The Light on the Other Side of the Wall

shabbos candles 1Why do we really light Shabbos Candles? There are many correct answers, but there is a far deeper one…..

At the end of the Book of Genesis we read about Jacob summoning his sons to attend his death bed, and telling them what “will happen to them” and “what they are to do” at a particular future time, “at-the-end-of-days,” — instructions meant for us, and only to be fully understood in our times:

וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב אֶל-בָּנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם אֵת אֲשֶׁר-יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים:

And Jacob called for his sons, and said: ‘Come together, and I will tell you what will happen in the end of days. Assemble yourselves and listen, you sons of Jacob; and listen to your father Israel.’   (Genesis 49:1-2)

Jacob gives his sons his final two commands which they are to execute at the-end-of-days. The commands are: “Hikavtzu!” הִקָּבְצוּ “ASSEMBLE yourselves together!” and “V’shimu” וְשִׁמְעוּ “And LISTEN” to your father Israel.” The first command has the same gematria as the first 3 letters in the Torah (ברא) and the second one has the same gematria as the Hebrew word “seventy (70)” especially significant as the Zohar describes the final period as the 70 years from when Israel became a nation, Israel also being the final word in the Torah. Together, both commands representing the first and the last of the Torah and G-d’s Calendar , total 203 + 422 = 625, the numeric or energetic value of HaKeter (הכתר), the highest sefira (dimension) of the light-force and also the exact square root of the sum total of all the words, verses and letters in the Torah.

In Chapter 50, verse 3 we learn that Israel was embalmed for 40 days and that Egypt mourned Jacob for 70 days for a total of 110 days. Then in the final verse of Genesis (50:26), Joseph dies at the age of 110 years. Just prior to that, at the end of Genesis, in paragraph 89 of the Torah, verse 49:22, nearing death, Jacob is explaining what will “happen to them at the-end-of-days,and by extension as the sages have explained, to us, his descendants.

Then he extends his descriptive prophetic blessings as the identifying signs to each of his sons individually, in order that by them they will be able to recognize themselves at the-end-of-days. The first of Joseph’s several blessings is:

“Joseph is a fruitful son, a fruitful vine by the fountain, with branches running over the עלי–שור wall …” (Genesis 49:22)

It is the end of days. It is time to “assemble ourselves together” and to “LISTEN to our father Israel.” Though the physical sons of Joseph are hidden till the regathering at the-end-of-days, as the Rav said, our souls know who they (we) are, and we spiritually are the descendants of Joseph who are scaling the wall, the wall that separates Heaven and Earth. We explain below exactly what and where that wall is, but first we need to point out that the numerical value of the last two words in the Jacob’s blessing to his beloved son and to us, Alai (עלי) is 110 and Shur (שור) is 506, which together equal to 616, the numerical value of HaTorah (התורה), the Torah.

Since this is prophecy regarding the end-of-days, our days, the period of 70 days of mourning is quite significant in that the letter Ayin of numerical value 70 when broken down into its dccover3dcomponent letters form the letters Vav (ו) and Nun sofit (ן). These two component letters together with their kolel have the numerical value of 708. When spelled out together (ויו and נון), they equal 778, alternatively the original Ayn (ע) and its component letters also equal 778. The three numbers (708, 70, and 778), all energy portals directly connected with the Hebrew letter Ayin respectively represent the Hebrew calendar years 5708, when Israel was restored as a modern nation, the 70 year period proscribed by the Zohar for the birth pangs of Moshiach and the death throes of Satan, and finally the year 5778, the year Rav Ashlag of blessed memory advised for the geula (final redemption) to begin.

As we have been discussing for some time now, the value of 110 is that of Nes/נס (miracle), 506 is that of both Moshiach Ben David (the Messiah) and unconditional love/ chesed/חםד, and also of the first line of the lower 42-Letter Name of G-d (שקוצית). These connections are of extreme importance to us, because as Rav Brandwein of blessed memory pointed out, it is “the understanding and function of the 42-Letter Name that will bring us the Geula (Final Redemption).” Further, as we pointed out this past October, the only letters not transformed when the 42-Letter Name became the first 42 letters of the Torah were Shin, Vav and Resh (שור) likewise of numerical value 506.

tree10We are the descendants of Joseph who can scale the wall (שור). We are the ones destined to use the ancient and modern knowledge for the sake of humanity and Heaven. Many scientists now realize what the Kabbalists learned thousands of years ago, that there is a 10-dimensional structure to our greater universe, and that our universally accepted mathematics is base10 (based on the consecutive powers of 10) for a reason. The way the Tree-of-Life works is that each of the 10 sefirot (dimensions) are subdivided into 10 more sefirot, so that 10 becomes 100 and in turn 1000. These 10 major sefirot on each major level are not stacked one on top of each other, but are 2-dimensionally defined hypercube stacke cubesand divided into 3 columns of similar energies. Viewing the 3 columns in 3-dimensions they appear as 2 stacked cubes seen on an angle. Either way, they have 22 pathways between them, corresponding to the 22 Hebrew Letters, or building blocks as Abraham, the Patriarch described them in the Sefer Yetzirah.

Those 3 isolated letters shared in the same position in the Torah and the 42-Letter Name are Resh (ר ), Shin (ש) and Vav (ו),  the 8th 18th , and 40th letters of the Torah respectively. Their locations given a hint to their design and importance as (40 – 18) = 22 and (18 – 8) = 10, representing the 10 sefirot and the 22 pathways between them as described above. Moreover, their locations within the Torah matrix sum (8+18+40) to 66, which represents the 66 iterations of a 10% reduction or 1/10th each that is 32 pathsrequired to geometrically reduce the full and complete 1000 sefirot from 1000 to 1. It takes 22 iterations of 10% reductions each to reduce 1000 to 100, and another 22 to reduce 100 to 10 and yet another 22 to reduce 10 to 1. Altogether, these 66 iterations are the 3 full cycles of the 22 Hebrew letters, each of the power of 10, as in 103 or 10 x 10 x 10 = 1000 sefirot.

The kabbalists were given this structure of the universe thousands of years ago, independent of any base 10 mathematics. This just happens to coincide perfectly with the recent discoveries by our physicists. Moreover, the 3 isolated letters that further coincide so beautifully were selected neither by the kabbalists nor by the scientists but by the integral design and programming of the Almighty. It might be redundant to call all this a “coincidence,” even if sarcastically; nonetheless, if we are to scale the wall we have to use these truths as handholds. They are notches carved in the wall for our benefit. The challenge is before us. We do not have to leap yet, but if we want to peek over the wall, we have to climb up first.

66 (3 sets of 22) Iterations Draw the Light from 1000 to 1, From Keter to Malchut

1000

900….810….729……98.5…

1………..2……..3………22…

88.6…79.7….71.8……9.7…

23……..24…..25…….44…

8.7…….7.8……7………1

45……..46…..47…….66

1

The kabbalists tell us that the 66 iterations of (שור) that covered the complete 1000 Lights of the Tree-of-Life, connect us to the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the primordial Hebrew Letter Aleph (אלף). This is because the Hebrew number eleph (אלף), meaning 1000, is spelled identically. This is the Aleph (אלף), which like the 42-Letter Name of G-d, preceded Creation. Therefore when we add the Aleph (אלף), which is also Eleph (אלף), to the numerical value of the Torah’s very first verse (2701), we get 2701 + 1000 = 3701, which is the exact value of the entire Lower 42-Letter Name.

