This wasn’t the first article I had planned to write after my prolonged hiatus. I was and am still going to write about the how the 2000-year-old Zohar explains in detail the expansion of the universe in the instant before the big bang; about the missing 38 years from the Torah; time speeding up; and the final segment in the meaning behind the year 2014 series within the context of the final 4 years until Moshiach (the Messiah) in 2018 (5778 HC). The events and their consequences of 2014 are blatantly obvious to everyone watching the news as they unfold all around us.
As we’ve explained in previous articles about the 10 Commandments and their prophetic connection to us today, each verse in the sequence of the Torah’s 70th paragraph, ending with verse 20:18, corresponds to our calendar year today, and verse 20:14, corresponding to the year 2014, states, “Do not be envious of your neighbor’s house.” Does this not explain what we see going on all around us?
The last of the 10 Commandments:
Exodus 20:14 “Do not be envious of your neighbor’s house.”
This Utterance of G-d is the last of the 10 Commandments, our last chance to exercise free will in choosing love and loving kindness over hatred and jealousy. We know what drives Vladimir Putin, Hamas, ISIS and Boko Haram, what courses through their bloodstreams. We know what fuels the flames of Ferguson. But it is what we choose in the face of this that matters now. The choice is harder than ever, as you would expect it to be with only 4 years to go and no more Commandments for us to prove ourselves by. We’ve had 5778 years to work on ourselves, 3330 of them with the Torah in hand so we’d be hard pressed to ask for more time, but we could and should ask for help. We already know what our nature is; if we want to connect with the spiritual world, we must seek to go beyond our animal nature. That doesn’t mean to do nothing. When Assad was gassing his helpless citizens, we could have stepped in then and quenched the fires long before they blew ISIS across the Mid-East; that would have been the compassionate, neighborly thing to do.
As a result of the angelic construction of the 3rd Temple in Jerusalem, and consequentially the exponentially greater intensity of light flooding into our world, cracks and fissures are opening up throughout humanity, all emanating from that central point, much like the rivers that flowed from Gan Eden. Counter-clockwise from militant upheaval in Libya to Ebola in Western Africa and Boko Haram in West-Central Africa to Gaza to Pakistan to Afghanistan to Iran to the desperate crises in Iraq and Syria caused by ISIS to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the burgeoning antisemitism in Europe and most recently the riots in Ferguson Missouri, the cracks are bringing out the worst of Satan in his death throws, as evil tries everything it can to annihilate good, pitting neighbor against neighbor, desperately trying to erase the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself while it still can.
As we live through prophecy being fulfilled, know this, kol tuv, it’s all good. We may be destined to fight the battle, but the light has been with us from the beginning, and will be there with us in the end. There is a reason G-d hid these 5 little letters within the 304,805 ones of His Torah. It’s time we understood them.
In Vaetchanan, read on the week that Tish B’Av occurs every year, we have the repetition of the 10 Commandments followed by the first paragraph of the Shema and immediately following that, in Vaetchanan 6:11 we find the expression Kol Tuv (כל טוב), Hebrew for all or everything is good, which HaRav always said was the highest and most complete wish we should make for someone, as it includes everything, so we traditionally wished that for each other after making a L’chaim. But what does it really mean? Or connect to? And why is it used only once in the entire Torah? And why found at verse 6:11, knowing that 611 is the gematria value of “Torah” itself?
So we can assume that such a common phrase used only once and very strategically placed at that must have some powerful import, and yes it does. What HaRav passed on from his teacher is that whatever is most overlooked is usually the most important. The first word of this overlooked phrase is kol (CL) of numerical value 50, as in the 50 gates of Binah, and as such the word has always been regarded by the kabbalists as a definite expression and connection to the sefira of Binah (Understanding). It is also regarded as a connection to Yesod, as it includes all the 50 inter-included sub-sefirot from the 5 higher levels of Zeir Anpin above it (Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach and Hod). Yesod is the repository of all that comes from above, and as such, and like the righteous, of which it is associated, Yesod can channel everything to us.
Nevertheless, the ordinal value of kol (CL, כל), in other words the numerical place value of its letters within the Hebrew alphabet, is 11 and 12 respectively, a total of 23, and it just so happens that we find the the only expression of Kol Tuv (CL TtVB,כל טוב) in the entire Torah at the 11th verse of paragraph 23 of Devarim (Deuteronomy). That said, this makes the complete value of the word kol (כל) equal to 50 plus 23, which is 73, the value of the sefira of Chochma (Wisdom), the dimension one level higher than Binah. It also connects to the Torah’s very first verse, whose total numerical value is equivalent to the sum of all the integers from 1 to 73.
Now the word tov (טוב), first used when G-d pronounced in Bereshit(Genesis), “it was good(ki tov)” has he numerical value of 17. It also has an ordinal value of 17 as well, thus it has a complete value of 34 and when we add the kolel for the 3 letters, we get 37, which it turns out is the inner dimension of Chochma (ChCMH), in other words the ordinal value of Chochma. Every sefirot is both light and vessel and has an inner and outer dimension to it and so does every word. In the case of Chochma (ChCMH), its numerical value, 73, forms the exact number of units in the 4th natural star number. Star numbers form the shape of the Magen David, also known as the Star or Shield of David. And so does the number 37 (the 3rd Star number), but 37 is also the number of units in the central hexagon of that 73-unit Magen David, so they are integrally related, one the inner dimension of the other. Please do not think this is coincidental, as the numerical value of Israel, 541, gives us the 10th Star, and furthermore, as it turns out 37 x 73 is also the same value as all the integers from 1 to 73. This aside only serves to show the depth and the everlasting power to which the simple phrase, Kol Tuv connects.
