fireThis wasn’t the first article I had planned to write after my prolonged hiatus. I was and am still going to write about the how the 2000-year-old Zohar explains in detail the expansion of the universe in the instant before the big bang; about the missing 38 years from the Torah; time speeding up; and the final segment in the meaning behind the year 2014 series within the context of the final 4 years until Moshiach (the Messiah) in 2018 (5778 HC).  The events and their consequences of 2014 are blatantly obvious to everyone watching the news as they unfold all around us.

As we’ve explained in previous articles about the 10 Commandments and their 2 tabletsprophetic connection to us today, each verse in the sequence of the Torah’s 70th paragraph, ending with verse 20:18, corresponds to our calendar year today, and verse 20:14, corresponding to the year 2014, states, “Do not be envious of your neighbor’s house.” Does this not explain what we see going on all around us?

The last of the 10 Commandments:

Exodus 20:14 “Do not be envious of your neighbor’s house.”

This Utterance of G-d is the last of the 10 Commandments, our last chance to exercise free will in choosing love and loving kindness over hatred and jealousy.  We know what drives Vladimir Putin, Hamas, ISIS and Boko Haram, what courses through their bloodstreams. We know what fuels the flames of Ferguson. But it is what we choose in the face of this that matters now.  The choice is harder than ever, as you would expect it to be with only 4 years to go and no more Commandments for us to prove ourselves by. We’ve had 5778 years to work on ourselves, 3330 of them with the Torah in hand so we’d be hard pressed to ask for more time, but we could and should ask for help. We already know what our nature is; if we want to connect with the spiritual world, we must seek to go beyond our animal nature. That doesn’t mean to do nothing. When Assad was gassing his helpless citizens, we could have stepped in then and quenched the fires long before they blew ISIS across the Mid-East; that would have been the compassionate, neighborly thing to do.

light worldAs a result of the angelic construction of the 3rd Temple in Jerusalem, and consequentially the exponentially greater intensity of light flooding into our world, cracks and fissures are opening up throughout humanity, all emanating from that central point, much like the rivers that flowed from Gan Eden. Counter-clockwise from militant upheaval in Libya to Ebola in Western Africa and Boko Haram in West-Central Africa to Gaza to Pakistan to Afghanistan to Iran to the desperate crises in Iraq and Syria caused by ISIS to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the burgeoning antisemitism in Europe and most recently the riots in Ferguson Missouri, the cracks are bringing out the worst of Satan in his death throws, as evil tries everything it can to annihilate good, pitting neighbor against neighbor, desperately trying to erase the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself while it still can.

As we live through prophecy being fulfilled, know this, kol tuv, it’s all good. We may be destined to fight the battle, but the light has been with us from the beginning, and will be there with us in the end.  There is a reason G-d hid these 5 little letters within the 304,805 ones of His Torah.  It’s time we understood them.

In Vaetchanan, read on the week that Tish B’Av occurs every year, we have the repetition of the 10 Commandments followed by the first paragraph of the Shema and immediately following that, in Vaetchanan 6:11 we find the expression Kol Tuv (כל טוב), Hebrew for all or everything is good, which HaRav always said was the highest and most complete wish we should make for someone, as it includes everything, so we traditionally wished that for each other after making a L’chaim. But what does it really mean? Or connect to? And why is it used only once in the entire Torah? And why found at verse 6:11, knowing that 611 is the gematria value of “Torah” itself?

So we can assume that such a common phrase used only once and very strategically placed tree10at that must have some powerful import, and yes it does.  What HaRav passed on from his teacher is that whatever is most overlooked is usually the most important. The first word of this overlooked phrase is kol (CL) of numerical value 50, as in the 50 gates of Binah, and as such the word has always been regarded by the kabbalists as a definite expression and connection to the sefira of Binah (Understanding). It is also regarded as a connection to Yesod, as it includes all the 50 inter-included sub-sefirot from the 5 higher levels of Zeir Anpin above it (Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach and Hod). Yesod is the repository of all that comes from above, and as such, and like the righteous, of which it is associated, Yesod can channel everything to us.

Nevertheless, the ordinal value of kol (CL, כל), in other words the numerical place value of its letters within the Hebrew alphabet, is 11 and 12 respectively, a total of 23, and it just so happens that we find the the only expression of Kol Tuv (CL TtVB,כל טוב) in the entire Torah at the 11th verse of paragraph 23 of Devarim (Deuteronomy). That said, this makes the complete value of the word kol (כל) equal to 50 plus 23, which is 73, the value of the sefira of Chochma (Wisdom), the dimension one level higher than Binah. It also connects to the Torah’s very first verse, whose total numerical value is equivalent to the sum of all the integers from 1 to 73.

Now the word tov (טוב), first used when G-d pronounced in Bereshit(Genesis), “it was good(ki tov)” has he numerical value of 17. It also has an ordinal value of 17 as well, thus it has a complete value of 34 and when we add the kolel for the 3 letters, we get 37, which it turns out is the inner dimension of Chochma (ChCMH), in other words the ordinal value of Chochma. Every sefirot is both light and vessel and has an inner and outer dimension to it and so does every word. In the case of Chochma (ChCMH), its numerical value, 73, forms the exact number of units in the 4th natural star number. Star numbers form the star numbers3shape of the Magen David, also known as the Star or Shield of David.  And so does the number 37 (the 3rd Star number), but 37 is also the number of units in the central hexagon of that 73-unit Magen David, so they are integrally related, one the inner dimension of the other. Please do not think this is coincidental, as the numerical value of Israel, 541, gives us the 10th Star, and furthermore, as it turns out 37 x 73 is also the same value as all the integers from 1 to 73.  This aside only serves to show the depth and the everlasting power to which the simple phrase, Kol Tuv connects.

day and nightThe initials of Kol Tuv (כל טוב), Caf (כ) and Tet (ט) are the letters (כט) that Abraham told us in his Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Formation) represent and influence the month of Av so it’s no wonder we find Kol Tuv (CL TtVB) in a portion only read in Av. And since the letter Tet (ט) is the 9th letter of the alphabet it is also no wonder that the portion is always read immediately following the 9th of Av, the day of maximum light of the year, when the negative side holds sway in the morning and when Moshiach consciousness reigns in the afternoon, similar to that first day in Bereshit. After G-d pronounced the light good, He separated it as light and darkness, day and night.

The final letters, which Rav Brandwein of blessed memory taught me speak to the future, 32 pathsin the phrase Kol Tuv (CL TtVB),are Lamed and Bet (לב), which happen to be the first and last letters of the Torah and spell Lev (LB), Hebrew for heart. Besides encapsulating the Torah, they have the numerical value of 32. They universally represent the 32 Paths of Wisdom and the 32 Paths of the Tree-of-life. Similarly, the first 3 letters (כלט) of Kol Tuv (CL TtVB), representing the 3 columns of the Tree-of-life and have an ordinal value also of 32.  Their complete value is 91, that of Amen, the unification of the YHVH with Adonai.