Nevertheless, what this tells us is that this knowledge and the utilization of it are meant for OUR generation. It calls to us and tells us that we are the ones chosen to serve to extend the branches of vav shin resh“growing Israel” over the wall (שור), the boundary between Heaven and Earth, haShamayim V’et haARetz (השמים–ואת–הארץ), in that the product of the locations of the Resh (ר), Shin (ש ) and Vav (ו) yields 8 x 18 x 40 = 5760 and the Hebrew year 5760 is 2000 CE.

There are 79 occurrences of the word Eleph (אלף), meaning 1000 in the Torah, reminiscent of the 79,976 words in the Torah so we can view the Aleph (אלף) as an overview, or surround cloud to the Torah, filled in by as the Rabbi Isaac Luria of blessed memory explains, “the explicit Name of G-d (Hashem Hameforah/השם–המפורש) of numerical value 976. HaShem Hameforash (השם–המפורש) is the inner-dimension or G-d’s presence revelation in our world. While noting it begins with the letters of Moshe (משה) and ends with Resh (ר), Shin (ש) and Vav (ו), the Arizal explains that it is numerically equivalent (976) to inner letters of the names of the Patriarchs that personify the 3 columns of the Tree-of-Life (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Israel) stripped of their initials and final letters. He further delineates how this inner essence 976 is equivalent to and derived from the spelled out fronts and backs of the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה). Thus the Aleph (אלף) with the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) forms the inner and surrounding Light of the Torah as designed and delineated by its 79,976 words.

alef 2Before the Torah, before the Bet (ב) of Bereshit, there was and still is the primordial letter Aleph (א), the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet. It does not bulkhead the Torah or begin it. It exists apart from it yet runs through every letter in it. The Aleph (א) breaks down into its component letters, an upper Yud (י) and Vav (ו) pair and a lower Yud (י) and Vav (ו) pair, or (י\\י).alef two vavs

The Vavs (ו), as explained by the Arizal are the firmament that separates the upper and lower waters as represented by the two Yuds (י) and the expansion that ushers from them. And further to ncarraraout allusion to the Vavs (ו) as a wall, he says this place where the Upper and Lower waters meet is the place of “pure marble stone,” the place of truth, which is what Rabbi Akiva explained to his fellow Kabbalists as they entered that famous upper world journey. “When you come to the place of pure marble stone…”

2 tabletsThe Torah begins with the letter Beit “ in Beresheit (In the beginning) G-d created the heavens and the earth” and He created it with 10 utterances. These were issued again in the Ten Commandments, known to the Kabbalists as the “Ten Utterances.” In the same way, just as the Alef (א) precedes the Torah, the first letter in the Ten Commandments is also an Alef (א).

The letter Aleph (אלף) has a full sofit value of 831 + 80 or 911, which is the numerical value of the word Resheit (ראשית) meaning “beginning” as in the first word of the Torah (ב–ראשית). It pertains to us today, for 9/11 was also the very “beginning” of the period of Gog and Magog, just about when Rav Abraham Azulai of blessed memory predicted it would occur, “about the year 2000 CE (5760 HC).”

It is from between the extended central Vavs (ו––ו) that the Torah matrix sprung forth and filled our universe. We tend to think of the Torah as a document, but it is multi-dimensional and torah scrollpermeates every aspect and essence in our universe. Its multidimensional properties testify of its Divine Author. We actually have the ability to see the Torah and perceive its energetic letters in everything around us. Learning to do so and connecting to the primordial Aleph (א) will help awaken that power within us NOW. Because of our sins and our spiritual immaturity, it was blocked many generations ago. NOW by the Almighty’s boundless love (chesed / חםד), merciful permission is granted once again as we are so close to the gates of the Final Redemption. This is part of what was “to happen” to the sons of Israel at the-end-of-days. That time has arrived, and our perception is being awakened.

Together the 4 component letters represent the 4 phases of the Tzimtzum that occurred before Creation and their collective numerical value is 32, as in the 32 Paths of Wisdom that comprise the Tree-of-Life. When each pair is spelled out (יוד–ויו) it totals 42 with a value of 26 — that of the Tetragrammaton — stretched out (וד–וי) between each pair’s initial Yud (י) and final Vav (ו), and the value of 10 — the 10 sefirot of the Tree-of-Life and the 10 utterances that G-d used to create our universe —concentrically stretched out (ד–ו) between each subsequent pair’s bookend Yud (י) and Vav (ו).

א

(יווי)

(יוד–ויו) \ (יוד–ויו)

((יוד–ויו) and (וד–וי) and (ד–ו) (ד–ו)) \ ((יוד–ויו) and (וד–וי) and (ד–ו) (ד–ו))

32 : 42: 26: 10 and 42: 26: 10

32 + 42 + 26 + 10 = 110

The letter Aleph (אלף) spelled out without the actual Aleph itself (לף), in kabbalistic terms, “the back of the spelled-out letter,” not only has the numerical value 110, but according to Abraham, the anabkoach160-ksPatriarch, these two letters represent and control the first   (1st) or Aleph of the Hebrew months, Tishrei (Libra). Moreover, these two letters (לפ) are found in the center of the 6th line of the 42-Letter Matrix (יג–לפ–זק), the line that corresponds to Joseph and his energy reservoir, the very same Joseph who lived 110 years.

As mentioned above, the primordial Aleph (א) is comprised of the Upper and Lower 42-Letter Names that created our universe. The Upper 42-Letter Name is our source of life which gives us energy and always remains above. The lower 42-Letter Name became the first 42 Letters of the Torah, including the 3 unchanging letters of the wall (שור) and then through its 506 triplet replications, the 42 Letter matrix became the 42 rows of the Torah and then the entire Torah matrix.

Initially, the Upper and Lower 42 Letter Names were in perfect alignment and they were again briefly in alignment when the 10 Commandments were given in 2448. The next opportunity for that alignment occurs in 5778. Rav Brandwein explained that when that alignment occurs the two 42-Letter Names become 84, spelling Pad (פד), REDEMPTION. This harmony above and below is what was instrumental in the creation of the world and what will be necessary for the creation of the-world-to-come for us.

יהוה

יוד–הי–ויו–הי

יוד–ויו–דלת–הי–יוד–ויו–יוד–ויו–הי–יוד

אבג–יתץ

קרע–שטן

נגד–יכש

בטר–צתג

חקב–טנע

יגל–פזק

שקו–צית

cosmic windowThe numerical value of the letter Aleph (א) is 111, and after counting the 6 days of the Creation period as 6 years, which correspond to the 6 Alephs present in the 7 words of the Torah’s first verse, there were exactly 22 spans of 111 (Aleph) years from Creation to the Hebrew calendar date 2448, when the 10 Commandments were given. Then there are exactly 30 more spans of 111 (Aleph) years from 2448 to the Hebrew calendar date 5778 for a total of 52 spans. Like the solar year which begins with the energy of Aleph (אלפ) on Rosh Hashannah and ends 52 weeks later, the Moshiach countdown of 5778 years begins with the energy of Aleph (אלפ) and ends 52 cycles later at the level of Malchut. Given that the surface temperature of the Sun is 5778 o K, it is no surprising the cycles are intertwined. The Kabbalists associate Malchut with the number 52 because it is the value of the Tetragrammaton spelled out in the frequency of Malchut (יוד–הה–וו–הה). Malchut intrinsically has no light (life-force) of its own and relies wholly on the channels of the upper world for its existence and sustenance. We can envision it as a screen for the light to project upon.

