## Why the year 2018? Look to the Beginning.

To find the secret of why 5778 HC or 2018 CE, we can look to the sky and see the sun lording over us, burning away at 5778 K, or look under our noses to the very first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, to the seed of creation.

First we should note that just as the tzaddikim were able to calculate 5778 based on iterations of 2/3 or 666 years, so too can we calculate the year 2018 CE.

2018 CE = (666 x 3) + (6.66 x 3)

The Hebrew letter alef (E) has a numerical value of 1 and when spelled out (ELP) it is equivalent to 111, so:

2018 CE = (111 x 6 x 3) + (111 x6.66 x 3/100) =

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111 x 18 + 111 x 18/100 =

alef x 18.18

Everyone knows 18 is the numerical value of Chai, life, but when we spell out the letter alef for 4 generations, we get

E

ELP

ELP LMD PE

ELP LMD PE, LMD, MM, DLT, PE, ELP

which equals 1 + 111 + 266 + 1046 = 1424, which breaks down to 1000 + 424, and we know 1000 is alef again as he word for 1000 is elef (ELP), spelled the same as alef (ELP), but more significant is that 424 is the numerical value of Moshiach Ben David.

But, if we substitute the value of Mem sofit for the standard mem (M) in the 4th iteration, the total value becomes 1984, and if we add the 33 letters in the 4 iterations we get 1984 + 33 = 2017 and we can choose to add the kolel of 1 and voila: 2018 CE.

We should note that 666 x 3 = 1998 and that the Jewish and Hebrew Calendars so divinely intertwined, as illustrated time and again in The Divine Calendar, align the same through their holidays (fall on the same dates) in 1998 and again in 2018.

Nevertheless, if we consider only the 1st 3 iterations as Rabbi Avraham Azulai of blessed memory instructed us to do in Chesed L’Avraham, and use the gematria sofit valuation, we get:

1 + 831 + 831 + 74 + 81 = 1818

as in 18.18 alefs = 2018 CE

and from There’s Nothing Random About the Universe, we know that Phi, the primordial mathematical constant that controls the natural spiraling growth from in the universe from our seashells to the Milky Way raised to the power of 18, or

Phi18 = 5778

Understanding the schematic of the universe and G-d’s designs is critical to understanding how we can breach the tree-of-life reality, how we can go from alef, the starting point to the finish line in a single leap of faith, without having to go through the grueling process. We’ll soon be learning how the Torah shows us that some of those in our past already did that, and how we are the souls of those who didn’t. Yet, we still can. That reality never changed, only our perception. For 66.6 jubilee years we had to earn the right again. Now it’s time. But we still have to learn how it’s done.

Now, if you recall that 5778 = the sum of all the positive integers through 107, and also that 5778 = 107 x 54, we should like to draw your attention to the fact that not only is the Torah divided in 54 parashot (portions) and this is the 18th Knesset of Israel, but 54 = 18 x 3 and also that 54 = 216/4 = (6 x 6 x 6)/4, making 5778 = 107 x (6 x 6 x 6)/4

We know that 216 is the numerical value of the sefira (dimension) of gevurah, representing the aspect of judgment, and also that 216 is representative of the 216 letters in the 72 Names used to split the Red (Endless) Sea, but 54, a sum of three 18‘s or nine 6‘s is also the paragraph in Exodus (Shmot/names) where we reach keter, the crowning, highest dimension, when we received the 10 Utterances (Commandments) from G-d, but that’s the topic of our next blog, when we last had the opportunity to really choose.

## River of Life

The longest word in the Torah has 10 letters (VBMShERVTYC) and was used just once.  Innocuously enough, it means kneading troughs, where the Egyptians made their bread and where the frogs of the 2nd plague jumped into. Any time something in the Torah singularly stands out there’s a reason for it, a reason that it was meant to be noticed. In this case, the first 4 letters of the word (VBMShERVTYC) are the initials of “And the Mem-Bet Shemot, the 42-Letter Name) and the ordinal value of these same 4 letters is also 42. And while the ordinal value of the rest of the letters is 70, as in the 70 Nations, etc,the remaining 6 letters can be broken down into (ERV) a permutation of the word for Light, Ohr (EVR) and (TYC) of numerical value 430, the same as nefesh, soul, and the number of years the Israelites were in exile in Egypt.

