When the Wisdom Hits our Hearts.

Last Rosh Hashannah (5769) we pointed out that the Dow sank 777.78 points erev Rosh Hashannah to begin the new year. And the pattern of symmetrical and numerically significant numbers found in the closings of the US financial market—all related to the year 5778—on major Jewish Holidays continued through to Pesach, when the markets stopped plunging and reversed course.  This, as has been explained in previous articles, coincided with the arrival of Mashiach consciousness during the Pesach cleansing process.  Since then there have been no significant numerical alignments with the markets, until this Rosh Hashannah 5770, when the DOW closed down .42% to settle at 9,778.86
So what does this herald? And what relationship can be drawn between 5770, 9778 and 5778?

The 86, as the numerical value of Elohim, and the 42, as in the 42-Letter Name of G-d—both connected to Creation—and also the synergy with 778 are all obvious, but in the year 5770 the 9 in 9778 plays a part too.

Throughout this past year we’ve spoken about the significance of there being 9 years until the final redemption at the end of 5778 in the year 2019, and we’ve explained about the 8 final years until the Brit of Mashiach as advised by the tzaddikim, which is to occur in 5778 (2018), as revealed to us by Rav Yehuda Halevi Ashlag of blessed memory.

But the answer about the 9 lies in the Hebrew spelling of 5770 and in the “generations of Adam.” You see Lemekh was the 9th generation in the lineage of Adam and he lived 777 years. Lemekh (LMC) is a permutation of the word Melech (MLC), the Hebrew word for King, a hint of what is to come after 5777 and the 9th year.

Nevertheless, setting aside the 5, as is customary in spelling out Hebrew years, we have 770 as Tav-Shin-Ayin (TShA) which is spelled the same as the word tesha (TShA) the word for “9” in Hebrew. And when we permute the letters we get ShAT, Hebrew for “right now” The letters (TShA) are also the route letters for teshuva, repentance, or more literally and spiritually, “returning’ to the beginning.

So putting it together we have a message that 9 years from now, we have a returning to the beginning. We also have a juxtaposed message that the repentance (returning) must be done “right now” in order to elevate those that are already connected to the 9th level (sefira/dimension), that of Chochma/wisdom.

Moshiach is here already for those that can see, but for everyone else, the time frame given for King Moshiach is 5777-5778 and the final redemption 9 years from now. Nevertheless, it is “right now” when we must start connecting to the Tree-of-life. When we permute the letters again, we get shata (ShTA), meaning “to be afraid,” which is what we will be if we don’t begin to connect, and it also address our fears of connecting right now.

The fear is about letting go.  The hardest thing to do is to jump blindly, yet this is what is being asked of us.  No matter how bad the situation is we all hold onto what we have for dear life, which is why the 9th gate is wisdom.

The wisdom will reveal that which we cannot see with our eyes.  But we must then bring the wisdom into our hearts if we are to truly accept that there really is another reality out there. And then led by our hearts we can let go.  And we must.

I experienced Rosh Hashanah this year with over 3000 very committed and loving souls and it was wonderful, but when we got to the Amidah, the silent connection when we reach out to G-d by ourselves, something happened to me.  It was at the special prayer, or opportunity, for a spiritual wish that we get to make only a few high times of the year. We have the choice to pick from asking for sustenance, ruach hakodesh (divine inspiration), or righteous children. I knew I was asking for ruach hakodesh, but read through the choices to make sure I wasn’t reciting the wrong one, when it hit me hard that people need all three, why should they be limited.  And I cried. I cried for the people that didn’t have these choices, that had lack in their lives. And I cried and cried and couldn’t stop. The floodgates were open and my heart poured out for them.

That is what is meant by bringing the wisdom into our hearts, I was crying—my soul was crying—because I knew they could have it all; in the Tree-of-Life reality everyone has it all.  We all know this in our souls; now we have to connect to our them.  When we can feel the love for one another that we have for our kids then we will know that we’re connected and that we need no longer fear letting go.

Another permutation of TShA is AShT, ashet, “to grow fat” and this year some will and it will be at the expense of the many that wont. One way or another we’re going to be forced to feel the pain of others.  Because if the Creator wants us to jump, eventually we’ll jump, and hopefully it’ll be of our own free choice and through our hearts, and not because dire circumstances leave us no other choice.