These Aleph cycles are far from random splits in the countdown. Like the mathematical constant Phi which splits everything, including the Torah into harmonic resonating proportions, the ratios PiBook6given by these splits are divinely designed to channel the energy of the 42-Letter Names through our journey, much like the Israelites’ 42 journeys through the wilderness. The relationship between the number of cycles in the two time frames and that of the full period, 22/52 and 30/52, yield ratios respectively about as close as you can get to 42.4 and 57.7 whereby 424 is the numerical value of Moshiach Ben David, and 577 is evocative of the year 5778. The ratio of the two periods to each other, 22/30 = 0.73, which being the numerical value of the level of Chochma is at the opposite end of the spectrum from Malchut, and represents the Torah’s first verse whose value is equivalent to the sum of the integers through 73 and also represents the highest level of the Tetragrammaton (יוד–הי–ויו–הי).

All 3 ratios together equal 173, which is the small gematria value of the lower 42-Letter Name that shaped and guides our world.

The wall, Shur (שור) is the physical embodiment of the two Vavs (וו) in the center of the Aleph (א) that breaks down to (יווי). This is of utmost importance to us, for we are the ones who can scale the wall. When G-d gave the 3 isolated letters in Shur (שור) the 8th, 18th and 40th placements in His Torah, it was planned that they would total 66 and that the letter Vav (ו) would have the numerical value 6 so that 66 would be written as (וו), yet another redundant allusion to the wall being found at the center of the Aleph (א).

By searching out heaven and the heavenly knowledge that can take us there, we are the descendants branching out from our world. We can reach out over the wall and draw down the wisdom and the light. From the top of the wall we can call out to attract the lost, and can also reach down to help others climb up. The wall was put there and hidden for a reason and so were the clues for us to find it and scale it.

There are 50 Gates to reach Binah and the sum of the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton is 232. The product of the sum of the individual ordinal values of the 3 isolated letters in Shur (שור) times their individual placement values is 50,232. Nothing happens without G-d’s permission. Nothing happens without His Name on it.

(20 + 8) * (21 + 18) * (6 + 40) = 50,232

zohar setAccording the Zohar in Vayigash 102, the word “in Rama” (ברמה) means “on high” as well “the supernal world” and “the world to come.” It is also the word for our Patriarch Abraham (אברהם) without the Aleph (א). Abraham’s existence drew from the Primordial Aleph (א) and drew from the world On High, which is why he was the beacon of light that connected us to the One (Aleph) G-d, and shone forth in all 4 directions. He was not grounded (restrained) in any way. That would come later with his son Isaac. Yes, we are talking about Abraham the man, but more importantly, about the Right Column, the very energy source for our universe. Abraham with his unrestrained giving personified this Source. He was to be a blessing to all he came in contact with, and his progeny was to follow suit.
In Hebrew usage the property of a Vav is that of vav hachibur, “the Vav of connection.” Kabbalists know it also as the connector between Spirit and matter (Heaven and Earth). At the end of days, it will also serve as connector to the energies from On High with which we can scale and bridge the walls of separation for all of Israel to return. The Zohar Vayigash 105 explains that at the end-of-days G-d will add back the Vav (ו) to reveal the wall (שור) and all the lost of Israel will return. “All lost in the land of Ashur (אשור),” which is the wall (שור) connected to the primordial Aleph (א).

And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great shofar shall be blown; and they shall come that were lost in the land of Assyria, and they that were dispersed in the land of Egypt; and they shall worship the L-RD in the holy mountain at Jerusalem. — Isaiah 27:14

  Harnessing the Aleph (א)

If the primordial Aleph (א) is the key to branching over the wall to the world to come and reuniting the Israelites with energy and enlightenment, and to receiving Moshiach, how do we connect to it?

shabbos candles 4We may not have consciously realized it, but actually, we have inadvertently been practicing this 52 weeks a year for thousands of years. Now at “the end of days” it is time to ignite this weekly connection with the proper Kavanot (intentions) and meditations that will reach over the wall and connect to the 1000 lights. Once enough of us do it, the trail will have been blazed, lined with luminaires for all “the lost” of Israel to return.

The Zohar tells us the 2 candles stand for the 2 letter Vavs (ו). The Yud (י) on top of the Vav (ו) is the lit flame on the candle, dancing separately, yet in concert. When we light the 2 Shabbat candles Friday evenings we are igniting the 2 Yuds (י) above the 2 Vavs (ו). The upper Yud (י) and Vav (ו) pair is the right candle connecting to Abraham and the lower Yud (י) and Vav (ו) pair is the left candle, connecting to the energy of Sarah, the Matriarch. We will get into their relationship and what it means to us today in the near future, but we need note though that it is based on love (א–הבה).

Making the Connections

The first step in the process is always to let go of any thoughts that you are in control and of any agendas and to ask G-d for divine guidance and his helping hand in the connections. The best way shabbos candles 6to do that is the way the Kabbalists have always done it—by doing the Ana B’koach, the simple recitation of the 42-Letter Name..

Besides the blessing and whatever meditations we and our loved ones are doing upon lighting the Shabbat candles, we need to connect the lighting of the candles to the components of the primordial Aleph (א).

The upper Yud (י) and then the upper Vav (ו) for the right candle draw the light from the world On High to Abraham (א–ברמה), our channel, as we make ourselves channels for that Right Column energy.

See the light descend from the Upper 42-Letter Name and be one with the Right Candle. Do not pronounce this Name.

יהוה

יוד–הי–ויו–הי

יוד–ויו–דלת–הי–יוד–ויו–יוד–ויו–הי–יוד

 

We then join the right candle, column, letters, and associated Name of 42 with the left candle (flame and stick), with the Aleph’s (א) lower Yud (י) and lower Vav (ו), drawing the light to Sarah (שרה) and into the Lower 42-Letter Name which you can picture and even recite to yourself or out loud.

אבג–יתץ

קרע–שטן

נגד–יכש

בטר–צתג

חקב–טנע

יגל–פזק

שקו–צית

shabbos candles 3By visually uniting the two candles, while releasing unconditional love into the world, we join together with Abraham and Sarah, and the two Yud (י) – Vav (ו) pairs back into the Aleph (א), which we then reunite with the 3 isolated letters of the Torah and Asshur (א–שור) to bring all of Israel back to the land of Israel.

It is very important to consciously release unconditional love into the world. We must concentrate on the love we have for our closest loved ones and consciously envision it spreading outward to encase the world. If not us, who? If not now, when?

With that love blazing in our hearts, we should then meditate on the light shining from and through the Upper and then the Lower 42-Letter Names and then back upward again (returning light), along with our heartfelt desires to draw that light into our personal world and the greater world beyond us. This way we make ourselves beacons to guide all those waiting to be gathered and awakened. At this point we are already over the wall, no longer followers or wanderers. It is our turn to be as our forefathers and lead the tribes.shabbos candles 2

Please note, we do not try to pronounce the Upper Name (any upper Name), but we should recite the Lower 42-Letter Name (Ana B’koach) out loud, even if it is in the transliterated version. As we do, we not only want to picture the light spreading through our world but through time, extending from each Erev (evening) Shabbat until the end-of-days to bring Moshiach consciousness into the world and Moshiach in His moment.