But even the location of this potently packed word is  significant as it’s at Shmot 7:28,  a  quick reference back to the Torah’s first verse Bereshit 1:1 of 7 words and 28 letters, where the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) hails from.  So what is the Torah telling us?

Let’s see: If the 10 letters refer to the 10 sefirot of the Tree-of-life, as do the 10 plagues where we found them, then it could be telling us that the foundation of our sustenance (bread) is found in the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) and that the Light spreads from there to the 70 branches of the Tree-of-life to nourish our nefeshs (souls).  And this interpretation is strengthened in the placement of the 10-letter word in the 2nd plague, which the Arizal tells us is analogous to and a cleansing or correction of the  sefira of Yesod through which all the Light of sustenance flows into our world and lives.  And moreover, Moses lists 10 places the frogs will wind up, and the kneading bowls were the 2nd from last, in other words, yesod of yesod.

But there’s more we can glean from this one well place word (VBMShERVTYC) , since if we permute the last 6 letters we can form both CTR (Keter, the highest crowning sefira) and/or YEVR (river), which hints to us about the river of life-sustaining Light (energy) that flows from Keter through the Shem Mem-Bet, which is Zeir Anpin, or at least how we can consciously access it, and this is further hinted at in the vav (symbol of Zeir Anpin) that begins the unique 10-letter word.

Now, there are 4240 letter nuns (of numerical value 50 each) in the Torah through this point, and 4240 = 424 x 10 and 424 is the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David. And considering everything that we know about the the Israelites being before the 50th gate of negativity and having to switch their consciousness to the tree-of-life consciousness to instead enter the 50th Gate of Binah (understanding), it’s apparent that this simple innocuous 10-letter word is mapping out for us how to bring  Moshiach Ben David. (To learn more about that and how to utilize the Shem Mem-Bet properly to access the tree-of-life, please read The Genesis Prayer)

And since we know from The Divine Calendar that all the key Biblical dates and events have dates ending in 8 and that the number 8 plays an integral part of G-d’s divine plan for Moshaich, it may or may not be coincidence that there are also 2009 letter chet’s (of numerical value 8) through this unique 10-letter word. And in 2009, when we’ve just  sworn in without a Bible the 44th  President of the USA, we have 8 years to go before–the 8 years that chazal has advised correspond to the 8 years of darkness preceding the brit of H’Moshaich–in 5778 (end 20172018) as prophesied by the tzaddikim.

Frogs, as noted in our previous blogs, has the gematria of 444, making it an extension of the first plague, dam (blood), of numerical value 44.  So yes, the connection to the year 2009 is relevant ,and yes the unique 10-letter word was meant for us as a gift of knowledge, a helping hand  for us to bring H’Mashiach and for us to achieve the the tree-of-life reality in time to attend the brit.

The river that flows through the tree-of-life, flows for us.  We don’t want it to turn to blood as it it did for our ancestors,  ancient and near, so we really need to grasp what the Torah is trying to tell us.   With the deepening financial crisis we need to learn how to get the frogs our of the bread baskets.

…To be continued, as we explore how the river of the unique 10-letter word and the tree-of-life connects and guides us through the 10 songs of the Tanakh and the 151 times the river is mentioned in the Tanakh and first time one is sung at Shmot 15:1, paragraph 42….

## Naming Names; The Gifts we’ve been Given.

What’s in a Name? Why does the Torah pause to list them? What happened 3330 years ago (66.6 jubilee years) that we NEED to understand to help us today?

