Why do only certain letters have an ending form in Hebrew? [duplicate]
Closed as duplicate by Monica Cellio on Dec 28, 2020 at 15:21
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There's a list of certain letters in Hebrew that have a different form if they're at the end of a word - much like capital letters at the beginning of a sentence in English, but only for specific letters and at the end of a word.
פ becomes ף, נ becomes ן, and so on. It's called a סופית (sofit) in Hebrew.
How did this come about? Why is it that these letters (כמנפצ) and only these letters have an end-of-the-word form? What's the cause for these letters evolving this ending form?