יהוה

יוד–הי–ויו–הי

יוד–ויו–דלת–הי–יוד–ויו–יוד–ויו–הי–יוד

אבג–יתץ

קרע–שטן

נגד–יכש

בטר–צתג

חקב–טנע

יגל–פזק

שקו–צית

Our souls are the descendants of Joseph. We are the ones who are scaling the wall, the wall of separation between us, between ignorance and the prophesied knowledge, between exile and redemption. A wall cannot be scaled passively, and no one can climb it for another. We can assist each other, but we must personally and actively make these meditations. The Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name) was given as our 7-rung ladder, but we still have to climb it individually.

The Alef (א) is the difference between exile (גולה) and the redemption (גאולה).By adding the Alef (א) to Geulah (exile) we get Geula (גאולה), the redemption, which is spelled (ג–אולה) and since the letter Gimmel (ג) is 3 and (אולה) has a value of 42, the format of the word for the final redemption is 3:42. This is indeed our 3rd and final chance for redemption, after the Creation and the giving of the 10 Commandments at Mt. Sinai.

genesis prayer coverWhat is this like? The first words of the 2nd Book of the Torah, Shemot, which has been translated oddly as Exodus, or exile, is V’eleh Shemot (ואלה–שמות), actually meaning “These are the Names.” The first word, V’eleh (ואלה) is the same as (אולה) in the word Geula (גאולה) and as such has the numerical value 42, thus the concealed meaning of the initial words of the 2nd Book, V’eleh Shemot (ואלה–שמות) is 42 Names or the two 42 Letter Names.

We can see the foreshadowing in these words, not only of the Exodus (Exile) and the subsequent 42 journeys the Israelites would undertake, but also the 2nd Geula that would come about within those journeys. We have shown above that this is at 42% of the way to the final Geula that will come about through our understanding of the 42-Letter Names.

The words V’eleh Shemot (ואלה–שמות) are actually repeated again in Shemot 6:16, with the value 616 being that of “HaTorah.” In this second case the words “these are the names” refers to the names of Levites including that of Moses and Aaron and because it repeats several of the names, the total number of names mentioned is 42. Also mentioned in this name list are three (3) time spans, 137 and 133 and 137 years respectively, which total 407, as in the Word V’et, the 6th word in the Torah that linked Heaven and Earth and whose square root is 20.17424 or 424 (Moshiach Ben David) in 2017 (5777-8).

We can utilize everything we learn to strengthen our resolve, to climb over the marble wall, to harness the Alef (א), fulfil the prophecy, and bring ourselves into Moshiach consciousness and ncarrara2Moshiach into the world. One of the oldest kabbalistic sayings is “When the student is ready, the teacher will come.” Join us as we branch over the wall and cross over the firmament. Help us to inject the Aleph (א) into the exile. The time of perfect alignment is almost upon on. Jacob is calling out to our souls, to the descendants of Joseph, pleading with us to do our part.

“Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.” (Isaiah29:14)

The wall is a boundary that can only hold us back if we let it. If we listen not with our ears but with our hearts, think not with our minds but with our spirit, we will hear their voices, hearken to their wisdom and unite ourselves with each other and with Joseph, Jacob, Abraham and Sarah, we will branch over the wall to be “one” with the One, the Aleph (א).

Count Like G-d

This time next year, Moshiach will be lighting the Chanukah candles beside us…

babasaliI was thinking about what Rabbi Abuhatzeira, the grandson of the prominent Moroccan miracle working kabbalist, Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, the Baba Sali, said about the Hebrew phrase (ביאת–המשיח) “The arrival of the Messiah” being encoded with the date for Moshiach’s arrival. The gematria of this phrase, as he was well aware, is 778, as in the Hebrew year 5778 or 2018 CE, which, as Daniel—a most excellent collaborator of ours—points out, is the value (2018) of the 13 spelled out letters in the word Chanukah (חית–נון–ויו–כף–הי). After all our discussions about the Torah and the cosmic system being a giant web of algorithms all designed to help us connect to unconditional love and to Moshiach at the right moment, it should escape no one that 13 is the numerical value of Ahava (אהבה) love. What we might have missed is that the initials of the phrase (ביאת–המשיח) “The arrival of the Messiah” are the last two letters in the word Ahava (אה–בה) love.

We may also have missed that the word Chanukah (חית–נון–ויו–כף–הי) can be broken down into 3 sequential components (חי–תנון–ויוכףהי), or Chai, life (חי) and (תנון) of numerical value 506, the same as that of “unconditional love” and as the complete gematria value as “Moshiach Ben David,” and finally the third component (ויוכףהי), which has the numerical value of 137, that of Kabbalah, meaning to receive. Put another way, Chanukah is “To receive the life of Moshiach Ben David.” What activates that? Love, Unconditional Love. When? 2018 CE, 5778 HC.

 Why life? Why was the cosmic system designed so that the word for life, Chai, (חי) had to have the value of 18? Take out your calculator and take the square root of 18. What do you get? 4.2426…The number 424 is the value of Moshiach Ben David. 26 is the value of the Name of G-d, the Tetragrammaton (יהוה). That is the reason for the existence of life as we know it. That is why the holiday that will bring us Moshiach is spelled out Chanukah (חית–נון–ויו–כף–הי), both beginning with life, Chai, (חי) and encapsulating it in that its first and last letters spell life, Chai, (חי).

Why do the 5 letters of the 8-day holiday of Chanukah (חנוכה) end in the letter values 5 and 8? It is to connect further to all the innumerable algorithms of the Torah whose number of words, torah columnsletters, and verses sum to exactly 58.

In our last article, we discussed the sacrifices we read about during Chanukah. We saw how they integrally connect with the Divine Calendar and how specifically the dates prophesy the arrival of Moshiach in 5778. In many of our recent articles, we also discussed the Torah’s concept of counting so that the energy builds rather than gets lost. This way the entire process becomes an equation which can connects us to a significant energy source or portal. It can connect us to all the Yud-s (י), Heih-s (ה) and Vav-s (ו), which add up to 90,100, which amazingly is equivalent to the sum of all the integers from 1 to 424, connecting each and every one of us to the consciousness of Moshiach Ben David. As it happens 424 is also the sum of the complete value with the kolel for the 7 letters of the phrase Chanukah candle, Ner Chanukah (נר–חנוכה).

To refresh our memory, each of the 12 tribes made the same donation of 11 items: 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).

Applying the Torah’s counting method to the sacrifices that we read each day on Chanukah, we find that the sum of the integers from 1 – 130 plus the sum of the integers from 1-70 plus the sum of the integers from 1- 10 plus 1+1+1+1 plus the sum of the integers from 1-2 plus the sum of the integers from 1-5 plus the sum of the integers from 1-5, and finally plus the sum of the integers from 1-5 equals 11107, or 11000 and 107. Why is this significant? Once again the sacrifices of the 11 items are pointing the way to our salvation in the year 5778 in that the sum of the integers from 1 – 107 is 5778.

tree of life 11 EngOne might think this was coincidental in the same way that the number of letters in the Torah up to the 10 Commandments is 107007 in the 70th chapter of the Torah at Mt. Sinai of numerical value 130, thus mimicking the weights (130, 70 and 10). The 11000 in 11107 may be even more significant for us. After all, G-d can tell us a thousand different ways when the cosmic gates to Moshiach consciousness will appear. However, if He does not tell us how to open them, what good will it do? Yet we know that G-d does not tease us, nor are His tools meant to do so.

