Cause and Effect; The Signs of our Time.

This past week I witnessed a series of events unfold and the consequences of these events for many of us who are on spiritual paths is substantial.

Usually I delve into deep secrets of Kabbalah and spirituality revealed through the gematria of the Torah verses, but there’s a more critical issue facing all of us and deeper secrets to be revealed by the unfolding evens in our daily lives. Previously, I’ve warned about how as we approach the geula (final redemption), the cycle of cause and effect is greatly speeding up and how this manifests as both curses and blessings depending on how we view them and whether we’ve understood their messages. And I’ve also explained briefly what every kabbalist knows that the spiritual path is the most difficult one as it’s fraught with ever more present obstacles (tests) and if you’re not reading the messages, these potholes in your path become pits.

One of the secrets that the Arizal reveals about Joseph’s tribulation with being thrown in the pit, is that the Hebrew word for pit has the gematria value of 208, the same as Isaac, which represents the side of Gevura and judgment. our task is to read the signs, realize when we’re facing a karmic (tikun) punishment (or judgment), accept that it’s being meted out with mercy (chesed), love deep into ourselves for the spiritual root (cause) of our situation, correct it, and move on to a higher spiritual level. Because, if we fail these tests, they will only get worse, more intense, and as we get closer to the arrival of Mashiach, more destructive, devastating and frequent.

This past week I witnessed a series of events unfold. Because of the dreams that immediately proceeded them I was clued in and almost waiting to see how they would unfold in the physical world, which brings up the point of parsha Miketz, in case you missed it, spiritual dreams precede physical actions, the spiritual precedes the physical, which tells us nothing happens that’s not for a preordained reason and that everything happens (whether we see it for good or bad) with divine intent in it. And that means with mercy in it, no matter how terrible and dark it may look to us, even as bad as being thrown into a pit of vipers and scorpions by our own brothers.

Before I get into the incidents, which not coincidentally happened during parsha Miketz, when Joseph became ruler over Egypt and reunited with Jacob and his brothers, it’s interesting and relevant to note that Joseph was born in the year 2200 HC, and that Joseph (yesod of zeir anpin), as a reflection and as the central column continuation of this father Jacob (tiferet) each experienced their own personal exiles of 21 years for a total of 42 years. Jacob toiled for 21 years with Laban and Joseph in Egypt separated from his Dad. Each of the two 21-year intervals was a tithing to the 210 years of exile in Egypt, but together the 42 years presents the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name of G-d) associated with all the significant Biblical journeys and according to chazal with the coming of Moshiach. It was also in chapter 42 of Bereshit that Joseph was reunited with his brothers, bringing an end to his isolation.

The other significant connection to the incidents lies in the timing of Joseph’s birth, 248 years before the end of the Egyptian exile and the reception of the Torah at Sinai, because 248 is the numerical value of Abraham. And as an aside, at the time of their reuniting, Jacob was 130, as in the numerical value of Sinai, and Joseph was 38, the age that the Arizal passed on, but seeing as the events of the past week occurred during chanukah, it is very relevant that Joseph’s birth in 2200 HC was exactly 44 jubilee (the Biblical 50-year interval) years after the birth of Adam, as in the 44 candles light during Chanukah. Moreover, 2200 HC is the year 1560 BCE and 156 is both the numerical value of Joseph and the collective number of candles we light over Chanukah, when taking into account the spiritual aspect that every candle we light stays lit for the full 8 days (see our blog on the Chanukah meditations of the Ari for details).

And just to complete the scenario, Joseph’s birth in 2200 HC is 71.56 jubilee years before chazal’s prophesied date for Moshiach, 5778 HC, which is also 66.6 jubilee years from the reception of the Torah on Sinai, and since Chanukah (of numerical value 89) is all about lighting teh candles to bring H’Moshiach to the world, it’s not surprising that 89 x 40.2 = 3,577.8, the exact number of years from Joseph’s birth in 2200 HC to the final redemption in 5778 HC, and that 2200 is 38.0% of 5778, alluding to the Arizal again, and also to Egypt (of numerical value 380), a kabbalistic code word for darkness, and as explained in the Zohar, its true meaning is Meitzer Yam (Constriction of the sea, which is significant because the constricted flow of light into Egypt was relieved while Joseph was alive as he (his energetic archetype) controls the sefira (dimension) of yesod of zeir anpin, the choke point (or funnel point) of light into our world from the upper reservoirs. And it’s this very point that we open up for the world when we light the 156 Chanukah candles and the holy river of divine sustenance, Nachal (L‘hadlik Ner Chanukah) flows through.

