Who put the Tree into the Tree-of-Life: A Startling Revelation.

There are moments when science, religion and spirituality come together. There aren’t as many as there should be because everyone has his own entrenched beliefs. Nevertheless, this is one of those precious moments of harmony, when we can all be in awe, when we can all see and understand that the primordial underlying structure of the physical universe, that the Bible, which is the essence of religion, and that the structure of the spiritual world are all the same, and that this is in no way random.

As we explain in much greater depth in There’s Nothing Random About the Universe, the primordial mathematical constant that controls the natural shaping of spirals, from the stars in our galaxy, to the petals on our flowers, to the shape of our seashells and our Trees, and to the growth of our populations is called Phi. Phi is a specially balanced proportion that extends between the two parts of a segmented whole and then to the whole itself (ie the short length is to the longer one as the longer one is to the entire length). Nature naturally follows this proportion at all turns, and when art or architecture does too it gives us a beautiful sense of harmony, balance, and well-being. But Phi is not only integral to the existence of the universe but to the design of the Torah as well, as we’ll show below. Moreover, as is covered extensively in There’s Nothing Random About the Universe it is uniquely connected to the number and thus the year 5778 as well.

There are 5 Books in the Torah, all of varying length, number of chapters, words, letters, verses, etc. and it was written down by hand thousands of years ago, before anyone had ever heard of primordial mathematical constants, or calculators. So it is amazing that the Torah is actually divided into specific segments using the Phi proportion with the first chapter of Numbers (Bamidbar) being the dividing point in terms of letters, of words, and also of verses that splits the Torah into two harmonic portions.

Thus:

(Genesis + Exodus + Leviticus)/ (Numbers + Deuteronomy) =

1.61803399 letters, or words, or verses

And

(Numbers + Deuteronomy)/(Genesis + Exodus + Leviticus) = .61803399 letters, or words, or verses

Also, as illustrated in The Genesis Prayer, while the collective number of words, letters, and verses in the entire Torah = 390,625 = exactly 58, they too as a whole connect with Phi in that:

(Words, Letters, and Verses in the Entire Torah)/(106 x (square root 1 + the square root of 2))

= 1.618022

Moreover, as is also illustrated in The Genesis Prayer:

The Words, Letters, Verses, Columns and Rows in the Torah = 248000 x 1.61803399

With 248 being the numerical value of Abraham and also of Mercy (Rachem)

We’ve proven repeatedly in The Genesis Prayer, in There’s Nothing Random in the Universe and in our articles the purposeful interweaving of Pi (3.1415926358…) in the construction of the Torah. Now we see that the primordial mathematical constant Phi (1.61803399) was likewise programmed in.

This is beautiful and awe inspiring for bring science and religion together, but what the Torah is really illustrating for us is the secret proportions of the Tree-of-Life or spiritual structure of the universe. It’s common knowledge amongst the sages and tzaddikim that Genesis represents Keter; Exodus, Chochma; Leviticus, Binah; Numbers, Zeir Anpin; and Deuteronomy represents Malchut, our world.

So transferring the Torah proportions to the 5 main sefirot (dimensions) gives us Keter, Chochma and Binah collectively being Phi (1.618033) times larger than the seven lower sefirot (dimensions) comprised of the 6 bundled into Zeir Anpin and Malchut. In other words the topmost 3 sefirot (dimensions) represent 61.80 % of the Tree-of-Life (the greater universe) and the bottom 7 sefirot represents 38.2%.

Traditionally, the tree-of-life is depicted like this:

K

B – Ch

G – Ch

T

H – N

Y

M

But if you picture the proportions we’ve gleaned from the Torah, then you will see a thick tall trunk topped with a heavy wide and pointed triangular mushroom top:

K




B——————————Ch

G – Ch

T

H – N

Y

M

Now You Know Why it’s called a Tree!

There are 5 Books of Moses which we now know to be divided precise into the Phi proportion in terms of Books (3 and 2), and letter, and words, and verses, but what is significant about this is that Phi (1.618033887.,.) is based on the number 5, actually the square root of the number 5. It is exactly (1 + √5)/2 if you must know. We’ve discussed the sefirot that each of the books connect with, so we know that the 5th Book, the one that repeats the Torah’s story again from Moses’ point of view, is connected to Malchut, and we’ve seen in previous articles how numerous very specific prophecies about the last exile and the end-of-days is clearly spelled out in this 5th and final Book.