When we recite or read a Hebrew expression with the insight and understanding of the spiritual technology behind it and with the knowledge of the gates and pathways of energy that it opens up for us we become channels for that light, and the world becomes our vessel. As an open channel we can expand ourselves infinitely. But the key is heart. To really open ourselves up and really make a difference, we must have intention and not only a desire for the love of the Creator, but a desire to share it as well. This doesn’t need to be a prolonged meditation; it could happen in an instant, but your head and heart have to be in the right place.

The complete value of Kol Tuv (כל טוב) is 50 + 17 = 67, which is actually the numerical value of the Name Binah, which to us is everything good.

The complete value of Tov (טוב) is 17 + 17 = 34, which corresponds to the 34 letters in the 3 spelled out iterations of the YHVH at the level of Ban (Malchut) and thus acts as a ground for us.

Thus in saying Kol Tuv (כל טוב) with the proper intention we can draw the conjoined purified energy down from Chochma and Binah and draw it down through Yesod, represented by Kol (כל) to Malchut, our world represented by tov (טוב).  We can’t actually picture what this looks like, but we can imagine the process as it flows down to and through us just before or as we recite it. And finally, the central letters in Kol Tuv (כל טוב) form the Hebrew word, Tal (טל ), which the Arizal said would take 80 years to fully explain, but we can in our limited way understand it to mean dew, as the energy of sustenance that replenishes us everyday, the shefa. It also has to do with the 39 letters of the 4 variations of the spelled out YHVH and the energy of Moshiach consciousness to which we need to attach ourselves.

dccover3dNonetheless, the complete value of the expression Kol Tuv (כל טוב) is 67 + 40 =107, and the sum of all the integers from 1 to 107 is 5778, the Hebrew year equivalent to 2018, the year prophesied for the coming of Moshiach and the geula, the final redemption. So just as the complete value of kol (CL) connected us with the Beginning, the complete value of Kol Tuv (כל טוב) connects us with the end, the end of darkness, and the new beginning. And just as every year for 5778 years the 9th of Av has reminded us that darkness can feed off the light and run rampant, it also reminds us that it eventually burns out and new life grows in its place.

The initials (כט) in Kol Tuv (CL TtVB) have an ordinal value of 20 while the corresponding value of the next 2 letters (CL TtVB) is 18, thus forming 20:18 and those 2nd set of letters (LamedVav) represents the LV (לו) of numerical value 36, as in the 36 tzaddikim (righteous souls) that sustain our world and guide us from generation to generation (L‘dor V‘dor) toward Moshiach. Just to note, the gematria of (L‘dor V‘dor) is 444 and there exactly are 13 generations of 444 years in 5778 and 13, the numerical value star numbers2of the Hebrew word for love, is the 2nd Star number, as discussed above.  It all begins with love. The final letter in this sequence is Bet (ב) of numerical value 2, which once again shows us that the 2 calendars are converging and that the two 2018’s are one. In the Hebrew calendar year 2018 G-d made His Covenant of Halves with Abraham, promising him everything, and in 2018 CE in the Western Calendar (5778 HC) it is prophesied to be fulfilled, 70 years after the birth of the Israeli nation in 1948 CE, fulfilling yet another part of the prophecy and coinciding with the birth of Abraham in 1948 HC.

Moreover, when we add 5 for the 5 letters in kol tuv (כל טוב) to its complete value of 107, we get 112, which all kabbalists know as Yabok, the place when Jacob defeated the dark angel and became Israel, and also the unification of the YHVH of numerical value 26 with Elohim, 86, which in both instances represents the triumph of the divine spirit over the natural one. This is the energy we should tap into when saying and wishing kol tuv (כל טוב) and this is the energy that will triumph in 5778.

Now for those that understand, the sole placement of kol tuv (כל טוב) at 6:11 connects it to the higher Name of G-d Ehyeh (EHYH) that is also found in only one place in the Torah, when Moses conversed with G-d at the burning bush, telling him, “I shall be who I shall be.”  There are 4 variations of the spelling out of the Name EHYH, corresponding to the 4 spellings out of the Name YHVH, and their total value is 611. This is the Name that “shall be” with us through the end of the exile.

lchaim2This is just one small thing we can do to wind the war against negativity, overcome our nature, help bring the final redemption, but it is something. And it’s something real. And it is a start for many. Doing nothing is not an option. So let’s all wish each other l’chaim with the expression kol tuv (כל טוב) and this time let’s mean it, let’s tap into the energy of the endless and channel it with love in our hearts to our family, friends, and especially to our neighbors. Let’s bring Moshiach.

kol tuv (כל טוב)


The Zohar Explains the Final 70 Years until the Redemption.

These collection of quotes from the Zohar from the section about parsha Mishpatim all zohar setdiscuss the final 70 years leading up to the final redemption (geula). We present them here in the order they appear in the Zohar:

“The seventy [70] words in the Psalm: ‘May Hashem hear you in the day of trouble’ (Tehilim 20:2), allude to the seventy [70] sounds made by the expectant mother about to give birth, being also the seventy [70] sounds given out by the Shechinah for the distress of the children of Israel prior to redemption–considered then ‘a day of trouble.’.”…”The morning of Abraham, Chesed, appears on the actual Day of Redemption. But the dawn precedes the Day of Redemption, being Netzach, as the Shechinah from this aspect is called ‘the star (or dow) of dawn’.”

Please note as we’ve explained in previous articles about the connections between the Ten Commandments and the year for the final redemption, 5778 HC (2018 CE) that the Ten Commandments are found at Exodus 20:2. which is the 70th chapter in the Torah, and we juxtapose this to Tehilim 20:2 and the 70 words/sounds found and discussed there.

The Zohar goes on to explain that the word LAMNATZEACH precedes the phrase “May Hashem hear you in the day of trouble” in the Psalm and that it’s spelled Lamed-Mem-Netzach and that the numerical value of Lamed-Mem is 70, “which are the seventy [70] sounds that the dow of dawn cries out for her children when the darkness of the exile overcomes them, namely the darkness of dawn taking place at the last seventy [70] years. At that time will be fulfilled in Israel” ‘Like a women with child, that draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and cries out in her pangs; so have we been in Your sight, Hashem’ (Yeshayah 26:17).”

“The morning alludes to the right hand of Abraham, depicting Chesed, alluding to Messiah [Moshiach] the son of David.”

As the Zohar explains it’ll be be darkest just before the dawn of the new light of Moshiach The Divine Calendarwhich occurs at the end of the designated 70 year birthing period that began with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 CE and corresponds with the birth of Abraham in 1948 HC.  The darkness ends and the dawn occurs 70 years later in 2018 CE, corresponding to G-d’s Covenant with Abraham in 2018 HC. (see the full calendar and how important the 70 year period is in Biblical timing)

This Pesach marks the beginning of the final 42 months, but that’s yet another prophecy.

Why 2018? Ask Jacob!

In Torah portion, Vayetzei, Jacob weds two wives. The Arizal explains that while Jacob coupled with Rachel, it was Israel (Jacob’s second appellation) who coupled with Leah, with important consequences for us today.

