This year, more than ever in our history, more than ever in the 3330 years since we entered the desert, it is imperative we make the Sukkot connections with deliberate consciousness and that we utilize the G-d given technology at our disposal to make the highest possible linkages to Binah/Moshiach for ourselves, for Israel, and for the world. When we are called to the Torah we are supposed to channel and share our energy with the entire congregation. Even more so when we are called before the King of Kings and receive his blessings and energy for the new year; we are suppose to share it with the whole world, hence the holiday of Sukkot. Through the proper meditations and the implementation of the ancient knowledge with the proper traditional technology the well-springs will open and flow for everyone.
We are repeating and updating below an article that we have posted over the years to explain many of the secrets and the kavannot of the shakings of the lulov within the sukkah. This year, if we shake with our hearts we will shake the world awake and shake open the gates. Let us do it together.
Regarding the daily shakings of the four species, there are 5 sets, each of which is done in the 6 directions of the cube, for a total of 30. This corresponds to the 30 blasts of the shofar in each set on Rosh Hashannah and to the large letter Lamed(ל), which is spiritually connected to Binah and which has the numerical value 30, and which is found in the Torah reading just prior to Rosh Hashannah. The word Lamed (למד) has the numerical value of 74 or 70 +4, representing the 70 Nations and the 4 species, also the 70 years and the 4 exiles, and not coincidentally to the large letters Ayin (ע) and Dalet (ד) of the numerical values 70 and 4 respectively of the Shema.
That letter Lamed (ל) connects to the Lamed (ל)of Lulav (לולב), the closed palm plant that serves as the central column among the 4 species. According to Abraham Avinu, it is also the letter Lamed(ל) that along with the letter Pe (פ) controls the month of Tishrei (Libra), the month in which we do both the shofar blowings and the shakings. It is also the lamed (ל)of the word Aleph (אלפ, the first), and when the controlling letters of Tishrei, the letters Lamed(ל) and Pe (פ) are completed with the letter Aleph (א) they spell out the word Aleph (אלפ), connecting them to keter and to the beginning, as in Aleph B’Tishrei (permuted to spell Bereshit, “In the beginning”). It also connects the month of Tishrei and all the holidays in it to the primordial Aleph (א) and to the upcoming 1000 (eleph, אלפ) years of Binah.
If you have not figured it out yet, most things in Kabbalah come in threes(3’s) or triplets, corresponding to the 3 column archetype of our 3-dimensional universe. The 3 shakings that we make per each of the 6 directions of our essentially cubic sukkah, correspond to the 3 beats per type of blast of the shofar that we just did on Rosh Hashannah.
Therefore, there are 18 shakings in total per set, and as Rav Abraham Brandwein of blessed memory points out, “The Lulav hints at the vertebral column that has 18 vertebrae and every movement indicates vitality. Thus all 4 species need to be damp and alive and not dry.” The 18 shakings also corresponds to the value of the word, chai(חי), life. And straightening this connection is that the word value of lulav is 68, as in chaim (חיים),life and the Tree-of-life.
With 18 shakings per each of the 5 sets, plus the shaking at the blessing there are 91 total shakings per day, which corresponds to the numerical value of amen and the all-important unification of G-d’s Names the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) with Adonai (אהדונהי) that we should meditate on whenever we same Amen. Beside this all-important unification, the value 91 is most appropriately also the value of the word Succah (סוכה)itself, which is designed to help us to integrate the inner and outer light.
Moreover, given the 5 sets in 6 directions each, we have 30 daily major shakings, which in the 7 days, totals 210 total shakings, as in the 210 years of Egyptian exile. The 210 total shakings in the complete cycle of 7 days are very significant and are not coincidentally related to the 210 years of Egyptian exile. It is well known that the maximum height of a sukkah is 20 cubits, though what is concealed in that cubic space that is contained within that maximum 20 cubit cube are 20 concentric cubes, each diminished by 1 cubit at a time. In other words, there are 20 cubes within one another like Russian dolls: one of 20 cubits³, the next of 19 cubits³, then 18 through …1 cubit³. If these cubes were stacked on top of one another, we would have a towering stack of 20 cubes equal to 20+19+18…1, which equals 210 cubits in total height and 44,100 cubits³ in total volume. The number 20 (twenty) in Hebrew is written Esrim (עשרים) of numerical value 620, the same as the word, Keter, the highest dimension, and the same as the 620 letters in the 10 Commandments. This is like the Holy of Holies itself which measures 20 x 20 cubits square.
When we reach Keter in our counting or stacking from 1…18+19+20, we reach 210 levels, or years in the case of the Egyptian exile, so is it coincidental that we also reach the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza at exactly 210 levels and 210 cubits in height? The volume of those 20 cubes, 44,100 cubits³, is awfully evocative of the Hebrew word for truth, Emet of numerical value 441.