We know the Torah is exceedingly redundant (probably because we’re exceedingly thick-headed) and fractal in nature in its structure patterns and coding, so it’s not surprising to find that the 5th Book (Deuteronomy/Devarim) has 34 chapters, with 34 being the 10th Fibonacci number starting from zero. Fibonnaci numbers (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55…) are a very famous sequence formed by adding together the two prior numbers, the ratio between which approximates Phi (1.6180…). As there are 10 sefirot (dimensions) the number 10 also represents Malchut, representing an ending of sorts.

Using this as a clue, it’s further insightful that the 5th Torah portion of the 5th Book (Deuteronomy/Devarim), parsha Shoftim, begins at Devarim 16:18.

Given this, and exploiting one of the basic and most unique properties of Phi, we find that the square root of 1.618033.. is 6.18033.., or (Phi –1) and Phi2 is 2.618033.., or (Phi + 1), so examining the 3 corresponding verses in Devarim, we find a concealed Torah

message about the end-of-days, which is really the dawning of the age of the Tree-of-Life. Devarim 6:18 corresponds the square root of Phi; Devarim 16:18

corresponds to Phi; and Devarim 26:18 corresponds to Phi2.

Devarim 6:18 “Do what is upright and good in God’s eyes, so that He will be good to you. You will then come and occupy the good land that God promised your fathers.”

Devarim 16:18 Appoint yourselves judges and police for your tribes in all your settlements that God your Lord is giving you, and make sure that they administer honest judgment for the people.”

Devarim 26:18 “God has similarly declared allegiance to you today, making you His special nation as He promised you. If you keep all His commandments, He will make you the highest of all nations He brought into existence…”

In short, “Do what is right, police yourselves, and God with elevate you to the Tree-of-Life state of reality.” The Arizal and other tzaddikim and sages have explained that we are our own police and judges and that we need to guard the gates of our souls, our senses and our consciousness. Moreover, the Zohar explains that as we judge others so we will be judged, so we must zealously guard our thoughts. And the word “people” in Devarim 16:18 refers not our own people, but to all other people in the 70 nations, for we are responsible for their well-being. Our thoughts and actions affect them.

We’re being told to take responsibility for our actions and thoughts and once we truly do, we’ll realize that we’re the only ones standing in our own way from receiving the final redemption.

At the first word of Devarim 16:18, where the portion of Shoftim begins, we find the 358th Shin-Mem (ShM) letter combination in the Book of Devarim. The combination spells the word Shem, as in the “Name” of G-d.  There is an abnormal preponderance of words with this combination in the previous portion, Reah, meaning “to see,” but the 358th one at the word Shoftim (Judges) alludes to Moshiach, also of numerical value 358, and also containing the same letter combination, yet in reverse (MShYCh). The spiritual explanation is that by honest judging, the Torah is speaking about judging with Mashiach consciousness, that of thinking with and through the heart.  Also, that from these actions will come Moshiach.

The Shin-Mem (ShM) letter combination has a numerical value of 340, significantly, 10 times the value 34, the 10th Fibonacci number and final chapter in the Torah, and also 18 (Chai, life,) less than 358, Moshiach.

We’re in final part of the month of Elul, the month of preparation for Rosh Hashanah, when we should be doing Tshuvah. Literally translated as repentance, it is deep self- examination and a going back in time to undo all the negativity that we’ve created.  The Torah shows us the way.  The numbers above are all intellectual, but the path traced is spiritual.  To travel back in time we must enter through our hearts and follow our actions and their results backwards along the universal harmonic path delineated by the Phi spiral until we get to their sources, whether in our childhood or in previous lifetimes, begging forgiveness and increasing our appreciate of Hashem and our understanding of our place in His universe as we go.

Thus it’s no coincidence that the Baal Shem Tov came out to the world in Elul, in the 6th Month on the 18th day of Elul (6/18), which split the month into the Phi proportion. It was likewise no coincidence that Rabbi Shimon’s hillulah is on the 18th of Iyar (the 33rd day of the Omer), which also split Iyar into those same proportions, both dates reminiscent of .618033.. and both Tzaddiks of blessed memory adding so much understanding to our world.

Phi18 = 5778, the year 2018 CE, a scant 8 years from this Rosh Hashanah. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to take responsibility for our thoughts and actions and thus become part of the harmony of our universe, instead of being chaotic blights upon it.  Let’s not fight this spiraling ride we’re on, but ride with it, as time spirals ever tighter to 5778, and let’s ride it as our consciousness expands and spirals upward and outward into the broad branches of the upper Tree-of-Life, the reality beyond the illusions.