This past week, during Chanukah and the period of time influence by the energy of Miketz, I witnessed a series of events that while having serious consequences for those involved, has even greater value for the lessons it teaches all of us. Now, it must be said that none of the people directly involved to my knowledge knew each other in this lifetime and many of them are very high level souls, and all of which were Orthodox Jews, most of whom were from Chabad. I also want to preface this by saying that as been told to us time and again by chazal and as has been related in so many stories of the Baal Shem Tov and other Tzaddikim, the higher our spiritual level the less leeway we have for transgressions, and even minor transgressions need correction, but in these days, with only 10 years to go until 5778, everyone on the spiritual path will be forced to correct their transgressions, and to see the results of them first hand and nearly immediately.

While attending a Chanukah craft and activities festival in a Chasidic storefront last Wednesday afternoon, a mother had overstayed the patience of her rambunctious very young boy and while she was checking out, he almost inexplicably veered off his course and dashed toward the window display, reached in, and accidentally knocked over the Lucite dreidel vessel that was holding all the little colorful dreidels of which people were supposed to guess their quantity.

The Chasidic Rabbi overseeing the event and witnessing the situation promptly demanded $175 for the the broken Lucite and asked no questions. The woman said she’d be back with a check the next day.

As this was a Chasidic event, representing chesed and as 175 was the lifespan of Abraham Avinu, who always represents chesed, she instinctively knew and was further counseled to pay the asked for amount, in the same way that Abraham paid the 400 shekels for Machpelah without negotiating. Bli ayn hara, the family accepted that they were forced by divine light to make this sacrifice in order to ameliorate some unknown heavenly decree of judgment with possibly worse consequences. And so with a full heart they returned the next day, Thursday afternoon, and sought out the rabbi.

He refused to interrupt what he was doing to attend to them, even though it was the moment’s inattention that opened the window for the incident to occur on his watch the day before, then when he was ready he took the check coldly and dismissed the mother and child rather coldly without speaking with the boy and seeing who he really was.

There is a spiritual tenet that anyone who comes into our life does so for a divine reason; they are there for us. There was a time when we could ignore them, but not now. Now, all of us who have taken on the spiritual mantel are all being looked upon as tzaddiks and accordingly held to much higher standards.

The boy couldn’t have cared less if the rabbi spoke to him and he received a just punishment from his parents for his physical actions, and from the family’s perspective, the transaction was done whether the Rabbi saw the spiritual significance or not.

But as a witness to these events, it’s my opportunity and indeed job to seek out the holy sparks in the events as I point out the lessons to be learned. I can’t speak for what was in the rabbi’s head, and maybe he did do some serious self-reflection, but I can relate what unfolded thereafter, as today, even the slightest lapse is going to have serious, sometimes grave consequences and we must come to understand that.

We must understand and live our lives with the understanding that every physical action is preceded by spiritual ones and that every physical challenge is an opportunity to overcome a tikune before it really manifests, and that all events in our universe are connected, just like our souls.

Had the events unfolded differently it would have been revealed that the family was so poor that they didn’t even have rent money and that the boy was a special needs child. It is our individual duty to bring in as much light into a situation as possible, and the date was the 5th day of Chanukah, December 25th, erev Rosh Chodesh; what more powerful time for channeling the divine light of chasidim (mercy, loving-kindness) was there? The opportunity was missed.

A short hour later, a BMW SUV almost inexplicably veered off the road, and drove right through the Lucite display of another Chasidic Chanukah event storefront and didn’t stop until it reached the back of the shop and several children and adults were seriously injured.

We cannot know our tikun, but more than ever we are our brother’s keepers. More than ever we have to make every effort, go the extra mile to treat everyone with human dignity, compassion, and love. If we don’t take every advantage of every situation to look inside ourselves, there will be unfortunate consequences. How can I be sure I’ve connected the dots correctly here, because the very next day, I witnessed yet another car inexplicably go through a store front window and I knew it was my job to get the word out. As with His codes in the Torah, G-d can be very redundant. Things will be repeated over and over until the message gets across.

This event happened almost exactly one month after the devastating attack on Chabad house in Mumbai. Chabad does so much good, so why them? Because G-d has always held his righteous to higher standards, and just as Noach was no Abraham, the Torah tells us he was a righteous man for his times. We are certainly no Noach’s, and for the most part not tzaddikim, but for our times, we are the new righteous, and it’s up to all of us to uphold the world.