Every story in the Bible has a key hidden purpose, an energy to reveal and a pathway to follow beyond cloaked gateways that need opening.  In one such story, Jacob received his new name (Israel) when he defeated the angel of darkness at the Jabbok River, jacob2bwrestling2bwith2bthe2bangel2bof2bgodand it was this defeated demon who then gave Jacob a new name, which slyly insinuated his own name into Jacob’s.  You see, the Biblical Names are really sources and gateways to specific available cosmic energy.  And like all energy, they are codified by values or  numbers. Jacob has a numerical value of (182), which means little to us on its own, but when his name was changed to Israel, of numerical value (541), the value and thus the name Satan (359) was inserted: 182 + 359 = 541.

This inclusion became part of the rectification process, whereby the Israelites were charged with overcoming their own satan, their selfish desire for the self alone.

It’s only through selfless thoughts and actions, a selfless love of others, that we can rectify our world in order to bring Moshiach. This is why the place in the Jabbok River (MABR YBK) where the dark angel was defeated and Jacob given his new name has the numerical value 424, which is the same as Moshiach Ben David. Israel took on a great responsibility; Moshiach Ben David will be our reward for waging this war and for overcoming our selfless desires.

Sometimes the gates and paths are hidden within the stories; sometimes they are hidden within a single verse. Either way, if we look beyond the narrative and even beyond the words, to the letters and their energies, as Abraham instructed us 3700 years ago, we find those paths illuminated for us.

Tel Be'er ShevaThe portion, VaYetze starts off with the verse Genesis 28:10 “Jacob left Beer-sheba and headed toward Charan” “VYZE YAKB MBER ShBA VYLC ChRNH.” The first and last letters in the verse are VH, representing the last two letters of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), kabbalistically symbolizing the union of the 7 sefirot (dimensions) of Zeir Anpin and Malchut, as in the words “Heaven and Earth” within the 7 words (28 Letters) of the Torah’s very first verse.  As we’ll discuss shortly, it also represents Be’er Sheva, the well of seven (7).

That this verse is chapter 28 is telling because it references the 28 letters of the Torah’s first genesis prayer coververse and is the numerical value of the Hebrew word for power Koach(CCh), both of which are integrally connected with the 42-Letter Name, but more about that later. This connection to the word Koach (CCh) is strengthened because we find it hidden within the verse itself: “VYZE YAKB MBER ShBA VYLC ChRNH.”

Zeir Anpin is the bundle of the 6 dimensions, or sefirot, which process the inaccessible light of the 3 upper dimensions and channel it on down to us, so it’s no coincidence that this verse begins with the letter Vav(V) of numerical value 6 and that there are 6 words in the verse.  Interestingly enough, within the 6-word verse we can spell out the names  of all the Patriarchs and Matriarchs: Abraham (EBRHM), Isaac (YZChK), Jacob (YAKB) and Israel (YShREL) and also Rachel (RChL), Leah(LEH), Sarah(ShRH) and Rivka(RBKH).

Toward the end of the verse, we find the name Rachel (RChL) spelled out backwards.


Included within it is an extraneous letter Caf (C) spelling out the Hebrew word kol (CL),


meaning “everything,” and which the Kabbalists tell us stands for the sefira of Yesod, the dimension personified by Joseph the righteous, which is the level just above ours, Malchut, personified by Rachel.  This would metaphorically place Joseph (Yesod) within the verse at the place of Rachel’s womb, which appropriately enough is the level of the feminine Yesod.

Also within the verse is the the name Shiloh (ShYLH), spelled out over the last 3 words: “VYZE YAKB MBER ShBA VYLC ChRNH, which we know from the Arizal, represents The Divine Calendarthe Moshiach and has the numerical value of Moses, because Moshiach is an incarnation of Moses. He further states that Moses/Moshiach will be in every generation, but will only be fully manifest as the redeemer when the appointed time is reached.

From Rav Ashlag and others we know that the appointed time is the Hebrew year 5778, thus it’s very apropos that Joseph was born in the year 2198 HC, exactly 3580 years prior to 5778.  Numbers just represent the energy values of the gateways they’re attached to and the numerical value of Moshiach is 358, so as per prophecy Moshiach was preordained to come 10 x 358 years after Joseph was born. In Kabbalah, 10 always represents the compete 10 sefirot (dimensions) of the Tree-of-life, which is also why this special verse we’re discussing is Genesis 28:10, the 10th verse of chapter 28.

Joseph born in 2198HC  + 3580 years = 5778

3580 = 10 x 358 years later = Moshiach Consciousness throughout the Tree-of-life

Joseph to Moshiach Ben Joseph

There are two Moshiachs (Messiahs) according to the sages, two extremely high levels of consciousness: Moshiach Ben Joseph and and Moshiach Ben David, derived from Joseph and King David respectively. While the midpoint of King David’s life (2889 HC) is exactly halfway (5778/2=2889) from Adam to the year 5778,  Joseph was born precisely 3580 years before 5778. The 3580 year period can be seen as the fuller gestation period for Moshiach consciousness to permeate all 10 sefirot.

King David’s midpoint in his 70 year life = 2889HC

2889 HC + 2889 years = 5778 HC

King David to Moshiach Ben David

Furthermore, just as Kind David marked the halfway point to Moshiach, Joseph’s birth, marked the halfway point to the Exodus from Egypt and the Revelation of the Torah at Sinai in 2448 HC, that is, halfway from the birth of Abraham in 1948: 2448 -2198 = 250 years and 2198 – 1948 = 250 years yet again.  And just so we’re clear, the energy that brought about Abraham’s birth in 1948 HC, also brought about the birth of the state of Israel in 1948 CE, to begin the final 70 year process and fulfill in 2018 CE, the Covenant of Halves that G-d made with Abraham in 2018 HC. Please note that the Torah made sure we’d understand that the Covenant was also about Halves (halfway points).

Covenant of Halves made in 2018 HC

Abraham born in 1948 HC

Abraham to Exodus = 500 years; Joseph born halfway in 2198 HC

Adam t0 Moshiach = 5778 years; David marks halfway point in 2889 HC

1948 CE Israel becomes a State

2018 CE = 5778; Covenant gets fulfilled, 3760 years later.

3760 = 10 x Shalom (peace)

Peace throughout the Tree-of-life


Leah and Rachel

Leah coupled with Israel. Leah (LEH) has the numerical value or energy equivalent of 36, as in 36 tzaddikim necessary to sustain the world.  Israel (YShREL), as we’ve shown, has the numerical value 541. When joined together, 36 + 541 = 577, as in 5778. Or even 577 plus the 8 sons Leah gave to Israel: 5778 . We should note that 2 of those son’s were born to Leah’s handmaiden, which means that when Leah coupled with Jacob, 6 boys and, then parallel to  Zeir Anpin and Malchut, 1 girl (Dinah) was born–once again the Torah showing us order and illustrating the energy systems for us, rather then just a delineation of names as some might interpret it.

Leah + Israel → 8 sons

36 + 541 = 577(8)

Jacob’s two wives had very different roles to play in establishing our world. Leah was married to Israel first and gave backbone to the 7 sefirot and the unification of the upper and lower worlds, while Rachel’s gave rise to Joseph and the sefirot of Yesod, finishing the process Leah began. Rachel’s role as the ultimate malchut will be fulfilled in these final days, those leading to 5778.