May this be the year we all take the leap and climb onto the tree waiting for us beyond our vision.  Shana Tova

With Love,

Ezra

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Va’Etchanan: The Deepest Secrets Yet-The Prophecy

The Torah portion Vaethchanan is always read right after Tisha B’Av, the day of utter darkness that always portends to hold the greatest light as the promised birth date of Moshiach Ben David. Long before the Final Solution, the destruction of the Holy Temples and the incident of the spies all occurred on Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, Abraham, the Patriarch, explained that the month of Av was controlled by the Hebrew letters Caf(C) and Tet(Tt), which divided the month spiritually into the first 9 days as indicated by the numerical value of the letter Tet(Tt) and the subsequent 20 days as indicated by the value of the letter Caf(C) and to the expression of the crowning sefira (dimension) of Keter. And in this portion, we always read the 42 words of the Shema’s first paragraph, the 10 Commandments, and the prophecies of the end of days as laid out by Moses.

Referring to the portion of Chukath that we discussed in our article “The Book of the Wars of the Lord,” the act of Moses striking the ground twice instead of following G-d commandment to him “to speak to the cliff (rock)” and that the value of that phrase was 848, or twice that of Mashiach Ben David (424). And also that the reason he did that was to shorten the time span of the arrival of the Moshiach by half, from the 5778 years as denoted by the tzaddikim to 2889 years, which is the midpoint in King David’s life, because Moses knew how strong the negative side would be today and how difficult it would be for us to overcome it. Furthermore, the Torah hinted of this in the words “water from the rock,” which was what came directly from his action, in that this phrase’s numerical value is 345, that of Moses, whose completed spirit it is said will be our redeemer, our Moshiach, in the end of days.

Moses knew that the evil inclination, like red wine grows stronger with age, but as previously discussed the evil inclination has its age limit as well, which one reason why wine (YYN) has the numerical value of 70 and is also one of the reasons we fill the Kiddush cup to the brim and look into it: to see an end to our judgments and an end (a limit) to the evil forces at the end of the 70 years. Moses knew G-d’s timing was at the end of the 70 years period from when Israel became a nation in 5708 (1948 CE), but he wanted to move that timing up to the end of the 70 years of King David’s life when we’d all have a better chance given the strength and Wisdom of King David and his son King Solomon. Moses knew it wasn’t really going to happen, but worth a try given what he knew of our odds today. But what he did bring us at the end of David’s 70 years was the First Holy Temple.

We’ve discussed other reasons in other articles, but one of the reasons Moses knew this was that when Jacob was given the name Israel, the numerical value of 359 was added to that of the name Jacob (182), and Israel of numerical value 541 became the father of all the Israelites, and the value of the word Satan (359), code for the evil inclination, became embedded as our stumbling block. So if at the end of the 70 years, the value of Satan could be extracted from Israel, we’d be left with Jacob, who is Zein Anpin, and the natural order would be restored. As the word for “In Seventy (B’ShBAYM),” it has the numerical value 424, that of Moshiach Ben David, so we see what awaits us at the end of the 70 years if we truly desire it enough to work for it.

As you will see, all this ties into pasha Vaethchanan, which starts off with Moses praying 515 times to enter the promised land in order to bring Moshiach once and for all. We’ve discussed this in prior articles about his obeying G-d’s request of him to stop at 515, when the 516th time would have achieved his desired result, so we’ll only point out that 848 – 515 = 333, as in the 3330 years that would transpire from the Exodus from Egypt and the reception of the Torah at Sinai when we were first offered the Tree-of-Life reality to the year 5778, when Rav Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag (HaSulam) of blessed memory and tells us we will next be offered that opportunity.

The reason it was so telling that the essence of Jacob (Zeir Anpin) will return at the end of days is that the geula (final redemption) is all about the mating (reuniting) of the 6 sefirot (dimensions) of Zeir Anpin with Malchut (our 10th sefirot/dimension), completing the circuitry, as it completes the 7 lower sefirot and restores the Tree-of-life structure/ reality back to its original state, before Adam chose the wrong tree or course for mankind.

We see this explained in the Zohar Vaethchanan 187- 190:

187: The Holy One, blessed be He, at the end of day, will return Israel to the holy land and gather them from exile. The end of days is that which is the last of the days,” and as Rav Ashlog explains, “[this is] Malchut, which is the last of the sefirot, called days.”

