## The Sacrifices; Then and more so Now.

Each of the 8 days of Chanukah we read a laundry list of sacrifice to be made by the 12 tribes in the Miskan or Holy Temple, events far removed from our lives by thousands of years.

1 Silver plate weighing 130 shekels (ShKL)

1 Silver bowl weighing 70 shekels

1 Gold bowl weighting 10 shekels

1 Young bull

1 Ram

1male lamb (1 year old)

1 male goat

2 oxen

5 rams

5 male goats

5 male lambs (1 year old)
So why do we recite these sacrifices when we can’t physically make them without the Holy Temple, and haven’t been able to do so for nearly 2000 years? Before we get to why, lets see what the sacrifices are all about first.

The 130 shekels of silver for the plate each day corresponds Jacob’s age when he entered Egypt to begin the exile in Egypt. It’s also the value of Sinai, where the Israelites received the Torah 210 years later. The 70 shekels of silver correspond to the 70 family members with Jacob who entered Egypt. It also represents the 70 nations of the current exile and the year 70 CE when the Second Holy Temple was destroyed and the current exile began. And while the 10 shekels of gold correspond to the 10 utterances received at Sinai, the full weight of 130+70=10 = 210 shekels thus corresponds to the 210 years of the Egyptian exile, and the value of the word Shekel (ShKL), or 430, corresponds to the 430 years of the full first exile from the Covenant of Abraham in 2018 HC to the reception of the Torah at Sinai in 2448 HC.

Now, a deeper secret within this weight is that 210 shekels are equivalent to a numerical value of 210 x 430 = 90,300 or 903 x 100, an 903 is the recognized sum of all the positive integers through 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.

Each Chanukah we read about the sacrifices from Numbers (B’midbar) 7:1-89 and 8:1-4, and while the 89 verses of chapter 7 obviously correspond to the gematria value of Chanukah (89), the 4 verses of chapter 8 correspond to the 4 periods of exile.

The word Shekel is repeated 26 times during in the 93 verses of the full reading and not only is 26 the value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), but the value of the word shekel (ShKL) spelled out (gematria milui) is 620, that of keter, the highest, crowning sefira (dimension) and in the multiply repeated phrase Shekel B’Shekel H’Kodesh, the word H’Kodesh (HKDSh) likewise has the gematria milui (spelled-out-value), including the kolel, of 1000, which is also representative of keter, and of elef (ELP), one thousand, and thus to the letter alef (ELP), alluding to the beginning. Therefore, the phrase Shekel B’Shekel H’Kodesh can read as “the crown in the crown at the beginning,” or even “keter of keter of keter,” which is the highest level imaginable.

Now there’s obviously a lot of potent energy available in these connections to the YHVH and to keter of keter of keter, but how does it relate to us?

Well, to begin with, the word H’kodesh in gematria milui sofit also has the numerical value of 2008, as in the year just past 2008 CE, when from a financial standpoint the world began its implosion, when the world’s stock markets declined a collective 42%.

Moreover, the total average value of the 41 combined occurrences of the 3 words in the phrase Shekel B’Shekel H’Kodesh found in the reading of the sacrifices is ((15 x 409)+(12×430)+(14×432))/3 – 3 (kolel) = 5778, as in the year 5778 HC (2018 CE), less than 10 years from now, when chazal has prophesied the coming of H’Mashiach.

There are 6 different phrases throughout the sacrifices that have a numerical value of 5777, (representing the year 2017 CE) and of the 5845 verses in the Torah, there are only 13 incidences where the value of a phrase wholly within a verse has the value of 5777 and one of those is verse Numbers 7:87 of the sacrifices, 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 was prophesied to most probably occur in the period 5777.78 to 5778.28 .

As for the year 5778, amongst the 93 verses of the sacrifices there are 16 occurrences of phrases (defined as a contiguous grouping or words) with the total value of 5778, the last of which is in the final verse of the sacrifices, Numbers 8:4, where we find 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.”

And not coincidentally, the number 84 represents Pad, redemption, the union of the upper and lower Mem-Bet (42-Letter Names) necessary for the geula.

But possibly even more telling, of the 5845 verses in the Torah, 3.14%, or 184 phrases wholly within verses, equal 2019, the first year of the new era of Mashiach as prophesied by chazal, and of these 184 phrases, 35 are within the 93 verses of the sacrifices, an unfathomably large percentage. Moreover, as you may have already recognized, 184 is the numerical value of Pkad, which chazal has independently connected to the coming of Mashiach and which we wrote about in a previous blog.