Rachel coupled with Jacob. Rachel (RChL) and Jacob’s (YAKB) numerical values respectively are 238 + 182, which add up to 420, which is 10 x 42. With the kolel it could also represent 422, the numerical value of  seventy (70), as in the 70 years from the birth of the nation of Israel until the promised date of Moshiach (the messiah) in 5778.  It is, though, certainly the 42-Letter Name of G-d times the 10 sefirot of the Tree-of-life.

The 42-Letter Name is derived from the Torah’s first verse and is not only G-d’s first gift to us, but is also the most powerful. The Arizal tells us that all our prayers elevate through it, and Rav Brandwein of blessed memory further states that it is through the understanding of the 42-letter Name that the geulah (final redemption) will come about.

Rachel and Jacob begot Joseph

238 + 182 = 420

420 = 42 Letter Name throughout the Tree-of-Life

Joseph + 358 throughout the Tree-of-Life = 5778

The 42 Letter Name throughout the Tree-of-Life  Moshiach in 5778

It Began with Abraham

While the names Leah and Jacob add up to 420, it is by a similar energy source that Moses was born 420 after Abraham. And it’s no coincidence that Jacob was born 260, or 10 times the value of the Tetragrammaton (26) years after Abraham too, or that Moses was the 26th forefather in the lineage of Adam.  On another note, Abraham, who was born in 1948HC and thus aligned with the birth of the State of Israel in 1948 CE, was thus born 3830 years before the Moshiach event in 5778, and this is aligned with the destruction of the Second Holy Temple in 3830 HC.

Rachel and Jacob = 420

Moses was born 420 after Abraham

Jacob was born 260 years after Abraham

Abraham was born 3830 years before Moshiach in 5778

The Second Holy Temple was destroyed in 3830HC

Between them, Leah (LEH) and Rachel (RChL) are the mothers of the 12 tribes so it’s most fitting that the tree10sum of the spelling out of their two names equals  1200, or 12 x 100 (keter), the highest dimension. 100 also represents the filling in of the complete 10 sefirot by 10 subsefirot each.

Leah and Rachel → 12 Tribes

Leah + Rachel (spelled out) = 1200

1200 = 12 tribes throughout the Tree-of-life

All that said, how fitting is it that when we spell out and sum up the gematria values in the name Jacob (YVD AYN KVP BYT) we get 2018, the Western calendar equivalent of 5778!

Jacob = 2018 = 5778

Israel, on the other hand, when spelled out has a numerical value of 2445 plus 5 for the kolel equals 2450, which equals 49 jubilee years from the birth of Adam.  This date 2450 coincides with the time the Israelites received the Torah and did their 42 journeys through the wilderness. The precise date was 2448, but the Torah details 2 more years of travails through the desert. As for the missing 38 years of the well known sentence of 40 years in the wilderness, we’ll soon deal with the commutation of that sentence in a separate article.

Both the Arizal and the Zohar in their discussions of this Torah portion emphasize the 50-year period called the jubilee year, which incorporates 7 x 7 sabbatical years, thus the name Israel equaling 49 x 50 or 2450 is quite significant.  Now, they both further make the point that the Torah explicitly states that Jacob hated Leah and loved Rachel.  Their point was more about the juxtaposition of Leah above Rachel, 2/3 (.666) of the way up the back of Jacob, representing Zeir Anpin, and drawing her light from Da’at, but that’s more advanced, complicated, and a whole other chapter. Nevertheless. it’s important to note that from 2448 (the 49th jubilee year) to 5778, there are exactly 66.6 jubilee years: 2448 + 3330 (or 66.6 x 50) = 5778.

Israel (spelled out) → 2448

Exodus and Torah Reception at Sinai in 2448 HC

Jubilee year = 50 years

2448 + 66.6 jubilee years = 5778.

Jacob hating Leah was reversed when the Torah tells us that Leah’s sons hated Joseph, but this wasn’t the end of that tikkun, not by a long shot.  It takes many reincarnations to work hatred out from a soul. Imagine what it is going to take to wipe it out of our collective soul!

This hatred, unfortunately, helped thwart the first opportunity to achieve the tree-of-life consciousness in 2448; the final one in 5778 must be guided by love.

Back to the Verse


The verse begins with the letter vav (V) of numerical value 6, as do 60% of the verses in the Torah and is followed by the letter Yud(Y), as do many verses in the Torah.  Since VY spelled out (VYV-YVD) has the numerical value of 42, all those (VY) Torah verses are imbibed with the extraordinary power to elevate, a primary attribute of the 42-Letter Name.  Again, it’s gateways and energetic connections; like the circuits in your cell phone, they work whether you see or understand them, or not.

This hidden (VY) circuitry imparts an underlying technology to the verses, making them relevant to us today beyond their narrative content. But this verse in particular begins with Vayetze (VYZE), which has the numerical value 107, as in the integers from 1 – 107 that sum to 5778. It’s the same connection that we find at the beginning of the 10 Commandments.  Then the very next word is Jacob (YAKB), which when spelled out, Jacob has the numerical value of 2018, which is 5778 in the Hebrew calendar. And then Jacob is immediate followed by MB, as in the Shem MB, the 42-letter Name, the understanding of which, is supposed to bring about the final redemption at the appointed time.

First 10 Letters:

Vayetze, Jacob, MB

Vayetze = 107 → 5778; Jacob → 2018; MB → 42 Letter Name

While the 6 initials of the verse”VYZE YAKB MBER ShBA VYLC” add up to 363 (with the kolel of 1), which significantly is the numerical value of H’Moshiach (the messiah), Rav Brandwein of blessed memory explained that it’s the final letters of a Torah phrase that point to the future, and the sum of the 6 final letters (VYZE YAKB MBER ShBA VYLC ChRNH) in this verse, representing the 6 millennium, add up to 778, as in the year 5778 (2018 CE).

6 Initials = 363 = H’Moshiach (The Messiah)

6 Final Letters = 778 → 5778

What’s in a Name?

Of those six final letters, the first three  (“VYZE YAKB MBER“) are EBR, as in EBRHM (Abraham), and as in the Torah’s first 3 letters (BRE). They also spell Ber, well, as in the well at Be’er Sheba. Be’er Sheva is mentioned 10 times in the Torah, indicating its connection to the tree-of-life through the 10 sefirot (dimensions). Note too that the Hebrew letters (Bet-Resh-Alef) BRE are also contained within the first two right hand triplets of the abgytz42- Letter Name matrix. The other 3 Hebrew letters Koof-Ayin and Gimmel (KAG) of those two triplets add up to 173, the small gematria value of the full 42-Letter Name. The Torah’s first word is Bereshit (BREShYT), or BRE – ShYT.  And utilizing the first 4 triplets of the 42-Letter Name matrix we can symmetrically spell out both EBR and ShYT, sitting like angle irons or bookends facing one another. They easily permute to  BRE – ShYT, and wedged right between them is Ayin-Gimmel (AG) one on top of the other.  Ayin-Gimmel (AG) has the energy and numerical value 73, which is that of the sefira of Chochma (Wisdom). It too represents the Torah’s first verse, as the total gematria value of that verse is equal to the sum of all the integers from 1 to 73.

genesis prayer coverAnd if you think this alignment is just coincidental, please note that while the Ana B’koach’s first line (first 2 triplets EBG YTZ) add up to 506, which is the numerical value of “unconditional love,” and also the complete value of “Moshiach Ben David,” there are exactly 506 occurrences of the 14 individual triplets of the Ana B’koach within the Torah. So while the CPU of the 42-Letter Name is found in the Torah’s first verse, it’s wiring extends throughout the entire Torah.