To start with, this number 11000 must mean something to us and to Chanukah because 44 candles lit over the 8 days times the numerical value of candle (ner, נר), which is 250, gives us 44 x 250 = 11000. Moreover, the weights of the sacrificed (donated) metals were 200 shekels of silver and the 10 shekels of gold, which because the sum of the integers from 1 – 10 is 55, these weights can be expressed as 200 X 55 = 11000.

If that were not enough to get our attention, the portion of Miketz (מקץ), meaning “from the end,” that fell during Chanukah and of which the Arizal explained pointed to Moshiach in our specific penteractgeneration, has a complete gematria value (1040, plus an ordinal value of 59) of 1089 and while 89 is the gematria value of Chanukah (חנוכה), 1089 is also (1100 – 11). So it is very fitting that the oil (shemen, שמן) of which the Chanukah 8-day story is predicated upon, also has a complete gematria value (1040 plus an ordinal value of 59) of 1089 and likewise (1100 – 11). When two words have the same gematria value, we considered it as a similarity of form and thus they share a common bond or cosmic gate. There are exactly 210 word value gates in the Torah matrix.  It is far less common that two words would also share the same ordinal value, meaning that the placement of the letters within the alphabet, while different, when added up are equivalent. These rare word pairs share a very tight spiritual bond, a similarity of form and space.

Given that the repetition of 11,000, 1100, 110 and 11, they must be telling us something. Perhaps it has something to do with the 11 unique letters in the Torah’s first verse, whose total value is the sum of the integers from 1 to 73. These 11 unique letters also have the value of 1089 or (1100 – 11) when the prime kolel is included. Those same 11 unique letters have a sofit (final letter) value of 2454 which is 6 more than 2448, the year of the first cosmic Moshiach Gate, the time of the 10 Commandments. This makes sense as the first verse occurred 6 days (years) before Adam and thus the start of the calendar and the countdown to 5778.   Even adding 666 to Moshiach Ben David (424), as in the 66.6 jubilee years from 2448 to 5778, gives us (424 + 666) = 1090 – 1 = 1089.

Of those 11 unique letters and the first 42 letters of the Torah that transformed from the 42-Letter Name of G-d, three specific ones never changed form (שרו). Their numerical value is 506, that of genesis prayer cover“unconditional love” and the complete form of Moshiach Ben David.

In “G-d Never Abandoned His People” we described the integral way that the 42-Letter Name of G-d acts as the Mishkan and the way the 11-incense is repeatedly woven into it, including its first line whose sum, 506, equals the sum of the squares of the integers from 1 to 11.

12 + 22 + 32 + 42 + 52 + 62 +72 + 82 + 92 + 102 + 112 = 506

Then in the sixth line of the 42-letter Name of G-d we find the value 110 (לפ) and 107 (זק) side by side. Okay, so we know that, as Rav Brandwein of blessed memory explained, it is the understanding of the 42-letter Name that will bring about the Geula (Final Redemption). We know that the 42-letter Name came from the Torah’s first verse and that it is connected to Moshiach and Chanukah. We also know that we need to use it and study it if we want to open the Gate of Moshiach. This is a given…G-dly given.

We surmise that there must be more of a message in all this, and there is. The value 110 is that of nes (נס), miracle, and the way things are going in the world today it will surely take a miracle, and surely more than one. 11000 is 100 x 110, or 100 miracles. We are supposed to recite 100 blessings every day, but what about connecting to 100 miracles every day? The Rav always said it is not surviving an accident that is a miracle; it is getting home safely without incident. That is the miracle. Think about it, every day we get in our multi-ton cars and barrel down uneven and often wet roads and highways in excess of 60+ mph balanced precariously on only 50 square inches of worn rubber while the radio is blaring and the kids are fighting, the phone is ringing, and all around us are dozens of other speeding drivers in exactly the same predicament, or worse, maybe texting, maybe arguing with someone. Is it not a miracle? Is it not a multitude of miracles that gets us home or to work or school safely every day? Once we start seeing the miracles all around us, we will start drawing more into our lives. The kabbalists call it “similarity of form.” Once we start drawing greater miracles into our lives and world, we will be making an opening for the ultimate miracle, “the Gate of Moshiach”… and “Moshiach consciousness.” Just as the Baba Sali did, when he took over as the Rabbinate and the spiritual leader of their yeshiva at the age of 18 upon the passing of his father, the Tzaddik Rabbi Massoud, in 5668, 110 years before 5778.

solar fareCount those miracles daily. G-d counted from 1-107 and got 5778 and made the surface temperature of the Sun 5778o Kelvin. Then He.counted the integers from 1 to 70 and got 2485 so He made the surface temperature of the Earth 248.5o Kelvin.

G-d designed this universe for us and He designed its every detail with great purpose and intent. His intention was always for us to discover and then open “the Gate of Moshiach.” We can start doing so by noticing and appreciating what He created for us, the miracles in nature and in everything around us and in each other. When we can truly see these with understanding, then we will become them… in similarity of form.

cosmic windowAs He did himself with our light-giving Sun and the planet we live on, G-d gave us 5778 years to count and a final countdown of 70 from installing Israel as a nation. He gave us His Torah and made the third word in it Elohim (אלהים) equivalent to the word “nature.” We can overcome our own nature or chose His. Do we want to be in similarity of form with heathens, or with the Heavens? G-d willing, B’H, we will all see the miracles that surround and sustain each and every one of us, each and every day. Every day, connect to the Chanukah candles, light them in your mind and don’t just say the 100 blessings but count your blessings, look around and count the chnaukah lightsmiracles.

“When I behold Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast established; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou thinkest of him? Yet Thou hast made him but little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou hast made him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet: Sheep and oxen, all of them, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea; whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how glorious is Thy name in all the earth!” — Psalm 8:3-9

Hello from the Other Side

chnaukah lightsWhenever 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

 

chanikiya kotelAs 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

chanukiya7With 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

 

Chanukah: Follow the Tzaddik; Ignite the Light!

Chanukah: Eight days of Miracles Designed to Bring Mashiach

menora 1 lightIf we truly want to bring Moshiach consciousness to the world there is really only one way to do it, by emulating a tzaddik in our actions and thoughts. I have been blessed with being close with two of them, both of blessed memory. They both had one overriding attribute that we all need to emulate. They both did everything with selfless, caring love and with a noble purpose. They showed us that we must inject caring love into our actions and do them with the singular purpose of bringing Moshiach. It is not only the way; it is the only way. When we are doing something out of pure love it will be one with the Light Force and thus whatever the outcome, it will be the right outcome. However, that is not enough. We also have to inject intent and purpose in order to direct that Light. We can scatter the Light or focus it, but the only way to achieve anything in this world or the next, is to focus it. The Torah and the tzaddikim before us have provided us with numerous tools to enable us to harness and focus that Light and they had a singular purpose — “to bring Moshiach consciousness to our world.” We have a huge opportunity these 8 days of Chanukah to join them and actively draw down the Light of Moshiach. The following connections and revelations have been provided by them to empower us in that endeavor.

