Choose Redemption Now

Choose Redemption Now

YHVHWe know all the numbers, values and quantities in the Torah must have meaning and a purpose for the Creator. We hope we can gain some insight into these properties of the Torah and from them gain a glimpse into the spiritual workings of the universe. Occasionally though, by His grace we receive a true epiphany about G-d’s intentions, which means that for an instant we enter the realm of Binah for we are touched by true understanding. In our previous two articles, “The Time to Fight Back Has Come “ and “Choose NOW the Way You Should Go!,“ we discussed the connections with the 1820 explicit Names of G-d (יהוה) found in the Torah. Association of the number 1820 with the numerical value for the phrase “Love thy neighbor” with its inherent message of unconditional love was pretty obvious. So was the fact that 1820 is 10 times 182, the numerical value of the biblical name Jacob (יעקב), kabbalistically representing the central (balanced) column of the Tree-of-life. Other associations with 1820 being equal to 70 x 26 (the numerical of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) were extremely important too, but these associations still did not get to the essential character as to why there had to be 1820 explicit Names of G-d (יהוה) in the Torah. Why not 1821, 1826 or even 2018 for that matter?

What was G-d’s reasoning?

We cannot really call it reasoning, because we cannot begin to fathom anything on that level. Even the concept of fathoming does not exist in that exalted existential state. Nevertheless, we could glimpse a reflection of G-d’s thought process if only we could understand the purpose as to why the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) had to be written exactly 1820 times in the Torah. After all, we are not talking about any old word in the Torah — we are speaking about G-d’s Name itself.

As we started off our original discussions on the matter, we stated that there were exactly 90,100 Yuds (י), Heihs (ה) and Vavs (ו) in the Torah, which combine to form precisely 1820 Tetragrammatons (יהוה), utilizing exactly 7280 of those 90,100 letters. Moreover, the number 90,100 is the exact sum of all the integers from 1 to 424 which is the value of none other than Moshiach Ben David, a very significant concept for us to be sure. Nevertheless 1820 = 91 x 20, and the highest sefira (dimension), that of G-d Himself, is Keter, which is represented kabbalistically and energetically by two simple numbers, 20 and 100 and by extension multiples of 100 (0). In Hebrew, the word for 20, esrim (עשרים) has the same numerical value as Keter (כתר, 620 ) and 100 represents the completion of the 10 sefirot of the Tree-of-Life including their 10 sub-sefirot per level.

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That said, we notice that the 90,100 Yuds (י), Heihs (ה) and Vavs (ו) give us 91 x 20 Tetragrammatons (יהוה), which form 1820 words comprised of 7280 letters into a total sum of 9100 energetic symbols. This is no mathematical sleight of hand, because changing the number of Tetragrammatons (יהוה) by even one, cuts asunder the internal structure of these equations to pieces and renders their symmetrical beauty into meaningless chaos. So why 91?


91 x 20



It is 91 because it has to be 91.

It has to be 91 because we cannot pronounce the ineffable and all-powerful Name of G-d (יהוה). Only the Cohanim Hagadolim (High Priests) that were of the purest of hearts were allowed to pronounce this profound Name. That was done only in the Holy of Holies during the times the First and Second Holy Temples existed and then only once a year on Yom Kippur and only in connection with asking forgiveness for all Israel. We must suffice with the written version of the Name (יהוה) as our connection to the upper worlds. However, G-d did give us a way to connect deeper during the rest of the year and during all those years when the Temples were no longer standing. He instructed us to pronounce the Name Adonai (אדני) every time we encountered and read aloud the Holy Name (יהוה). In so doing we can draw down the energy to sustain our world at a level and frequency that we can handle.


The Tetragrammaton (יהוה) of numerical value 26 coupled with Adonai (אדני) of value 65.

(26 + 65) = 91


This is why the Torah had to have the Name (יהוה) t 1820 times in it. This is why the Zohar tells us to combine the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) of numerical value 26 coupled with Adonai (אדני) of value 65 in the above form (יאהדונהי). The Zohar exhorts to meditate on this combined Name every time we say Amen (אמן) of numerical value 91. In so doing we elevate the blessing from our world to the upper world. In so doing, we also bestow blessings on the reciter of the blessing and on ourselves as well, as we become the channels of elevation. It would be foolish and a waste of precious spiritual energy not to say amen every time we hear a blessing uttered. Of the 304,805 letters of the Torah, G-d invested 30% of them (90,100) to bring us this concept. It must have been important to Him—for He signed it with his Name יהוה x 1820 times.


G-d did not want us to passively read His Torah. He wanted us to use it, benefit from it and actively participate in it for a glorious reason. He wanted it to be a channel for us and for us to be a channel of it. G-d wanted and wants us to download the energy of unconditional love and the energy of Moshiach Ben David each and every time we see His Name (יהוה). As Abraham’s, Isaac’s and Jacob’s progeny, He wants us to “be a blessing” and spread the blessing of that unconditional love in this world. He wants us also to actively upload our blessings to the upper worlds, thus strengthening the connections between the spiritual and physical worlds each time.