And why is this important? Because it is through the understanding of the 42-Letter Name that we’ll be able to bring about Moshiach consciousness and the final redemption.

Be’er Sheva

While the tree-of-life is based on 10 dimensions, much like our base-10 mathematics, many of our cycles of time and rhythms in our physical world are constructed of cycles of 7, representing the lower 7 sefirot.  It’s for this reason the Torah’s first verse is 7 words long and 4 x 7 or 28 letters long, a connection to Ecclesiastes 28 times.

And so, Joseph was not only born 358 x 10 years before Moshiach, but 7 x 314 years after Adam, in 2198 HC.  There’s Nothing Random about 7 x 314, or 314 being recognizable as Pi, the mathematical constant that gives shape to physicality, but the energy behind 314 also gives rise to the archangel Metatron, whose name has the numerical value 314.

But while the name Joseph has a value of 156 or 6 x 26, the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), reflecting his connection to Zeir Anpin (6), it is Jacob’s name whose value (182) is a full 7 x 26. And so it’s fitting that this portion began with Jacob at  Be’er Sheva, “the Well of 7.” As a well, Be’er Sheva, a vessel, is the female aspect of Yesod, whereas Jacob, Zeir Anpin personified, is of the male aspect.

Be’er Sheva will play a significant roll in the upwelling of Moshiach consciousness within anabkoach160-ksthe next 4 years and we’ll get into that in the 4th and concluding part of our series on the year 5774 and its meaning.  Know this though, Be’er Sheva, the well of 7 levels is also the  Shem MB, also known as the Ana B’koach or the 42-Letter Name. The 42-Letter Name, as we saw above, is built on a matrix of 7 levels that are aligned with and serve to help unify Zeir Anpin and Malchut.  Each level expands through the 6 extremities (branched out directions) that are represented by the 6 letters per line.

The Rav once explained to me that when we fantasize we create bubbles in our reality and as they collapse, they can trip us up. If we dig mental wells in our world by fantasying, making unfulfilled promises and wistful desires, they will be filled up by negative entities and no good will come of that. This is why we fill our kiddish cups to overflowing, leaving no room for negativity.  Nevertheless, if we immediately start filling our wells with positive actions and use the Ana B’koach as a spiritual fountain of ma’im nukva, (feminine waters) created by our spiritual intentions and actions, we’ll draw down the positive spiritual light from above that will fill our wells abundantly.

Back to the Verse

As we said earlier, the spelled out combination of the letters Vav and Yud equals 42, and thus the 6 words are represented by the letter(Vav) of numerical value 6 and the 10th verse, represented by the letter Yud (10), forming the combination VY are another connection to the energy of teh 42-Letter Name and this verse (Genesis 28:10).

The 5th word in this, the 10th verse of chapter 28 is (VYLC), which like the first word in torahthe verse, starts with (VY).  This word has the significant numerical energy level of 546, the same value as the sum of the 10 initials of the 10 sefirot, the tree-of-life.  Moreover, as Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory points out, the 5 letters of Israel (541) when the kolel for the 5 letters is included is also 546.  Furthermore, 546 is the number of times the name Israel appears in the Torah without any prefixes.  Besides taking the energy of this verse to a whole new level, it also serves to illustrate how the Torah is integrally wired to bring us, Israel, into the tree-of-life reality, and also how much love and technology can be found in a single verse, indeed, in a single word of Torah.

Therefore, within this very special verse, we find the name Israel concealed. And since that same 5th word (VYLC) contains the word CL (all), it actually represents Kol Israel (All Israel), which are the last two words of the entire Torah. This makes sense, as the Torah is circular in nature with the last verse connected to the first and we even read it that way,

Above the Well

As we said, Jacob (YVD AYN KVP BYT) spelled out gives us exactly 2018; nevertheless, the central letters of Jacob’s name spell out VYVY,which is even more interesting because the verse VYZE YAKB MBER ShBA VYLC ChRNH” also contains VY – VY twice. Given the energy of VY spelled out being that of 42, finding it twice in this verse is special; anabkoach160-ksnevertheless, this verse VYZE YAKB MBER ShBA VYLC ChRNH” also contains two AB (Ayin-Bet or 72), representing the energy of the 72 Names. Collectively, this means that with the MB (42) in the third word of the verse, this simple 6 word verse pulses with and reverberates back and forth between the 42-Letter Name, then the 72 Names, then the 42-Letter Name, then the 72 Names again, and finally the 42-Letter Name yet again.

As will be explained below by R’ Chaim Vital, the 42-Letter Name has its root in the letter Yud (10), and moreover that given that the 216 letters in the 72 Names are 6 x 6 x 6 = 216, they have their roots in the letter Vav (6).  Thus the sequence of 42 – 72 -42 -72 -42 illustrated above can be seen on the root level as Y-V-Y-V-Y, the significance of which we’re about to tackle.

Furthermore, VYVY has the numerical value of 32, symbolizing the 32 Paths of the Tree-of-life and it also has the numerical spelled-out value of 84, PD, redemption, but the 28, as in Chapter 28 verse 10, may indicate something more profound, as 28 is also the numerical value of Yichud (unification), as in unification of the Names.

The second thing we notice about VYVY is that compared to the Tetragrammaton(YHVH), the famous ineffable Name associated with Zeir Anpin, there is no feminine aspect, no repository vessel to receive the flow of energy, neither the upper He (H) of Binah, nor the lower He (H) of Malchut in VYVY.

The value 32 also connects to the 32 Elohim in Creation (Genesis), but these are within the letter He (H) of Understanding (within YHVH) and it’s absent in VYVY. Since according to the kabbalists, all that exists is rooted in the letter He(H), then what we’re dealing with in the sequence VYVY must be spiritual in nature, not physical.

Grounding the verse above is Be’er Sheva, the well, the 7th well, malchut, the place of feminine waters, but in this verse Jacob was told to leave leave there, which tells us he was going on a spiritual journey. Be’er Sheva represents the missing letter (H) as does the final letter in the verse, He(H) itself.

alef two vavsThe appellation VYVY is big secret. To form the primordial Alef, whose components are Y-V-V-Y the first VY would need to be reversed, which is exactly what needs to be done to restore the normal order of things.  Vav represents Man and Yud represents G-d in the aspect of Chochma (wisdom).  The process that is Zeir Anpin is the way we process existence: we intellectualize it, then rationalize it, then emotionalize it and only then do we determine whether G-d has a presence in our lives.  The natural order, and the order that needs to be restored to merit Moshiach consciousness, is for us to put G-d first, acknowledging His existence with awe and fear and then contemplating our place within that existence. That is what the patriarchs did, that is why Jacob left Be’er Sheva for Haran, and that is how we restore the VY to the proper order (YV).

