Fish, Birds, and Frogs: What’s next?

Are we reliving the 10 plagues as many fear? First the Fish died off by the 100’ooo’s, just as the Torah tells us that they did in the first plague when the Nile turned into blood, then the Birds fell from the sky by the thousands, except that the second plague is all about frogs, not birds. Or is it?

If you want to be literal, it’s frogs. If you want to examine the word for frogs (TzPRDAYM), you’ll see the root of the word BIRDS hidden within (TzPRDAYM), Tziporim.  And which letters are left out, the Ayin and Dalet, the two extra-large letters that begin and end the 6 word verse that start of the Shema Ysrael prayer, which we’ve been discussing on our articles. These are the same two letters spell AD, a special word that is connected to the final redemption, but more on that soon.

We can explain this, though, that AD is the Hebrew word for witness and that often when used in a specific phrase that also occurs in the 10 plagues, it takes the Torah completely out of historical context and is written in present tense, as if it were meant for us today. And in Shmot (Exodus 10:1), amongst other places, G-d explained to Moses that He hardened their hearts (Lev or numerical value 32) in order to be able to demonstrate these miraculous signs amongst them.

Who was G-d demonstrating these signs for, if not us? Certainly the Egyptians didn’t need signs; they were living the freakish events and as G-d also explained to Moses, He could have wiped out the Egyptians at any time. So as we look deeper, we must view the events of 66.6 jubilee years ago as signs, warnings and previews to help us realize what is going on around us today.

As for fish and birds being biblically linked together, we need look no further that the first chapter of the Bible, Creation, where in the very same verse (Genesis 1:26) that G-d made Man, he gave him dominion over “the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky”. By extension He was also giving him responsibility. The linkage in creation went back even further to Genesis 1:20, when G-d said, The water shall teem with swarms of living creatures, Flying creatures shall fly over the land…” No land creatures were yet mentioned in this verse, and the scenario was repeated in verse 1:21 and yet again in 1:22, so we see that on many levels Fish and Birds were meant to be connected. (not so must surf and turf)

When G-d told Pharaoh through Moses that there would be frogs in 10 places what was He really saying? First, that they’d be in all 10 sefirot(dimensions), which makes no sense, right? Unless, we see the hidden birds, and unless we realize that birds are kabbalistic code for angels, in which case G-d is telling Pharaoh that there will be angels in all 10 sefirot, dangerous negative angels.

To understand this, we must first know that there are 10 negative sefirot that correspond to the 10 positive sefirot of the Tree-of-life; theses are known as the layers of klippot, hardened shells that feed off of divine energy and block it from us.  And secondly, we must recall that this 2nd plague was in response to the Egyptian sorcerers manipulating the 10 negative sefirot to mimic G-d’s handiwork (through Moses and his angels) with the Bloody Nile in the first plague.

The proof of this extention is in the numerical value of the first plague, Dam (DM, blood), which is 44 and of tzefardim(TzPRDAYM, frogs) which is 444, and if the initials of the first 9 plagues, also 444.

Also recall that no one, except the fish, died in the first plague. No one in the 2nd plague either, except the frogs.  And by the way, no Egyptian died in any of the first 9 plagues.

So if no Egyptian died, what was the purpose of the plagues.

They were cleansing the influence of the 10 negative sefirot on our world, cleansing away the veils of illusion, which have once again grown thick and opaque with the filth and soot of our negative consciousness.

Another clue to this besides the obvious, 10 plagues, 10 sefirot (dimensions) lies in the numerical value of the word heart, (LB, 32), which was hardened 10 times, for you see there are 32 pathways within the 10 sefirot that comprise the Tree-of-life.  And just to be sure, we didn’t miss the point, the final plague occurs in paragraph 32 of Exodus (Shmot), the Book whose proper Hebrew translation is “Names.”

And every time the negative pathways were hardened they became more fragile in order that they shatter, just as the Zohar explains they had done prior to Creation in the world of Tohu (Genesis 1:2).

G-d was also specifically cleansing the negativity out of the Nile (216), removing the blood judgment and the negativity manifest by the negative angels, in order that the Nile would respond to the 216 letters of the 72 Names and split apart for the Israelites. 216 is the numerical value of gevurah, harsh judgment; in contrast, 72 is the numerical value of chesed, sweetened mercy, also known as loving-kindness.