The root word for glass in Hebrew is Zach (Zayin, Caf = 27). it relates to purity and clear, as in without blemish (that is the reason to why clear glass items are Kosher for Meat and Dairy), but a broken glass is sign for us to break something inside to let the light in and out. In prior times it was enough to remove the opaque veils of klippot, now, in these end times, we must remove the transparent ones as well, for even as Zach (glass) has a numerical value of 3 x3x3, “the darkness” has a value of 333, and thus even transparent blockages can keep us separated.

Moreover, the shattering of the glass and the the Lucite vessel reflects the shattering of the vessels in Tohu, and reminds us all of our duty to pick-up and collect the holy sparks of this world of tikun. As the letters on the dreidel (H,SH, G,N) add up to 358, the value of Moshiach, the message is emphasized that picking up the smaller individual dreidels (Moshiachs) is what’s necessary, not one big showy one.

Glass windows are coming down everywhere, veils being pulled back. We were all witnesses to the price thousands of Orthodox Jews and Jewish institutions and charities paid because of their dealings with Bernie Madoff. There was a $50 billion veil there that no one saw.

We know from chazal that it is the understanding of the Shem Mem-bet (the 42-letter name of G-d, the Ana B’Koach) that will bring about the geula, so just as Noach’s flood, Malbul, was a sign of G-d displeasure with Man, we can trace the signs of the Mem-Bet to see where we have to work harder. The first line of the Shem Mem-Bet has the same numerical value as unconditional love; it’s also the same complete numerical value as Mashiach Ben David. Five years ago, this very week, December 26th, there was an earthquake in BaM Iran where 50,000 people died. And exactly one year later, also on December 26th, an earthquake off the coast of MeulaBoh, caused a tsunami that killed 225,000. The attack of 9/11 hit at the financial center of America in downtown Manhattan Borough, the same place the financial crisis hit again in earnest that same week 7 years later. G-d is nothing if not redundant.

And the messages will keep coming. We all need to listen, but listening is not enough; we all need to take the initiative to change ourselves and bring loving kindness to the world.

We need to look on our messengers with compassion, look into ourselves for correction, and then reach out to the needy. We revere our Ravs, now we must emulate them. From here on out, it’s vitally important for all of us to treat one another with human dignity and to extend to them our love. Eliyahu Hanavi does not revel himself to you when he greets you; your actions after greeting him must merit that. We must treat everyone we meet as if they might be Eliyahu Hanavi, or even H’Mashiach. B”H, May all our actions, merit the revelation of H’Moshiach.

What’s Coming From America? The Light is Good.

For a long time most of the world has envied America. For a long time most of the world emulated America. For a long time most of the world took advantage of America. Most of the world hates America.

To cause so much of a reaction, there must be a lot of Light in America. That’s a spiritual law.

But you can’t see Light unless it’s encased in darkness. That’s also a physical law.

America and the Tetragrammaton, G-d’s ineffable Name, YHVH

Just 232 years ago, America created a revoltion and a government of, by and for the people, a truly revolutionary concept. It’s fitting that 232 is the total value of the full four aspects of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH, Av, Sag, Mah, and Ban)

Av (YVD HY VYV HY) is composed of Ayin (70) – Bet (2)

Sag (YVD HY VEV HY) is composed of Samech (60) – Gimmel (3)

Mah (YVD HE VEV HE) is composed of Mem (40) – Hey (5)

Ban (TYD HH VV HH) is composed of Bet (2) – Nun (50)

The two lower aspects Mah and Ban represents the union of Zeir Anpin (the 6 sefirot/dimensions of Heaven) and Malchut (our world), and thus aptly the 7 lines (sefirot) of Shem Mem-Bet, the 42-Letter Name, named thusly because the letters Mem (40) and Bet (2) = 42 in Gematria, the ancient science of letter valuation based on energy inherent in the Hebrew letters as first explained to us by Abraham, the Patriarch in his Book of Formation, the Sefer Yetzirah.

Meanwhile, the first letters of Av-Sag (Ayin-Samech), the two upper aspects, add up to 130, the numerical value of the two synonymous words and thus concepts of Sinai and Sulam (ladder) thought by the sages to originate from the center of the Shem Mem-bet. You must bear in mind that the 42-Letter name, while arranged 2-dimensionally in our world as a 6-letter by 7 line matrix, is really a multi-dimensional one in the upper worlds.

The combined numerical value of the representative letters (Ayin-Samech-Mem-Bet) is 70+60+40+2 = 172 and when we add 1 for the kolel, we get 173, as in 173 keys that the Zohar, the Book of Splendor written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai around 130 CE, tells us were given to Moses, which is just a figurative way of saying he was given the secrets of the 42-Letter Name (the Ana B’Koach), which has the small gematria value of 173.