Everything about this special period of time from the Torah portions to the dreidel and jelly donuts is designed around the singular purpose of bringing Moshiach. We need to make a crucial choice now. We can either focus our intent and open our hearts, or attend parties and exchange gifts. And yes, we can do both, but the light will go where we FOCUS it.

The Torah

Each Torah portion and each holy day is a unique cosmic window. The cosmic window at this time of year contains the 4 portions (Vayeshev, Vayigash, Miketz and Vayechi) of Joseph, and within torah scrollthe timing of these 4 portions are the 8 days of the light of Moshiach called Chanukah, whose numerical value is 89, just like the complete value of the initials of the 4 portions, also 89. So it should come as no surprise that, as Daniel, one of the treasured contributors of our blog points out, all four names of the portions connect to the numerical value of Moshiach, 358.

The standard gematria value together with their ordinal number of the 2 portions Vayeshev and Vayigash is 2 x 358; while the gematria sofit of Miketz and Vayechi is 3 x 358, for a total of 5 x 358 hidden in these four Torah Portions.

The Dreidel

4 dreidelsEven the simple child’s dreidel serves to focus our attention on Moshiach. It has four sides corresponding to the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) and engraved with the Hebrew Letters G/ג, H/ה, N, and Sh/ש (גהנש). The Four (4) letters have a numerical value of 358, that of Mashiach, the Messiah.

From the games we play to candles we light, the entire Chanukah event is designed to help us bring Moshiach. And that is where our consciousness needs to be. The eight days are a cosmic event, not a celebration of a miracle that once happened; the miracle happened because it occurred during this cosmic event. The lights we ignite each night connects us to the special Light of miracles available to us once a year for 8 days starting every 25th of Kislev (Sagittarius). It is a different light/energy than what is available to us in the 8 days of Sukkot-Shemini Atzeret; and it is different from the light available to us during the 8 days of Pesach (Passover); and it is different from the energy available to us on the 8 other holy days throughout the year. In total there are 32 days of varying special Light/energy (besides the special light of Shabbat). These 32 days connects to the 32 Paths of Wisdom of the Tree-of-Life, through which these various lights shine unto us.

The oil lasted 8 days because the Light of Chanukah, Mashiach Light, lasted 8 days, not the other way around. As soon as the special Light of Moshiach (Ohr HaGanuz) was revealed into our nova explosionexistence, it was hidden. I learned from the Rav that on the first Shabbat of Creation, it was brought out for 32 hours then hidden away for the time of the Messiah, but for 8 days every year we can get a taste of the Light.

This is why the 4 letters of Mashiach (משיח) spell out Madlikim Shmona Yemei Chanukah (“lighting up eight days of Chanukah”).

History

The books of the Maccabees date the first war as 3585 HC, which coincides with the numerical value of Moshiach, which is 358.  The fight was for liberation, and so is ours today, liberating ourselves from the clutches of physicality.  This war was fought and won by a small band men and the Light Force of G-d against overwhelming odds and numbers, not so dissimilar from the schematic once again taking shape today.  A cosmic window opened back then and another is opening now.

Chanukah Meditations

How to Count the 8 Days

chnaukah lightsOne of the key elements of Chanukah is based on the spiritual tenet that nothing can ever be lost. Once it goes from a latent (potential) state to an actual physical state, it is forever present in the universe, whether we can physically see it or not. So the light of the first night, is added to the second light and so forth until the 8th day when we have the light of 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8 = 36 days of light.

That explained, we can note that the sum of all the Torah occurrences of the words “first” through “eighth”— rishon, sheni, shlishi, revi’i, chamishi, shishi, sheviyi, and shemini—is (189+125+2+2+2+2+0+0) = 322. Since the sum of days (numbers) 1-8, representing the summation of the Chanukah lights for the 8 days is 36, we can express the 8 days by the energetic equaition (322 + 36) = 358, the value of Moshiach yet again. Further, while 36 can be viewed as a rounding off the numerical term 35.8 to 36, to the kabbalists 36 represents the Lamed-Vav (לו) tzaddikim, or 36 righteous souls necessary at all times to maintain our existence in the universe. By emulating them, we are joining them, and by joining them we are indeed, drawing down the light of Moshiach into the world.

The 44 Candles Sweeten the Judgment

How to count the candles

On a simple level, over the 8 nights, we are lighting 44 candles in total, including the shamesh (servant candle) every night. These 44 candles correspond to the ordinal value of the 5 letters in Chanukah (חנוכה) which is 44. It also corresponds to the initials of all 10 plagues, which also add up to 44. The power to create miracles is built into every aspect of these 8 days.

Moreover, the first plague was blood, dam, also of numerical value 44, and as the Arizal explains “the word “m’damei“, whose numerical value (89) equals that of the word “Chanukah,” is rooted in the letters Dalet (ד) and Mem (מ), which spell the Hebrew word for “blood.” He further advised that blood represents the negative powers of judgment and our mission it is to sweeten that judgement through the lighting of the 44 candles. They nullify the kelipot before us.

As the Arizal further explains the 44 candles connect first and foremost to the regressive spelling of the higher name of G-d, Ehyeh (אהיה), whose numerical value is 44, thus connecting us to Chochma and Binah;

(א–אה–אהי–אהיה)

Counting Candles

If our actions of lighting the chanukiya each night rekindle the energy from the night before and culminate in completeness on Zot Chanukah (the final night), then: on the first night we light 1 chanukiah all litcandle and it stays lit metaphysically for (at least) 8 days; and on the second night we light 2 candles that stay lit, giving us a second day total of 3 lit (rekindled) candles. On the third night we are lighting, (rekindling) 1 + 2 + 3, or a total of 6 candles; and so on, until we have an 8 day progression of 1 + 3 + 6 + 10 + 15 + 21 + 28 + 36 = 120 candles, a familiar mathematical progression that seems to be oft used in the deeper meditations and connections of the Torah, and that we first learned about from Abraham, the Patriarch in his book Sefer Yetzirah, The Book of Formation.

Well, considering this, it is noteworthy that if we assume that all our candles or oil last metaphysically for 8 days, just as they did physically for the Maccabes, then in total we are lighting 120 lights. This correspond to both the 120 permutations of the Name Elohim and to the 120 years of Moses, whose soul is part and parcel with that of Moshiach in every generation.

 

In the same way, the Shamash candle lights would total 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 36 lights and through the Shamash we are connecting to the 36 tzaddikim that sustain our word each time we light it, meaning that if our consciousness is there, they will be there for us as well. They are the helpers lighting the Chanukah lights for us.  Nonetheless, 120 + 36 or 156 candles would be metaphysically lit. This connection to 156 or 6 X 26 (the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) is very important to the Chanukah meditations the Arizal will guide us through below as they will involve connecting to these 6 Tetragrammaton (יהוה) each day. Moreover, the Arizal explains that 156 is twice 78, the numerical value of mazal (fortune), an integral part of the lighting meditations as will be explained below.