G-d didn’t create the negative angels, though, the Egyptians did. The negative angels were there all along in the Egyptian’s homes and lives; G-d just removed the curtain of invisibility. If we could see them today, even as frogs or birds, in our bread plates (kneading troughs) we’d freak out too.

Yet, the Egyptians, so used to sorcery and so beholden to the spurious pleasure of physicality, didn’t freak out. Both they, and the Israelites, required 8 more plagues to wake up.

First the Nile turned into Blood and the fish washed up on the river bank, then the Frogs came out of the Nile. The name Nile has a numerical value of 216, as in the 216 letters of the 72 Names (triplets) that Moses utilized to split the Sea of Reeds.  These Names were derived from the 3 consecutive verses of 72 letters each that describe the actual splitting of the sea in the Torah. If you recall from Pharaoh’s dream, Pharaoh saw the cattle coming out of the reeds from the Nile.  Could the Nile be the Sea of Reeds? The Bible says nothing of the Red Sea.

But what does it all mean for us today?

One, if we examine Rav Ashlag’s prophecy and the wisdom passed down through the ages, we see that the final period before Moshiach (messiah) and the final Redemption (Geula) was to last 444 years beginning in about 1573-4 CE (5733-4 HC), which means in 2017 – 2018 CE (5778 HC), this decade.

Two, with the birds falling out of the sky these last few days the allusion is drawn to the angels falling out of the sky, not something we really want to see, is it?

This is Wisdom: There is a specific pattern to the 10 plagues to make it easier to follow the events spiritually and physically. The first 2 plagues came from the element of water, the next 4 came from the element of land, and the final 4 came from the element of air.

And the first 2 plagues affected and killed the fish and birds; the next 4 affected and killed off the animals and livestock; and following 2, (the 7th and 8th) wiped out in a 2-part whammy all the vegetation, while the last 2 plagues affected the people, plunging them into darkness and killing off their first born.

Water (2), Earth(4), Air (4)

Fish/Birds (2), Animal kingdom(4), Vegetable kingdom(2), Man(4)

But we must do more that watch for signs. If we want to reach the Tree-of-life reality beyond the world of limitations we need to reestablish our dominion over our world by taking responsibility for it and by cleaning out our consciousness ourselves, before it is done for us.

Power of the Shema, Part II – The Shechina

The deeper the secrets, the more important they are. The Shema Israel prayer is the most well known and widely recited Jewish prayer, yet most people recite it without a clue to its many secrets and the power that these can unleash.  In this series, we hope to change that and fulfill my teacher’s wishes  that we make them available to everything in order to help bring about the tree-of-life reality, the world beyond illusion.

In Part II we’d like to continuing revealing the secrets about the initial 6 word refrain that begins the prayer.

“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One” — is perhaps the most famous of all Jewish sayings.

For a fuller introduction to the prayer see the article by Aisha Torah on the Shema Yisrael , as we’re going to jump right in. You can find Part I of the Shema and Moshiach Ben David, here.

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One

The last word of the 6 word verse is Echad (EChD) of numerical value 13, the same as the word Ahava (love) and connected to the 13 attributes of G-d.  It means One, as in the indivisible number 1, as in unity for all Israel (Col Ysrael), and most importantly, as in Oneness with G-d and the universe.

The importance of the last attribute mentioned above is further strengthened by the knowledge that the ordinal value of Echad is also 13, making the complete value of the word Echad(One) 26, the same as the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), ineffable name of G-d. The Lord is One; the Lord is YHVH.

Please notice that the 18 words of the 13 attributes of G-d begin with the double YHVH, matching the twin YHVH’s found in the Shema’s initial 6 word verse.

This is no coincidence. So if we consider they complete value of the word Echad as that of the YHVH, fully 1/2 of the this verse is the unpronounceable Name: YHVH.

And if we sum their standard gematria value (YHVH, YHVH and Echad) we get 26 + 26 + 13 = 65, the numerical value of Adonai, the pronounceable aspect (counterpart) of the YHVH, thus completing the all-important unification of Zeir Anpin and Malchut (Heaven and Earth if you will) and/or of G-d and the Shechina, the make and female aspects of G-d.