The remaining letters (Bet-Gimmel-Hey-Nun) have a total numerical value of (2+3+5+50) = 60, the value of Samech, the letter hidden within the center of the Shem mem-bet, and the number of years of Israel’s existence as a nation when the USA reached 232 years of age (in 2008 CE).

And interestingly enough, if we use the squaring principles of the Arizal and Rabbi Chaim Vittal of blessed memory, the four aspects of the Tetragrammaton sum up to 5742, and then if we add 26 for the original Tetragrammaton they emanated from, as the Arizal was apt to do, we get 5768 or 2008 CE.

Alternatively, when we add up the spelled out gematria sofit values of Ayin-Samech-Mem-Bet and include the kolel of 16 for the 4 YHVH, we get 2448, as in 2448 HC, the year the Torah was given at Mt Sinai, 2320 years (or 232 x 10 sefirot) earlier.

Then when we add up the spelled out gematria sofit values of Ayin-Samech-Mem-Bet together with their second letters Bet-Gimmel-Hey-Nun and the kolel for the number of letters in their spelled out names and also in the 39 letters of the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton, we get 3760 HC (0-1 CE).

Now, the reason it’s said the letter Samech is hidden within the center of the 42-Letter name (Ana B’Koach) is that the value of the 21 letters through the midpoint of the 42 Letters add up to 1833 and there are 1833 samechs in the entire Torah.

But here is a deep secret: The value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) is 26, which in Hebrew is Caf-vav (CV) and when we spell out Caf-vav for 3 iterations, we get (C+V) +(CP + VYV )+((CP +PE) + (VYV+YVD+VYV)) or (20 + 6) +(820 + 22) + (901 + 64) = 1833, so in the center of the 42-Letter Name is the ladder (sulam) to the YHVH, as has been told to us by chazal.

Let there be Light

In the 3rd verse in the Torah, G-d said “Let there be Light.” and the numerical value of that verse is 1729, which is significant because there are exactly 1729 words of numerical value 26, corresponding to the value of the Tetragrammaton, YHVH.

We have proven time and again that the Torah could not have been written by man, 3330 years ago, or even today–it’s just too mathematically intricate. And contrary to popular secular belief the Torah was not written by several authors over hundreds of years. It was produced and given to us instantaneously, complete in all its glory, which is why the moment the thought of Light entered the Torah, there were 1729 instances of it’s reflection throughout the 5 Books.

So after establishing the Light throughout the Torah, in the next verse, G-d establishes that Light is good, but also sets up a destiny that would happen 5536 years later, in the 111th jubilee year (Biblical 50-year period). We mention this because 111 is the numerical value of Alef, the first Hebrew letter, representing a beginning. And a very fitting one, since this destiny was hinted at in the 4th verse of the Torah and using the prophesied date of 5778 for the geula and coming of Moshiach, He would arrive in the 4th jubilee year after the 111th.

It’s in the Alefs (the Ones)

Now, there are 6 letter alefs in the Torah’s first verse, which correspond to the 6 elufim (6 thousand years universally understood by religious Torah scholars) until the arrival of the Mashiach, which in actuality is 222, or 111 x 2, years less in the year 5778, and since 111 is the value of the letter alef, those 222 years are really 2 alefs. It is also the sum of the first 3 letters (BRE) in the Torah along with the primordial alef, 221 +1 = 222.

So what was that destiny hinted at in the 4th Verse?

Genesis 1:4. “God saw that the Light was good, and God divided between the Light and the darkness.”

America was founded in 1776, a number that is one more than 1775, the total sum of the 27 letters in the Hebrew alphabet (the alef-bet including the 5 final letters), but perhaps more significantly 1776 is the total value of the 4th verse in the Torah (Bible).

It’s in the 4’s

OK, the 4th verse of the Bible connects to America and to Light, the 4 letters in the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), and to the 4 aspects of the full Tetragrammaton (YHVH), which are connected to pure Light and just maybe to America in 2008, when the darkness first descended upon it and as the 4th exile comes to a close, 4 jubilee years later. So isn’t it fitting that the 4th word in this verse is the 4 letter word, H’OR, “The Light,” that has been mentioned 4 times up to and including this 4th verse in the Bible?

Coincidence, right? Is it coincidence too that 1776 = 4 x 444.

And how many letters were in the 4 YHVH from above? 16. And hoe mnay alefs (111) in 1776? 16

Now let’s forget for a moment that the two times that “the light” is mentioned in this verse has the numerical value of 2 x 212 = 424, which is that of Mashiach Ben David, and let’s move on to examining this significant verse a little closer.