Section 187 continues to reiterate this and also explains part of the prophecy: “During the end of days Israel will suffer exile. This is what is meant by, ‘When you are in distress, and these things are come upon you, in the latter days’ (Devarim 4:30), and evil will befall you in the end of days’ (Devarim 31:29),” as we will discuss shortly. “Together with this end of days they receive punishment in exile. With it the Holy One, blessed be He, will wreak vengeances for Israel constantly…”

189: “Happy is the portion of he who sees him, [Moshiach], and happy is the portion of he who sees him not. Woe to him who shall be present when the great lion will demand to mate with his female, and more so when they will mate together,” which as Rav Aslog explains means, “Zeir Anpin with Malchut at the time of redemption.” The Zohar continues, “Of that hour it is written, ‘The lion has roared, who will not fear…’ (Amos 3:8)”

190: “Come and see, at first it is written, ‘He shall mightily roar because of His habitation’ (Yirmeyah 25:30). When Zeir Anpin will come out to receive his mate, Malchut, it is said, “The lion has roared, who will not fear’: “Adonai Elohim has spoken, who can but prophesy’ (Amos 3:8). At that time it is written, ‘then Hashem your Elohim will turn captivity’ (Devarim 30:3). What is meant by ‘turn’? [And he answers,] The Holy One, blessed be He, returns the congregation of Israel from exile, and the righteous returns to join its place….
And before we explain how Rav Ashlog derived the date of the final redemption as the year 5778, and why it is so, we need to see what the Zohar has to say in Vaetchanan 188:

“Once a shadow started to form at the beginning of the other day, as during the time when the Temple was destroyed when the shadow was about to be gathered. [When there will be] day and shadow, it will be the end of exile,” which Rav Ashlog explains means, “redemption will come when the shadow begins to emerge.” The Zohar continues, “The measure of that shadow is 6 thumbs long for the height of a man among men. This secret is remembered among the friends though the verse, ‘for we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow’ (Iyov 8:9), ‘for we are but yesterday,’ namely in exile; ‘and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow,’ which means the Holy One, blessed be He, wants the shadow and the day to rest upon the earth.”

To understand this, one must grasp that the Sun is Zeir Anpin, represented by the number 6, which coincides with the 6 thumbs and 6 feet of height of a man, but also that only the Sun, the giver of Light and life in our world, can create a shadow, and the temperature of the surface of the sun from which the light emanates is exactly 5778 K.

Neither Rav Ashlog 70 years ago, nor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, 1900 years ago, nor Moses, 3330 years ago, knew about the temperature of the sun, yet they knew the date, the length of the shadow cast by the tree-of-Knowledge of good and evil over our world.

It’s important to understand that the 6 sefirot (dimensions) of Zeir Anpin, denoted by the number 6, can be expressed as 60, 600, 6000… or as 6, 66, 666… or even 6 x 6 x 6, depending on subtle interpretations of the sub-sefirot at each level.

As the Zohar implies here and more explicated elsewhere, the commonly thought date for the Moshiach and redemption is at the end of the 5th millennium, around the year 6000, or 6 x 1000. These 6 thousands correspond the 6 letter Alefs (E) of Creation, in other words in the Torah’s first verse. The letter Alef (E), the first in the Hebrew Alphabet, of numerical value 1, is spelled ELP, which has a numerical value of 111, and as the Arizal explains, it also spells out the word Elef (ELP), meaning 1000, thus the 6 Alefs of Creation equal 6, 666, and 6000 respectively, all representative of Zeir Anpin.

Just so we know, every 1000 years is 1/1730702 of 5778, which makes perfect sense since the 7 words of the Torah’s first verse come right out of the 42-Letter Name of G-d, whose small gematria value is 173 and 702 remainder is the numerical value of the word Shabbat, which is the malchut or final level, so that each 1000 years stretches from keter to machut.

Now, the 3rd word of the Torah is the Name of G-d Elohim, which is representative of the Malchut aspect of G-d, that of nature following its course. The last concept to understand is that Zeir Anpin is divided into an upper 1/3 and a lower 2/3, which while simple is really so complex that the Arizal has spent volumes on it, but today we confine ourselves to the simple understanding that 1/3 =.333… and 2/3 = .666…

So with that stated, we can examine the Length of the Shadow as Rav Ashlag witnessed it: Applying the 3 column tree-of-life structure to the 6000 year period (or 6 Alefs) we see that it breaks down to 3 iterations of 2/3.

