Top of the Columns.

bereshitThe Torah consists of 248 columns and 42 rows, a matrix that goes beyond and letters and even the space between them. And most of those columns, 242 of them to be precise, begin with the letter Vav, itself shaped like a column and likewise designed to help us channel the light downward through the 6 bundled dimensions of Zeir Anpin. The other 6 letters that head up their 6 columns help us to channel, H’Moshiach (the Messiah). They begin with the Bet (B) in Bereshit, the very first word in the Torah.

The number 248 is the numerical value for word womb and for mercy and the 42, always refers to the 42-Letter Name of G-d.

Starting with the very first letter and column in the Torah is the letter Bet (B), the Yud (Y) –Hei (H) of the ineffable Name of G-d (YHVH), and the Shin (Sh), Mem (M) and the special Vav (V) of the word Shemo (His Name). Altogether B’YH ShMV, “in the YH, His Name.”

Not coincidentally, the numerical value of these 6 letters is 363, that of H’Moshiach, (the Messiah).

These  letters can also be permuted to spell out  ShMB YHV, or the Shem Mem-Bet and the YHV of the YHVH. The Shem Mem-Bet is the 42-Letter Name of G-d, that according to Rav Brandwein of blessed memory will help bring us Moshiach and the Geula (the final redemption).

Seeing as there is a connection to the Mem-Bet, it behooves us to see what the albam (ELBM) cipher of these 6 letters is, and using it they permute to ShMA B’PY (Shema BPay) or Hear in the Mouth. It is  Shema as in Shema Israel.  Hearing and Speaking. This is interesting because this topic is referred to by Moses, when he is speaking about his death in portion HaZeinu, and also by Rabbi Shimon, author of the Zohar, on his deathbed in the Idra Zuta. While the 6 letters (ShMB YHV) also include the name Moses (MShH), it is the concept of hearing and speaking simultaneously that is important. They are talking about the time when what is heard through divine inspiration is manifest immediately without delay, as in the time of Moshiach.

During the yearly cycle of Torah readings, most of the 248 columns are helping us channel down the energy of the portion, then on average roughly every 42 letters, we tap into the energy of Moshiach.  The complete value of the all the letters that head up the columns is given by 242 x 6 + plus their ordinal value (242 x 6) of the 242 Vavs  and also the 363 value of the special 6 letters together with their ordinal value (57) plus the kolel of 6 for a grand total of 3330.

As it just so happens there are exactly 3330 years from when the Torah was given to us on Mt Sinai in 2448 HC until the year prophesied by Rav Ashlag and the tzaddikim for the Moshiach and the Geula (the final redemption), in 5778 HC (2018 CE).

That 3330 years is also exactly 66.6 jubilee years or that the complete value of the 6 letters is 363 + 57 = 420, or 10 x 42 is certainly no coincidence.

Every week the Torah brings us wondrous gifts. The more we understand, the more we anabkoach160-ksreceive and the closer we get to the time when we can hear and speak clearly without filters. The Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name) is designed as is the Torah, to help us get there.

We’ll explain about the 10 large and 6 small letters and the 32 letters under the dots in the Torah shortly.  Until then,

Shabbat Shalom and Pesach Sameach to all,

Ezra

Love from Generation to Generation.

heartI can’t believe I missed this, but they say everything in its proper time.  Every time I see and recite the phrase L’dor V’dor (from generation to generation) in our prayer books I ask myself what is the hidden secret? The LV (36) initials were always an obvious allusion to the LV (36) tzaddikim that constantly sustain the world and generation to generation had to refer to the time of Moshiach (the Messiah), but how? Then just twelve hours after publishing the article about the measure of love, it hit me: L’dor V’dor is also 444.

It too is the measure of G-d’s love, a love lasting from generation to generation from the first to the last, like the love of the tzaddikim.