“These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob…”

The second of the 5 Books of Moses is named Exodus, but in the original Hebrew it is Shmot, the Hebrew word for Names, and as in all the portions and Books of the Torah, the seed level of its energy and inspiration is in its first few words. Thus the seed level impetuous for the Exodus from Egypt, the end of the exile from Egypt, and the giving of the Torah, is in the first few words of the Book.

The very first word, V’eleh (VELH), links us both to the beginning of the Torah and Creation itself, and to all the events, and to the 42 journeys the Israelites will make during the entire rest of the Torah. It’s numerical value is 42, and it’s pretty obvious that 42 Shmot (42 Names) a reference to the 42-Letter Name of G-d utilized in the splitting of the Sea of Reeds and present in all the significant Biblical journeys, such as the one referred to in this verse.

The second set of Names hinted at here is a little more cryptic and is concealed with in the word for Names, Shmot (ShMVT) itself, whose gematria value is 746 and whose ordinal value is 62, as in the 62 letter yuds in the 10 Commandments (utterances) whose collectively equate to 620, that of keter, the highest crowning sefira (dimension). This connection to the 10 Utterances is not without significance because is we add the progressive form of the number 4 for the 4 letters in Shmot, we get 4+3+2+1=10 and 62 + 10 = 72, as in the 72 Names of G-d utilized in the splitting of the Sea of Reeds (Red Sea) and the complete value for Shmot, defined by 746+62+10= 818, the sum of the small gematria of the 216 letters in the 72 Names (Triplets).

Before we get into the Names themselves and their mechanics, we should ask why the Torah felt the need to put them first and foremost in this Book concerning the Exodus, the end of the first exile, and the reception of the Torah and tree-of-life reality at Sinai.

It’s because the first exile is mimicked in the last, and we’re going to need these Names (Tools) to split our own Red Sea and to get out. Upon very careful reading of the Torah as guided by chazal, we can see that on one level the Israelites never wanted to leave Egypt. They were slaves to their own desires and that was their bondage that they needed to break.

We’re no different today, slaves to our materialistic desires, to our own personal agendas. A slave has no freedom to choose. And for all the visible freedoms of our society, we can’t even see our own souls, let alone anyone else’s. The illusions of our everyday needs and desires are so thick we can’t even imagine the tree-of-life reality behind the curtains where are already have everything we need. The manna and wells of Miriam, and clouds of glory are there, ready to shelter and sustain us with everything we need, but almost no one day even imagines them to have once been real, let alone to be an option for us to choose. That is our slavery, utter and nearly complete.

In Shmot 4:21 G-d made Pharaoh obstinate. That is to say, up to that point he was reasonable and would have granted Moses request in Shmot 5:3 for a 3 day vacation for the Israelites to make sacrifices in the desert.

But the Israelites didn’t want the desert, or to make sacrifices anymore than we do today. Which is why the dark side is also becoming more obstinate. It wasn’t enough that we had to make our daily bricks to pay our bills to the man-made system that sustains us and to achieve our false reality dreams, but now thanks to the financial crises we have to make them without straw.

Shmot 6:1 “..[Pharaoh] will be forced to drive them from his land.” Why would he have to be forced to drive they out if they will so willing to escape? Because they didn’t want to got.

We to will have to forced out. It’s coming, along with the frigid winds blowing across the lands. The Bible has given us a blueprint.

Then in Shmot 6:9 after Moses conveyed G-d words to the Israelites they rebuked him and would not leave, which is why in Shmot 6:10 G-d tells Moses, to then go to Pharaoh “and he will let them leave.”

G-d couldn’t wake up the Israelites, so he shuck up the oppressive powers that gripped them–the banking systems, the marketplaces, the insurance system, the political systems. And he kept shaking until the Israelites fell off their perches in the branches of the tree of Good and evil.

This level of interpretation dovetails with all the later cries (complaints) to Moses by the Israelites to return to Egypt where the melons were so delicious and the steaks were so juicy–pretty good food for slaves. People couldn’t realize there are other options (spiritual options) when their mouths were full, so G-d forced them to imagine the food when they were empty. And with His help, they did, and manna tasted like anything they wanted it to.