6000 x .666 = 4000

4000 x .666 = 1333…

1333 x .666 = 444…

5778

As Rav Ashlag specifically pointed out, the final 2/3 period began with the death of the Arizal himself in (4000+1333) or 5333.

But we should also note that the digits in 4000, 1333, and 444 = 4+0+0+0+1+3+3+3+4+4+4 = 26, the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH). Couldn’t be coincidental, could it?

Before examine further this divine equation (time-frame) in the 3-column structure let’s go back to the Torah portion Vaetchanan and the chapter where many of the prophecies are given, Devarim 4. As a clue to the connection to Moses’ pleas and actions of striking the rock twice on our behalf in order to bring Moshiach earlier than the proscribed divine time frame, this is chapter is the 515th chapter in the Torah, and there are four phrases within this chapter of numerical value 848, including one at Devarim 4:40 “A long time in the land that God your Lord [is giving you for all time],” but we’ll get into Moses prophecies a little later.

In that same verse, Devarim 4:40, Moses uses the words “All time,” referring to the land that God our Lord is giving us for all time. “All time “kol h’yamim” is spelled in Hebrew CL HYMYM, which breaks down to kol (all) of numerical value 50, representing the 50 gates of Binah the Biblical jubilee year (50-years long), and the word value 50 is coupled with “the time” or “the days” h’yamim (HYMYM), which with the kolel of 1 has the numerical value of 666. Thus together they give us 50 x 66.6 jubilee years= 3330 years, which, as we’ve said, is the exact period of time from the first exodus and the reception of the Torah at Sinai when the tree-of-life was last offered to us in 2448 to the year 5778, which the tzaddikim have long known will be the next cosmic window for the Tree-of-life reality.

And not coincidentally, in the very next chapter, the 516th chapter, coinciding with the 516 times that Moses needed to pray/plea to enter the promised land and bring in the Tree-of-life, we have the retelling of the 10 Commandments (Utterances).

But back to the divine 3-column equation:

6000 x .666 = 4000

4000 x .666 = 1333…

1333 x .666 = 444…

5778

4000 = 6 x 666…years; 1333 = 2 x 666…years ; and 444 = 2/3 x 666…. years for a total of 6 + 2 + 2/3 or 8 2/3 x 666 years. And going back to the seed of Creation, we see that the numerical value of the first 8 and 2/3 letters of the Torah (BREShYT BRE) is 1115.6, which magnificently coincides with the 115.6 jubilee years from the dawn of time (Adam) to the year 5778.

Moreover, when we take the figure of 66.6 jubilee years into account, rather than the generic 666, this divine 3-column structure also gives us:

4000 = 60 x 66.6…years; 1333 = 20 x 66.6…years ; and 444 = 6.666 x 66.6…. years

for a total of 86.666 x 66.6 years, and since 86 is the numerical value of Elohim, the 3rd and very next word after (BREShYT BRE), and since Elohim is the Name of G-d associated with the sefira (dimension) of Malchut, and since as discussed, 666 represents Zeir Anpin, we find that the 3-column structure of the divine equation not only brings the first 2/3 (Bereshit bre) of the first 3 words of the Torah together with the last 1/3 of those first 3 words (Elohim), but it couples (mates) Zeir Anpin with Malchut in the year 5778, as indicated in the Zohar would happen at the time of the final redemption.

As an aside, and keep in mind that the revealing phrase “all time” was in Devarim 4:40, the gematria sofit value of those first 3 words is 1776, as in the year of the formation of the United States and as in 1 more that the total value of the 27 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, 1775. We’ve covered the US role in the grand scheme of things in previous articles and also President Obama’s role as our 44th President and how that relates to the 10 plagues, whose first plague has the numerical value of 44 and whose second plague interestingly enough has the numerical value of 444, which we can now relate to the final 444 year period from the birth of the Arizal to the year 5778. We only mention this because two of the 3 columns of the divine equation 444 and 1333 equate to 444 + 1332 = 1776 when the 666.666 is rounded off to 666.

And for anyone unaware, the year 5778 is the year 2018, exactly 10 years after the financial crises began in the US. And as discussed in numerous articles and at length in The Divine Calendar, the year 2018 CE corresponds numerically to the year 2018 HC, the year G-d made his Covenant with Abraham, to which the prophecies and promises of Vaetchanan relate and refer.