The phrase L’dor V’dor is from he 13th verse in Psalms 135, and once again Ahava (love), which has a numerical value 13, is connected with 444 and represents an expanse of time that brings us to our generation. It is in the same way that the 13th word of the 13 attributes connected us there with the word l’Elephim representing 2000 generations.

As far the sefirot of the tree-of-life are concerned, when we drawn down the light of love from above through the 7 dimensions of Zeir Anpin to Malchut and then actively return them (Or Chazer, returning light) back up the 6 levels of Zeir Anpin, we have the 13 rungs of the ladder.  To ascend and complete the process we need to share the love just as it was shared with us from on high, unconditionally.

Another hint is found in Psalms 116, where EHBTY YHVH, or “I love the Lord” is also 444.  We must love from below in order to activate the returning light.

Then again in Nehemiah 9, leading off both the 6th and 7th verse is the phrase ETH HVE YHVH (Atah Hu Adonai) “Thou art the Lord,” again of numerical value 444.

And then in Devarim 11:22, L’Ahava ET of numerical value 444, means to love from aleph to tav, from beginning to end.

Then there is Exodus 24:16. טז  וַיִּשְׁכֹּן כְּבוֹד-יְהוָה עַל-הַר סִינַי, וַיְכַסֵּהוּ הֶעָנָן שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים; וַיִּקְרָא אֶל-מֹשֶׁה בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, מִתּוֹךְ הֶעָנָן. 16 And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud anabkoach160-kscovered it 6 days; and the 7th day He called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.  Once again, starting off the verse and this time tying the phrase back to Mt Sinai (130), which, as we explained in the previous article, is numerically and spiritually equivalent to the Ladder (Sulam, 130), But notice again the reference in the same verse to 6 and 7, summing to 13 and multiplying to 42, which is the key through the Ana B’koach, (42-Letter Name of G-d, the mystical 6 x 7 matrix) to unlocking all that love and helping us to climb the Ladder. It is the love app. As explained in our previous article and many others, it has unconditional love built into its structure.

This is why Rav Brandwein of blessed memory said the understanding of the 42-Letter Name of G-d (Ana B’koach) would lead to the geula (final redemption).

 

The 13 Rungs of the Heavenly Ladder

What is the measure of love? There are many romantic and philosophical answers to that 3D-Fire-Heart-black-wide-wallsquestion, but Kabbalah traces all answers to their roots and love in Hebrew is Ahava (EHBH) of numerical value 13, in Kabbalistic tradition, a lucky number.

Tracing the number 13 back to its spiritual source, we see that there are 13 letters in the 3 iterations of the spelled out letter Yud (Y), the first letter in the ineffable Name of G-d, the YHVH, connecting to divine wisdom (Chochma) at its highest level.

Y

YVD

YVD VYV DLT

Together these 13 letters that create an expansion on the highest aspect of G-d’s Name add up to 506, the numerical value of Ahavat Chinam, unconditional love. According to the Arizal, spelling out, or filling out a Name adds power (koach) to that Name.  506 is also the complete value of Moshiach Ben David (the Messiah) and is also deeply associated with the Ana B’koach (42 Letter Name of G-d).

It’s no coincidence that the all-important 13 verses of the 10 Commandments begin in Exodus 20:2 with a 13-letter phrase of G-d saying, “I am God, your Lord (Anochi Adonai Elohaycha, ENCY YHVH ELHYC).”

Or that the Torah gives us the 13 Attributes of Mercy, showing us G-d’s unconditional love, amongst other special gifts (yet another article).

ו  וַיַּעֲבֹר יְהוָה עַל-פָּנָיו, וַיִּקְרָא, יְהוָה יְהוָה, אֵל רַחוּם וְחַנּוּן–אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם, וְרַב-חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed: ‘The LORD, the LORD, God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth;
ז  נֹצֵר חֶסֶד לָאֲלָפִים, נֹשֵׂא עָו‍ֹן וָפֶשַׁע וְחַטָּאָה; וְנַקֵּה, לֹא יְנַקֶּה–פֹּקֵד עֲו‍ֹן אָבוֹת עַל-בָּנִים וְעַל-בְּנֵי בָנִים, עַל-שִׁלֵּשִׁים וְעַל-רִבֵּעִים. 7 keeping mercy unto the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and unto the fourth generation.’