Now, if it occurred to you to ask why the 187 chapters of the Torah weren’t also divided into the Phi proportion, when that would seem like an easier calculation that keeping track of hundreds of thousands of letters, know this: 187/phi = 115.57236.. and 115.57236 jubilee years (Biblical 50 year interval) = 5778.618.  Go Figure!

So where was the split at Numbers 1:1, in terms of chapters? There are 70 chapters in the last two Books, so 117/187 = .625 and 625 is the square root of 390,625, the collective number of words, letters, and verses in the Torah. It’s also exactly 5/8 as in the exactly 58 total words, letters, and verses in the Torah.

Rosh Hashanah is nearly upon us. It is truly a time of awe.

Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tova
With love,

Ezra

To See…

We’ve spent a great deal of time delving into the secrets of the Torah and increasing our awe of G-d (Hashem) and his unbelievably perfect and complex works. And we just recently explained that speaking and listening and “seeing” with the heart is the key to taking that awe and extending it to all His creations, and thus to truly become one with them and thus Him. That combination will elevate us to a very high level, but it takes one more ingredient to bring Mashiach. And that is CERTAINTY.

The word for certainty in Hebrew, Veda’ut (VEDEVT) has the numerical value of 418, like that of the spelling of the letter chet, the 8th letter, representing the Brit (Covenant), and the connection to all the significant Biblical dates, as we’ve seen in The Divine Calendar. But when we add the kolel for the 6 letters in the word, we get 424, the numerical value of Moshiach Ben David—a hint of what certainty can really bring us.

When we add the numerical value of “unconditional love,” Ahavatchinam, 506 to 424, we get 930, as in the 930 years of Adam, which we know from the sages is deliberately 70 years less than 1000, and moreover, that 70 is the numerical value of Sod (secrets), as in the deeper Torah, and the 70 faces of the Torah as described by the sages. Therefore, the sefira of Keter, the highest possible crowning level (dimension), or 1000, is achieved by combining the deeper study of Torah (Sod Torah) with unconditional love and certainty.

So what is certainty? We’re not taking about having certainty in what we’re doing, or that what we’re doing is the right thing, or that we will succeed in what we are doing, but certainty that G-d is behind it all and that He wants the best for us at all times. And it is the certainty that when we go through rough times, G-d is there to see us through them and to help us out of them. But, of course, we must have certainty, and then we will be able “to see” our way clear.

Last week’s Torah, portion is Reah, meaning “to see.” In the first paragraph of the portion of Reah, after telling us that if we follow His ways, we will have all the blessings, we are told to have certainty that there is only one G-d and one spiritual path.

Devarim 11:28 “The curse [will come] if you do not obey the commandments of God your Lord, and you go astray from the path that I am proscribing for you today, following other gods to have a novel spiritual experience.”

This goes for our individual lives and also for our collective life that spans all humanity and all generations. Tehilim (Psalm) 107 is about giving thanks to the Lord for delivering us from desolation, captivity, sickness, and the sea. It is about delivering us from the 4 exiles that have spanned the generations for 5778 years.

We’ve discussed in numerous articles that the sum of all the positive integers through 107 is 5778, and that there are 54 portions in the 5 Books of Moses, the Torah, and that our brains operate on a frequency of 54 pulses per minute, and moreover, that 54 x 107 = 5778, so let’s look at Psalm 107 and Isaiah 54 to see what, if anything, they might have to do with 5778, the date the tzaddikim have suggested for the arrival of H’Moshiach (the Messiah).

The number 107, or in Hebrew KTz, can also represent the word Zak (KTz) meaning purify, or Zek, to chain (link) together, as in linking together the 107 integers that add up to 5778.

Psalm 107, the first in the 5th Book of Psalms, written by King David, whose 70 year life marked the exact midpoint from Adam to 5778, begins with the verse “Hodu l’Adonai Ki Tov Hi L’Olam Chasdo,” which has the gematria value of 402 and with its 24 letters, it has a total value of 426-2 (kolel) = 424, the numerical value of Moshiach Ben David.

The verse translates to “Give thanks to Hashem for He is good for forever endures His kindness.”

Before we break down the verse, we should note that the first letters of the first 4 of the 43 verses in this Psalm, (YHVT) also add up to 424, when adjusted for the kolel, and initials of the first 5 verses spell our Yud Torah (Y-TVRH), and add up to 620, the numerical value of Keter, when adjusted for the kolel, as in the 62 yuds(Y) of numerical value 10 each in the 10 Commandments (Utterances), which was the last time we stood before the offering of the Tree-of-Life reality.

