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The Greek name for Aleph was, according to the older tradition of R. Ishmael (SheḲalim, iii. 2; compare Aleph), used as a mark for the first of the shekel boxes in the Temple. According to Men. ix. 1-6, Alpha designated the first quality of the flour used in the Temple (see Alphabet).

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