Whenever the tzaddikim, the sages and the prophets told us to count something or to read a Torah portion at a specific time, it was for a divinely given, very good reason. It was not an extra-credit assignment. The counting and reading were either to awaken our souls or if they have already awoken, to give us necessary instructions, i.e. a set of programming codes, if you will. Adele should be playing in the background right now. Hello from the other side… I must have called you a thousand times… are you going to pick up this time? Your soul needs to hear what the Light has been trying to tell you for a long time. G-d has been trying to reach you for 107 generations.
In these 8 days, we have been told to count the days from 1 to 8, lighting the candles in sequence and read each day about the sacrifices delineated in Numbers 7:1-89. We have been told to light 1 candle the first day, two the second, three the third and so on for 8 days. In the first 4 days as we light the candles, we count 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 and that equals 10, establishing and reorganizing the 10 sefirot for us so that the light can flow freely and unencumbered through every aspect of our lives.
In the remaining 4 days we light 5 plus, 6 plus 7, plus 8 for a total of 26 candles, connecting our now aligned souls to the 4 letters of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) of numerical value 26. When we add all 8 days we get 10 plus 26 for a total of 36, connecting us to the 36 (לו) tzaddikim who will be there for us igniting the Chanukah lights for us throughout the year supporting us, if we are conscious of it as we are lighting the candles, especially the Shamash, the helper, servant candle.
Before we explain about the sacrifices we read each of the 8 days, we should point out that when we complete the counting of the sefirot (dimensions) 1 through 10, the last two numbers, 9 and 10 add up to 19 so that the final 6 numbers total 26 plus 19 or 45. We are explaining this here so that as your soul awakens you can grasp the substance behind the words of the Torah. Man or Adam (אדם) of numerical value 45 was created on the 6th day of Creation. According to the Arizal, Adam (45) or Man represents the 6 bundles of the Tetragrammaton’s energy states at the level of Zeir Anpin (הא‐ואו‐הא יוד), whose numerical value is 45.
The story of Creation then tells us that Eve (חוה) of numerical value 19 was created from Adam’s Side. So how fitting is it that of the last 6 numbers (5+6+7+8+9+10) which total 45 (Adam), we can extract the final two which equate to 19 (Eve). When we examine the Tetragrammaton of Zeir Anpin (הא‐ואו‐הא יוד), closer we see that it is comprised of the initial letters of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) of numerical value 26 and the spelled out letters from the side of the Name (וד–א–או–א) of numerical value 19, hence Adam and Eve. Hence, from the counting of the numbers 1-10 we have first the 10 sefirot of the Tree of Life under the Tetragrammaton (יהוה), and Adam and Eve connected to the Tetragrammaton of Zeir Anpin (הא‐ואו‐הא יוד) in that order. It is because Adam and Eve severed their relationship with the Tree of Life that fear set in and we went into this deep lethargic slumber from which G-d has been trying to wake us ever since.
Rallying around the Light
As for the sacrifices we read about during the cosmic window of Chanukah from Numbers 7:1-89, it is no coincidence that 89 is the numerical value of Chanukah (חנוכה). They are very repetitive and list the quantities the 12 tribes were to bring for the sacrifices, much like a recipe.
Within the description of the sacrifices are found phrases with the gematria value of both the Hebrew year 5778 and the year 2019 CE, the two consecutive years (4-digit strings) found against astronomical odds three times each (!) within the first 1000 digits of Pi. What is notable is that the total gematria value 5778 is found in 16 phrases within those 89 verses and incredibly, the value 2019 is found another 37 times within those same verses.
In addition, there are also 6 different phrases throughout the sacrifices that have a numerical value of 5777, representing the year 2017 CE, which itself is found in a phrase wholly within the final verse 7:89. Of the 5845 verses in the Torah, there are only 13 incidences where the value of a phrase that occurs wholly within a single verse has the value of 5777 and one of those is verse Numbers 7:87 of the sacrifices. It is significant because it is culmination of the gathering of ALL the twelve tribes to support the Mishkan. This verse is the summary verse for all the sacrifices: “…12 young bulls, 12 rams and 12 male lambs a year old, together with their grain offering. 12 male goats….”
This is significant because the Geula (Final Redemption) was prophesied by the tzaddikim to most probably occur in the period 5777.78 to 5778.28 (2017 to 2018 CE), with the year 2019 delineating a paradigm shift in time and space from the prior 5778 year period.
Each of the 12 tribes made the same donation: 1 Silver plate weighing 130 shekels (שקל); 1 Silver bowl weighing 70 shekels; 1 Gold bowl weighting 10 shekels; 1 Young bull; 1 Ram; 1 male lamb (1 year old); 1 male goat; 2 oxen; 5 rams; 5 male goats; 5 male lambs (1 year old).