So of the 93 verses of the sacrifices, fully, 57 (6, 16, and 35) are either connected to the year 2017 (5777), 2018 (5778), or 2019 and another 41 times specifically to 5778 through the repeated occurrences of shekel b’shekel h’kodesh.

Can this be a coincidence? No, there’s no statistical way. It had to have been planned that way long before the Maccabees, from the moment of the creation of the Torah. And thus it’s no coincidence either that 57/93 = .612903, or 612 (brit/covenant) and 903, and allusion to the mem-bet (42-Letter Name) as described above.

So the message is clear what the sacrifices have programmed into them: a subliminal connection for us to the geula and the coming of Moshiach. And so it’s also now clear, why we should recite them every year even though there’s no Temple or channel to make the sacrifices.

But they are also a reminder that in order to be part of the geula (final redemption), we need to make sacrifices, and through his translation and interpretation of the Zohar in Vayegash 63, Rav Ashlag (HaSulam) tells us how: From man, four types of men branched out-some righteous and some wicked, some stupid and some wise. Of these, some were rich and some poor.  They can bring merit and benefit to each other. The righteous can benefit the wicked by causing them to repent their sins; the wise can benefit the foolish by teaching them sense; the rich can benefit the poor by supporting them in their need. Through these actions man merits life everlasting and attaches himself to the tree-of-life.”

According to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, author of the Zohar, this is the secret meaning of Bereshit 2:10 “A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden. From there it divided and became four major rivers,” which is another reason why the weight of the sacrifices was 210 shekels.

In order to connect with the tree-of-life reality, the Mashiach reality, being offered to us for the 3rd, and possibly final time, in the 5778 period, we need to be our brothers’ keepers. We were all born with a purpose. If we’re rich, we must help our poorer brethren; this is why they were born without mazal and we were.  If we were born wise, it’s our duty with the less fortunate to share our wisdom and knowledge. They are there for us as much as we are there for them. And if we’re righteous we must stand up to the wicked, reach out to them with unconditional love; we must find the holy sparks and allow them to be elevated.

If you believe in G-d, then you must know that he could have made everyone rich, wise and righteous, but what purpose would we then have.  What would we contribute to the universe; why would we need a conscience or a consciousness.  And if we don’t have a purpose then what are we doing with ourselves? Are we using our consciousness? We must do our part to help our brethren reach the tree-of-life reality, and in so doing, help ourselves reach it as well.

As for the sacrifice we read about, at the end of the 4th exile, we must also make them too, though to us they are now more personal.  Each of the 4 types of animals had a specific purpose to help the 4 types of man.  But the gold and silver had other significance too, to open up the gates of wisdom for us.

The complete value (standard plus ordinal) of silver, representing gevura/judgment is 203, as in the first 3 letters of the Torah and the complete value of gold, repesting chesed/loving-kindness is 28, as in the 28 letters of the Torah’s first verse and all 12 tribes were instructed to give both gold and silver in the weights/proportions described above for the sacrifices.  Together the complete values of gold and silver (28 + 203) = 231, as in the 231 Gates of Wisdom, described by Abraham in the Sefer Yetzirah, and in the sum of the positive integers through 22, as in the 22 letters of the alef-bet.  Gold and silver, money, assets, mean nothing in the achievement of the tree-of-life reality–it can’t be purchased, but chesed/loving-kindness, and helping one another, these are the commodities that count.  If you were blessed with money, use it to help others while you still can.  42% of the assets (\$29 trillion or so) in the worlds stock markets were lost year.  It could have been 72%, and it still could be. Do your part while it’s only 42%, support the wise ones and the righteous ones to do there part–the part you cannot do for yourself, and help the poor ones so they may help you.  If you’re wise, reach out and teach. If you’re, righteous, shine forth and elevate.  We must all help each other–none of us can make the sacrifices on there own.  All the 12 tribes gave equally. The sacrifices are made for the community.

The hope for the community lies in our individual sacrifice of the rich helping the wise and righteous, and the wise and the righteous helping the rich and wicked to see, and together everyone helping the poor.  Only as a community can we overcome our destinies.

B”H Through these actions may we merit life everlasting and attach ourselves to the tree-of-life.

## The Torah’s Shortest Verse

From the smallest packages come the greatest gifts.

In this week’s portion, pasha Vayigash, amidst the listing of the 70 Israelites who entered Egypt to begin the exile there, we find a 3 word verse, the Torah’s shortest verse, Genesis 46:23, “And the sons of Dan were Chushim” (VBNI DN ChShYM וּבְנֵי-דָן חֻשִׁים).

