When we’re called to the Torah we’re supposed to channel and share our energy with the entire congregation. Even more so when we’re called before the King of Kings and receive his blessings and energy for the new year; we are suppose to share it with the whole world, hence the holiday of Sukkot. Through the proper meditations and the implementation of the ancient knowledge with the proper traditional technology the well-springs will open and flow for everyone.
I’m repeating and updating below an article posted a year ago to explain many of the secrets and kavannot of the shakings of the lulov within the sukkah. This year, if we shake with our hearts we will shake the world awake. Let’s do it together.
Regarding the daily shakening of the four species, the 5 sets x 6 directions, for a total of 30, corresponds to the 30 blasts of the shofar from Rosh Hashannah and the large Lamed (spiritually connected to Binah) of numerical value 30, that is found in the Torah. The word Lamed has the numerical value of 74 or 70 +4, which as you’ll see later, representing the 70 Nations and the 4 species.
That Lamed connects to the Lamed of Lulav. It’s also the Lamed that along with the letter Pe controls the month of Tishrei (Libra), according to Abraham Avinu, in which we do both the shofar blowings and the shakings. It’s also the lamed of the word aleph (ELP, the first), and when the controlling letters of Tishrei are completed with the letter Aleph (Aleph-Lamed-Pe), they connect to both keter and the beginning, as in Aleph B’Tishrei (permutated to spell Bereshit, the beginning).
With the 3 shakings per direction, corresponding to the 3 beats per type of blast of the shofar, there are 18 total shakings per set, and as Rav Abraham Brandwein points out, “The Lulav hints at the vertebral column that has 18 vertebrae and every movement indicates vitality. Thus all 4 species need to be damp and alive and not dry.” The 18 corresponds to the value of the word, chai, (life). And straightening this connection is that the word value of lulav is 68, as in chaim (life)
With 18 shaking per each of the 5 sets there are 91 total shakings per day, which corresponds to amen and the all-important unification of G-d’s Names that it represents (YHVH with ADNY ) and to the value of the word Succah itself, which helps us to integrate the inner and outer light.
Moreover, at 30 daily shakenings x 7 days, there are 210 total shakings, as in the 210 years of Egyptian exile. And when the 3 shakings per direction are considered, there are 210 x 3 or 630 total shakings in the 7 days. 630 is 10 x 63, the value of the Tetragrammaton in the aspect of Binah. The number 10 always corresponds to the 10 sefirot (dimensions) and in this case to the 10 sub-dimensions (inner sefirot) within Binah. During the entire process of Sukkot, we’re drawing down the energy from Yesod of Ima (Binah) so we see how the Binah connections are very fitting and part and parcel to the technology involved in the shakings.
Over the 7 days of Sukkot, we’re making 70 sacrifices to share the energy with the 70 nations of the world. Each of these sacrifices corresponds to a specific one of the sub-sefirot in order as we descend through them during the 7 day period.
The 4 Species
Regarding the four species: As we know from the Arizal, the four species correspond to the Tetragrammaton (YHVH): Hadas (Yud), Aravah (Hei), lulav (vav) and Etrog (hei). So since the numerical values of Hadas and Aravah = 346 (Shmo), and the two species above correspond to Y-H Shmo (the Name of YH), as in 5 of the 6 letters that occur at the top of the 248 columns of the Torah that are not vavs, excluding the initial Bet of Bereshit. Nevertheless, the three sides of the sukkah itself forms the shape of the letter Bet, completing the B’Y-H ShMV sequence, and the Bet can also be said to come from the lulav (LVLB). It can be said that the word lulav represents the entire Torah in two different ways: 1) it begins with (L) and ends in (B); and (2) it also ends in the letter combination Lamed-Bet (LB), as in the first (B) and last (L) letters of the Torah. This letter reversal is an allusion to the recycling of the Torah that occurs during this period when we read the last verse of the Torah and immediately twist it back to the beginning and read from Bereshit.
As for the numerical value of Hadas and Aravah and lulov together it equals 414 2 x 207 (twice the numerical value of Or, light), thus representing the running and returning light. While the numerical value Hadas and lulov together (68+69) equals 137, Kabbalah, meaning “to receive” and parallel.
As for the etrog , we know from chazal that the word etrog has the value 610, as in parnesa (sustenance) and ma’aser (tithing), and their corresponding meditations for drawing the Shefa into our lives. This numerical connection makes logical sense, considering that the Etrog corresponds to the malchut of yesod, the place where we earn our parnesa (sustenance).