Why make this comparison? Because just as the pyramid was an antennae built to all the right codes and specifications, so is your sukkah. It is designed to help us end our exile and connect us to the highest levels, allowing us to tap into and share the pure and powerful energy of Binah.
Then when the 3 shakings per direction are considered over the full 7 days, there are 210 x 3 or 630 total shakings in the 7 days. 630 is 10 x 63, the value of the Tetragrammaton in the aspect of Binah. The number 10 always corresponds to the 10 sefirot (dimensions), and in this case to the 10 sub-dimensions (inner sefirot) within Binah. During the entire process of Sukkot, we’re drawing down the energy from Yesod of Ima (Binah) so we see how the overall Binah connections are very fitting and part and parcel to the technology involved in the shakings.
For these reasons it is very important to do the full 7 day cycle of shakings, and even though we do not physically handle the lulov and etrog on Shabbat, we should go through the motions and meditations as if we were. This is what Rav Berg of blessed memory did and we diligently went through each one of the mock shakings with their associated kavonot. This is what I suggest you do as well. It is 5778; it is time to utilize ALL of the technology available to us.
More important, is to do the shakings in a sukkah. Technically they can be done anywhere, though the technology was designed to work inside the sukkah. Your car’s engine will work whether it is in your car or not, but you will not get very far unless it is.
Over the 7 days of Sukkot, we are making 70 sacrifices to share the energy with the 70 nations of the world. Each of these sacrifices corresponds to a specific one of the 70 sub-sefirot that comprise Zeir Anpin and Malchut in order as we descend through them during the 7 day period.
The 4 Species
When you assemble your 4 species, also known in some parts as light swords, you should note that the 4 elements correspond to the 4 letters of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה): Hadas (י), Aravah (ה), lulav (ו) and Etrog (ה). The Arizal further explains that the 3 branches of the hadasim (myrtle) also correspond to the (יוד) of the Holy Name and to the sefirot of Chesed-Gevurah-Tiferet. The 2 willow (aravot) branches correspond to the (הה) of the Holy Name and to the sefirot of Netzach and Hod. The lulav corresponds to the (וו) of the Holy Name and to the sefirot of Yesod, while the Etrog (Citron) corresponds to the final (הה) of the Holy Name and to the sefirot of Malchut of Yesod. You should repeat these connections in your head often as your prepare for each set of shakings in order to align your antennae just right.
The following connections should be made in your head at least once every day of the holiday–the more often the better–in order to orient yourself and prime all the elements of your tools. For maximum effect do the Ana B’koach and the Shema in the sukkah each day.
So since the numerical values of Hadas and Aravah together equal 346 (שמו), and since those two species correspond to (יה), they spell out “The Name YH(יה שמו).” The three sides of the sukkah itself form the shape of the letter Bet (ב), completing the B’Y-H ShMV (ביה–שמו) sequence that comprise the specific 6 letters that occur at the top of the 248 columns of the Torah which are specifically not the letter vav(ו) and whose numerical value collectively is that of H’Moshiach (the Messiah).
As for the lulov, it can be said that the word lulav (לולב) represents the entire Torah in two different ways since it begins with (ל) and ends in (ב) and since it also ends in the letter combination Lamed-Bet (לב), as in the first (ב) and last (ל) letters of the Torah. This letter reversal is an allusion to the recycling of the Torah that occurs during this period, when we read the last verse of the Torah and immediately twist it back to the beginning and read from Bereshit.
While the numerical value Hadas and lulov together (68+69) equals 137, the numerical value of kabbalah, meaning “to receive” and “parallel,” the numerical value of Hadas (הדס) and Aravah (ערבה) and lulov (לולב) together equals 414, which is twice the numerical value of Or, light, 2 x 207, thus representing the running and returning light.
As for the 4th species, the etrog (אֶתְרוֹג) has the numerical value 610, as in parnesa (sustenance) and ma’aser (tithing), and their corresponding kabbalistic meditations for drawing the Shefa into our lives. This numerical connection makes logical sense, considering that the Etrog corresponds to the malchut of yesod, the place where we earn our parnesa (sustenance).
Nevertheless, the total value of the 4 species (610+277+68+69) is 1024, which not only matches the 1024 unique word values in the Torah, but is also 32², as in the 32 Paths of the Tree-of-Life. It is also representative of the number of vertices (points) on a 10-dimensional hypercube, which encompasses all 10 dimensions of the Tree-of-Life. In simpler terms, the 4 species combined connect us to the 1024 portals of the Torah as they exist in the spiritual hyperspace (Binah). Moreover, not coincidentally 32 x 32 cubits is the measure of the Holy Alter in the center of the courtyards of the Third Holy Temple.