As stated in “A Treasury of Chasidic Tales” about Rebbe Yissachar Dov of Radoshitzhe “Sabba Kadisha” (“Holy Grandfather”) of Radoshitz, a disciple of the Seer of Lublin, it’s explained that “Paradoxically, the verse in question employs the plural form – ‘The sons of Dan were’ – even though Dan had only one son, Chushim. The Talmud explains that this plural form is a hint at Dan’s later posterity, for through the offspring of Chushim, Dan became the progenitor of a large tribe.

But a glance into the sod (secrets) of this verse reveal that Hushim (ChShYM חֻשִׁים) is a permuted version of MSHYCh, Mashiach.  And V’Benay (VBNY) has the numerical value of chaim, life, and Dan (DN דָן) has the numerical value of 54 and the sofit numerical value of 704.

Using the sofit value the first 2 words with the kolel (6 letters) add up to 778, as in the year 5778, the year prophesied by chazal for the arrival of Moshiach and the end of the final exile, the geula. And the sofit value of Dan, 704 is that of the 4th line of the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name), where the brit (covenant) of Mashiach is concealed.

Moreover, it is from the dalet and nun (DN) that Abraham tells us in the Sefer Yetzirah that Mashiach will come, and since 54 x 107 = 5778 and since all the positive integers through 107 = 5778, in the 10 letters of it’s shortest verse, the Torah has spelled out when Mashiach lives, which is further emphasized because the first letters of the 3 words add up to 18, the numerical value of Chai (lives).

And indeed even the structure of 3 words and 10 letters, hints at the 3 column, 10 sefirot (dimension) structure of the tree-of-life which will once again be revealed in the time of Moshiach. And while the last letters of the 3 words of the verse sum to 100, as in keter, and the 100 sub-sefirot of the tree-of-life, the letter pattern in the 3 words is 4-2-4, as in the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David, 424.

The lesson from the Torah is to never overlook the little things.
Rebbe Yissachar Dov of Radoshitzhe used this verse to bestow the blessing of many descendants on someone.  We can use it to find those little sparks of goodness, holiness, around us, and scattered throughout the 70 nations, to help bring about the messiah (tree-of-life) consciousness within us, and the final redemption to the whole world.
B”H, it will happen soon.

## Cause and Effect; The Signs of our Time.

This past week I witnessed a series of events unfold and the consequences of these events for many of us who are on spiritual paths is substantial.

Usually I delve into deep secrets of Kabbalah and spirituality revealed through the gematria of the Torah verses, but there’s a more critical issue facing all of us and deeper secrets to be revealed by the unfolding evens in our daily lives. Previously, I’ve warned about how as we approach the geula (final redemption), the cycle of cause and effect is greatly speeding up and how this manifests as both curses and blessings depending on how we view them and whether we’ve understood their messages. And I’ve also explained briefly what every kabbalist knows that the spiritual path is the most difficult one as it’s fraught with ever more present obstacles (tests) and if you’re not reading the messages, these potholes in your path become pits.

One of the secrets that the Arizal reveals about Joseph’s tribulation with being thrown in the pit, is that the Hebrew word for pit has the gematria value of 208, the same as Isaac, which represents the side of Gevura and judgment. our task is to read the signs, realize when we’re facing a karmic (tikun) punishment (or judgment), accept that it’s being meted out with mercy (chesed), love deep into ourselves for the spiritual root (cause) of our situation, correct it, and move on to a higher spiritual level. Because, if we fail these tests, they will only get worse, more intense, and as we get closer to the arrival of Mashiach, more destructive, devastating and frequent.

This past week I witnessed a series of events unfold. Because of the dreams that immediately proceeded them I was clued in and almost waiting to see how they would unfold in the physical world, which brings up the point of parsha Miketz, in case you missed it, spiritual dreams precede physical actions, the spiritual precedes the physical, which tells us nothing happens that’s not for a preordained reason and that everything happens (whether we see it for good or bad) with divine intent in it. And that means with mercy in it, no matter how terrible and dark it may look to us, even as bad as being thrown into a pit of vipers and scorpions by our own brothers.

Before I get into the incidents, which not coincidentally happened during parsha Miketz, when Joseph became ruler over Egypt and reunited with Jacob and his brothers, it’s interesting and relevant to note that Joseph was born in the year 2200 HC, and that Joseph (yesod of zeir anpin), as a reflection and as the central column continuation of this father Jacob (tiferet) each experienced their own personal exiles of 21 years for a total of 42 years. Jacob toiled for 21 years with Laban and Joseph in Egypt separated from his Dad. Each of the two 21-year intervals was a tithing to the 210 years of exile in Egypt, but together the 42 years presents the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name of G-d) associated with all the significant Biblical journeys and according to chazal with the coming of Moshiach. It was also in chapter 42 of Bereshit that Joseph was reunited with his brothers, bringing an end to his isolation.