The Arizal further explains that the eight days of Chanukah are, or end up, at the level of hod, the same as a brit milah whose 8 days expire at hod before the brit can be performed at the level of yesod. When we add the 36 lights for the 8 Shamash (servant candles) to the 120 of Moses illustrated above, our 8 day total is 156 lights. This is the numerical value for Yosef, who represents the level of Yesod. We can now more fully understand why Chanukah occurs during the 4 portions of Joseph, who was born in 2198 HC, exactly 3580 years before the year 5778, when Moshiach (numerical value 358) is supposed to be manifest in our world.

The Blessings

The Ignition to all the Blessings

day and nightWhen we start the blessing with the word Baruch, we need to keep in mind that it has the numerical sofit value of 708, which is the same as that of the 42 letters of the upper 42-Letter Name (מב), which is in actuality the ineffable Name of G-d (יהוה) with its letters spelled out through three iterations. This is no coincidence, as it is from this Name that the blessings flow downward through the 6 levels (dimensions) of Zeir Anpin and into our world.

יהוה

יוד–הי–ויו–הי

יוד–ויו–דלת–הי–יוד–ויו–יוד–ויו–הי–יוד

L’hadleek Ner Chanukah

Regarding the Chanukah blessings on the words L’hadleek Ner Chanukah and the kavanot that we’ve learned from the Arizal, the 3 first letters Lamed (ל), Nun (נ) and Chet (ח), spell out in small cosmic windowgematria, 3, 5, 8 or 358, Mashiach.

The Arizal explains that initials in L’hadleek Ner Chanukah (to light the Chanukah candle) spell the word Nachal (נחל), a holy Name that means “stream or river,” and also “inheritance,” and it has a numerical value of 88, which when aided by a kolel of 1 equals 89, the value of Chanukah itself.

Nevertheless, the concept of a stream is very important because by lighting the candles with the right consciousness we are opening a stream of light (the energy of sustenance or shefa) from above into our lives and into the world. The inheritance is the Messiah (the Moshiach).

Cosmic_RiverAs further explained by the Arizal, the secret of the 3 letters N, CH. L and Nachal (נחל) comes  from the 3 words that comprise the 8th and 9th of the 13 Attributes of G-d : “Notzer Chesed L‘alefim.” He goes on to explain that the 8th sefira (level) or Binah (Imma /Understanding) is where we are drawing this upper light from. Moreover, a key secret here is that once the 8th level is tapped into, all 3 upper levels (Binah, Chochma and Keter) are at once activated and made available to us. A river of divine light and blessing can flow into our world if we attune ourselves to it during the blessing and candle lighting.

As we put ourselves into a state of unconditional love and stay focused on the endgame of bringing Moshiach, the first mediation we need to do is either envision or think about opening up the flowing river of light Nachal (נחל) from the upper reservoir of Binah, and its higher sources Chochma and Keter. The light descends through Binah into Zeir Anpin (the heavenly ladder that connects our world to Binah (the upper world). Here is where the very specific Names of G-d come in. We want to focus on them, instead of trying to picture dimensions for which we have no visual reference point. Fortunately the Arizal tells us exactly which combination of the Name to use. For example Zeir Anpin is represented by the aspect of the spelled-out Tetragrammaton (הא‐ואו‐הא יוד) called (Mah) of numerical value 45.

…This is very important…

We are further told that the proper with for us to combine Zeir Anpin with Binah in this instance is by combining the letter alef (E/א ) in the center of the spelled-out letter Vav (ואו) of the Tetragrammaton (הא‐ואו‐הא יוד) called (Mah) of numerical value 45 to the regressively spelled Name Ehyeh (א‐ אה ‐ אהי ‐אהיה) associated with Binah and of numerical value of 44. Together they combine in the energetic equation 45 + 44 = 89, giving us once again the value of Chanukah (חנוכה).

Please note that it is the Names that are important; the numbers just help us to understand a little of what is going on energetically in the spiritual framework.

It is very important that we grasp this unification because as Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory explains it, through this very union of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) of numerical value 26 and the regressive Name Ehyeh (א‐ אה ‐ אהי ‐אהיה) that the (26 +44) or 70 Ministers of the 70 Nations are governed.

The Zohar tells us that at the end of the 70 years from the formation of Israel in 5708, all the Ministers (leaders) of those 70 nations will be replaced with Israel’s enemies, just as we see being played our around the world. This is why it is more crucial than ever that we become proper channels for the life force of G-d, and through the proper lighting of the 44 candles, we have the power to do just that.

 

(א‐ אה ‐ אהי ‐אהיה) and (יהוה)

26 + 44 = 70

The Light of Binah unites with the Light of Zeir Anpin fuels all 70 Nations

(א‐ אה ‐ אהי ‐אהיה) and (הא‐ואו‐הא יוד)

45 + 44 = 89

The Light of Binah unites with the expanded Light of Zeir Anpin and forms Chanukah

(Shefa flowing from Binah into Zeir Anpin)

chanukah 3 ehyh within YHVH

The Second Meditation:

Partially because the value of the word L’hadleek plus the kolel (1) = (179 +1) = 180, the Arizal tells us at this point in the blessing to meditate on the 3 upper aspects of the Tetragrammaton (Av, Sag, Mah), which together total (72+63+45) = 180.

Av (הי‐ויו-הי‐יוד) or 72

Sag (הי‐ואו-הי‐יוד) or 63

Mah (הא‐ואו-הא‐יוד) or 45

= 180

Any number times 10 indicates that number spreading throughout the 10 sefirot of the tree-of-life.  In this case, it is 18 (Chai, life), and as Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory explains “All ladder_to_heavenTorah Light is spread by squaring,” so we see within the square root of 18: 4.2426. This is most significant because 424 is the value for “Mashiach Ben David” and 26 is the value of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה).

Now, specific to the Chanukah blessing is that the spelled-out (gematria milui) value of the letters Nun (נון) and that of the Lamed (למד) of L’hadleek Ner is also 180, thus giving us yet another connection to “Mashiach Ben David and the tree-of-life.

From the 18 words of the 13 Attributes, the phrase “Notzer Chesed L‘alefim” meansHe preserves kindness for 2000 yearswhich is a hint that our time of exile for the past 2000 years is coming to a close, and if we add the 18 to it, we get 2018 CE (5778 HC), the year the tzaddikim have prophesied for the coming of the messiah and the final redemption (geula). It is also the year (2018 HC) that G-d made His Covenant with Abraham, our inheritance (Nachal, נחל).

Indeed, the word candle, Ner, (נר) has a numerical value of 250 and thus the 8 candles have a  collective value of 250 x 8 = 2000.

And when we add the 180 of Av, Sag, Mah to the 180 of L’hadleek Ner plus the kolel of 3 for the 3 aspects of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה), we get 180 + 180 + 3 = 363, the numerical value of H’Mashiach, which is what we should be mediating on when we recite L’hadleek Ner:

(הי‐ויו-הי‐יוד) (הי‐ואו-הי‐יוד)(הא‐ואו-הא‐יוד) and H’Mashiach.

(Receiving H’Mashiach)

L’Hadleek

chanukah 3 ehyh within YHVH

Chanukah 2 Lhadleek

Ner

Regarding Ner, the Arizal tells us to combine the Names Ehyeh, Elohim, and Adonai with YHVH on the 3 different levels (Av, Sag, and Mah) to draw down the light properly from Binah to Malchut:

(אהיהאלהיםאדני)

3 YHVH = 250

Now the total numerical value of the 3 Names (אהיהאלהיםאדני) is 172, and when we add 1 for the kolel, it is 173, as in the small gematria numerical value for the 42-letter Name.