The initials of Kol Tuv (כל טוב), Caf (כ) and Tet (ט) are the letters (כט) that Abraham told us in his Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Formation) represent and influence the month of Av so it’s no wonder we find Kol Tuv (CL TtVB) in a portion only read in Av. And since the letter Tet (ט) is the 9th letter of the alphabet it is also no wonder that the portion is always read immediately following the 9th of Av, the day of maximum light of the year, when the negative side holds sway in the morning and when Moshiach consciousness reigns in the afternoon, similar to that first day in Bereshit. After G-d pronounced the light good, He separated it as light and darkness, day and night.
The final letters, which Rav Brandwein of blessed memory taught me speak to the future, in the phrase Kol Tuv (CL TtVB),are Lamed and Bet (לב), which happen to be the first and last letters of the Torah and spell Lev (LB), Hebrew for heart. Besides encapsulating the Torah, they have the numerical value of 32. They universally represent the 32 Paths of Wisdom and the 32 Paths of the Tree-of-life. Similarly, the first 3 letters (כלט) of Kol Tuv (CL TtVB), representing the 3 columns of the Tree-of-life and have an ordinal value also of 32. Their complete value is 91, that of Amen, the unification of the YHVH with Adonai.
When we recite or read a Hebrew expression with the insight and understanding of the spiritual technology behind it and with the knowledge of the gates and pathways of energy that it opens up for us we become channels for that light, and the world becomes our vessel. As an open channel we can expand ourselves infinitely. But the key is heart. To really open ourselves up and really make a difference, we must have intention and not only a desire for the love of the Creator, but a desire to share it as well. This doesn’t need to be a prolonged meditation; it could happen in an instant, but your head and heart have to be in the right place.
The complete value of Kol Tuv (כל טוב) is 50 + 17 = 67, which is actually the numerical value of the Name Binah, which to us is everything good.
The complete value of Tov (טוב) is 17 + 17 = 34, which corresponds to the 34 letters in the 3 spelled out iterations of the YHVH at the level of Ban (Malchut) and thus acts as a ground for us.
Thus in saying Kol Tuv (כל טוב) with the proper intention we can draw the conjoined purified energy down from Chochma and Binah and draw it down through Yesod, represented by Kol (כל) to Malchut, our world represented by tov (טוב). We can’t actually picture what this looks like, but we can imagine the process as it flows down to and through us just before or as we recite it. And finally, the central letters in Kol Tuv (כל טוב) form the Hebrew word, Tal (טל ), which the Arizal said would take 80 years to fully explain, but we can in our limited way understand it to mean dew, as the energy of sustenance that replenishes us everyday, the shefa. It also has to do with the 39 letters of the 4 variations of the spelled out YHVH and the energy of Moshiach consciousness to which we need to attach ourselves.
Nonetheless, the complete value of the expression Kol Tuv (כל טוב) is 67 + 40 =107, and the sum of all the integers from 1 to 107 is 5778, the Hebrew year equivalent to 2018, the year prophesied for the coming of Moshiach and the geula, the final redemption. So just as the complete value of kol (CL) connected us with the Beginning, the complete value of Kol Tuv (כל טוב) connects us with the end, the end of darkness, and the new beginning. And just as every year for 5778 years the 9th of Av has reminded us that darkness can feed off the light and run rampant, it also reminds us that it eventually burns out and new life grows in its place.
The initials (כט) in Kol Tuv (CL TtVB) have an ordinal value of 20 while the corresponding value of the next 2 letters (CL TtVB) is 18, thus forming 20:18 and those 2nd set of letters (LamedVav) represents the LV (לו) of numerical value 36, as in the 36 tzaddikim (righteous souls) that sustain our world and guide us from generation to generation (L‘dor V‘dor) toward Moshiach. Just to note, the gematria of (L‘dor V‘dor) is 444 and there exactly are 13 generations of 444 years in 5778 and 13, the numerical value of the Hebrew word for love, is the 2nd Star number, as discussed above. It all begins with love. The final letter in this sequence is Bet (ב) of numerical value 2, which once again shows us that the 2 calendars are converging and that the two 2018′s are one. In the Hebrew calendar year 2018 G-d made His Covenant of Halves with Abraham, promising him everything, and in 2018 CE in the Western Calendar (5778 HC) it is prophesied to be fulfilled, 70 years after the birth of the Israeli nation in 1948 CE, fulfilling yet another part of the prophecy and coinciding with the birth of Abraham in 1948 HC.
Moreover, when we add 5 for the 5 letters in kol tuv (כל טוב) to its complete value of 107, we get 112, which all kabbalists know as Yabok, the place when Jacob defeated the dark angel and became Israel, and also the unification of the YHVH of numerical value 26 with Elohim, 86, which in both instances represents the triumph of the divine spirit over the natural one. This is the energy we should tap into when saying and wishing kol tuv (כל טוב) and this is the energy that will triumph in 5778.
Now for those that understand, the sole placement of kol tuv (כל טוב) at 6:11 connects it to the higher Name of G-d Ehyeh (EHYH) that is also found in only one place in the Torah, when Moses conversed with G-d at the burning bush, telling him, “I shall be who I shall be.” There are 4 variations of the spelling out of the Name EHYH, corresponding to the 4 spellings out of the Name YHVH, and their total value is 611. This is the Name that “shall be” with us through the end of the exile.
This is just one small thing we can do to wind the war against negativity, overcome our nature, help bring the final redemption, but it is something. And it’s something real. And it is a start for many. Doing nothing is not an option. So let’s all wish each other l’chaim with the expression kol tuv (כל טוב) and this time let’s mean it, let’s tap into the energy of the endless and channel it with love in our hearts to our family, friends, and especially to our neighbors. Let’s bring Moshiach.
kol tuv (כל טוב)