But the total value of the 4 species (610+277+68+69) = 1024, which is 256 x 4 with 256 being the value of the Ark of the Covenant (also Aaron) and 1024 being 210 as in the 210 years of exile yet again. Furthermore, the number 1024 represents the 1024 unique word values in the Torah, which is not a coincidence and not coincidentally 32 x 32, which is the measure of the Holy Alter of the Third Temple in cubits and obviously connected to the 32 paths of the Tree-of-Life.
Furthermore, as we meditate on ending the 4th exile by sharing light with the 70 nations through the 70 sacrifices, it’s appropriate that the sum of the 4 final letters (B,G,H,S) in the names of the 4 species add up to 70, while that of the Hadas and Aravah alone add up to 65, the numerical value of Adonai.
And it’s almost needless to mention that the 4th exile is supposed to end 70 years after Israel became a nation in 1948 (5708).
Interestingly, and not coincidentally, the sum of the ordinal value of the 16 letters in the names of the 4 species is 151, as in the value of the Name, Ehyeh (EHYH) spelled out (milui) and also of the word mikve.
Then when we add Lulav’s standard value and its ordinal one, to get its complete value we get 68 + 32 = 100, the value of sach (SCC), the roof (covering) of the Sukkah, anb extremely important component in the Sukkot technology, one that represents keter, the highest sefira, of representative numerical value 100, as in the Third Temple’s maximum height, 100 cubits.
So when we shake the Lulav we not only want to bring it back to our heart, but we want to mediate on the light and love channeling back and forth through it, as we stand both in our succahs and in the center of the Third Temple, channeling for the entire world.
Now, if we add all the elements of the holiday together, we get 100 (Sach) + 91 (sukkah) + 1024 (4 species) = 1215. There is a reason for 1215, but we wont go into it now; nevertheless, when we take away 1 for the kolel, and get 1214, much of the technology is revealed:
For example the 11 unique letters used in Creation of the first verse of the Torah connect with the 11 dots above the letters that occur in the same parsha (portion) as the large letter lamed, and together they help us convert curses into blessings through the 11 incenses (etc) and the 42 letters of the 11 sefirot (including Da’at). These 11 unique letters have a complete value (ordinal plus standard gematria) of 1214, and 1214 is the exact numerical value of “70 languages” (ShBAYM LShVNVT), corresponding to the 70 nations for whom we’re connecting to the Temple sacrifices during the days of Sukkot. Also, as we know from R’ Abulafia of blessed memory, 1214 is the exact value for the Hebrew phrase (ZYRVP HEVTYVT) meaning “permutation of the letters.”
Now, while the last of the 11 letters in the words under the 11 dots is the letter ayin, with a value of 70, the complete value (standard and ordinal) of all 11 letters under the dots is 422, which is the exact numerical value of the word “seventy (70)” (ShBAYM). These, of course, connect to the destruction of the first Two Holy Temples in –422 BCE and in 70 CE, respectively, as is detailed and chronicled in The Divine Calender.
It’s also not a coincidence that the letter ayin, with a numerical value of 70, has an ordinal value of 16, as in the 16 letters of the 4 species discussed above.
In case it’s not understood, it is our responsibility to mediate on sharing this light with the 70 Nations, and this is why we were blessed to be the channels and given these magnificent divine tools to use. As it says in Isaiah 56:7, ” I will bring them to My holy Mountain and make them rejoice in My House of Prayer…For My House will be called the House of Prayer for all the nations.”
The first verse of the Torah not only has 11 unique letters but also has a total of 28 letters, and the ordinal value of the first 9 of those letters adds up to 100, sach and Keter, yet again. Moreover, the triplet BER meaning well is found in permuted form twice within these 9 letters as BRE (to create): BRESHYT BRE This is because it takes two drops from below to cause one to flow down from above, which is also why the Moshiach prophecies are based on 666, or 2/3. We have to move 2/3 of the way ourselves, and G-d will do the rest.
That BER (well) and BER (to create) are spiritually related is easily understood if one sees BER (well) as the feminine principal or vessel, which is what creates, gives birth, or manifests. While a river can flow all day long, the water (or Light) must be drawn into a vessel in order to irrigate and nourish and breed life. This helps explains the water connection, “Pouring of the Water” (nisuch hamayim), during and to the holiday of Sukkot. And during the time of the Holy Temple, “Pouring of the Water” was accompanied by signing and dancing and much celebration, just as it should be, considering the first songs of the Torah are about water, and the flow of the Light.
It all comes together, the holiday of Sukkot, “The Beginning” and the revitalization of life in that those 9 letters, including their ordinal value sum to 1215,
Sukkot is the time of joy, when the energy of rejoicing is drawn down upon us by our actions within the succah for the entire year. Let’s do all we can to spread that rejoicing to the whole world.