Now, here is a far deeper understanding. In his book New Writings, Rabbi Chaim Vital of KtavimChadashim-sblessed memory goes beyond the normal understanding and explains that the tree-of-life is composed of both the 32 Paths of Wisdom and the 10 sefirot (dimensions), aligning it with the energy of the number 42 and the 42-Letter Name, more so than the more commonly understood, number 32.

alef two vavsThe primordial alef is comprised of the upper and lower Yuds(Y) split diagonally by the straight letter Vav(V), which the Arizal separates into 2 letter Vavs(VV) since the letter vav can be spelled that way. In a higher aspect, that of Chochma, it should be spelled with a Yud(Y) in the middle of the 2 Vavs (VYV). If we do that we’d be adding the 10 sefirot to the 32 Paths of Wisdom, raising the value of the primordial Alef to 42.

This is no small matter

“There are 10 lights in Wisdom. With the 32 roads and its paths that guard her, it makes 42 (MB)…corresponding to the 42 Letters of the Name….They guard the 32 roads of Wisdom we mentioned…Behold, from these 32 roads spread all the behaviors of the world from the highest point to the lowest one. They include all existence…”

-Rabbi Chaim Vital


alef two vavs

Alef: Y-V-Y-V-Y

The Arizal often counted the Yuds as 100’s instead of 10’s as they included their 10 sub-sefirot each, thus the numerical value of Y-V-Y-V-Y becomes 312, as in the measurement of the outer courtyard of the Future Holy Temple. So the Alef becomes the schematic for the Future Holy Temple–B”H to be built shortly–whose innermost alter measures 32 cubits, and whose inner courtyard measures 100 cubits (Yud expanded) and whose outer courtyard measures 312 (Alef complex) cubits. Regarding the Alter of 32 cubits, the inner Yud (between the vavs) can be thought of as 32 because as R’ Chaim Vital explains the 32 paths of Wisdom are rooted in the lower tittle of Yud.

It just dawned on me that 32 + 100 + 312 = 444, as in the 13 leaps of 444 years that equal 5778, and as Rav Ashlag explained to me, 444/22 building blocks = 20.18. So why Jacob and 2018?

In order for us to achieve Moshiach consciousness when the window of opportunity opens in 2018, Jacob, representing Zeir Anpin must be fully rectified, that means all 70 sefirot of Zeir Anpin must be fully rectified from the beginning to the bottom of the well when the final 70 years are up in 2018.  Our entire existence in this world has been all about rectifying the sefirot through our actions, mitzvot, thoughts and speech. According to the Arizal, Leah represents the thoughts and Rachel, speech.

This article started out as an observation during the Torah reading and became a journey of revelation, but it should end for all of us in a new dawn in 2018 (5778). We must all do our part in rectifying through love the final hidden holy sparks. Tu B’shvat is upon us–the perfect opportunity to connect to the Tree-of-life reality.


Chanukah: 8 Days Designed to Bring Moshiach and Light Up the 70 Nations.

Chanukah: Eight days of Miracles Designed to Bring Mashiach

dreidelThis year more than ever, we must connect with all the cosmic windows. And it can be as simple as a child’s dreidel, or the chocolate gelt. Four sides corresponding to the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), but 4 sides engraved with the Hebrew Letters G, H, N, and Sh. Four letters whose numerical value add to to 358, that of Mashiach, the Messiah.

From the games we play to candles we light, the entire 4 dreidelsChanukah event is designed to help us bring Moshiach. And that’s where our consciousness should be. The eight days are a cosmic event, not a celebration of a miracle that happened because it occurred during this cosmic event. The light we ignite each night are to connect us to the special light of miracles available to us once a year for 8 days staring every 25th of Kislev (Sagittarius). It’s different light/energy than what’s available to us in the 8 days of Sukkot-Shemini Atzeret; and it’s different from the light available to us during the 8 days of Pesach (Passover); and it’s different from the energy available to us on the 8 other holidays throughout the year. In total there are 32 days of varying special Light/energy (besides the special light of Shabbat). These 32 days connects to the 32 Paths of Wisdom of the Tree-of-Life, through which these various lights shine unto us.

The oil lasted 8 days because the Light of Chanukah, Mashiach Light, lasted 8 days, not cosmic window 2the other way around. As soon as the special Light of Moshiach (Or Ganuz) was revealed into our existence, it was hidden. I learned from my teacher that on the first Shabbat of Creation, it was brought out for 32 hours then hidden away for the time of the Messiah. But for 8 days every year we can taste of the Light.

The letters of Mashiach (MShYCh) spell out Madlikim Shmona Yemei Chanukah (“lighting up eight days of Chanukah.”)

Chanukah Meditations

How to Count the 8 Days

As tasty as the jelly donuts are, the purpose of Channukah is not the joy of the celebration, but the joy of bringing Moshiach.

Even the books of the Maccabees dates the first war as 3585 HC, which coincides with the numerical value of Moshiach, which is 358.  The fight was for liberation, and so is ours today, liberating ourselves from the clutches of physicality.

One of the key elements of Chanukah is based on the spiritual tenet that nothing can ever chanukiah all litbe lost; once it goes from a latent(potential) state to physical one it’s forever present in the universe, whether we can physically see it or not. So the light of the first night, is added to the second and so forth until the 8th day when we have the light of 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8 = 36 days of light.

That explained, we can note that the sum of all the Torah occurrences of the words “first” through “eighth”—echad, sheni, shlishi, reve’i, chamishi, shishi, sheve’I, and shemeni—is (189+125+2+2+2+2+0+0) = 322 and since the sum of days (numbers) 1-8 representing all the summary Chanukah lights for the 8 days is 36 , and (322 + 36) = 358, the value of Moshiach yet again. And while 36 is just the result of rounding off the numerical term 35.8, the number 36 to the kabbalists represents the lamed-vav tzaddikim, or 36 righteous souls necessary at all times to maintain our existence in the universe.

cosmic window

The 44 Candles Sweeten the Judgment

How to count the candles

On a simple level, over the 8 nights, we’re lighting 44 candles in total including the shamesh every night, these corresponding to the ordinal value of the letters in Chanukah (ChNVCH), which is 44. It also corresponds to first letters of all 10 plagues, which also add up to 44. So you can see the power to create miracles is built into every aspect of these 8 days.

Moreover, the first plague was blood, dam, also of numerical value 44, and as the Arizal explains “the word “m’damei“, whose numerical value (89) equals that of the word “Chanukah“, is rooted in the letters dalet and mem, which spell the Hebrew word for “blood.” Blood represents the negative powers of judgment; our mission it is to sweeten that judgement and the lighting of the 44 candles are designed to help us. They nullify the kelipot before us.”

With every candle we light, we can sweeten the judgment in out lives and in the world.

As we’ll explore within the blessings, the 44 candles connect first and foremost to the regressive spelling of the higher name of G-d, Ehyeh, whose numerical value is 44, thus connecting us to Chochma and Binah;


(E – EH – EHY – EHYH)

Counting Candles:

If our actions of lighting the chanukiya each night rekindle the energy from the night before and culminate in completeness on Zot Chanukah (the final night) then: On the 1st night we light 1 candle and it stays lit metaphysically for (at least) 8 days; and on the second night we light 2 candles that stay lit, we have a total of 3 lit (rekindled) that second night. On the 3rd night we are lighting (rekindling) 1 + 2 + 3 or a total of six; and so on, until we have 1 + 3 + 6 + 10 + 15 + 21 + 28 + 36 = 120, a familiar mathematical progression that seems to be oft used in the deeper meditations and connections of the Torah, and that we first learned about from Abraham in the Sefer Yetzirah, The Book of Formation.

geltIn the same way, the Shamesh would be 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 36. Thus 120 + 36 = 156 candles would be metaphysically lit, and 156 = 6 X 26 with 26 being the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH). Moreover, the Arizal explains that 78 is the value of mazal (fortune), an integral part of the lighting meditations as will be explained below, and 156 = 2 X 78.