We too today are slaves, and everyday more food is being taken out of our mouths. We too will be forced to imagine a new reality, and He will be there to help us when we do. It’s a leap of faith, just like jumping into the Red Sea before it split. But even then after witnessing the 10 plagues it still took the armed Egyptians at their backs for the Israelites to jump. What will it take us?

We’ve been given the same Names to use as our tools as the Israelites, who were stuck in the darkness of Egypt 66.6 jubilee years ago (50 year intervals). So I guess, it’s time we learn to use them (properly).

Time at the moment the Names were given to the Israelites, as marked by the passage of the Torah readings, has consumed 50 Biblical chapters , 1 grand jubilee year of 2448 years, equal to all 2448 years of the 4 exiles culminating in 5778 HC. Yes, the Patriarchs and the tzaddikim had them earlier as the tzaddikim continue to use them to this day, but it’s a paradigm shift when they are made available to everyone. Moses and Aaron alone couldn’t end the exile–the people had to do it for themselves.

The number 50 to the kabbalists represents the 50 Gates of Binah (understanding). It can also chas v’shalom (G-d forbid) represent the 50 gates of negativity, which the trapped Israelites in Egypt were knocking on back then.

But, with G-d’s help and the arrival of Moses, and 10 plagues followed by 10 miracles the Israelites woke up and received the Torah and 10 Utterances at Mount Sinai. Because of this awakening and reception, there were an additional 137 chapters of the Torah, and 137 is the numerical value of the word Kabbalah, meaning “to receive. We received another 137 chapters of Life.

In one of the strangest Torah passages, it says G-d wanted to kill Moses. That would have been it, light out just before the Israelites reached the 50th gate. G-d would not have allowed them to enter the 50th gate of negativity. That passage was in Shmot 4:24, and when it was decided to kill Moses the Man, Moses Mashiach Ben David rose in his place in order to not only save his generation, but to save ours, all the generations.

We’re knocking on the gates again, and need all the tools the Torah has to offer us in order to help ourselves and to merit the help of Moses again.

Then in Shmot 6:11, the Torah starts listing the heads of the Tribes and their genealogy, where it mentions three lifespans, all in the genealogy of Moses. It’s notable that 611 is the numerical value for Torah and that 616 is the numerical value for H’Torah (“the Torah”) because it’s in Shmot 6:16, the Torah starts with the phrase “V’Eleh Shmotagain, and it’s here where it gives us the 3 direct ancestors of Moses.

It was back in Shmot 1:1 where we last saw the phrase V’Eleh Shmot and the Torah listed Israel’s (Jacob’s) children who came to Egypt with him. Their initials in the order they were listed added up to 616 for the first 10, leaving Asher as the 11th, whose name makes up the central part of the powerful Name Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh “I am that I am,” but more about that later.

We’re told that Levi lived for 137 years; Kehoth lived for 133 years: and Amram, lived for 137 years. All together the last 3 generations until Moses, the 26th Generation in the live of Adam, lived 407 years, and the secret here is that the square root of 407 is 20.17424 or the fusion of the year 2017 CE, which is when the prophesied years 5778 begins, and 424, the numerical value of Moshiach Ben David. (As explained in The Divine Calendar)

This hints of Moshe’s (Mose’s) connection to Mashiach and that he will return as H’Moshiach, which is reinforced by the fact that the numerical sum of the names Levi, Kehoth and Amram is 901, because the sum of all the positive integers through 424 (Mashiach Ben David) is 90100, which significantly enough is also analogous to the 90100 Yuds, Heys and Vavs in the Torah, the 3 component letters of the Tettragrammaton (YHVH). (As explained in The Genesis Prayer)

In the continuation of this blog we’ll explain the details and significance of the Names, the tools we’ve been given to help us break free, and into the Tree-of-Life reality, including “I Am that I Am” Ehyeh Asher Eyheh, the 42-letter Name (Shem Mem-Bet, Ana B’koach) and the 72 Names (Triplets)

## 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.