That said, the middle 3 words of this 7 word semi-symmetrical verse add up to 77, and the final word has the numerical value of 78, which seems to spell out 5778, starting with the 5th Book, 7 words, 77 value in the middle, and ending with 78 as in the initials of the Tree-of-Life (YZ, ChYYM).

And speaking of symmetry, while the standard gematria value of the verse is 402, the ordinal value of the 24 letters is 204. And while the last 2 words add up to 814 in gematria sofit, which is the numerical value of the paraphrased verse “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” the other 5 words add up to 148, a reshuffling of the digits in 814.

As explained in prior articles, the arrival of Moshiach and the final redemption in the end of days is the complete union of the 6 dimensions of Zeir Anpin with that of our dimension Malchut, also known as the fusion of the Names YHVH with Adonai (EDNY).

So to grasp what this means (intellectually, for we must then process it through our hearts). (YHVH + EDNI) = YEHDVNHY = 91, the numerical value of Amen, but when we spell out the 8 letters in (YHVH + EDNI) or YEHDVNHY and add them up we get 232 for the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) and 671 for Adonai (EDNY) spelled out ELP+DLT+NVN+YVD as explained by the Arizal. And 232 + 671 = 903, which is immediately recognizable as the sum of all the positive integers through 42, and as always, it’s a connection to the 42-Letter Name of G-d that is the Tree-of-Life and that fuses Zeir Anpin with Malchut, and as the sages tell us, is as necessary for bringing about the geula (final redemption) as it was for bringing about Creation and the Torah.

But when we add 671 (the fully expressed Adonai) to 107, we get 778, as in 5778.

671 + 107 = 778. And, of course, 107 + 65 (the simple Adonai) = 172, the numerical value of Ekev, the Torah portion before Reah, and the word heel, as in the heel of Adam, which is what the sages tell us is our generation, the last one before the final opportunity to reach the Tree-of-Life reality.

As it states in the Midrash, “His heel threw a shadow on the orb of the sun.” Since we know the surface temperature of the sun is 5778 K, we have another cryptic allusion to the generation of heel connecting Malchut (heel) with the Sun (Zeir Anpin) in 5778.

Now, as for Isaiah 54, read as the Haftorah portion along with Reah, we see what the Lord says about the end of days, about what will come after we’ve brought the secrets of the Torah into out hearts and shared our love unconditionally, and reached out with certainty and after we have given thanks to the Lord for our deliverance:

Isaiah 54:11

“Unhappy, storm-tossed one, uncomforted!” Recall that Tehilim (Psalm) 107 is about giving thanks to the Lord for delivering us from desolation, captivity, sickness, and the sea.

Isaiah 54:11-17

“Unhappy, storm-tossed one, and disconsolate!

I will set your stones in fair colors,

And lay the foundations with sapphires.

I will make your pinnacles of rubies,

Your gates of precious stones,

And your walls of precious gems.

And all you children will be taught about God;

Great will be the peace of your children.

In righteousness you will be established.

You will be far from oppression,

For you will not fear,

And you will be far from ruin,

For it will not come near you.

They may gather to attack you, but it will not be from me;

Whoever comes to fight you shall fall because of you.

Behold, it is I who created the smith who blows the coals beneath the forge,

And makes a weapon for his work.

I have also created the ravager to destroy.

No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper,

And you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.

This is the heritage of God’s servants, and their due reward from Me,

Says God.”

Rosh Chodesh Elul is almost upon us. This an important moment in the coming of the Messiah, and the shifting of the world consciousness that has already begun. On this 3321st anniversary of Moses’ re-ascension of Mt Sinai to bring back the second set of tablets, as the Shofar sounds we must begin our work of tshuva, and go back into time, back into our hearts to remove all the blockages that is keeping the awe in our heads, and that is keeping us from expressing the unconditional love that is at the basis of our souls, and thus keeping us from knowing the certainty that comes from being One with G-d.

We have much work to do, but a glorious future to embrace. Now is the time to give thanks.
With love,
Ezra

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All My Teachers

The portion of Ekev starts off with “If only you listen..” The first word Vhayah (VHYH) is an obvious permutation of the Tetragrammaton YHVH, and the second word Ekev of numerical value 172 is the also the word for heel, which the sages equate with the heel of Adam, which is what they say our generation is, the lowest of them all spiritually. Yet 172 is only 1 away from 173, the small gematria value of the 42-Letter Name of G-d, which was the seed of all Creation.