The Arizal further explains that the eight days of Chanukah are, or end up, at the level of latkas2hod, the same as a brit whose 8 days expire at hod before the brit can be performed at the level of yesod. Well, considering this, it’s noteworthy that if we assume that all our candles/oil last for 8 days, then in total, we are lighting 120 lights (which would correspond to the 120 permutations of Elohim) and the 120 years of Moses, whose soul is part and parcel with that of Moshiach in every generation. Then if we add the 36 lights for the 8 Shamesh (helper candle) that we light, totals 156, the numerical value for Yosef, who represents the level of Yesod. It’s also the value of Zion. And Yosef was born in 2198 HC, exactly 3580 years before the year 5778, when Moshiach (numerical value 358) is supposed to be manifest in our world.

The Blessings

The Ignition to all the Blessings

jelly donuts2When we start the blessing with the word Baruch, we need to keep in mind that it has the numerical sofit value of 708, which is the same as that of the 42 letters of the upper Mem-Bet, which is the ineffable Name YHVH spelled out through 3 iterations. This is no coincidence as it is from this Name that the blessings flow downward through the 6 levels (dimensions) of zeir anpin and into our world. It is also for this reason that the first gate from the Holy of Holies into our world has the dimensions 6 x 7 (the Gate of 42):




L’hadleek Ner Chanukah

Now regarding the Chanukah blessings on the words L’hadleek Ner Chanukah and the kavanot that we’ve learned from the Arizal, the 3 first letters Lamed, Nun and Chet, spell out in small gematria, 3,5,8 or 358, Mashiach.

The initials in L’hadleek Ner Chanukah (to light the Chanukah candle) spell the word Cosmic_RiverNachal (a holy Name that means stream or river, and also inheritance) and it has a numerical value of 88, which when aided by a kolel of 1 = 89, that of Chanukah itself.

Nevertheless, the concept of a stream is very important because by lighting the candles with the right consciousness we’re opening a stream of light (the energy of sustenance or shefa) from above into our lives and world. And the inheritance is the Messiah (the Moshiach).

As explained by the Arizal,the secret of 3 letters N, CH. L and Nachal comes  from the 3 words that comprise the 8th and 9th of the 13 Attributes of G-d : “Notzer Chesed L‘alefim.” The Ari further explains that the 8th sefira (level), which is Binah (Imma/Understanding) is where we are drawing this upper light from. Moreover, a key secret here is that once the 8th level is tapped into, all 3 upper levels (Binah, Chochma and Keter) are at once available to us. A river of divine light and blessing can flow into our world if we attune ourselves to it during the blessing and candle lighting.

So the first mediation is on opening up the flowing river (Nachal) from Binah, cosmic river 2Chochma and Keter through Binah into Zeir Anpin (the heavenly ladder that connects our world to Binah (the upper world). Zeir Anpin is represented by the aspect of the spe;;ed-out Tetragrammaton (YVD HE VEV HE) at the level called (Mah) of numerical value 45.

This is very important

We are further told that Mah combines with Binah through the alef(E) in the letter vav (VEV) to the regressively spelled Name Ehyeh (E, EH EHY EHYH) which is associated with Binah and has a numerical value of 44, just like the 44 total Chanukah candles that we will physically light over the 8 days.

Together, these two intersecting Names of G-d total numerically 45 + 44 = 89, once again the value of Chanukah(ChNVCH). Please note that it’s the Names that are important, the numbers just help us understanding a little of what is going on energetically in the spiritual framework.

It’s very important we grasp this unification because as Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory explains, it through this very union of the YHVH (26) and the regressive EHYH (44) that the 70 Minsters of the 70 Nations are governed and thus all that stems from it in the count of 70, such as the final 70 years from Israel becoming a nation until the advent of Moshiach consciousness throughout the world.  Through the proper lighting of the 44 candles this year we have the power to guide that process forward.

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45 + 44 = 89

(Shefa flowing from Binah into Zeir Anpin)

Second Meditation:

The value of the word L’hadleek plus the kolel (1) = (179 +1) = 180, and partially because of this the Arizal tells us at this point in the blessing to meditate on the 3 upper aspects of the Tetragrammaton (Av, Sag, Mah), which total numerically (72+63+45) = 180.

Av: (YVD HY VYV HY) = 72

Sag: (YVD HY VEV HY) = 63

Mah: (YVD HE VEV HE) = 45

= 180

tree10Any number times 10 indicates that number spreading throughout the 10 sefirot of the tree-of-life.  In this case, it’s 18 (Chai, life), and as Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory explains “All Torah Light is spread by squaring,” so we see within the square root of  18: 4.2426. This is significant because 424 is the value for “Mashiach Ben David” and 26 is the value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH).

Now, specific to the Channukah blessing is that the spelled-out (gematria milui) value of the letters nun (NVN) and that of the lamed (LMD) of L’hadleek Ner is also 180, thus giving us yet another connection to “Mashiach Ben David and the tree-of-life.

From the 18 words of the 13 Attributes, the phrase “Notzer Chesed L‘alefim” meansHe preserves kindness for 2000 yearswhich is a hint that our time of exile for the past 2000 years is coming to a close, and if we add the 18 to it, we get 2018 CE (5778 HC), the year the tzaddikim have prophesied for the coming of the messiah and the final redemption (geula). It is also the year (2018 HC) that G-d made His Covenant with Abraham, our inheritance (Nachal).

Indeed, the word candle, Ner, has a numerical value of 250 and thus the 8 candles have a chnaukah lightscollective value of 250 x 8 = 2000.

And so when we add the 180 of Av, Sag. Mah aspects of the YHVH to the 180 of L’hadleek Ner plus the kolel of 3 for said 3 aspects, we get 180 + 180 + 3 = 363, the numerical value of H’Mashiach, (“the Messiah”), which is what we should be mediating on when we recite L’hadleek Ner:

(Receiving H’Mashiach)



Regarding Ner, the Arizal tells us to combine the Names Ehyeh, Elohim, and Adonai with YHVH on the 3 different levels (Av, Sag, and Mah)  to draw down the light properly from Binah to Malchut:


If we take the first two letters of each Name (EH, EL, ED), they add up to 6 + 31+ 5 = 42, as in the 42-Letter Name of G-d, (the Shem Mem-Bet, known as the Ana B’koach).

Then if we take the third letter (EHYH, ELHYM, EDNY) in each (YHN) they add up to 10 + 5 + 50 = 65 the numerical value of Adonai (EDNY), which leaves (H,YM, Y) which sum to 5 + 50 + 10 = 65, Adonai (EDNY) again.

