On Track for Mazal and Love

This weekend we read Parsha Shemini, meaning the 8th, the 28th portion in the Torah. A fews days earlier we celebrated the 8 days of Pesach and read from Ki Thisa and the 13 Attributes of G-d (Exodus 34:5-7).

As usual the clues to the secrets of the Torah portions are concealed within their first few words. The parshat of Shemini begins with the 3 words “V’yhy byom HaShemini” (” ויהי־ביום־השמיני”), “And it came to pass on the eighth day,” whose total value is 504. Now this is very interesting because the Talmud states that in this portion at Leviticus 10:16 is found the midpoint of the Torah in words, which most people have understood as a place where there are an equal number of words before and after this point, but they are wrong. The midpoint that splits the number of words in two equal parts is at Leviticus 8:15, which can be easily verified with word-counting software.

Nevertheless, at Leviticus 10:16 is found the midpoint of the Torah in terms of the 77 pairs of the mysterious double (twin) words–words that are duplicated side by side like railroad tracks running through the Torah, often words with the exact same vowels too and which have seemingly no reason for being duplicated.

Here at Leviticus 10:16 are found the two words darosh and darash ( “דָּרֹשׁ דָּרַשׁ” ), each with the value 504. Most scholars translate them as one word, “inquired,” but darosh (“דָּרֹשׁ”) conveys future tense and darash (“דָּרַשׁ” ) conveys past tense, thus the act of inquiring has the answer already implicit in it, or in other words, “Ask and ye shall receive,” or “Ask, because on the spiritual level you’ve already received.” It’s easy to see how one could make this mistake since 504 is the numerical value for the word chatzot, meaning “midnight,” or “half,” or “middle, and unbelievably, there are exactly 50 (fifty) 504‘s in the Torah, 25 in each half once it’s split at darosh darash.

And yet another important fact overlooked by Torah scholars for millennia is that 504 is the exact square root of the collective number of words, letters, and verses in the Torah, since as R’ Chaim Vital of blessed memory points out, all Torah light is spread through squaring, this central place in the double words can be viewed as the central point of spreading for all the Torah light.

The combined value of the two twin words darosh and darash (דָּרֹשׁ דָּרַשׁ) is 1008, or 1000 (keter) plus 8. Not coincidentally there are 77 twin words in total as the sum of the first 8 words in the Torah is 3003, which is the 77th Triangular number, and thus the sum of all the integers from 1 to 77, the sum of all the latent energy in all the whole numbers through 77.

According to the Arizal, 77 is Mazal (MZL), as is the number 8, and as is the 8th of the 13 attributes, which we just so happened to have read this week as well. And as we discussed it our last article, the sum of the 9 (3 x 3) words up to the 8th attribute (through the 7th) is 1089 or 332. And incidentally, there are 33 letters in those first 8 words of the Torah.

It’s also noteworthy that 504 = (248 + 256) is the sum of the values of Abraham (248), or alternatively Bamidbar (Numbers, 248), and of both Aaron and the “Ark of the Covenant” (256), or alternatively Devarim (Deuteronomy, 256), two Books and numbers at the heart of the Torah. And while (256 – 248) = 8, its more significant because the letter koof (“ק”), whose value is a perfect 100 which can be split 50/50, is found 2488 times through Leviticus 8:15, the Torah’s midpoint in words, and 2568 times through the midpoint in Leviticus 10:16, its midpoint in twin words, both of which are found in parasha Shemini , the eight (8th). Incidentally, 2488 is the year Moses died. And as we discussed in the last article, the sum of the gematria sofit of the 13 attributes up to the 8th one is 3339 and 3339/13 = 256.8.

According to the Maharal, “Whenever we find the number 8 used, it is in reference to something that brings one into the spiritual realm;” it’s going one above the limitations of the 7 states ( sefirot) that lead from the 3 levels of the divine spiritual world to the physical one. Thus the equation 504/8 = 63, which gives us the numerical value of Binah (63), the first of the 3 upper sefirot, is by no means a coincidence, and just a reinforcement of the fountain of mazal available to us through these connections.

We know from the Arizal that there are two numbers that connect us to Binah and thus help us to go above our limitations, which is a connection to mazal, 8 and 13, which is why there are 13 attributes and which is one reason the 13 attributes are read during the 8 days of Pesach and are thus connected to Shemini, the 8th. Mathematically, it also just so happens that 33 times the sum of the integers though 13 also equals 3003, just like the first 8 words or 33 letters in the Torah. All Kabbalists know that 91 is the numerical value of the word Amen (” אמן”) which is kabbalistcially represented by the potent unification of the Tetragrammaton (יקוק) with Adonai (אדני) and that through the unifications we get closer to the Creator, what few realize is that 91 is the sum of the integers through 13, or ( 1 – 13) = 91, and we know from chazal that this summing up is equivalent to the accumulative energy and attributes of all that’s inclusive, and thus a more powerful force to be reckoned with.