Just about everybody knows that “the light is good,” which in Hebrew is “H’OR Ci Tov‘ (HEVR CY TtVB), and the sum of the words “The Light is (H’Or Ci)” is 242, which is the age the USA will be in the year 2018 (5778 HC), the year chazal has prophesied for the coming of the Mashiach (Messiah) and the final redemption (See The Divine Calendar for details), but setting that aside for now, the sum of the first letters of the words in the verse through the word Tov (good) is 42, as in the 42-Letter Name that we know from chazal will help bring about the Geula, final redemption, and/or the “end of days” as it is known.

And while 242 can be looked at as the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton, 232, plus the 10 sefirot, alternatively, if we add the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David, 424, to the age of the US in 2018 (5778 HC), we get 424 + 242 = 666, the number chazal used to calculate the arrival of Mashiach Ben David in 5778. So how odd is it that 242 years is 4.2% of the 5778 years from Adam to the prophesied arrival of Moshiach?

If you ask why 666, considering all the negative Christian connotations? Remember, the backbone of the Torah is the 6 sefirot of Zeir Anpin, which is why all but 6 columns begin with the letter vav of value (6) and 60% of all verses start with vav (6), but as the Arizal explains 666 is really just 2/3 and in a very simplistic reducti0n of the Arizal’s explanations, 2/3 of the way through the 6 sefirot of Zeir Anpin is where the emotional world meets the intellectual one (the head of Rachel connecting to heels of Leah 2/3 up into Tiferet).

But back to the Light is Good.

We also know from chazal, the righteous sages of blessed memory, that the final letters in a Biblical phrase point to the future and the final letters in “H’OR Ci Tov‘ (HEVR CY TtVB) add up numerically to 200+10+2 = 212, the numerical value of “The Light” once again. The Torah often does that, utilize overkill and redundancy, when it wants to make sure we get the message loud and clear. In this case it is that: “THE LIGHT IS GOOD.”

The Chanukah connection to Light

We discussed in our post regarding Chanukah about it’s lengthy associations with bringing Mashiach, and the first letters of the phrase “the light is good,” which in Hebrew is “H’OR Ci Tov‘ (HEVR CY TtVB), also hints at Chanukah. As the first two letters Hey and Caf are the last letter of the word Chanukah and have the numerical value 25, as in the 25th of Kislev, the first day of Chanukah each year. And the letter tet, has the value 9 as in the 9 candles of the Menorah (Chanukiya). This would probably be nothing more than a coincidence if the phrase wasn’t about light and in the verse first verse of the Torah discussing light and if the holiday of Chanukah wasn’t all about lighting candles.

It’s also about the 42-Letter Name.

The 42-Letter Name has been utilized and concealed by the sages throughout the Mid-East and Europe for thousands of years, but its powers are only now being revealed for all to benefit from, and they are being revealed in America though web sites and blogs and books like The Genesis Prayer. So the fact that it is numerically linked to the birth date of the US should be no surprise.

And so there is a curious equation derived from cubing the digits in the year of America’s birth, 1776, which is that 13 + 73 + 73 + 63 = 903, and 903 is the sum of all the integers from 1-42, which because in spirituality nothing is ever lost, 903 is the collective consciousness of 42. It is in the same way that the value of the first verse in the Torah, 2701 is the sum of all the integers from 1-73, which is thus the collective consciousness of 73, the numerical value of Chochma (Wisdom/crown). And likewise, the same holds for the first 8 words of the Torah equally 3003, or the sum of all the positive integers through 77, Mazal (fortune), so this is obviously more than a coincidence. It is a plan.

It’s also very odd that 2701 – 903 = 1776 + 22, as in the 22 letters of the alef-bet, tying the Torah’s 1st and 4th verses together in an odd way.

Light or “the Light” is mentioned only 7 times in the Torah and the total gematria value of those 7 mentions is 1701, which must be meaningful, because the total gematria value of the Torah’s first verse is 2701, and the total gematria value of the 42-letter Name is 3701, each increments of 1000, which in Hebrew is elef, the same word as alef, the primordial letter that preceded the Torah, whose component value is 32, as in the ordinal value of the word H’Or (the light) and as in the 32 paths of Wisdom that is the tree-of-life.

So given these odd connections, let’s contemplate this next mathematical link between the 1st and 4th verses: 73 – 42 = 31, which corresponds to the value of El (G-d, 31) and to the 31 verses of the Torah’s first chapter. And then there is the equation 2701 – 903 = (1776 +22) = 1798 and 1798/31 = 58 = (100-42).