And for those interested, the date that Moses was trying to shorten our time frame to was 2889, or midway through King David’s life and half of 5778, but 44 x 66.6 years is 2930, only 2 years after the First Holy Temple was built. And if you recall from our article on the Tetragrammaton, it spells out quite clearly 5778 as well, with the numerical value of the Malchut aspect of the Tetragrammaton (YVD HH VV HH) being 52 and with 5778/52 = 111.11538, we see that 2889 = 26 x 111.11538. And while we wont reiterate here the significance of .11538, remember that it all harks back to the first 6 alefs of Creation, each of numerical value 111.

When discussing the 6 alefs (E) and the time-frame of 6000 years, it’s interesting that up until the portion Vaetchanan there are exactly 6000 letter Dalets, of numerical value 4 and as stated above, it is in the 4th chapter within Vaetchanan that we learn of Moses’ prophecies about the 4 exiles. And we knew to pay attention to the letters because Vaetchanan begins with the 4995th verse in the Torah and the total value of the 27 Hebrew letters, using gematria sofit, is 4995. That said, in Devarim 4:23 Moses advises us. “Be careful that you nor forget the covenant that God your Lord made with you, [Do not] make for yourself any statue image that is forbidden by God,” and in 4:24, corresponding to the value of Moshiach Ben David (424), he continues, “God your Lord is a consuming fire, a God demanding exclusive allegiance.”

Here in the same portion where we have the Shema and the line “Hear O Israel, the Lord our G-d, G-d is One” we see it clearly stated that there is One G-d and we should not be worshipping anyone else or anything else, nor any image of anyone or anything else. It’s hinted at that if we obey that simple commandment we will merit Moshiach Ben David, but if not, then in 4:25 Moses begins to tell us the prophecies what will happen to us because he knew we wouldn’t fulfill that commandment.

“When you have children and grandchildren and have been established in the land a long time, you might become decadent and make a statue of some image, committing an evil act in the eyes of God your Lord and making Him angry.” 4:26 “I call upon heaven and earth as witnesses for you today that you will then quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. You will not remain there very long, since you will be utterly destroyed.” 4:27 “God will then scatter you among the nations and only a small number will remain among the nations to which God will lead you.” 4:28 “There you will serve gods that man have made out of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat or smell.”

Through here, Moses appears to be describing the events of first century CE, when we were established in the land a long time and we were about 66.6% (2/3) of the way to 5778. It was known as a time of decadence (though not as bad as our generation) and many Israelites turned away from the One G-d commandment and began accepting the plausibility of praying to more than one god, which led to praying to images of that second god. Moses had even advised that the reason G-d didn’t let the Israelites at Sinai see Him was so they would make no images of Him with which to worship—it was that important that people worship directly. Yet as Moses foresaw, they did, and the Holy Temple was destroyed and the Israelites were scattered among the nations of the earth in small pockets. And there, also as Moses foresaw, they (we) served the men that made those idols and later more idols and more items to idolize, until we were like Abraham alone amongst the idols made by his father Terach in the final years between his birth in 1948 HC and the Covenant of the Lord 70 years later in 2018 HC.

And like those dates 3760 years ago, or 10 x 376 (the value of Shalom/peace), with the birth of Abraham in 1948 HC and the birth of Israel in 1948 CE we hear Moses’ words from Devarim 4:29 “Then you will begin to seek God your Lord, and if you pursue Him with all your heart and soul, you will eventually find Him.” 4:30 “When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, you will finally return to you’re your Lord and obey him.” 4:31 “God your Lord is a merciful Power, and He will not abandon you or destroy you; He will not forget the oath He made upholding your father’s covenant [3760 years earlier in 2018 HC].”

Then in Devarim 4:32 Moses cryptically advises us “inquire about times” [by] “going back to” [Creation], where in the 7 words of the Torah’s first verse we found the answer 5778 spelled out for us.

But in Devarim 4:40 where we encountered both the prophetic numerical value 848 in “A long time in the land that God your Lord [is giving you for time],” and in the words “All time,” referring to the land that God our Lord is giving us for all time, which revealed to us the equation 50 x 66.6 = 3330, we also find that the full phrase “I am presenting to you today, so that He will be good to you and your children after you. Then you will endure for a long time in the land that God” has the numerical value 5777, and is only one of 13 phrases in the Torah with that value (4000+1333+444), with the number 13 being the value of ahava (love) and Echad (one) as in “G-d is One” found later in this portion.

