abstract "air" that encompasses thoughts, emotion, and anything creative that enter into our being. which is then organized and then expressed through the word or speech using the physical air. so in essence א means the infinite possibility of abstract expression, which is represented by wind or air and is not physical in that since; but is expressed physically with actual air or with the breath. the reason this is possible is because of the 3 primary forces kether, chokmah, and binah which א represents based on the construction of the letter being made up of three iods. i haven't delved into the meanings of kether, chokmah, and binah yet so i'm not entirely sure what that has to do with aleph.
So correct me if i'm wrong, aleph א represents how god or the consciousness creates through the word using the physical air and the abstract air that is the first emanation of creation. This doesn't only apply to the word but applies to anything creative, because the whole of a human physically is an aleph with the 2 arms being the iods and the head down to the feet is the vav. Though the word is more potent in this case. am i in the ball park?
Which should a student study first, the tree of life and it's sephiroth, or the Hebrew alphabet?
it seems the letters of the Hebrew alphabet have more to do with the tree than the other way around. i see that the tree of life and the hebrew letters are intertwined which makes it difficult to understand concepts if one doesn't have a solid foundation in either teachings.