This is the spiritual unification, which if injected into out lives and our daily dealings will help bring about the end of exile and the final redemption.

This is why the complete (ordinal plus standard gematria) value of the initials of all 6 words is 385, the numerical value of the Shechina, the female or earthly (divine presence) aspect of G-d.  It is also one of the reasons why the Shema verse begins with the letter Shin from Shechina (ShCYNH) and ends with Dalet or numerical value 4, kabbalistically signifying the 4 letters of the YHVH. Yet another reasons is that their ordinal value (Sh, 21 and D, 4) is 25, representing the 25 letters of the verse, and the exact 4th root of the number of Words, Verses, and Letters of the Torah, 58 or 390, 625. (see The Genesis Prayer for details).

Also, 390,625 is the numerical ultimate unification of G-d as 390 is the value of H’ShCYNH and 625 is the value H’CTR or “the Shechina” and “the Keter (Crown, or Crowning dimension of G-d).”

Please note further that it is also not a coincidence that YHVH, YHVH and Echad) or 26 + 26 + 13 parallels the end-of-days prophecies of Daniel: Times Time and half a Time.

By the way, it’s also no coincidence that the initials of the 13 attributes (not the 18 words) add up to exactly 358, the numerical value of Moshiach, the Messiah.

There are no coincidences in the Torah, only blessings. But we have to choose to see them.  Once we do, we’ll also be able to see past the illusions of our world and that it do is comprised only of blessings. This will bring about the transition into the tree-of-life.

B”H, May we all be open to receive the blessings,

The first day in the Torah is called Echad, אחד, meaning one, instead of rishon, ראשון which would have paralleled the other 6 days of creation.  Rishon, numerically could be said to equate to Moshiach but we weren’t meant to start off with Moshiach. We were meant to earn it. And as we pass the date 1/1/11 we begin anew with Echad, counting through the final 7 years, mimicking Creation. If you look for signs you will find them; if you look within you will find G-d.  Be One.

The Power of the Shema Israel, Part I

The deeper the secrets, the more important they are. The Shema Israel prayer is the most well known and widely recited Jewish prayer, yet most people recite it without a clue to its many secrets.  When I completed The Genesis Prayer on the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name), my teacher advised me to write about the Shema, but I never did get around to it, besides a lengthy comment here and there in the blog, so here is part I in a series about the Shema, which we will, bli neder, complete over time.

Today, I’d like to reveal a few secrets about the initial 6 word refrain that begins the prayer in order to give us all the kavanot (or directed consciousness) when we do recite it, and to reveal why it is recited so often.

But first, I’ll let Aisha Torah give a brief introduction, and by all means please read the rest of their article on the Shema Yisrael — “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One” — is perhaps the most famous of all Jewish sayings.

“The Shema is a declaration of faith, a pledge of allegiance to One God. It is said upon arising in the morning and upon going to sleep at night. It is said when praising God and when beseeching Him. It is the first prayer that a Jewish child is taught to say. It is the last words a Jew says prior to death.

“The Talmud says that when Jacob was about to reveal the end of days to his children, he was concerned that one of them might be a non-believer. His sons reassured him immediately and cried out, “Shema Yisrael.”

“The Torah records Moses including the Shema in his farewell address to the Jewish people.

“We recite Shema when preparing to read the Torah on Sabbaths and festivals. And we recite Shema at the end of the holiest day of Yom Kippur when we reach the level of angels.

“Shema is contained in the mezuzah we affix to the doorpost of our home, and in the tefillin that we bind to our arm and head.”

Now, as for those six words:

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One

As you may have noticed there is a large letter Ayin and Dalet in the first and last of the 6 words, which should have made all of us take notice of these 2 words in particular, but as my teacher’s teacher often said, what is least noticed is most important.

The first and last word of the famous verse, the words with enlarged final letters, Shema – Echad (ShMA – EchD), connect to Moshiach Ben David as will be explained shortly, and the enlarged letters, Ayin and Dalet, spell “witness” as the sages have told us, but they also have the numerical values 70 and 4 respectively.