But we jumped ahead a verse and back in Devarim 4:33-34 Moses asks, “Has any nation ever heard God speaking out of fire, as you have, and still survived? Has God ever done miracles bringing one nation out of a another nation with such tremendous miracles, signs, wonders, war, a mighty hand and outstretched arm, and terrifying phenomena, as God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?” Yes, the 10 occurrences that Moses listed correspond to the 10 plagues figuratively, which we alluded to earlier, but remember Moses is prophesying about the future hear, the final days, so he’s connecting us to the 10 sefirot of the Tree-of-life reality of the 10 Commandments, which will shortly follow this verse in the very next chapter, and also to what G-d will do for us yet again in the final days and final 10 years leading up to the final redemption in order to bring us back into the fold.

Devarim 4:35 “You are the ones who have been shown, so that you will know that God is the Supreme Being, and there is none besides Him.” As we’ve made the point in previous articles, G-d didn’t make the plagues to impress Pharaoh; they were to awaken us.

Devarim 4:38, the prophecy continues, “He will drive away before you nations that are greater and stronger than you, so as to bring you to their lands, and give them to you as a heritage, as today.”

And then one more time Moses tells us in Devarim 4:39, “Realize it today and ponder it in your heart: God is the Supreme Being in heaven above and on the earth beneath—there is no other.” There are 5 instances within these verses of Devarim chapter 4 where a phrase has numerical value of either 2017 or 2018, and two more, making 7, if we consider 2019, the year following 5778 when the Tree-of-life reality will be in effect, beginning with the verse 4:1 “Now Israel, listen to the rules and the laws…” (Israel Shema…”

From the prophecies of chapter 4, we receive the Tree-of-life through the 10 Commandments (Utterances) in chapter 5 and then in chapter 6, we hear the words listen Israel again, especially in the first 6 words of the “Shema Israel” followed by the 42 words of the Shema’s first paragraph.

In the verse just prior to the Shema, which also begins with “listen Israel,” tying the meaning of these verses together, Moses, speaking to our generation (“children’s children”) tells us that if we remain in awe of G-d and do what was proscribed, things will go well for us in the land flowing with milk and honey as G-d, Lord of our fathers, promised us.

“Shema Israel Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad”

“Listen, Israel, God is our Lord, God is One”

The first and last word of the famous verse, the words with enlarged final letters, Shema – Echad (ShMA EchD), add up numerically plus the 1 (kolel) to 424, Moshiach Ben David, and the enlarged letters, are Ayin and Dalet, spelling “witness” as the sages have told us, but they also have the numerical values 70 and 4 respectively, signifying the coming of Moshiach and the end of the 4th exile at the end of the 70 years from Israel’s statehood in 1948 and also the end of the 4th exile that began 1948 years earlier in 70 CE with the destruction of the Second Holy Temple.

There are innumerable secrets embedded in the Shema and in the this portion, and this article is way too long as it is, so we will only point out a few for now.

Right off the bat it’s well know that the Shema’s first paragraph is connected to the 42-Letter name of G-d, but if we observe the 5 verses that comprise the 42 words of the Shema’s first paragraph, we see that they all begin with a Vav(V) and end with a letter Caf(C), which together for Caf-Vav or 26, the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) and also that the first and last letters of the paragraph thus also form Caf-Vav as do the first 21 and last 21 words of the paragraph. But Vav-Caf sofit as its actually written in these 8 instances has the numerical value of 506, as in that of the first line (7 letters) of the 42-Letter Name matrix (Ana B’koach), and the word for “unconditional love” which is the point of it all.

We mentioned the splitting of the paragraph into two halves as we find that the words and word values for Brit MB or Covenant of 42 are found right in the center and initials of those first 21 words with the kolel of 1 add up to 358, Mashiach. And it is also in the very midpoint of the 42 Letters of the 42-Letter Name (Shem MB) that we find the word Brit (BRYT ), or Covenant, spelled out as well. And lets not forget that the Covenant of Abraham was called the Covenant of Halves.

Moreover it in the 4th verse of this 42-word first paragraph of the Shema that we’re told to “Bind [these words] as a sign on your hand, and let them be an emblem on your head,” which is the reason not only do the tefillin contain this paragraph of the Torah, but that there are 21 YHVH’s in the hand tefillin and 21 YHVH’s in the head tefillin for a total of 42. And this means that each of the two tefillin connects to the numerical value of 21 x 26 = 546, which is the sum total of the initials of the 10 sefirot (dimensions).