The main point, though, is that the 3 Names represent the 42-letter Name and 130, which anabkoach160-ksis the numerical value of the two synonyms, Sinai and Sulam (ladder). Now the total numerical value of the 3 Names (EHYH, ELHYM, EDNY) is 172, and when we add 1 for the kolel, it’s 173, as in the small gematria numerical value for the 42-letter Name.

The Ari further explains that at the word Ner in the blessing we should concentrate on combining the 3 Names (EHYH, ELHYM, EDNY) with the 3 simple (YHVH)’s. These 3 YHVH’s add up to 26 + 26 + 26 = 78, the gematria of Mazla, aramaic for mazal, fortune, which we want to draw into our lives when lighting the Chanukah candles. This process mimics the flow of the shefa, (life-giving light) that emanates from the 3 YHVH’s and flows from the Holy of Holies through the Gate of 42 into the Holy Temple and then our world.

Now the main point of the Arizal was that the 6 Names (YHVHEHYH, YHVHELHYM, YHVHEDNY)-add up to 250, the value of Ner, candle, but if we add 6 as the kolel, we get 256, which is the value for both H’Aron (Ark of the Covenant) and for Aaron who lit the Menorah as channel for us all.


So when we recite Ner, we want to meditate on the 42-Letter name (the Ana B’koach), receiving mazal, letting  Aaron, the high priest and the only person in the Torah assigned the title Mashiach, be our channel to light the Menorah in our lives and world.

אבג יתץ

קרע שטן

נגד יכש

בטר צתג

חקב טנע

יגל פזק

שקו צית

together with the 6 Names merging together as follows.

YHVH – EHYH (Chochma – Ehyeh)

YHVH – ELHYM (Binah – Elohim)

YHVH – EDNY (Malchut – Adonai)

We draw the light of blessing down from Chochma to Binah to our world, Malchut.

chanukah oilNow for the full understanding, we take the 3 Names Ehyeh, Elohim and Adonai plus the 3 Names Av, Sag, Mah from the L’hadleek Ner kavanot and numerically add them  (172 + 180) + 6 (kolel for the 6 Names) and get 358, Mashiach

So completing the recitation of Baruch though Ner, we want to have in mind drawing down the light from the Upper 42-Letter Name to the Lower 42-Letter Name though the 3 YHVH’s and into the 3 Names (Ehyeh, Elohim and Adonai) and thus igniting the spark of  Moshiach consciousness in all of us and spreading it throughout the 70 nations.

The Candle

The candle we’re lighting is the light of the Torah itself as evidenced by the spelled out, menora 1 lightgematria milui of the letters (nun-resh) of Ner (candle): (NVN RShY) = (106 + 510) = 616, which is the numerical value of H’Torah, which helps explain Proverb 6:23:

“A mitzvah is a candle, and the Torah is light.”

The Shamesh

The Shamesh, or 9th candle is much more than a simple helper candle. The 9th sefira is that of Chochma, Wisdom. and the unification from above that is associated with the 9th sefira is YHVH x EHYH or in numerical terms 26 x 21 = 546, which is the sum of the initials of all 10 sefirot, a clue that this unification helps us draw the energy down through all 10 sefirot.

The value 546 is also the total value of the Names of the 3 Patriarchs whose names began with the letter Yud, which connects them to Chochma (wisdom), the 9th sefira: Isaac (208), Jacob(182), and Jospeh(156).  It’s likewise a connection to Israel, which has a value of 546 when the kolel for the 5 letters is included, and whose name is found 546 times in the Torah.

So as we light the Shamesh we should meditate to draw down the light through the 10 sefirot and to put joy in our hearts.

The 25th of Kislev

Yet another connection between the kavanot and the words of the blessing is found gelt 2between the 25 letters of the union of the 6 Names and the value of Ner, 250, since 250/10 = 25, but most important these would be the 25 letters that the Zohar says is missing for the completion of the Mishkan and the 25 words that we know are missing from the completion of the Torah, which is exactly (80,00025 words). It’s also a connection between the 25 letters of the Shma Israel phrase and the 25th of Kislev, as explained by the Zohar.

The next obvious further connection is between the 80,000 words and the 8 lights and torah scrollnights of Chanukah, since the 4th root of the sum of all the words, letters, and verses of the Torah = 25 exactly. There are also 25 letters in lamed-vav (36) milui.

So note that the 25 letters in the verse “Shma Israel, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad” (Hear O Israel, G-d our Lord is One) is found at Devarim 6:4 and the word Chanukah (ChNV-CH) can be broken down to the two numerical values 64 (ChNV) and 25 (CH), and moreover that the numerical value of the first and last words in that verse, Shma (ShMY) and Echad (EChD) plus the kolel (1) = 410 + 13 + 1 = 424, the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David.

Further to this line of reasoning, and as connected by the Zohar, are the 24 days of Kislev that proceed Chanukah and the 24 letters in the Baruch Shem phrase that follows the Shma Israel phrase.

So on the first night before lighting we should connect to the Shma Israel and mediate that we are completing the Torah as in the days of Moshiach, B”H soon.

 The OiI

The word for eight (8) in Hebrew is shemonah, and a simple permutation of the letters in latkasshemonah (ShMNH) gives us hashemen. “the oil” (HShMN), and also neshama (soul, NShMH), all of which have the numerical value of 395, that of the 5th word in the Torah, H’Shama’im (the Heavens).

And when we spell out the Shin-Mem-Nun root letters of the Oil they add up to 546, so we must keep in mind (Proverbs 27:9): “Oil and incense rejoice the heart,” and be joyful as we light the oil for that joy will spread through the 10 sefirot and be contagious throughout the world.

Proverbs 27:9 “Oil and incense rejoice the heart”

The 8 Nights of Lights

Now know this for every candle we light below, one is lit above. So for all the 156 metaphysical candles we light below plus 1 collective one (the kolel), another 157 are lit above, making 314 in total, and 314 is the numerical value of the Name of G-d Shadai (ShDY) and also of Mettatron.  As for the 156 candles , it’s the numerical value of Zion and as we said previously, Joseph, who represents Yesod of Malchut, where the light of Binah ends up on the 8th day. It’s is also the point where all the divine sustenance funnels into out lives and our world. Incidentally, Zion, of numerical value 156, is found 107 times in Tanakh and the sum of all the positive integers from 1 to 107 is 5778.

Moreover, if we consider all the cumulative lit Chanukah lights as a multiple of 8 days: 1 x 3 x 6 x 10 x 15 x 21 x 28 x 36 = 1008 then add 1 for the kolel, and double them for above and below, they total 2018 candles in all.  So in essence, each and every year, by fulfilling the mitzvot of lighting the Channukah candles we’re preparing for the arrival of Moshiach in the year 2018 CE (5778 HC), our inheritance.

Chanukah Gelt

Even the parve chocolate gelt we give to our children on Chanukah connects to Mashiach, geltas the Aramaic word for gelt is Dami (DMY) of numerical value 54, and since 5778 is the sum of all the integers from 1 to 107 and 5778 = 107 x 54, then 54, and thus Dami (Gelt), plays yet another role in connecting all of us to the coming of H’Mashiach, B’H very soon.

So bring joy to your heart and joy to the world this Chanukah and help bring the gift of Mashiach into our lives.