The other significant connection to the incidents lies in the timing of Joseph’s birth, 248 years before the end of the Egyptian exile and the reception of the Torah at Sinai, because 248 is the numerical value of Abraham. And as an aside, at the time of their reuniting, Jacob was 130, as in the numerical value of Sinai, and Joseph was 38, the age that the Arizal passed on, but seeing as the events of the past week occurred during chanukah, it is very relevant that Joseph’s birth in 2200 HC was exactly 44 jubilee (the Biblical 50-year interval) years after the birth of Adam, as in the 44 candles light during Chanukah. Moreover, 2200 HC is the year 1560 BCE and 156 is both the numerical value of Joseph and the collective number of candles we light over Chanukah, when taking into account the spiritual aspect that every candle we light stays lit for the full 8 days (see our blog on the Chanukah meditations of the Ari for details).

And just to complete the scenario, Joseph’s birth in 2200 HC is 71.56 jubilee years before chazal’s prophesied date for Moshiach, 5778 HC, which is also 66.6 jubilee years from the reception of the Torah on Sinai, and since Chanukah (of numerical value 89) is all about lighting teh candles to bring H’Moshiach to the world, it’s not surprising that 89 x 40.2 = 3,577.8, the exact number of years from Joseph’s birth in 2200 HC to the final redemption in 5778 HC, and that 2200 is 38.0% of 5778, alluding to the Arizal again, and also to Egypt (of numerical value 380), a kabbalistic code word for darkness, and as explained in the Zohar, its true meaning is Meitzer Yam (Constriction of the sea, which is significant because the constricted flow of light into Egypt was relieved while Joseph was alive as he (his energetic archetype) controls the sefira (dimension) of yesod of zeir anpin, the choke point (or funnel point) of light into our world from the upper reservoirs. And it’s this very point that we open up for the world when we light the 156 Chanukah candles and the holy river of divine sustenance, Nachal (L‘hadlik Ner Chanukah) flows through.

This past week, during Chanukah and the period of time influence by the energy of Miketz, I witnessed a series of events that while having serious consequences for those involved, has even greater value for the lessons it teaches all of us. Now, it must be said that none of the people directly involved to my knowledge knew each other in this lifetime and many of them are very high level souls, and all of which were Orthodox Jews, most of whom were from Chabad. I also want to preface this by saying that as been told to us time and again by chazal and as has been related in so many stories of the Baal Shem Tov and other Tzaddikim, the higher our spiritual level the less leeway we have for transgressions, and even minor transgressions need correction, but in these days, with only 10 years to go until 5778, everyone on the spiritual path will be forced to correct their transgressions, and to see the results of them first hand and nearly immediately.

While attending a Chanukah craft and activities festival in a Chasidic storefront last Wednesday afternoon, a mother had overstayed the patience of her rambunctious very young boy and while she was checking out, he almost inexplicably veered off his course and dashed toward the window display, reached in, and accidentally knocked over the Lucite dreidel vessel that was holding all the little colorful dreidels of which people were supposed to guess their quantity.

The Chasidic Rabbi overseeing the event and witnessing the situation promptly demanded \$175 for the the broken Lucite and asked no questions. The woman said she’d be back with a check the next day.

As this was a Chasidic event, representing chesed and as 175 was the lifespan of Abraham Avinu, who always represents chesed, she instinctively knew and was further counseled to pay the asked for amount, in the same way that Abraham paid the 400 shekels for Machpelah without negotiating. Bli ayn hara, the family accepted that they were forced by divine light to make this sacrifice in order to ameliorate some unknown heavenly decree of judgment with possibly worse consequences. And so with a full heart they returned the next day, Thursday afternoon, and sought out the rabbi.

He refused to interrupt what he was doing to attend to them, even though it was the moment’s inattention that opened the window for the incident to occur on his watch the day before, then when he was ready he took the check coldly and dismissed the mother and child rather coldly without speaking with the boy and seeing who he really was.

There is a spiritual tenet that anyone who comes into our life does so for a divine reason; they are there for us. There was a time when we could ignore them, but not now. Now, all of us who have taken on the spiritual mantel are all being looked upon as tzaddiks and accordingly held to much higher standards.

The boy couldn’t have cared less if the rabbi spoke to him and he received a just punishment from his parents for his physical actions, and from the family’s perspective, the transaction was done whether the Rabbi saw the spiritual significance or not.

But as a witness to these events, it’s my opportunity and indeed job to seek out the holy sparks in the events as I point out the lessons to be learned. I can’t speak for what was in the rabbi’s head, and maybe he did do some serious self-reflection, but I can relate what unfolded thereafter, as today, even the slightest lapse is going to have serious, sometimes grave consequences and we must come to understand that.

