Our Hebrew word of the week is the masculine noun bayit, meaning “house.”
Note that the “construct form” is transliterated as bet (or beth), and means “house of.” Many synagogues use Beth as part of their name: Beth Israel, Beth El, Beth Shalom, Beth Immanuel, and so on.
The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter Bet, which, incidentally means “house.” The letter can also function as a prefix to a noun meaning “within.”
Here are some common Hebrew terms using the word Bet:
The house of Israel, referring to the collective population of all those who claim to be Jewish or identify themselves with Israel.
A euphemism for a cemetery or “place of rest.” The “everlasting house” or “house of eternity.”
Bethlehem. The birthplace of Yeshua the Messiah and King David. “House of bread.” (Gen 35:19; Mic 5:2; Matt 2:1; Luke 2:4).
Bethel. "House of God" The ancient place and seat of worship in Ephraim on border of Benjamin, identified with Luz. Also, a place in the south part of Judah.
Court; House of Justice. Religious court. Rabbinical court.
Synagogue. Also the name for the Israeli Parliament.
House of prayer. Isa. 56:7; Matt. 21:13; Mk. 11:17; Lk. 19:46.
School. Sefer means book, so this literally means “house of book.”
School; shul; place of study, esp. For Talmud studies.
The pictogram indicates the house of the sign -- the mark of creation. Creation itself is a house built by the Creator. The house is itself a sign - “the heavens declare the glory of God, and firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).