But what’s more, if we search out words beginning with Vav (V) and connect them to the very next word ending with Caf (C) sofit within the first paragraph of the Shema, we find 13 more V-C combinations making a total of 21 within that first paragraph (42-words) of the Shema, and thus once again 21 x 26 = 546, which is the sum total of the initials of the 10 sefirot (dimensions).

And this is the secret of this 45th Torah portion, Va’etchanan, to help us and to show us repeatedly how to reconnect with the 10 sefirot, the Tree-of-Life reality
Shabbat Shalom

Ezra

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“The Song of the Sea” through which the Light Flows.

…continued from The Secret of 10 and the River of Light, where from the unique 10-letter word in the Torah we were discussing the flow of Light through the 10 sefirot and the word river found concealed with it.

As previously discussed the word “the river” is found 21 times in the Torah and it’s usually translated as the Nile, and also the word “river” is found 151 times throughout the entire Tanakh. So it’s interesting that the first of what the Midrash enumerates as the 10 preeminent songs in the history of Israel–the 10 songs of thanks and redemption–is the “Song at the Sea” found at Shmot 15:1-21, paragraph 42.

The number 151 to any kabbalist is synonymous with the name of G-d, Ehyeh spelled out with heys (ELP HH YVD HH) and also the word mikve, the ritual cleansing bath so important for removing negativity. Moreover, the 21 verses of the “Song of the Sea” also correspond to that same higher Name of G-d, the Name at the level of Binah, Ehyeh, whose numerical value is 21, just like the 21 times “the River” is mentioned in the Torah.

And because Miriam’s Song goes hand in hand with the “Song of the Sea” as an intercalated response on behalf of the women to the men’s verses, 1 for 1, we have 21 + 21 verses = 42.

River, Sea, Mikve, Ehyeh; 42-Letter Name; It all seems to be interconnected pretty tightly.

Arguably, the passing through the sea was akin to a huge Mikve and final cleansing of the Israelites on their way to receiving the Torah at Sinai and to complete their 42 journeys in order to reach the Promised Land. And while the first word of the liturgical poem (Ana B’koach) that accompanies the 42 letters is Ana (ENE) of small gematria value 151, the first letters of the first 3 lines of the 42 Letter (6 x 7) matrix are EKN of numerical value 151, so not only is this connection far from coincidental, but one of the purposes of the 42-letter name is to act as a mikve and cleansing away of the klippot (negative shells) and selfish desires for our prayers as they pass from malchut through Zeir Apin to Binah and the upper worlds.

The Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name) is a river, a river we can sail at any moment. (For sailing lessons see The Genesis Prayer)

This auto-cleansing mechanism is one reason why the 42-Letter Name cannot be used negatively, as opposed to many other Names whose usage can backfire, as advised by Rabbi Chaim Vittal of blessed memory, unless we’re in a highly pure and holy state. When the Ana B’Koach is recited, the dams are released from below and the waters rise up. With most other Names, we’re calling upon them above and thus must be in a much holier (more righteous) place.

And along with our prayers, it’s our actions below that cause the waters (ma’im nukva) to ascend and for Heaven to respond and the river of light to drench/quench us. According to chazal, the equation is two drops from below cause one from above, and it’s illustrated in the Name Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, whose two Ehyehs are 2 x 21 = 42 since both activated by the 42-letter Name (Shem Mem-Bet) recited below by us.

It takes two drops from below, and as illustrated by the Torah for us in its first song by the responsive singing of Miriam and Moses, the women and the men, the male and female attributes must be in harmony for heavenly light to flow freely.

It’s also an illustration that we need to show our appreciation and celebrate it with the community with enlivened joy, harmonizing our voices in one spirit and soul. When miracles are done for us, it may have been our personal actions that Heaven responded to, but they are for the benefit of everyone. Managing the waterworks is a community project if we want the waters to reach the trees and the fields and not just our own backyards.

Trees, Fields, Water and Moshiach

As Zion pointed out in the blog at www.RabbiShimon.com, the Tanakh has established the relationship between Man, trees, and the field with these two verses: (Jeremiah 17:8) וְהָיָה כְּעֵץ שָׁתוּל עַל-מַיִם “For he (man) shall be as a tree planted by the waters” and from parsha Shoftim, paragraph 73, which relates to Chochma/Wisdom (of gematria 73): (Deuteronomy 20:19) כִּי הָאָדָם עֵץ הַשָּׂדֶה “For is the tree of the field a man…”

Not only do these verses relate to Man as Zeir Anpin and our need to connect to the flowing water of the tree-of-life, but the verse Devarim 20:19 is also alluding to Moshiach, a man who will be the tree-of-life, and thus we find the reason why this verse, ostensibly about not cutting down trees that bear fruit during a siege, is found at paragraph 73, the numerical value of the sefira of Chochma (Wisdom) and at 20:19, an allusion to the year 2019 that, as explained in The Divine Calender and Nothing is Random in the Universe, the tzaddikim have designated as the year the reign of Mashiach will begin, at the tail end of 5778.

