Korach and the Missing 38 Years of the Torah

This shabbat is the bar mitzvah of my son David, in the portion of Korach. A note of caution; the insights in today’s article may take you far from what you thought you knew about the Torah. According to chazal and just about every commentator on the Torah, Korach was not a very positive person and they are correct. They are also correct that this portion teaches us the extremely important concept of appreciation and also what happens when we are ruled by greed and jealousy. Though it may be not greed so much, because Korach, having obtained the treasures of Joseph, was already the richest man in the world by far. He did well by greed, until of course he foolishly challenged Moshe and Aaron. It is said he had 300 donkeys just to carry the keys to his treasure chests. Though this saying may be hyperbole, the point of it is that Korach was an extremely wealthy man. The Midrash tells us his wife pushed him to want it all. However, it is odd because it is rare to find someone wise enough to amass and keep such wealth and so foolish to challenge his cousins whom he has witnessed wielding such might powers as the chosen channels of the Almighty. He had seen them defeat Pharaoh and his armies, split seas, wreak havoc with nature and reality, all with the raising of an arm or a few chosen words—so why would he think he had a chance? He had seen G-d’s wrath against anyone who spoke against Moses, even Moses’ own sister Miriam, which may be...

G-d Never Abandoned His People

In the nearly 5778 years of our existence since Adam, we have had the connection to the Creator through the Ark of the Covenant in our midst for only 890 years, just 26.72% of the 3330 years since it was given to us. Or so we were led to believe. The truth is we always had it. It has been at our fingertips all along. The Ark, the Tabernacle, the direct connection to G-d, and all that is Holy in the universe has been concealed, wrapped up tight and handed to us at the moment of Creation. It has actually never left our sight or been denied to us, not in exile, nor in our denial. There is a prayer or meditation that many of us know as the Ana B’koach or 42-Letter Name of G-d matrix that is extremely powerful in changing or shifting reality. Yet few of us have a real inkling as to how powerful these 42 Letters really are or how much technology is embedded in them. It is even more than that though. Everything in the Torah and our divinely inspired history is encapsulated into it. It is the blueprint to Creation drafted on a level we cannot fathom. Still, a little kabbalistic decoding gives us insights into some of that primordial imprinting and thus allows us to tap into that Power and those Biblical reference points as if we were there in the moment. One can ask, “What can that do for us?” It can give us, what we refer to today as “miracles.” Further, when we know the right power points it...

The Earthquake and the Flood.

According to the prologue to the Zohar, there are 2 malchuts, 2 staging vessels for the Light within the schematic of the Tree-of-life, one at the end of the first 4, or upper, expansions and the second at the end of the bottom 3 expansions, or the 7th–analogous to the 4th and 7th days of Creation. According to the same section, the borders of Shabbat are 2000 cubits, which the Zohar attributes to the Hebrew article, ET (את). As explored in The Divine Calender and repeatedly in our articles, there’s little that happened in the Bible or in the history of Israel whose dates can’t easily be shown to be interconnected to each other and to both the Hebrew and Western Calendars. On May 18th and 19th, 363 CE, Israel experienced two of its most devastating earthquakes, which is numerically odd in that 363 is the gematria value of H’Mashiach, the Messiah. Nothing happens below that doesn’t happen above spiritually first; nevertheless, a powerful earthquake can be thought of a tremendous judgment from below in the realm of malchut. In 1656 HC, the flood began, this time tremendous judgment from above, though it did wash away nearly everything in the world of malchut. Adding together the Judgment from above and the Judgment from below, we not only get a whole lot of Judgement, but 363 + 1656 = 2019, the year prophesied for the new beginning. As you can read in There’s Nothing Random in the Universe, there are 2 sets of 4-digit numerical strings reproduced 3 times with the first 1000 digits of Pi, a mathematical improbability to...

The Tallit is Much More than a Prayer Shawl.

Most of the Torah portion Tetzaveh is about two articles of the clothing that the high priest wore during the time of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. They are of little use to us today or indeed over the last 2800 years, no matter how wondrous they were then. So why do we read about them in such tedious detail every year? The Choshen /חֹשֶׁן /breastplate and the Ephod /אֵפוֹד /apron are attached together and support each other as they cover the high priest. What made them special was the 42-Letter Name and 72-Letter Name that was folded up inside them, thus enabling the High priest to receive Divine answers to all the Israelites’ questions. The Torah refers to the folded article with the Names on it as Umim and Tumim (את האורים ואת התמים) which is non-coincidentally reminiscent to the phrase Heaven and Earth (את השמים ואת הארץ) found in the Torah’s first verse which itself is derived from the 42-Letter Name. The Umim and Tumim were designed to be worn over the high priest’s heart which is where spiritually we should hold these names. While the word V’et (ואת) is a marker in the Torah whose square root of it’s numerical value is 20.17424, indicative of Moshiach Ben David (424) in the year 2017, the gematria of the first and final letters in Umim and Tumim (את האורים ואת התמים) is also 2017.  As in the beginning, Heaven and Earth will be once again unified. The Torah is giving us clues how we can do our part. 2017 CE or 5778 HC is the year given by Rav...
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