It is an odd group of items, but with everything in the Torah, there are hidden reasons that relates to the narrative and ones that provide us with clues to the final days and to what we need to do in preparation. If we sum up the items each tribe brought we get (130+70+10+1+1+1+1+2+5+5+5) = 231, as in the 231 Gates of Wisdom. This we know from Abraham’s Sefer Yetzirah that these are the number of pairs of letters that can be made from the 22 letters of the Alef-bet, the 22 building blocks of the universe as he called them. Moreover, just as we have seen that the 90,100 Yud-s (י), Heih-s (ה) and Vav-s (ו) in the Torah are equivalent to all the integers from 1 to 424, the numerical value of Moshiach Ben David, the sum of the sacrifices, 231, is equivalent to the sum of the integers from 1 to 22.
To what was Moses and G-d getting the 12 tribes to connect willingly? To the 22 letters of the Aleph-bet, which energy-wise represent the 22 primordial building blocks of the universe. And just as they did then, we need to do so today, even more so.
Then if we examine the weight of the precious metals, we see that the 130 shekels of silver for the plate helped atone for the sins of Adam during the 130 years that he was separated from Eve. This corresponds to Jacob’s age when he entered Egypt to begin the exile in Egypt, which as the Arizal points out, helped mitigate that self-same sin of Adam. As for the 70 shekels of the silver bowl, they correspond to the 70 family members who entered Egypt with Jacob, and of course if we add together the weight of the silver and gold we get (130+70+10) = 210, the number of years the Israelites were exiled in Egypt.
What balanced the 200 shekels of silver? The 10 shekels of gold, which represented the 10 Commandments and the 10 sefirot of the Tree-of-Life. The ratio was 20 to 1, connecting us to the highest dimension, Keter, as explained in recent articles, and to the 70th chapter in the Torah, which is the 20th chapter in Exodus, where the 10 Commandments were given at Mt. Sinai whose numerical value is 210 for the Mountain (ההר) and 130 for Sinai (סיני). This is a recipe for us to learn and utilize as the end of the 70 final years draw to a close. The tribes were being reconnected with the Tree-of-Life and G-d’s 10 Commandments. This is what we desperately need to do today.
How do we know the 210 shekels of the precious metal weights really represented the exile? Because the value of the word shekel (שקל) is 430, which corresponds to the 430 years of the full first exile from the Covenant of Abraham, which began in 2018 HC and ended with the crossing of the Reed Sea and the reception of the Torah at Sinai in 2448 HC.
Now, a deeper secret within this weight is that “210 shekels (שקל) are equivalent to a numerical value of 210 x 430 = 90,300. While this is eerily similar to the 90,100 Yud-s (י), Heih-s (ה) and Vav-s (ו) in the Torah, it is also 903 x 100, with 903 being the sum of all the integers from 1 to 42 and since there is a spiritual tenet that nothing is ever lost, 903 is the full inclusive value of 42, encompassing all the energy of the integers that came before it. Just as important as the 42-Letter Name was to Moses and the Israelites it is even more important to us today, as the tzaddikim have posited that it is through the understanding of the 42-Letter Name that the Geula (Final Redemption) will occur.
Yet another secret to the sacrifices is that each tribe brought 24 items, connecting to the 24 adornments of the Shechinah (the 24 Books of the Tanahk) and of the High Priest, yet another hint that the 12 tribes are to rally around the Torah, Tanakh and the Moshiach. Most significantly, all together they brought together 288 items, representing the 288 Holy Sparks whose gathering elevation has been our mission since the moment of creation. The last phrase within the sacrifices that totaled precisely 5778 was fittingly the final verse of the sacrifices, with the 22-word phrase “…the Menorah, just as The Lord Commanded Moses. This is how the menorah was made: It was made from hammered gold… had shown.” How are we to interpret this?
22 words = 22 Letters
Light of the Menorah = light of the Chanukiyah
10 shekels of hammered gold = 10 Sefirot of Tree of Life and 10 Commandments
With the final year 5778 only 2 years away, we had better connect to the 22 letters and the Tree-of-Life and to the light of our Chanukiyahs. We need to do this just as G-d has commanded, to unite all the 12 Tribes. The beginning of this unification of ALL Israel is a prime sign in itself of the prophesied “acharei hayamim” / “the latter days.”
“And He will set up an ensign for the nations, and will assemble the dispersed of Israel, and gather together the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” — Isaiah 11:12
Chanukah is our annual reminder that the Divine Calendar is counting down. It is our annual opportunity to gather our forces together as one soul and elevate those 288 Holy fallen sparks, to ignite the Light in our world. That time has arrived.
“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land in truth with My whole heart and with My whole soul.” — Jeremiah 32:40-41