Fortunately, this connection to the 1024 portals happens for us automatically once we incorporate that understanding into the consciousness of our shakings. To fulfill our responsibility of sharing the light with the 70 nations we can connect to the 4 final letters (בסהג) of the names of the 4 species, as they add up to 70.
These connections that have existed as is for 3330 years are all the more imperative since the 4th exile is supposed to end 70 years after Israel became a nation in 1948 (5708), which would be this year, 5778 (2018 CE).
Given the importance of the sharing of the light with the 70 nations at the end of the 70th year, the letter Ayin (ע) with the numerical value 70 stands out as the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, so it is not coincidental that there are 16 letters in the names of the 4 species. The sum of the ordinal value of those 16 letters is 151, as in the value of the Name, Ehyeh (אהיה) spelled out (אלפ–הה–יוד–הה) which is the Name of G-d that it is at the level of Binah from where we are drawing down the energy through the 4 species. I highly suggest you use a kabbalistic siddur (prayer book) for doing the shakings in order to make the proper, purest, and highest connections. The proper connections to the Names for the 6 directions can be found in the Daily Zohar. It is complicated technology and when we are going through the repeated circuits of the shakings we become one with the mechanism. The tools cannot do the job alone though. The process needs us to manually do the movements and make the right visual connections to the associated Names of G-d; everything else is divinely driven.
Moreover, the sum of the ordinal value of the letters in lulav is 32, as in the numerical value of the letters Lamed and Bet (לב), which spells Lev, the Hebrew word for heart. This is another connection to the 32 paths of Wisdom, which is in essence the Tree-of-life (Etz Chaim), as represented on Sukkot by the lulav, whose standard gematria value is 68, which as we noted earlier is that of chaim (life).
We mentioned earlier that the Alter in the very center of the Courtyards of the Third Holy Temple is 32 x 32 cubits. Since the Inner Courtyard measure 100 x 100 cubits, the distance from the Alter to the edge of the Inner Courtyard is 68 cubits on all sides. So when stand in our sukkahs doing the shakings, we can connect to and imagine that we are at the central Alter in the Third Holy Temple and extending our lulavs outward, metaphorically and metaphysically, to the boundaries of the Inner Courtyard. The Third Holy Temple is already here spiritually and the more we connect to it the quicker it will be here physically.
The complete gematria value of the word Lulav (לולב) is 68 + 32 = 100, which is also the value of sach (סככ), the roof (covering) of the Sukkah, an extremely important component in the Sukkot technology. The sach represents keter, the highest sefira, and is evocative of the height of the Third Holy Temple, 100 cubits.
So when we shake the Lulav we not only want to bring it back to our heart, but we want to mediate on the light and love channeling back and forth through it, as we stand both in our succahs and in the center of the Third Temple, channeling for the entire world.
Now, if we add all the elements of the holiday together, we get 100 (Sach) + 91 (sukkah) + 1024 (4 species) = 1215, which as we discussed in our previous article is the numerical value of “70 Languages,” and therefore representative of the 70 Nations that sit on the branches of the Tree-of-Life waiting to be watered from our connections. Like the first 4 words of the Shema, the complete value of the first 9 letters of the Torah is also 1215, as are the 11 unique letters in the Torah’s first verse.
In the portion of the Torah read just prior to Sukkot, there are 11 extraneous dots over the letters, a phenomenon that occurs 10 times in the Torah. Now, while the last of those 11 letters in the words under the 11 dots is the letter ayin, with a value of 70, the complete value (standard and ordinal) of all 11 letters under the dots is 422, which is the exact numerical value of the word “seventy (70).” These, of course, connect to the destruction of the first Two Holy Temples in –422 BCE and in 70 CE, respectively, as has already been detailed and chronicled in The Divine Calendar.
Once again, it is our responsibility to mediate on sharing this light with the 70 Nations, and this is why we were blessed to be the channels and given these magnificent divine tools to use. As it says in Isaiah 56:7, ” I will bring them to My holy Mountain and make them rejoice in My House of Prayer…For My House will be called the House of Prayer for all the nations.”
These self-same 70 Nations are gathering this year to attack Israel, as the Zohar prophesied nearly 2000 years ago. Every manufactured twist in the world tension brings the world closer to global war and mayhem, yet by fulfilling our G-d given role, we can inject enough Binah consciousness into the world, and have mercy rain down instead.
Sukkot is usually the time of joy, when the energy of rejoicing is drawn down upon us by our actions within the succah for the entire year. This year, it is the time of action, when what we do has the power to determine the sake of humanity. Evil and its conduit, the Erev Rav are running rampant throughout the world. Physically, it may be too late; spiritually, we have the tools we need to triumph. This Sukkot, let us put joy in our hearts; let us stand at the Alter of the Holy Temple as we stand within our sukkahs; let us use the gyrating wand of the 4 species to channel the energy of Binah into our lives and out to the whole world; and let us bring Moshiach consciousness to the world once and for all.