So as lowly as we are, we are closer than any previous generation (except the one at Mt. Sinai that blew their opportunity) to returning to Creation and the Tree-of-Life reality.

So, yes, if only we listen.

Devarim 7:13 “He will [1] love you, [2] bless you, and [3] make you numerous. He will [4] bless the fruit of your womb, [5] the fruit of your land, [6] your grain, [7] your wine, [8] your oil, [9] the calves of your herds, and [10] the lambs of your flocks…”

In the very next verse, Devarim 7:13, we are given 10 blessings, split into the upper 3 and then the 7 lower ones, just like the 3 and 7 structures of the Tree-of-Life.  Once again, Moses is trying to strengthen our connection to the Tree-of-Life and show us the blessings that will come from it—if only we’d listen.

To that end we need to start listening with our hearts. The numerical value of heart, lev (LB) in Hebrew, is 32 and all 32 Paths of Wisdom flow through the heart.  The only truth is actually found in our hearts, no matter how great a wisdom we find in our heads.

Why then is there so much wisdom revealed through the Torah, because the Torah is the heart. It begins with the letter bet (B) and ends with the letter lamed (L), or lev (LB) backwards. It is a channel to and though our own hearts.

But the Torah cannot do it for us. We must speak to the world through our hearts and listen to it through our hearts.  A secret that should not be as deep as it is, is that abundance flows through the heart. If you are not living up to your potential and most of us are not, it is not because we aren’t working hard or smart enough, it is because we are speaking with our mouths and not our hearts.

Our hearts are the gatekeepers of what we project. You can have it all thought out and say all the right things, but people hear only what’s being silently projected from your heart.

For many of us it is a very difficult thing to wrap ourselves around, because we’ve long ago centered our hearts in our heads and though we know we love someone or care about them and may show it (at least in our minds, but also demonstratively) other people can’t see it, hear it or feel it, because those hearts in our heads are illusions (virtual hearts); the real ones in our chests are sitting there silently, snoozing, waiting to be called upon.  And when we do, they will open the gates for us, and people will begin to hear us, some for the first time. The universe will hear us to.

And once that gate is open, it swings both ways, and we can then start to actually receive.

So now that we know the channel through which G-d gives to us—through our hearts—it’s obvious that no matter how hard we try in life, and how many times we plead with G-d to help us, with or without the proper spiritual tools, He can’t if our hearts are closed.

How do we know if they’re closed? Believe me, you know when they are open: you see things totally differently, with joy; you see people as opportunities to help and share with; you see people reacting positively to you; you hear the messages clearly without veils; you see your own garbage (blockages) and you see how to rid them; and you see things flowing freely and working out for you.

We get messages all day long, but when we open our hearts, they come to us from the right place and we can hear them clearer, which means everyone becomes our teacher and we have the chance to learn and grow all day long.

Our minds can only get us so far.  Sure, without them, without our intellectual prowess and curiosity we’d still be asleep within the world of illusion and never be in the position to recognize that there was a Tree-of-Life reality out there, waiting to welcome us. But to reach it, to take us the rest of the way in the final years, we’ll need our hearts. Sure, there are 10 sefirot within the Tree-of-Life, but there are 32 paths between them, and the only way to climb them is along the paths.

You have often heard me quote Hillel in our articles, how it and the Torah all boils down to one verse, Vayikra 19:18, “You must love your neighbor as yourself. I am God.” Pretty simple, right? So how come so few of us live like that?
If it had only said, “As you love your neighbor, you will be loved,” things would be different because we understand cause and effect.  That’s something the head can grasp easily.  Loving thy neighbor—that’s thinking with the heart.

If does mean “As you love your neighbor, you will be loved,” and what you give from your heart will come back to you, and what you don’t give will also come back to you; and what you do unto others, will be done to you, it’s true, and if we live our lives knowing that and acting accordingly we’ll have much better lives, but G-d didn’t want it to be so easy.

He didn’t want it to be so hard either—He didn’t want it to be hard at all—but He wanted us to grasp the concept in our hearts, not our heads.  So the secret is out: start living your life knowing that “As you love your neighbor, you will be loved,” but don’t forget to start channeling everything through your heart, the one in your chest.

Though it’s easier than you think, it takes a lot of effort to shift our mindsets from our heads to our hearts, but we must do it and we must help one another to—it’s our responsibility. Write in with your comments and/or contact me on facebook if you want help, or want to help me. We are all each other’s teachers and all part of the same soul, that of the heel of Adam.
Shavua Tov

Ezra

Your friend, brother, and student

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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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