Which brings us back to Chanukah, whose first two letters spell Noach, of numerical value 58, and whose last 3 have the numerical value of 31. Now 58 is the numerical value of Noach (Noah) and the Biblical word for flood is Mbul, which begins with Mem-bet (42), but there is an interesting secret embedded in the Torah’s first reading, Bereshit.

As each column of the Torah scroll has 42 lines, the first chapter of 31 verses is written in 57 lines and the next two readings, which ends with Genesis 3:21 where the Lord banishes Man from the Tree-of-life, cover a total of 78 lines, which not only makes 57 and 78 written lines, but between them there are a total of 77 verses, aptly spelling out 5778, from Creation through the banishment from the Tree-of-Life reality.

But back to America’s birth and its connections to the Mashiach and thus the end of days.  Did you notice that 5778-1776 = 4002, which is both graphically 42 and numerically 40 (x10 sefirot) + 2 = 42, mem-bet?

And then there are the factors of 1776 = 37*12*4, which is all very interesting because there are 12 words in the 4th verse and it loosely connects us to Genesis (Bereshit) chapter 37 in Torah portion Vayeshev, the 9th one in the Torah and the 73rd paragraph in it.  Not by coincidence 73 is the numerical value of Chochma, (wisdom) the 9th or second highest sefira/dimension, and the inner light, or ordinal value, of the letters in Chochma (ChCMH) is 37.

In Vayeshev, Joseph (The Light) and one of Jacob’s 12 sons has the dream alluding to them final redemption and is sold to the Israelites (the Arabs and/or Persians) partially because of it. First they wanted to kill Joseph (the Light) then they sold him, then he was brought down to Egypt (Mizra’im), known as “the darkness,” where he shined, faded, and kept hope alive for 210 years until the 2448, when the Torah was given. We learn right away in Chapter 37 that Joseph was 17 years old when he had his dream of Mashiach and the end of days, and 17 is the value of tov (good), bringing us back to verse Genesis 1:4 and the Light is good,”and if we count backwards 17 years from the final year 2018, we get 2001, as in 9/11 2001 when the bubble first burst on our illusions and the countdown to the final days began. And again, where did this happen? To better understand the process of these last 17 years for America and the world please see our post titled “Separation.” As we head into the darker days, this serves to remind us that the final outcome for those that believe in the Light is tov (good).

We could go on and on, but suffice to say, there are reasons for everything, even for the darkness, and candles of light that were lit 5768 years ago will glow ever more intense the darker it gets.   The candles were lit for America, the country that for all its many faults, was created in, and for the most part lived by, the premises of freedom.  And thanks to America, people throughout the world have the freedom to choose the light. For all their hatred of America, if it were not for America most of the world would live under oppressive dictatorships, modern day Egyptian Pharaohs,  and not know freedom at all.

Now, it’s up to each of us in these ever darker times to remember to light our own candles and that “The Light is Good.”

Mashiach Ben David and the Ana B’koach

The numerical value of Mashiach Ben David is 424 and the ordinal value of the letters in Mashiach Ben David (MShYCh BN DVD) is 82 therefore the complete numerical value for Mashiach Ben David is 506, which is not only the numerical value of Ahavatchinam (unconditional love) but is the numerical value of the first line of the the 42-Letter Name (the Ana B’koach) which we know from chazal bring us miracles and is directly associated with bringing about the geula (the final redemption).

The value 506 is also found in 3 sequential groupings amongst the last 7 letters (KShKVZYT. KShKVZYT.KShKVZYT) of the 42.

And 506 is also the exact number of Torah occurrences if the 14 sets of triplets within the 42-Letter Name.

Moreover, while there are 426 phrases in the Torah that have a numerical value of 506, there are 387 of the them within individual verses. And while 426 is close enough to 424 to draw a connection, 387 is the exact numerical value of the 3rd line (NGD YCSh) of the 42-Letter Name.  And the location of the first phrase to total 506 is  Genesis 3:14, :YhVH Elohim El H”NChSh” which because the final word has the same numerical value as H’Mashiach, the phrase can read, “The Lord G-d [said] to the Messiah.”

The number 314, the mathematical constant Pi is integral to the design of both the Torah’s first verse and independently the 42-letter name. One example is found when we divide the number 9 by the small gematria of first line of the Ana B’koach (ABGYTZ), which has a value of 506 in regular gematria, since 9/.123049 = 73.141593, extraordinarily close to Pi 3.14159265358.

