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.

The Secret Message in the Hidden Columns

Last week we wrote about the the 6 hidden columns of the Torah as defined by chazal and as we exposed in the initials of the first 6 words of the Torah’s second Book, Shmot (Exodus) 1:1 and also in Bereshit (Genesis) 46:8. We showed how they connected to Ezekiel’s famous final redemption (end-of-days) vision and to the year Rav Ashlag gave us for the final redemption (geula) in 5778 (2018 ce). Now, we have more to reveal.

Exodus 1:1 and Genesis 46:8

ואלה שמות בני ישראל הבאים מצרימה “And these are the names of the sons of Israel who are coming into Egypt…”

The 6 initials of this phrase, the phrase that initiates the 210 years of exile in Egypt and the incubation of the Israelite soul in Goshen and the beginning of the fulfillment of G-d’s Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are the very same letters that appear at the head of the 6 of the 248 columns of the Torah that are not the letter Vav (V):

B’YH ShMV

As we said previously, they spell out the phrase, B’YH ShMV, “In the Name of G-d (YH) and they have the numerical value of 363, that of H’Moshiach (The Messiah), and also of “Moses Lives (Moshe Chai)”. And as mentioned in prior articles, Goshen (GShNH) was chosen because of its energy which is revealed by it’s numerical value 358, that of Mashiach (Messiah).

Now, we can reveal that the ordinal value of those six secret and special initials is 57, while the ordinal value of the final letters (HTYLMH) of those six choice words 78. In other words, the six words that mark the beginning of the first exile, also mark the end of the 4th and last exile in 5778 (2018 ce).

Moreover, the complete value of those 6 special initials, 363 + 57, is 420, or 10 x the 42-Letter Name, which was spelled out buy the first two words VELH of numerical value 42 and Shmot (Names). Thus we’re given another clue to use the 42-Letter Name to help us exit our exile and bring about the Tree-of-Life. Indeed, chazal (the sages) has said that it is the understanding of this Name that will bring about the geula (final redemption).

Nevertheless, these special 6 words give up even more clues.  While the initials totaled 420, the final letters in simple gematria sofit totaled 1050, and thus the two together equate to 1470, or 10 times Joseph’s age, 147 years.  Furthermore when the ordinal value of those 12 initials and final letters is added to it’s simple value, their complete value with the kolel of 12 is 1560, or 10 x 156, the numerical value of Joseph (156).

So just as Joseph was the chariot that initiated the incubation period of the Israelite soul from the 12 brothers and the 70 family members to the 600,000, and the channel to draw down the sustenance or life force (shefa) to them, he will be our chariot and channel, and we must make him such by connecting to him.  We know from the Zohar and the Arizal that Joseph is Yesod, the link that funnels all the spiritual light into our world (Malchut). By connecting to him spiritually, we can open those channels and let the Tree-of-Life bloom in our world.

Later in this same portion we have 2 sets of always telling double words. The first set in Exodus 2:19 is DLH DLH when Moses drew water for Yitro’s daughters, and the second set is MShH MShH (Moses Moses). The numerical value of the first set is 78, while the ordinal value of the second set is 78 as well, together they would be 156, the gematria once again of Joseph.  As Rav Brandwein has explained 78 is the numerical value of the initials of Etz Chaim, the Tree-of-life.  But to being it all together, we should note that the ordinal value of double world DLH DLH is 42.

The complete value of both set of double words together is 888, but that’s for another article. Have a wonderful week.

The Calendar is for Everyone; The Tree-of-Life will be Open to All.

Many of you will be celebrating an event and lifetime that occurred on Dec 25th 2000 years ago.  Many of you won’t. Many of us celebrated the 25th of Kislev and did our part to bring the light of Moshiach, the messiah, into the world.  All of us, though, are the Sons of Adam.

When the Earth completes 5778 revolutions around the Sun from the birth of Adam, matching its surface temperature of 5778 K degrees  the gates to the Tree-of-Life reality will open. Some of you have asked kabbalistically why the numbers 5778 and the 107 are connected.  It’s indisputable in our base 10 mathematics and our 10 dimensional greater universe that the sum of all the positive integers through 107 = 5778, and that that pattern of summing the integers is important to the structure and composition of the Torah, but what’s the underlying spiritual premise?

Yes, we know the spiritual law that nothing is ever lost and that all energy builds on itself and thus one number gets added to another, but what’s the connection to our lives?

We are all the Sons of Adam.  That specific term in Hebrew is Benei Adam (BNY EDM). Counting from Adam, when the Earth completes its 5778th revolution around the Sun, the Sons of Adam (BNY EDM), of numerical value 107, will be able to open the gates the Tree-of-life reality, the world beyond Illusion.  All the energy of all the generations will be there. It’ll be the year 5778 HC (2018 CE) and if you do the math, exactly 54 generations will have passed.

That works out to 91 years (equivalent to the unified Name of G-d, YEHDVNHY) each for the 26 (YHVH) generations to Moses, implying the lineage from Adam to Moses was one with G-d. Them there were 120 years each for every one since, which may be why the Torah told us Moses lived 120 years and the Zohar told us Moses lived in every generation since.

Remember, these are Moses’ generations, bases on his lifespan, not ours.  We can’t blame G-d that we didn’t eat healthy enough, live healthy enough, or take good enough care of our environment.

The Sons of Israel are those whose souls descended from Jacob and who the Torah numbers as 600,000.  The “Sons of Israel” in Hebrew is Benai Israel (BNY YShREL) of numerical value 603, or 611 with the kolel for the 8 letters.  611 is the gematria of “Torah” for those who possess the souls of sons of Israel are the followers of the Torah.

There is a 3rd group, the Erev Rav, who will try and interrupt the opening of the gates in 5778, but more of them in another article.

As for the Sons of Adam (BNY EDM), you may have noticed that their journey, like all Torah journeys is defined by their first and last letters (MB), or 42, as in the 42-Letter Name of G-d. Moreover, what’s left is NYED, which does not stand for New York Dept of Education, but does permute to EDNY, Adonai, who is the One who guides their journey. Now you know the secret of 107 (MB and EDNY).

And since spiritually every number is inclusive of all that came before it, the Letter Yud is equivalent to 1+2+3..10, or 55, likewise the letter Hey (15), Vav (21), and H (15), again with the kolel for G-d is One (1).  Thus YHVH = (55 +15 +21 +15) + 1 = 107.

As Earth completes its 5778 revolution journey, doing its part in spite of us, and as the Sun burns bright at exactly 5778 K doing its part to sustain us, in spite of ourselves, ask yourself what you are doing to help your soul complete its 42 part, 5778 year journey in time to receive the Tree-of-life reality in 5778 (2018 ce).

Are we doing our part?