Of further note, while the mathematical definition of a triangular number gives us (77277)/2 = 3003, more significantly is that of the 1024 different word values in the Torah, there are exactly 77 repeated only once, in other words: Of the 80,000 – (3 x 8) words in the Torah, there are only 77 with unique values, and also as we’ve said, 77 twin pairs. There are no coincidences in the Torah, not even the fact that 8 times 77 equals 616, the numerical value for the H’Torah ( ” התורה” ), “The Torah” itself, or that the gematria ketana, of value 616 is calculated as 6+1+6 = 13, and can be represented as the letters vav-alef-vav, ( ” ואו”), which we know from the Arizal connects us to aspect of the spelled out Tetragrammaton (“יוד־הי־ואו־הי “) at the level of Sag or Binah, the 8th sefira of numerical value 63, just like 504/8 = 63 and just like the sum of integers from 8 to 13, the two numbers associated with mazal/fortune, in other words (8+9+10+11+12+13) = 63, the value of Sag, Binah.

And if we go back to where the portion Shemini started–V‘yhy byom HaShemini” (” ויהי־ביום־השמיני”)–we see that the initials of the first 2 words total 8 and the initials of all 3 words, “And it came to pass on the eighth day” total 13.

And for complete disclosure the sum of the numbers in between them (9+10+11+12) = 42, as in the 42 letters of the 13 attributes through the 12th word, and of course the 42-Letter Name that has the power to channel the mazal when used correctly.

In summation, kabbalists would use this portion, especially the darosh darash (” דָּרֹשׁ דָּרַשׁ”) at Leviticus 10:16 to connect to improving their good fortune and mazal, which we’re told is what the 8 days of Pesach connections are supposed to help us do. The numerical value of 8 as in Shemini, the 8th, helps us to go above creation, which we can read as destiny, and is illustrated by one last divine equation: 8, representing mazal, times the sum of the integers through 13, which represents mazal , the 13 Attributes of G-d and the numerical value of ahava אהבה)) “love” is 91 x 8 = 728, as in the 7 words and 28 letters of the Torah’s very first verse and Creation itself.

And for those that understand, the first letters of the first 8 word of the Torah add up to 28, alluding to Shemini, the 28th portion in the Torah, and spelling out B’ahava vav-alef-vav.(באהבה־ואו”), or “Lovingly vav” at the level of Sag/Binah. Both mazal and love await those that get closer to the Creator and the Torah and through these powerful connections we all have the opportunity to go beyond our destiny.

And so it did come to pass this past 8th day of Pesach, and will come to pass after 8 years as the tzaddikim have advised: B’ahava (In Love). In the end as in the beginning.

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The 4 Questions And Mashiach

I want to start off by saying, I hope you felt the shift last week.

It’s the children, especially the youngest and most innocent and purest amongst us who recite the 4 questions.

The future belongs to the children. Moshiach is here for the children and because of the children.

Why is this night different from all other nights? Because this night Moshiach will come.

We’ve previously alluded to the connection to Moshe (Moses) and Matzah, and we’ve gone in depth into all the wisdom conveyed to Moses in the phrase (Mah Tizach Alai) “Why you crying out to me” now lets bring it together with chametz and Matzah.

On Pesach (Passover) it’s the children who find the Afikoman and get their wishes fulfilled, and it’s the children who recite the 4 questions, which begin with the word Mah (MH) Nishtana….

The gematria value of Adam, man, is 45, the same as the aspect of the Tetragrammaton called M”H (Zeir Anpin), which we refer to as Heaven, the 6 dimensional link between our plain of existence (malchut) and the upper realms.

The gematria of Moshe is 345, and the name itself (MShH), like matza (MZH), includes the M”H. Matza (MZH), which we are commanded to eat on Pesach, has the gematria of 135 or M”H (45) plus 90. This is, of course, 135 = 3 x 45, but it’s also M”H (45) plus 90, which is the gematria value of Mayim (מים), water, one of the two ingredients in Matzah, and also of Melech (מלך), King. And Moses, as every school child knows was thrown in the water (Nile) to begin his journey as king (90) of man (45) on earth. It was on the 7th day of Pesach when it happened, the same day the Red Sea split 80 years later.