And while this is amazing, we further connect the dots with the 3rd verse of the Ana B’koach (NGD YCSh) that permutes to (ShDY CNG), which is Shaddai (314) and 73, the value of Chochma (wisdom) the 9th sefira (dimension) as in 9/.123049 = 73.141593 once again. Shaddai (ShDY) is the Name of G-d found on every Mazuza and it helps protect our gateways, of which the Ana B’koach has 173., corresponding not only to its small gematria but to what the Zohar explains are the 173 keys of Moses.

Now, as we explain in much greater detail in There’s Nothing Random in the Universe, a cursory examination of the first 12 digits of Pi  3.14159265358 reveals 4 obvious sequnces, when broken down into triplets, 314, 159, 265, and 358.  314 is Shadai, placed right in the gateway; 159 is the small gematria value of the upper 42-Letter Name of G0d; 265, is he combination of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) of value 26, and its pronounceable component, Adonai, of numerical value 65; while 358 is the numerical value of Mashiach. But what makes this sequence even more telling is that the middle two triplets add up to (159+265) = 424, the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David.

But considering that we found the first 506 phrase at verse 3:14, and 506 + 314 = 820, the full value of the verse, Leviticus 19:18 paraphrased as “Love thy neighbor as yourself,” we can see the love with which the Torah, our physical universe based on Pi, and the Ana B’koach were designed and embedded.  Now all we have to do is connect to it.

The Ana B’koach and the Torah cannot be separated, one is integral and integrated within the other and both are designed with the technology to help us bring about the the necessary transformations  to bring Moshiach.  So when the Ana B’koach is recited with the right kavanot (intentions) it is like reciting the entire Torah, and enveloping yourself with unconditional love. To those that know, it is the tree-of-life, and it can impart Mashiach consciousness.

To lean more about this, and to understand all the phenomenon concerning the Ana B’koach you should read The Genesis Prayer, published by St Martins Press.

Chanukah: Eight days of Miracles Designed to bring Mashiach

Chanukah: Eight days of Miracles Designed to Bring Mashiach

It’s as innocent as the 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 Chanukah event is designed to help us bring Mashiach. And that 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 light 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). This connects to the 32 Paths of Wisdom of the Tree-of-Life through which these various light shine unto us.

The oil lasted 8 days because the Light of Chanukah, Mashiach Light lasted 8 days, not the other way around. As soon as the special Light of Mashiach (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.

Chanukah Meditations

It appears the purpose of Channukah is to bring Mashiach.

Let’s start with the books of Maccabees dating (for right or wrong) the first war in 3585 HC with the numerical value of Mashiach being 358.

One of the key elements of Chanukah is based on the spiritual tenet that nothing can ever be lost, once it goes from latent(potential) state to physical one it’s ever 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.

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. 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.

The Blessings

The start of all blessings:

When start the blessing with the word Baruch, we need to keep in mind that it has the value (when using the caf sofit) of 708, which is the same as that of the 42 letters of the upper Mem-Bet, the Name YHVH through 3 iterations. This is no coincidence as it is from this Name that the blessings flow 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):

YHVH

YVD HY VYV HY

YVD VYV DLT HY YVD VYV YVD VYV HY YVD

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 Nachal (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 very fittingly considering that the gematria of Chanukah is 89, 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. and moreover, that 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.

So the first mediation is on opening up the flowing river (Nachal) from Binah, Chochma and Keter though 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 Tetragramamton (YVD HE VEV HE) called (Mah) of numerical value 45.

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, together they are 45 + 44 = 89, once again the value of Chanukah. This furthers connects us to the 44 (36 + 8 helper/Shamesh) candles lit during the 8 days of Chanukah.

(E, EH EHY EHYH + YVD HE VEV HE)

(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 to meditate on Av, Sag, Mah aspects of the Tetragrammaton which total (72+63+45) = 180, at this point in the blessing. We’ll explain below what it connects to, as we don’t want to meditate in a vacuum.

Av (YVD HY VYV HY) = 72

Sag (YVD HY VEV HY) = 63

Mah (YVD HE VEV HE) = 45

= 180

Whenever we have a value of 18 or a multiple of it times 10 (sefirot) in the Torah or Kavanot coding, it has the same connection, which as Rabbi Chaim Vittal of blessed memory explains “All Torah Light is spread by squaring,” is that the square root of 180/10, or 18, is 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 Channuka 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.

From the 18 words of the 13 Attributes again, “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, the year the tzaddikim have prophesied for the coming of the messiah and the final redemption (geula) and also the year 2018 HC the year G-d made his covenant with Abraham, our inheritance (Nachal).