The Ari further explains that at the word Ner in the blessing we should concentrate on combining the 3 Names (אהיהאלהיםאדני) with the 3 simple (יהוה)’s. These 3 (יהוה)’s add up to 26 + 26 + 26 = 78, the gematria of Mazla, aramaic for mazal, fortune, which we want to draw into our lives when lighting the Chanukah candles. This process mimics the flow of the shefa, (life-giving light) that emanates from the 3 Tetragrammatons (יהוה) and flows from the Holy of Holies through the Gate of 42 into the Holy Temple and then our world.

Now the main point of the Arizal was that the 6 Names paired up together so that their energy complements and facilitates the transformation of the light (אהיהיהוה ,אלהיםיהוה ,אדנייהוה). They add up to 250, the value of Ner, candle, but if we add 6 as the kolel, we get 256, which is the value for both H’Aron (Ark of the Covenant) and for Aaron who lit the Menorah as a channel for us all.

 Ner

chanukah oilSo when we recite Ner, we want to meditate on the 42-Letter name (the Ana B’koach), receiving mazal, letting  Aaron, the high priest and the only person in the Torah assigned the title Mashiach, be our channel to light the Menorah in our lives and world. Take your time and connect with the consciousness and with the unified Names.  Become the Rav, focus with your heart and a singular purpose. You are drawing down the Light-force of G-d; there is no need to rush through it.  The more you take your time and focus the more Light will be revealed.

אבג יתץ

קרע שטן

נגד יכש

בטר צתג

חקב טנע

יגל פזק

שקו צית

together with the 6 Names merging (unified) together as follows.

אהיה–יהוה (Chochma – Ehyeh)

אלהיםיהוה (Binah – Elohim)

אדנייהוה (Malchut – Adonai)

Chanukah1 EHYH + 3 YHVH

Chanukah 2 Ner

 

 

 

We draw the light of blessing down from Chochma to Binah to our world, Malchut. As the light of our candles ascend, the Light from Heaven retraces it back down to us anabkoach160-ksand our world, exploding like a bolt of lightning, which incidentally is exactly how lightning works — the earth takes the first action.

Now for the full understanding, we take the 3 Names Ehyeh, Elohim and Adonai plus the 3 Names Av, Sag, Mah from the L’hadleek Ner kavanot and numerically add them  (172 + 180) + 6 (kolel for the 6 Names) and get 358, Mashiach.

So completing the recitation of Baruch though Ner, we want to have in mind drawing down the light from the Upper 42-Letter Name to the Lower 42-Letter Name though the 3 (יהוה)’s and into the 3 Names (אהיהאלהיםאדני) and thus igniting the spark of Moshiach consciousness in all of us and spreading it throughout the 70 nations.

The Candle

The candle we’re lighting is the light of the Torah itself as evidenced by the spelled out, gematria milui of the letters Nun-Resh) of Ner (נר /candle): (ריש–נון) equals (106 + 510) = 616, which is the numerical value of H’Torah, which helps explain Proverb 6:23:

“A mitzvah is a candle, and the Torah is light.”

The Shamash

32 pathsThe Shamash, or 9th candle is much more than a simple “helper” candle. The 9th sefira is that of Chochma, Wisdom. and the unification from above that is associated with the 9th sefira is (יהוה) x (אהיה) or in numerical terms 26 x 21 = 546, which is the sum of the initials of all 10 sefirot, a clue that this unification helps us draw the energy down through all 10 sefirot (dimensions).

The value 546 is also the total value of the Names of the 3 Patriarchs whose names began with the letter Yud (י), which connects them to Chochma (wisdom), the 9th sefira: Isaac (208), Jacob (182), and Joseph (156).  It is likewise a connection to Israel, which has a value of 546 when the kolel for the 5 letters is included, and whose name is found 546 times in the Torah.

So as we light the Shamesh we should meditate to draw down the light through the 10 sefirot and to put joy in our hearts.

The 25th of Kislev

jelly donuts2Yet another connection between the kavanot and the words of the blessing is found between the 25 letters of the union of the 6 Names and the value of Ner, 250, since 250/10 = 25, but most important these would be the 25 letters that the Zohar says is missing for the completion of the Mishkan and the 25 words that we know are missing from the completion of the Torah, which is exactly (80,00025 words). It is also a connection between the 25 letters of the Sh’ma Israel phrase and the 25th of Kislev, as explained by the Zohar.

The next obvious further connection is between the 80,000 words and the 8 lights and nights of Chanukah, since the 4th root of the sum of all the words, letters, and verses of the Torah = 25 exactly. There are also 25 letters in lamed-vav (36) milui.

 The OiI

The word for eight (8) in Hebrew is shemonah, and a simple permutation of the letters in shemonah (שמנה) gives us hashemen. “the oil” (השמן), and also neshama (soul, נשמה), all of which have the latkas2numerical value of 395, that of the 5th word in the Torah, H’Shama’im (the Heavens).

And when we spell out the Shin-Mem-Nun (שין–מם–נון) root letters of the Oil they add up to 546, so we must keep in mind (Proverbs 27:9): “Oil and incense rejoice the heart,” and be joyful as we light the oil for that joy will spread through the 10 sefirot and be contagious throughout the world.

Proverbs 27:9 “Oil and incense rejoice the heart”

The 8 Nights of Lights

let there be lightFor every candle we light below, one is lit above. So for all the 156 metaphysical candles we light below plus 1 collective one (the kolel), another 157 are lit above, making 314 in total, and 314 is the numerical value of the Name of G-d Shadai (שדי) and also of Mettatron.  As for the 156 candles, it is the numerical value of Zion and as we said previously, Joseph, who represents Yesod of Malchut, where the light of Binah ends up on the 8th day. It is also the point where all the divine sustenance funnels into our lives and our world. Incidentally, Zion, of numerical value 156, is found 107 times in Tanakh and the sum of all the integers from 1 to 107 is 5778.

Moreover, if we consider all the cumulative lit Chanukah lights as a multiple of 8 days: 1 x 3 x 6 x 10 x 15 x 21 x 28 x 36 = 1008 then add 1 for the kolel, and double them for above and below, they total 2018 candles in all.  So in essence, each and every year, by fulfilling the mitzvot of lighting the Chanukah candles we’re preparing for the arrival of Moshiach in the year 2018 CE (5778 HC), our inheritance.

Chanukah Gelt

Even the parve chocolate gelt we give to our children on Chanukah connects to Mashiach, as the Aramaic word for gelt is Dami (דמי) of numerical value 54, and since 5778 is the sum of all the gelt 2integers from 1 to 107 and 5778 = 107 x 54, then 54, and thus Dami (Gelt), plays yet another role in connecting all of us to the coming of H’Mashiach, B’H very soon.

So, this Chanukah, become a tzaddik and light the candles with love in your heart and the intention to bring Mashiach to the world. Together, we will combine our light and make a real and lasting change in the world.  Together, we can be the Maccabees.

chanikiya kotelWith every candle we light,

                                we can sweeten the judgment

                                                                         in our lives

                                                                                   and in the world.

                                                                  

“For with Thee is the fountain of life; In Thy light do we see light.”  -Psalm 36:9