The full 6-word 18 letter phrase begins with Lo Ticrot, (LE TCRT) so the final letters of the phrase (ETYMZH) add up to 546 the 10 initials of the 10 sefirot (the tree-of-life), while we can permute the letters to H’Etz Emet (HYZ EMT), the Tree-of-Truth, which may be why the word H’Adam (“the man”) has the gematria sofit value of 611, that of Torah, which is known as Truth.

Moreover, the sum of the last two words in the verse add up 49 + 314= 363, the gematria of H’Moshiach (the Messiah). There’s much more divinity in this phrase, including the sum of the 6 words, plus the kolel of 6 equaling 1610 or 10 x 161, the highest value of Ehyeh, spelled out with yuds (ELP HY YVD HY), but back to the songs.

One last note for now about the” Song of the Sea:” if we  examine  its unique 3-column structure  that  all  kabbalists agree mimics the 3-column structure of the tree-of-life, we see that the first four letters vertically of the right column spell out ELUL, as in the month of Elul (Virgo), the month of tshuvah (repentance), when we prepare for meeting the King of Kings on Rosh Hashanna.  If we consider the 5 Mem-Bet Names of the 72 Names, as discussed in recent blogs, that were used to help split the  Red Sea, separately, there are 72-5, or 67 other Names, and the gematria value of Elul is 67, the same as that of Binah (understanding). Binah is the upper sefira (dimension) associated with the Name Ehyeh. And it’s to Binah that are voices rise when we sing out in songs of praise and appreciation to G-d.

This is what the angels do every day, and what we do far too infrequently. We do do it as part of our daily and Shabbat prayers, but we have to ask ourselves if we’re doing it with the consciousness of appreciation or with a more robotic spirit.  The beauty of the angels is that they can only focus on one thing, and when we are truly singing from our hearts, it’s very difficult to focus on anything else, which is why if we can shift our consciousness to true appreciation of all that G-d does for us and sing out loud, we can become like the angels and our words and spirits will elevate to Binah automatically.   Our voices will be heard in Heaven above.

This is why there are 10 songs of appreciation in the Tanakh; this is why they are so important to us.  There is little else that we can so easily do that will connect us to Binah.  And that is also why singing songs of joy from our hearts makes us feels so good, so ecstatic.  The Light is so pure.

And to show us what the songs of appreciation can lead to, we have initiating the top of the Torah column that “Song of the Sea” appears in, the letter hey (H).  Normally, the 248 columns of the Torah begin with a Vav (V) but there are 6 special columns that begin with a different letter and these 6 letters spell out BYHShMV (In YH His Name, a reference to Mashiach) and their numerical value is 363, the same as H’Moshiach, “The Messiah.”

And the word that the letter Hey (H) occurs in at the top of this column is H’baim (HBEYM), and while some might say it looks like a permutation of the name Obama (EVBMH), it does for sure indicate by the letters Hey and Mem-Bet the  5 MB’s discussed above.  And we could even say that the sofit gematria value of the word being 618 is a reference to the 6 words and 18 letter phrase from Devarim 20:19 also discussed above and often connected with this Torah portion.

Nevertheless, water, like Light, like wisdom, like the music and notes of song, flows, and should never stop, not even when we’re signing the 10th song in praise and appreciation of H’Moshiach.

This Shabbat take the extra time to do the kavannot (Focusing your arrows) on appreciation of Hashem and all He’s done for us before the songs, especially the Az Ishir (“Song of the Sea”) and sing from your heart with joy love and awe, celebrating with the community.  And together, let’s split the Endless Sea (Ym Sof) that separates us from Moshiach, Hashem, and the tree-of-life reality.  And B”H let it become a joyous habit for us.

…to be continued with our discussion of the 2nd Song, the “Song of the Well,” which is closely related to the “Song of the Sea” through the metaphor of water….

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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.