So let’s look at the 4 Questions, which begin with MaH. We know from chazal that it is through the understanding of the 42-letter Name (Ana B’koach) that we’ll reach the geula (the final redemption) and thus it’s interesting that just as in the Ana B’koach, in the 4 Questions there are 42 words (representing the 42 letters) and 6 additional words. In the case of the 4 questions, it’s the first line “Why is this night different from all other nights?” And in the case of the Ana B’koach it’s the silent Baruch Shem C‘vod Malchuto L‘olam V‘ed.

This is not only interesting but important because each of the 4 questions starts with the 4 letter word Shebecol (ShBCL) meaning “all other” and as per our last article, this word carries the kamatz hagadol, representing the sefira (dimension) of keter (crown), beneath the caf (C), which itself represents keter, the highest dimension. The kamatz hagadol is comprised of a horizontal letter vav (V) of numerical value 6 and a dot beneath it of numerical value 10.

And when we add the Vav (V) of the kamatz hagadol to the 4 letter word Shebecol (ShBCL) we get a gematria value of 358, that of Moshiach, thus each of the 4 questions begins with the answer to “why is this night different from all other nights:” Mashiach.

Now, the word Shebecol (ShBCL) with the Vav (V) of the kamatz hagadol and the Mem (M) formed by the 4 vavs of the 4 kamatz hagadol (or alternatively the value 40 of the 4 dots of the same 4 kamatz hagadols) is also an acronym for Baruch Shem Cavod Malchuto L‘Olam V‘Ed.

This is the verse we whisper after reciting the Schema and the Ana B’koach and that Jacob recited to his sons when he was blessing them and explaining about the geula. The Midrash also says it’s a verse Moses took from the angels “Blessed is G-d whose glorious sovereignty is forever and ever,” and elsewhere that this verse was recited instead of the word Amen in the Holy Temple. It is certainly said aloud by all of us on Yom Kippur and in response to the High Priest’s pronunciation of the Holy Name (42-letter Name) in the Holy of Holys on Yom Kippur in the days of the Holy Temple.

Why 4 Questions and 4 shebecols and 4 Kamatz Hagadol? It’s an obvious connection to the 4 letters and phases in the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) of numerical value 26 and even more obvious when we consider that the question Mah Nishtanah… (why is this night different from all other nights?) has 26 letters.

As for the 4 questions themselves, the numbers of letters in them (40, 42, 50, and 54) correspond to the number of chapters in Exodus (40); Genesis (50); the 42 Letters (and the 42 journeys from Exodus to the Promised Land); and number of portions in the Torah (54), while the total plus the kolel of 1 (40, 42, 50, 54 and 1) = 187, the total number of chapters in the Torah.

And while this puts the entire Torah in the mouths of the children, if we add the 186 letters plus the 26 letters, we get 212, the value of H’or (“the light”) and if we then add the 42 words we get 228, the value of baruch (blessed) and V’ydaber (says) as in G-d says to Moses. But most significant of all is when we add the 4 of the 4 questions and get 232, the full sum of the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton (Av, Sag, Mah, Ban).

And thus we see by this simple act of saying 4 innocent questions, the youngest at out seder tables are reciting the full Name of G-d, the 42 letter Name of G-d, and connecting to all the chapters and portions of the Torah.

When the children speak Mashiach comes.

Even the details of the questions hold answers. the gematria value of chametz and matzah (ChMZ V’MZH) in the first question is 1089, the same as the first 9 words (32 letters) of the 13 attributes, which correspond to the 9th sefira (Chochma/wisdom) and the 32-gates of wisdom. And as R’ Chaim Vital of blessed memory explains, all light of the Torah is spread through squaring and thus there is hidden wisdom and light in 1089 or 332, and we find it in the gematria sofit of those 9 words, 3339 or 57.782 as in 5778 HC, 9 years from this revelation.

(By the way, since both the standard gematria and the gematria sofit of these 9 words are wholly divisible by 9, it’s also noteworthy that the sum of ordinal value of these 9 words is also 288 or 32 x 9; and that the sum of the small gematria of the 9 words is also wholly divisible by 9, (8666 x 9); and likewise that the sum if the first letters of the 9 words is 243, or 27 x 9.)

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An Inner Meaning of 666

I’ve been busy this week between Pesach and a community program for kids that I’m helping to run, but there will be numerous new articles coming soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share a quick revelation.

The Hebrew vowel called kametz hagadol (a T-shape one found under certain letters  and comprised of a horizontal line with a dot centered underneath it) is equivalent to the highest sefira (dimension), that of Keter (crown).  This little bit of information is important for the article I’m preparing on the “4 Passover questions;” nevertheless, when the kametz hagadol is combined with each of the letters of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), the gematria value of the Name of G-d takes on a different aspect.