The significance of this lies in the Zohar’s explanation of the coming of Moshiach and the end of the 4th exile at the end of the 70 years. And 70 years from Israel’s statehood in 1948 is also the end of the 4th exile that began 1948 years earlier in 70 CE with the destruction of the Second Holy Temple, giving us 2018 (5778 HC), the date Rav Yehuda Halevi Ashlag also gave us.  Pay close attention to what the verse says:

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.

And pay close attention to where the verse is found: (Deuteronomy) Devarim 6:4 because the ordinal value of the name Israel (YShREL) is also 64. The verse is all about Israel.

The Shema is about Israel

We will save the real meaning of the word AD produced by these 2 large letters (Ayin and Dalet) for another article we’re preparing that deals with the final redemption and concentrate instead on the two words themselves today.

The first word is Shema (ShMA), of numerical value 410, the same as the word Kadosh, Holy) and the last word is Echad (EChD) of numerical value 13, the same as the word Ahava (love) and connected to the 13 attributes of G-d. So together we can take them to mean, “Hear One,” as in one voice, or “Hear Love” or “Holy One” or even, “Holy Love.” Nevertheless and regardless of how we take them, they add up together, including the kolel of 1, to 424, the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David, the Messiah.

The Shema is about bringing Mashiach Ben David

The Shema Israel comes from the Torah (Devarim 6:4) and all the technology of the Torah is designed to help us bring about Moshiach consciousness and prepare is to receive the Tree-of-Life reality when the window of opportunity (gates) opens in the next few years, which is why it is so important we understand what we are praying and why my teacher wanted me to reveal this now.

But don’t forget that we have to play our part too.  Being aware of the encoded technology is very important, but keeping our thoughts pure and focused on the elevation, on the unification and Oneness with G-d (YHVH), and on the divine and unconditional love is even more important.

End of Part I. Part II to follow shortly.

The Secret Behind the Prayer of Jabez

The Prayer of Jabez was popularized in a book by that name that came out about 8 years ago and sold millions of copies, promising prosperity, etc if you just recite it.  There probably weren’t millions of instant millionaires as a result, because the universe doesn’t work that way and neither does that specific prayer.

The prayer is useful in certain circumstances, which is why we’re explaining it today. Meanwhile, the most powerful prayer (meditation) we’ve been given for prosperity and for everything else for that matter is the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name of God) and that one is designed to work with us, to help us when we are putting in the effort, not as a replacement for our effort.

“And Yaavetz called to the G-d of Israel, saying, ‘If You bless me and increase my border, and Your hand is with me that You save me from harm, so as not to sadden [eitzev] me…'” (1 Chronicles 4:10)

To understand how this prayer works, what it does and why, we need the help and explanations of the Arizal, who takes us through the various incarnations of Moses’ brother, Aaron, the only person the Torah associates with the term Moshiach (anointed one). We will only examine the relevant window on those important incarnations that stretch from Abel to Haran (Abraham’s brother) to Elijah, but please explore the rest on your own in the Gates of Reincarnation, Shaar HaPesukim; which was subsequently published in “Apples From the Orchard.”

Please note that prior to being reincarnated as Aaron, this illustrious soul was killed in the body as Haran, by the fires that spared Abraham, whose belief in God was unwavering. Please note further that it was Haran was the progenitor of all the Matriarchs from Sarah to Rebeca (Rivka) to Rachel and Leah and to Ruth, King David and Mashiach, the Messiah.

The following quote from the Arizal refers to the time just after the golden calf incident:

Therefore it is written (Deut. 9:20), “And G-d was angry at Aaron, and sought to wipe him out,” and death was decreed on his sons. As it is written, “And intended to wipe them out, were it not that Moses, His chosen, [stood before Him in the breech to return His wrath from destroying].” (Psalms 106:23) Nonetheless, “returning wrath” implies that the wrath had already had some effect, and this was indeed the case here.

Our sages state (Vayikra Rabba 10:5) that “‘wiping out’ implies destroying progeny,” and Moses’ prayers turned back half of the decree. Thus, of Aaron’s four sons, Elazar and Itamar remained, and only Nadav and Avihu died. Our sages point out that this is the meaning of the verse “And [Moses] became angry at Elazar and Itamar, [Aaron’s] remaining sons.” (Lev. 10:17)

The reason why specifically Nadav and Avihu died is that they, too, sinned with respect to foreign fire.