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

And so when we add the 180 of Av, Sag. Mah to the 180 of L’hadleek Ner plus the kolel of 3 for the 3 aspects of the YHVH, 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

L’Hadleek

Regarding Ner, the Arizal tells us to combine the Names Ehyeh, Elohim, and Adonai with YHVH on 3 different levels to draw down the light:

(EHYH, ELHYM, EDNY).

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 is 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, not surprising as the 42-Letter Name preceded them.

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 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 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.

Now for the full understanding, we take the 3 Names Ehyeh, Elohim and Adonai plus the 3 Names Av, Sag, Mah from the L’hadleek 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  Mashiach consciousness in all of us.

The Candle

The candle we’re lighting is the light of the Torah itself as evidenced by the spelled out, gematria milui of the letters (nun-resh) of Ner (candle): (NVN RShY) is (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 assocaited 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,

This is an important unification because 546 is the numerical value of koteret, (the incense lit at the inner alter of the Holy Temple) as it says in Proverbs 27:9 “Oil and incense rejoice the heart,” and as the Ari explains, “And the inner altar and the Menorah stood together to give joy to all, as is written.”

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.

And not only does the number 9 divided by the small gematria of the 1st line of 42-letter Name = 73.14159, or extremely precisely 70 + Pi (3.14159..), while the numerical value of the 2nd line is 9 x 9 x 9, one of the reasons the line is utilized in the Shofar blowings of 9 beats each.

אבג יתץ

קרע שטן

So while lighting the Shamesh if you can connect to the first two lines of the 42-letter name keep in mind to lift the world of illusion from the 70 nations, elevating spirituality out of the physicality to bring about Moshiach

The 25th of Kislev

Yet another connection between the kavanot and the words of the blessing is found between 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 nights 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 Mashiach.

The OiI

The word for eight (8) in Hebrew is shemonah, and a simple permutation of the letters in shemonah (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 that of koteret, the incense again, so once again 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 Arizal further explains that the oil in the Menorah and by transference our chanukiyas represents the consciousness of chochma and the incense represents Binah, thus together they are the partzufs of Abba and Imma.

The 8 Nights of Lights

The 44 Candles Sweeten the Judgment

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. Via the 44 (the numerical value of dalet, 4, and mem, 40) lights we kindle throughout Chanukah (including the shammas) and the awakening of consciousness they embody, the kelipot become nullified before us.” Thus with every candle we light, we can sweeten the judgment in out lives and in the world.

And note also that 44 is numerical value of the regressive spelling of the higher name of G-d, Ehyeh, connecting us to Chochma and Binah;

(E – EH – EHY – EHYH)

If our actions of lighting the chanukiya each night rekindle the energy from the night before and culminate in completeness on Zot Chanukah 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.

In the same way, the Shamesh would be 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 36. Thus 120 + 36 = 156 or 6 X 26 representing the YHVH, and thus 2 X 78 for mazal.

The Arizal explains that the eight days of Chanukah are, or end up, at the level of hod, 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) plus the 36 lights for the 8 Shamesh that we light, totaling 156, the numerical value for Yosef, who represents the level of Yesod. It’s also the value of Zion.

The 8 Nights of Lights

Now know this for every candle we light below, one is lit above. So for the 156 plus 1 collective one we light each Hanukkah, another 157 are lit above, making 314 in total, with 314 being the numerical value of Shadai (ShDY) and of Mettatron. And that 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 the 1008 plus1 candles we light, above and below total 2018 candles in all each year in preparation for the Messiah in the year 2018 CE (5778 HC), our inheritance.

And Zion, of numerical value 156, is the same as Yosef, who represents Yesod of Malchut, where the light of Binah ends up on the 8th day and the point where all the divine sustenance funnels into out lives and world. Moreover, Zion, of numerical value 156, is found 107 times in Tanakh and the sum of all the positive integers to 107 is 5778.

Chanukah, a Special Light

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

Chanukah Gelt

Even the parve chocolate gelt we give to our children on Chanukah connects to Mashiach, as the Aramaic word for gelt is Dami (DMY) of numerical value 54, and since 5778 is the sum of all the integers from1 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

The Menorah is a gift to the worthy.

The Ari in writing about Chanukah explains that the Menorah was made miraculously when Moses threw a kikar (measure) of gold into the furnace and prayed to G-d to fashion it. It immediately emerged fully formed. This further connects the Menorah to the sefira of chochma, which is like a gift bestowed upon a person worthy to receive it.

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