YHVH is typically of numerical value 26, and each of the 4 dots of the 4 kametz hagadol beneath the letters is of value 10, making 40 more, or 26 + 40 = 66

The secret of the horizontal line of the kametz hagadol is that it is a vav (V) representing Zeir Anpin and typically the numerical value 6, but the four vavs together create a mem sofit (ם ) (final letter mem), of numerical value 600

Thus the YHVH (at the level of Keter) with the kametz hagadol beneath each of its letters is numerically equivalent to 26 + 40 +600 = 666

So when we speak of the role of 666 as in the 66.6 jubilee years from the Exodus in 2448 to 5778 , or as in Rav Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag’s calculation of the year 5778 for the arrival of Moshiach, we can better understand to what we’re really connecting.

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No Filler

Like our DNA and the Torah, there is no filler in the Zohar, everything has a purpose. Ever since discovering DNA our biologists and geneticists have assumed that large chunks of our genetic coding were just junk taking up space to keep the important stuff apart. We now know that not to be true, and while we don’t yet know the full extent of its importance we do know that much of it, like the telomeres at the ends of our DNA strands, control our aging process, and that many other such chucks have hidden genetic encoding that sustains many of the functions necessary for life itself. So in their pursuit to play G-d it’s a good idea for them not to ignore the junk. And by the way, if you add up the initials in the 4 basic building blocks of our DNA (A,C,T and G), they add up to 424, the same numerical value as Moshiach Ben David.

We alone on our site have shown that the Torah is a highly complex mathematical matrix of interlocking algorithms and that changing one letter can and will change everything, which is why the deformation of a single letter by a scribe invalidates the entire Torah.

As for the Zohar, the highly cryptic esoteric passages are often stated as conversations hung on a loose scaffolding of the chance meetings of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s students, yet seeing as we know there are no coincidences in life, these chance meetings are not to be overlooked either. They are more than just filler thrown in to make the book read easier; they are powerful lessons in themselves.

A case in point is found in Shemini 10, which corresponds to this week’s Torah portion.

“Rabbi Elazar was traveling along a road, where he met Rabbi Pinchas Ben Yair and his whinnying donkey….When he emerged from under the brow of a hill, he saw Rabbi Elazar coming towards him and said: Assuredly, the omen of the [donkey’s] rejoicing has been fulfilled. Rabbi Elazar then came up to him and kissed him. He said to him: If you would like [to join me] and go the same way, let us go together and if not, go on your way. He replied: Indeed, I was going towards you and since I have found you, I will follow you and we can go together.”

So what just happened here and why is it so important that I’m writing a whole article about it?

Most of us come across friends and acquaintances in our daily journeying, greet them, maybe exchange a little gossip and go on our way. Many of us, even say to ourselves afterwards, “Funny I ran into so and so today; I wonder what it means.” But what Rabbi Elazar did, without thinking twice, was change the direction he was traveling in to join his friend in his journey.

This profound difference in the way he thinks is the message we have to learn. While we perceive a chance encounter as a something to move through and past, he realized that he was traveling (cosmically drawn) to it; it was the true end point (object) of his journey, even though not when he originally had set out. He immediately realized, aided by the sign of his whinnying donkey, that the universe had just opened up a window of opportunity for him. Obviously, (since traveling wasn’t so easy back then) he was originally on a mission of some personal significance to himself, but he unquestionably accepted the new path the universe laid out for him and moved on.

We need to view, as Rabbi Elazar did,  the chance encounters we have as the objectives of our journeys, and not as interruptions (pleasant or otherwise).

To be truly spiritual, we too must view life that way if we want to maximize what the universe wants to give us.  We need to stop telling ourselves that our personally set out paths take precedence over the ones the universe is showing us. Even as we overlook all the encounters of our lives, we so often say to ourselves, “if only G-d would show me the way!”.

Well, thanks to the filler in the Zohar, we now understand that all those chance encounters are there to show us those paths; they are the turning points in our journey, not the pit stops. So if the omens are good, take advantage and walk with your friends and new acquaintances and see what awaits you. Opportunities can only open for us. We don’t make them ourselves, but we can and should take advantage of them when they’re presented to us. And by the same token, we don’t find them sitting at home, but on the road of life, traveling through it.

There’s no such thing as filler in the Torah, our DNA, the Zohar, or life, so don’t treat any aspect of it as such, as junk to be ignored, for that would be selling G-d and ourselves short.

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