Still, they would not have been liable to death by burning on account of their sin alone, but [being Aaron’s sons] they were liable to be burnt on account of his sin in not submitting himself to be burnt

Aaron had to make amends (correct his tikun established in the life as Haran) for not submitting himself unwaveringly as had Abraham to the flames. During the incident of the golden calf Aaron could have done this by refusing to help the Erev Rav as his nephew Hur had.  Hur was killed because of said refusal. The lesson here is that regardless of what we think we know, we must belief that God knows more and has the best intentions for us and not to waver in those beliefs

The combination of both [their own sin and their father’s] caused their death, and thus G-d’s wrath found its place to rest. In the case of Elazar and Itamar, however, who did not sin, Moses’ prayer was effective.

Understand this, as well: Just as Haran was burnt and died during the lifetime of his father, Terah, so did Nadav and Avihu die during the lifetime of their father, Aaron, by fire.

After Aaron died he was reincarnated as Yaavetz, who is mentioned in the book of Chronicles (1 2:55). The reason why he was called this is because the curse of Eve was “in sadness shall you bear children,” (Gen. 3:16) and that of Adam was “in sadness shall you eat it.” (Gen.3:17) In the Zohar 2:219b it is said that the phrase “in sadness shall you bear children” is the mystical meaning of “sin crouches at the door,” (Gen. 4:7), referring to the shells [kelipot, negativity] of the world of Asiya, which are called “sadness” and “sin that crouches at the door.” And it is known that the kelipot have dominion only in the world of Asiya.

The Arizal is alluding to the fact that the name Yaavetz (yud-ayin-beit-tzadik) includes the letters that compose the word for “sadness” (eitzev, ayin-tzadik-beit).

As we have explained elsewhere, Nadav and Avihu were the aspect of nefesh of the soul of Adam. This sadness ruled over them, and they therefore died in the sin of their father, Aaron.

Therefore Yaavetz prayed: “And Yaavetz called to the G-d of Israel, saying, ‘If You bless me and increase my border, and Your hand is with me that You save me from harm, so as not to sadden [eitzev] me…'” (1 Chronicles 4:10) In other words, he prayed that his sons should no longer die in his lifetime, as they had when he had been incarnated as Aaron [and Haran]. [The verse continues:] “…and God fulfilled that which he had requested.” His children and students endured, as our sages have pointed out. For this reason he was called Yaavetz. (Mishnah Temurah 16a)

So what does the prayer of Yaavetz (Jabez) have to do with prosperity? Nothing. It is a powerful prayer to help your children. And when Aaron recited it incarnated as Yaavetz he was helping us and helping to bring about Moshiach for us.

When we can recite it, especially in Hebrew, we can do so as Yaavetz had: “he prayed that his sons should no longer die in his lifetime.”

(1 Chronicles 4:10)

ויקרא יעבץ לאלהי ישראל לאמר אם־ברך תברכני והרבית את־גבולי והיתה ידך עמי  ועשית מרעה לבלתי עצבי ויבא אלהים את אשר־שאל׃

With Vowels:

ַיִּקְרָא יַעְבֵּץ לֵאלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר אִם־בָּרֵךְ תְּבָרֲכֵנִי וְהִרְבִּיתָ אֶת־גְּבוּלִי וְהָיְתָה יָדְךָ עִמִּי וְעָשִׂיתָ מֵּרָעָה לְבִלְתִּי עָצְבִּי וַיָּבֵא אֱלֹהִים אֵת אֲשֶׁר־שָׁאָל׃

If you think your children are in danger, or are ill, please do everything you can physically to help them and also ask G-d’s help through this prayer (above). “…and God fulfilled that which he had requested.” His children and students endured”

Use this prayer to help protect your unborn children as well.  G-d has given us the tools.  Just as the Ana B’koach used properly can help you to conceive (as explained in The Genesis Prayer), this prayer can help you keep your children safe.

One caveat that the Ari explains happened to Yaavetz and in so doing warns us not to do, is to make vows. These will not help your situation–the steadfast belief in G-d’s knowing best and His ability to help you help yourself will.  Vows will just add to your tikun as you’ll eventually have to fulfill them.

B’H, May G-d bless all our children.