We must understand and live our lives with the understanding that every physical action is preceded by spiritual ones and that every physical challenge is an opportunity to overcome a tikune before it really manifests, and that all events in our universe are connected, just like our souls.

Had the events unfolded differently it would have been revealed that the family was so poor that they didn’t even have rent money and that the boy was a special needs child. It is our individual duty to bring in as much light into a situation as possible, and the date was the 5th day of Chanukah, December 25th, erev Rosh Chodesh; what more powerful time for channeling the divine light of chasidim (mercy, loving-kindness) was there? The opportunity was missed.

A short hour later, a BMW SUV almost inexplicably veered off the road, and drove right through the Lucite display of another Chasidic Chanukah event storefront and didn’t stop until it reached the back of the shop and several children and adults were seriously injured.

We cannot know our tikun, but more than ever we are our brother’s keepers. More than ever we have to make every effort, go the extra mile to treat everyone with human dignity, compassion, and love. If we don’t take every advantage of every situation to look inside ourselves, there will be unfortunate consequences. How can I be sure I’ve connected the dots correctly here, because the very next day, I witnessed yet another car inexplicably go through a store front window and I knew it was my job to get the word out. As with His codes in the Torah, G-d can be very redundant. Things will be repeated over and over until the message gets across.

This event happened almost exactly one month after the devastating attack on Chabad house in Mumbai. Chabad does so much good, so why them? Because G-d has always held his righteous to higher standards, and just as Noach was no Abraham, the Torah tells us he was a righteous man for his times. We are certainly no Noach’s, and for the most part not tzaddikim, but for our times, we are the new righteous, and it’s up to all of us to uphold the world.

The root word for glass in Hebrew is Zach (Zayin, Caf = 27). it relates to purity and clear, as in without blemish (that is the reason to why clear glass items are Kosher for Meat and Dairy), but a broken glass is sign for us to break something inside to let the light in and out. In prior times it was enough to remove the opaque veils of klippot, now, in these end times, we must remove the transparent ones as well, for even as Zach (glass) has a numerical value of 3 x3x3, “the darkness” has a value of 333, and thus even transparent blockages can keep us separated.

Moreover, the shattering of the glass and the the Lucite vessel reflects the shattering of the vessels in Tohu, and reminds us all of our duty to pick-up and collect the holy sparks of this world of tikun. As the letters on the dreidel (H,SH, G,N) add up to 358, the value of Moshiach, the message is emphasized that picking up the smaller individual dreidels (Moshiachs) is what’s necessary, not one big showy one.

Glass windows are coming down everywhere, veils being pulled back. We were all witnesses to the price thousands of Orthodox Jews and Jewish institutions and charities paid because of their dealings with Bernie Madoff. There was a \$50 billion veil there that no one saw.

We know from chazal that it is the understanding of the Shem Mem-bet (the 42-letter name of G-d, the Ana B’Koach) that will bring about the geula, so just as Noach’s flood, Malbul, was a sign of G-d displeasure with Man, we can trace the signs of the Mem-Bet to see where we have to work harder. The first line of the Shem Mem-Bet has the same numerical value as unconditional love; it’s also the same complete numerical value as Mashiach Ben David. Five years ago, this very week, December 26th, there was an earthquake in BaM Iran where 50,000 people died. And exactly one year later, also on December 26th, an earthquake off the coast of MeulaBoh, caused a tsunami that killed 225,000. The attack of 9/11 hit at the financial center of America in downtown Manhattan Borough, the same place the financial crisis hit again in earnest that same week 7 years later. G-d is nothing if not redundant.

And the messages will keep coming. We all need to listen, but listening is not enough; we all need to take the initiative to change ourselves and bring loving kindness to the world.

We need to look on our messengers with compassion, look into ourselves for correction, and then reach out to the needy. We revere our Ravs, now we must emulate them. From here on out, it’s vitally important for all of us to treat one another with human dignity and to extend to them our love. Eliyahu Hanavi does not revel himself to you when he greets you; your actions after greeting him must merit that. We must treat everyone we meet as if they might be Eliyahu Hanavi, or even H’Mashiach. B”H, May all our actions, merit the revelation of H’Moshiach.

## What’s Coming From America? The Light is Good.

For a long time most of the world has envied America. For a long time most of the world emulated America. For a long time most of the world took advantage of America. Most of the world hates America.

To cause so much of a reaction, there must be a lot of Light in America. That’s a spiritual law.

But you can’t see Light unless it’s encased in darkness. That’s also a physical law.