“..and the measure of my days, what it is” Pslams 39:5

According to the Arizal, the secret meaning of the verse “..and the measure of my days, what it is” is the equalization of Zeir Anpin and Malchut that occurred in the times of the Holy Temple and that will occur again at the end of days in the time of the Third Holy Temple. In the understanding of the Ari’s explanation we’re given that the Hebrew word for Temple, as in the 2 previous Holy Temples and the Future one, Mikdash (MKDSh) is spiritually equivalent to the word for measure, Midat (MDT), both of which have a gematria value of 444.

In his discussion in Shaar HaPsukim about the above mentioned Psalm, the Arizal explains that teh significance of 444 is that it is the sum of the 4 Alephs (ELP), each of numerical value 111, that are the initials of the 4 iterations of Eyheh (EHYH), the Name of G-d associated with Binah (Imma).

Rav Ashlag, also know as HaSulam (“the Ladder”) saw the number 444 as 444 years, ladder_to_heavensince this was .666 of 666 or 2/3 of 2/3 in his revelation about the timing for the arrival of Moshiach in the 5778 (2018CE) time period, the measure of the days.

Rav Ashlag further noted that it was not coincidental that the Arizal passed away 444 years before the final redemption (the geula).

So now we must note that that time period of 444 years is 1/13th of the 13 time periods from Adam to Moshiach. One part love.  When a tzaddik like the Arizal passes away, he becomes much more powerful to us as he guides and steers us with loves. And we can’t ask for a more powerful guide than the Arizal to help us ascend the final rung.

This knowledge gives us the equation 13 x 444 = 5772 and in Kabbalah 444 is the same as 444.444, which is what Rav Ashlag of blessed memory used in his computations, thus we get 13 x 444.444 = 5778

It can now be seen by us as well that there are 13 measures and/or 13 Spiritual Temples in all, bringing us to the year 5778 (2018CE), 5 years from now.

The number 13 is not only connected to the route of Love, the unconditional love of the Creator, as we saw above, but it is the numerical value of Echad, “One,” as in G-d is One.

Love = 13 = One

So back to the 10 Commandments (Utterances), the highest point in the Torah, which begin in Exodus 20:2 with G-d saying, “I am God, your Lord (Anochi Adonai Elohaycha, ENCY YHVH ELHYC).” These 13 letters divide into its first 2 words that equate to 107 and the 3rd word which equates to 546, or altogether to 653 plus the kolel of 13 (letters) for a total, not coincidentally of 666And while the number 546 is the sum of the initials of the 10 sefirot (dimensions) of the Tree-of-life, the sum of all the integers from 1 – 107 equals 5778.

Given all this, we can see the divine design is the 3 windows specified for the Tree-of-Life reality: the 1st of which was with Adam; the 2nd occurred in 2448 HC (1313 BCE) with the receipt of the 10 Commandments; and the 3rd exactly 66.6 jubilee years later in 5778 (2018 CE).

The ladder, Sulam, has a numerical value for 130 or 10 x 13, as does the grandest ladder of them all, Mt Sinai (130 or 10 x 13), where the 10 Commandments where given . The ladder is Zeir Anpin, the nexus from our world of Malchut to the Heavenly realms.  As 10 is the numerical value of the letter (Yud) we are where we started, with the integration of the letter Yud and Love. Subtracting 444 from 506, the numerical value of Ahavat Chinam, unconditional love we get 62, as in the 62 Yuds in the 620 letters of the 10 Commandments.