America and the Tetragrammaton, G-d’s ineffable Name, YHVH

Just 232 years ago, America created a revoltion and a government of, by and for the people, a truly revolutionary concept. It’s fitting that 232 is the total value of the full four aspects of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH, Av, Sag, Mah, and Ban)

Av (YVD HY VYV HY) is composed of Ayin (70) – Bet (2)

Sag (YVD HY VEV HY) is composed of Samech (60) – Gimmel (3)

Mah (YVD HE VEV HE) is composed of Mem (40) – Hey (5)

Ban (TYD HH VV HH) is composed of Bet (2) – Nun (50)

The two lower aspects Mah and Ban represents the union of Zeir Anpin (the 6 sefirot/dimensions of Heaven) and Malchut (our world), and thus aptly the 7 lines (sefirot) of Shem Mem-Bet, the 42-Letter Name, named thusly because the letters Mem (40) and Bet (2) = 42 in Gematria, the ancient science of letter valuation based on energy inherent in the Hebrew letters as first explained to us by Abraham, the Patriarch in his Book of Formation, the Sefer Yetzirah.

Meanwhile, the first letters of Av-Sag (Ayin-Samech), the two upper aspects, add up to 130, the numerical value of the two synonymous words and thus concepts of Sinai and Sulam (ladder) thought by the sages to originate from the center of the Shem Mem-bet. You must bear in mind that the 42-Letter name, while arranged 2-dimensionally in our world as a 6-letter by 7 line matrix, is really a multi-dimensional one in the upper worlds.

The combined numerical value of the representative letters (Ayin-Samech-Mem-Bet) is 70+60+40+2 = 172 and when we add 1 for the kolel, we get 173, as in 173 keys that the Zohar, the Book of Splendor written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai around 130 CE, tells us were given to Moses, which is just a figurative way of saying he was given the secrets of the 42-Letter Name (the Ana B’Koach), which has the small gematria value of 173.

The remaining letters (Bet-Gimmel-Hey-Nun) have a total numerical value of (2+3+5+50) = 60, the value of Samech, the letter hidden within the center of the Shem mem-bet, and the number of years of Israel’s existence as a nation when the USA reached 232 years of age (in 2008 CE).

And interestingly enough, if we use the squaring principles of the Arizal and Rabbi Chaim Vittal of blessed memory, the four aspects of the Tetragrammaton sum up to 5742, and then if we add 26 for the original Tetragrammaton they emanated from, as the Arizal was apt to do, we get 5768 or 2008 CE.

Alternatively, when we add up the spelled out gematria sofit values of Ayin-Samech-Mem-Bet and include the kolel of 16 for the 4 YHVH, we get 2448, as in 2448 HC, the year the Torah was given at Mt Sinai, 2320 years (or 232 x 10 sefirot) earlier.

Then when we add up the spelled out gematria sofit values of Ayin-Samech-Mem-Bet together with their second letters Bet-Gimmel-Hey-Nun and the kolel for the number of letters in their spelled out names and also in the 39 letters of the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton, we get 3760 HC (0-1 CE).

Now, the reason it’s said the letter Samech is hidden within the center of the 42-Letter name (Ana B’Koach) is that the value of the 21 letters through the midpoint of the 42 Letters add up to 1833 and there are 1833 samechs in the entire Torah.

But here is a deep secret: The value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) is 26, which in Hebrew is Caf-vav (CV) and when we spell out Caf-vav for 3 iterations, we get (C+V) +(CP + VYV )+((CP +PE) + (VYV+YVD+VYV)) or (20 + 6) +(820 + 22) + (901 + 64) = 1833, so in the center of the 42-Letter Name is the ladder (sulam) to the YHVH, as has been told to us by chazal.

Let there be Light

In the 3rd verse in the Torah, G-d said “Let there be Light.” and the numerical value of that verse is 1729, which is significant because there are exactly 1729 words of numerical value 26, corresponding to the value of the Tetragrammaton, YHVH.

We have proven time and again that the Torah could not have been written by man, 3330 years ago, or even today–it’s just too mathematically intricate. And contrary to popular secular belief the Torah was not written by several authors over hundreds of years. It was produced and given to us instantaneously, complete in all its glory, which is why the moment the thought of Light entered the Torah, there were 1729 instances of it’s reflection throughout the 5 Books.

So after establishing the Light throughout the Torah, in the next verse, G-d establishes that Light is good, but also sets up a destiny that would happen 5536 years later, in the 111th jubilee year (Biblical 50-year period). We mention this because 111 is the numerical value of Alef, the first Hebrew letter, representing a beginning. And a very fitting one, since this destiny was hinted at in the 4th verse of the Torah and using the prophesied date of 5778 for the geula and coming of Moshiach, He would arrive in the 4th jubilee year after the 111th.