There are 13 rungs on the divine ladder of time, each of equal measure, 444 years, each segment a measure of love, each a step closer to the Future Holy Temple.  Yes, there is a Divine Calendar revealed here, but there is also the measure of love, which we find permeating everything G-d has tried to give us. In it is also the answer of how to ascend that final rung: love.

Love will bring about the Future Holy Temple in this final period.  Nevertheless, of the 444 years, there are only 5 left. And yet, because the whole system was built on love, there is still time.

The Simple Hamotzi; Not So Simple.

Hamotzi, the blessing over bread should be recited all year with the exception of Pesach (Passover) in order to elevate the holy sparks in our meals amongst other divine reasons. But, in Kabbalah we strive to make even higher connections whenever we can by educating ourselves on what we’re actually doing and connecting to it through the hidden technology that most people take for granted. According to the Arizal, there is a right way to do the blessing and it’s pretty simple. We won’t go into all his other meditations, as most people would find them far to cumbersome. I mean, he had 15 minutes of meditations just to wash his finger tips after the meal.  The washing is recommended, as he explained that there is a negative force that hovers over tables and by washing our fingertips we disconnect from it.  That negative force is also somewhat responsible for malevolent conversations that break out from time to time, G-d forbid. It is also one of the reasons it’s not recommended to sit on a table at any time.

Nevertheless, back to the hamotzi. The right way, according to Arizal, is to place all 10 fingers on the bread when reciting the 10 words of the blessing.  What you’re actually doing then is connecting to the 10 sefirot (dimensions) of the universe, especially if you recite the sefirot in your head when placing your fingers upon the bread.

Simple, right?

Sure, and easy too. So let’s see what else there is. Eser, spelled Ayin-Shin-Resh (AShR) is the Hebrew word for 10, as in the 10 sefirot and as in the 10 fingers (and fingertips), represented by the letter Yud (Y) of numerical value 10, which not coincidentally graphically looks very much like a fingertip. And Eser (AShR) has a numerical value of 570.

As we learned from Abraham, the Patriarch in his book, the Sefer Yetzirah, there are 10 sefirot of nothingness, cleaved down the middle, 5 on one side, 5 on the other, just like our 2 hands, which we place on the challah to do our blessing properly.

Ten (10) for the 10 fingers (Yuds) times 570 = 5700. Just as the previous universe, Tohu had 8 Kings and was unstable, our stable one (the world of Tikkune) has 10 Kings, metaphysically speaking, one for each sefirot. And the numerical value of King in Hebrew (Melech, MLC) is likewise 570. So the 10 Kings add up to 5700 as well.

The word King in Hebrew (Melech, MLC) reflects the entire Tree-of-life in that the Mem stands for Malchut (Kingdom) at the bottom of the tree and the Caf stands for Keter (CTR), meaning crown, at the top, and the Lamed (L) in the middle, of numerical value 30, represents the rest of the 32 Paths of wisdom that comprise the Tree-of-life (10 sefirot and 22 interconnecting pathways).

Now, we should complete the equation by adding the bread as a physical medium for the connection. We must note that the numerical value for bread, Lechem (LChM) is 78, or 3 (for the 3-columns of the tree-of-life) times the Tetragrammaton (YHVH, 26), or 26 x 3 = 78.  Thus added to the completion of the 10 Kings,  we get 5700 + 78 = 5778, the year Rav Yeduda HaLevi Ashlag gave for the coming of Moshiach (the Messiah).

It’s not for nothing that the only 10-letter word in the Torah is the Hebrew word for a kneading trough (VBMShERVTYC) in which the Egyptians and Israelites made their bread, as found within the 2nd plague, frogs (tzardeya) of numerical value 444, directly connected to 5778, which we’ll explain in a separate article shortly. The gematria of (VBMShERVTYC) with the kolel of 10 for the 10 letters is 1565, the exact small gematria of the ineffable Name (YHVH), an indication how important this word is.

In our next article we’ll explain how the tree-of-life is designed structurally similar to the Torah.

Shabbat Shalom