It’s in the Alefs (the Ones)

Now, there are 6 letter alefs in the Torah’s first verse, which correspond to the 6 elufim (6 thousand years universally understood by religious Torah scholars) until the arrival of the Mashiach, which in actuality is 222, or 111 x 2, years less in the year 5778, and since 111 is the value of the letter alef, those 222 years are really 2 alefs. It is also the sum of the first 3 letters (BRE) in the Torah along with the primordial alef, 221 +1 = 222.

So what was that destiny hinted at in the 4th Verse?

Genesis 1:4. “God saw that the Light was good, and God divided between the Light and the darkness.”

America was founded in 1776, a number that is one more than 1775, the total sum of the 27 letters in the Hebrew alphabet (the alef-bet including the 5 final letters), but perhaps more significantly 1776 is the total value of the 4th verse in the Torah (Bible).

It’s in the 4’s

OK, the 4th verse of the Bible connects to America and to Light, the 4 letters in the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), and to the 4 aspects of the full Tetragrammaton (YHVH), which are connected to pure Light and just maybe to America in 2008, when the darkness first descended upon it and as the 4th exile comes to a close, 4 jubilee years later. So isn’t it fitting that the 4th word in this verse is the 4 letter word, H’OR, “The Light,” that has been mentioned 4 times up to and including this 4th verse in the Bible?

Coincidence, right? Is it coincidence too that 1776 = 4 x 444.

And how many letters were in the 4 YHVH from above? 16. And hoe mnay alefs (111) in 1776? 16

Now let’s forget for a moment that the two times that “the light” is mentioned in this verse has the numerical value of 2 x 212 = 424, which is that of Mashiach Ben David, and let’s move on to examining this significant verse a little closer.

Just about everybody knows that “the light is good,” which in Hebrew is “H’OR Ci Tov‘ (HEVR CY TtVB), and the sum of the words “The Light is (H’Or Ci)” is 242, which is the age the USA will be in the year 2018 (5778 HC), the year chazal has prophesied for the coming of the Mashiach (Messiah) and the final redemption (See The Divine Calendar for details), but setting that aside for now, the sum of the first letters of the words in the verse through the word Tov (good) is 42, as in the 42-Letter Name that we know from chazal will help bring about the Geula, final redemption, and/or the “end of days” as it is known.

And while 242 can be looked at as the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton, 232, plus the 10 sefirot, alternatively, if we add the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David, 424, to the age of the US in 2018 (5778 HC), we get 424 + 242 = 666, the number chazal used to calculate the arrival of Mashiach Ben David in 5778. So how odd is it that 242 years is 4.2% of the 5778 years from Adam to the prophesied arrival of Moshiach?

If you ask why 666, considering all the negative Christian connotations? Remember, the backbone of the Torah is the 6 sefirot of Zeir Anpin, which is why all but 6 columns begin with the letter vav of value (6) and 60% of all verses start with vav (6), but as the Arizal explains 666 is really just 2/3 and in a very simplistic reducti0n of the Arizal’s explanations, 2/3 of the way through the 6 sefirot of Zeir Anpin is where the emotional world meets the intellectual one (the head of Rachel connecting to heels of Leah 2/3 up into Tiferet).

But back to the Light is Good.

We also know from chazal, the righteous sages of blessed memory, that the final letters in a Biblical phrase point to the future and the final letters in “H’OR Ci Tov‘ (HEVR CY TtVB) add up numerically to 200+10+2 = 212, the numerical value of “The Light” once again. The Torah often does that, utilize overkill and redundancy, when it wants to make sure we get the message loud and clear. In this case it is that: “THE LIGHT IS GOOD.”

The Chanukah connection to Light

We discussed in our post regarding Chanukah about it’s lengthy associations with bringing Mashiach, and the first letters of the phrase “the light is good,” which in Hebrew is “H’OR Ci Tov‘ (HEVR CY TtVB), also hints at Chanukah. As the first two letters Hey and Caf are the last letter of the word Chanukah and have the numerical value 25, as in the 25th of Kislev, the first day of Chanukah each year. And the letter tet, has the value 9 as in the 9 candles of the Menorah (Chanukiya). This would probably be nothing more than a coincidence if the phrase wasn’t about light and in the verse first verse of the Torah discussing light and if the holiday of Chanukah wasn’t all about lighting candles.

It’s also about the 42-Letter Name.

The 42-Letter Name has been utilized and concealed by the sages throughout the Mid-East and Europe for thousands of years, but its powers are only now being revealed for all to benefit from, and they are being revealed in America though web sites and blogs and books like The Genesis Prayer. So the fact that it is numerically linked to the birth date of the US should be no surprise.

And so there is a curious equation derived from cubing the digits in the year of America’s birth, 1776, which is that 13 + 73 + 73 + 63 = 903, and 903 is the sum of all the integers from 1-42, which because in spirituality nothing is ever lost, 903 is the collective consciousness of 42. It is in the same way that the value of the first verse in the Torah, 2701 is the sum of all the integers from 1-73, which is thus the collective consciousness of 73, the numerical value of Chochma (Wisdom/crown). And likewise, the same holds for the first 8 words of the Torah equally 3003, or the sum of all the positive integers through 77, Mazal (fortune), so this is obviously more than a coincidence. It is a plan.

It’s also very odd that 2701 – 903 = 1776 + 22, as in the 22 letters of the alef-bet, tying the Torah’s 1st and 4th verses together in an odd way.

Light or “the Light” is mentioned only 7 times in the Torah and the total gematria value of those 7 mentions is 1701, which must be meaningful, because the total gematria value of the Torah’s first verse is 2701, and the total gematria value of the 42-letter Name is 3701, each increments of 1000, which in Hebrew is elef, the same word as alef, the primordial letter that preceded the Torah, whose component value is 32, as in the ordinal value of the word H’Or (the light) and as in the 32 paths of Wisdom that is the tree-of-life.

So given these odd connections, let’s contemplate this next mathematical link between the 1st and 4th verses: 73 – 42 = 31, which corresponds to the value of El (G-d, 31) and to the 31 verses of the Torah’s first chapter. And then there is the equation 2701 – 903 = (1776 +22) = 1798 and 1798/31 = 58 = (100-42).

Which brings us back to Chanukah, whose first two letters spell Noach, of numerical value 58, and whose last 3 have the numerical value of 31. Now 58 is the numerical value of Noach (Noah) and the Biblical word for flood is Mbul, which begins with Mem-bet (42), but there is an interesting secret embedded in the Torah’s first reading, Bereshit.

As each column of the Torah scroll has 42 lines, the first chapter of 31 verses is written in 57 lines and the next two readings, which ends with Genesis 3:21 where the Lord banishes Man from the Tree-of-life, cover a total of 78 lines, which not only makes 57 and 78 written lines, but between them there are a total of 77 verses, aptly spelling out 5778, from Creation through the banishment from the Tree-of-Life reality.

But back to America’s birth and its connections to the Mashiach and thus the end of days.  Did you notice that 5778-1776 = 4002, which is both graphically 42 and numerically 40 (x10 sefirot) + 2 = 42, mem-bet?

And then there are the factors of 1776 = 37*12*4, which is all very interesting because there are 12 words in the 4th verse and it loosely connects us to Genesis (Bereshit) chapter 37 in Torah portion Vayeshev, the 9th one in the Torah and the 73rd paragraph in it.  Not by coincidence 73 is the numerical value of Chochma, (wisdom) the 9th or second highest sefira/dimension, and the inner light, or ordinal value, of the letters in Chochma (ChCMH) is 37.

In Vayeshev, Joseph (The Light) and one of Jacob’s 12 sons has the dream alluding to them final redemption and is sold to the Israelites (the Arabs and/or Persians) partially because of it. First they wanted to kill Joseph (the Light) then they sold him, then he was brought down to Egypt (Mizra’im), known as “the darkness,” where he shined, faded, and kept hope alive for 210 years until the 2448, when the Torah was given. We learn right away in Chapter 37 that Joseph was 17 years old when he had his dream of Mashiach and the end of days, and 17 is the value of tov (good), bringing us back to verse Genesis 1:4 and the Light is good,”and if we count backwards 17 years from the final year 2018, we get 2001, as in 9/11 2001 when the bubble first burst on our illusions and the countdown to the final days began. And again, where did this happen? To better understand the process of these last 17 years for America and the world please see our post titled “Separation.” As we head into the darker days, this serves to remind us that the final outcome for those that believe in the Light is tov (good).

We could go on and on, but suffice to say, there are reasons for everything, even for the darkness, and candles of light that were lit 5768 years ago will glow ever more intense the darker it gets.   The candles were lit for America, the country that for all its many faults, was created in, and for the most part lived by, the premises of freedom.  And thanks to America, people throughout the world have the freedom to choose the light. For all their hatred of America, if it were not for America most of the world would live under oppressive dictatorships, modern day Egyptian Pharaohs,  and not know freedom at all.

Now, it’s up to each of us in these ever darker times to remember to light our own candles and that “The Light is Good.”