G-d has an even higher Name, a Name He first showed to Moses when He said, “I AM that I AM.” That Name is Ehyeh (אהיה). The Arizal explained that when that Exalted Name is spelled out fully on all 3 levels, it has a value of 455. It is yet another of the factors of 1820 in that 4 x 455 = 1820, meaning that whenever we connect properly to the Name (יהוה) in the Torah we can connect all the way to the highest dimensions and help realize our and the world’s full potential.




ahavaSpeaking of factors, there are an exceeding large number of them in 1820. Factors are the specific integers that when multiplied together give us a specific product. We see this with the only factors of 26 which are 2 and 13. Appropriately, the number 13 is the numerical value of ahava (אהבה/love). Similarly, the only factors of 65 are 5 and 13, and the only factors of 91 are 7 and 13. This connection to love and all the aspects of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) cannot be coincidental, especially since we can apply this proportion of 5/7, or (יאהדונהי)/(אדני), to the mathematically independent quantity of (יהוה) in the Torah and get 5/7 x 1820 = 1300 or 13 x 100.

And just like the sum of all the integers from 1 to 424 being equal to 90,100, the sum of all the integers from 1 to 13 is equal to 91.


Love is at the heart and source of it all.

2 x 13 = 26 (יהוה)

5 x 13 = 65 (אדני)

7 x 13 = 91 (יאהדונהי), Amen

5/7 X 1820 = 1300 or 13 x 100

(1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11+12+13) = 91


13 is the unifying element within the Divine equations

13 is the value of Echad (One,אחד )


It is all about unification.

Unifications are a form of binding or bonding between two forces. At the level that we can conceptualize them, we can think of these forces as anthropologically male and female or electromagnetically positive and negative. In a very simplified explanation, we meditate on the Names binding them one to another then, binding our physical world (malchut) associated with Rachel and Adonai (אדני) with the 6 bundled lower dimensions of the spiritual word associated with Jacob and Zeir Anpin (יהוה). From there, we need to bind them to the higher realm of keter with Ehyeh (אהיה). Then the process goes step by step higher through all 4 levels of divine existence until we are one with our souls and they are bound with the endless (Ein Sof).  If done properly, we are jettisoning our physical desires and the natural drives, and become one with the spiritual world, with the light-force of G-d. Without the 42-Letter Name and the unifications, especially that of יאהדונהי) 91 = (יהוה) 26 + (אדני) 65) we are but trapped within our own world, yet to wake up within the Matrix.

The more of us who wake up, the greater our chances of receiving the Geulah will be when the appropriate window of time finally opens. After waiting nearly 5778 years it would be a shame to sleep through it. This is precisely why all this technology is coming to us at this moment, being made available to everyone at once. For thousands of years, only a very select few were privy to these secrets and revelations and charged with the responsibility of upholding the structure of our world and its spiritual gateways. Now the technology is available to all who seek it and the responsibility belongs to all of us.  It will take 600,000 of us.

Every Number Tells a Story.

torah scrollThis simple equation of 2,5,7 and 13 based on G-d’s Name (יהוה) tells us a story, one that leads us from the 1820 Israelites who disappeared from the first to the second census (Exodus 38:26 to Numbers 26:51) taken in the Torah of the Israelites before and after their journeys through the desert. The first census counted 603550 Israelites at Sinai and the second 601,730 who survived the battles and plagues. Both numbers counted 600,000, but the first counted an additional 1775 x 2, or twice the value of the 27 Hebrew letters. The second, counted after the 42 journeys, included only an additional 1730 or 10 times the small gematria value (173) of the 42 Letter Name of G-d. After all the 12 tribes were totaled up, some significantly gained, some lost members. The difference between them was exactly (!) 1820.

It was as if the missing 1820 represented the Name (יהוה) that became concealed once the Israelites entered the promised land. After Solomon died, the 12 tribes zohar2became divided into 2 and 10. The “2,” Benjamin and Yehudah, comprised the Kingdom of Yehudah. The rest, the 10 tribes, comprising the Kingdom of Israel were eventually exiled. Thus we find in the simple equation of 2 x 5 equals the 10 tribes and 5 + 7 equals the full 12 tribes obviously while 5 x 7 equals 35, the value of Yehudi (the Jews/ יהודי), representing the Tribes of Yehuda and Benjamin. Then 2 + 5 + 7 = 14 (Yad/דוד the hand of G-d and David), while the sum of the main Israeli leaders (Moshe, Joshua, Shaul, David, Shlomo and Moshiach) total 1820. And finally 2 x 5 x 7 = 70, as in the 70 years of King David, the 70 years of Exile, of the Temples, Patriarchs, etc. and finally, as described by the Zohar, the final 70 years from Israel becoming a nation in 5708 HC to 5778 HC (2018 CE), the prophesied date for the Geulah, final redemption.

It goes back to the beginning.

The first word of the Torah is Bereshit (בראשית) of numerical value 913. The number 913 oddly enough contains both 91 and 13 and when doubled, 913 x 2, it equals 1826 less 6 for the 6 letters in the word, thus 1820. Even more significant is that when we utilize gematria miliui and spell out the 6 letters in Bereshit, we get 412+510+111+360+407 = 1820.

This is the most important unification:

26 (יהוה) and 65 (אדני) equal 91 (יאהדונהי)

G-d has even helped us along in the unification in that He has placed His Name Adonai (אדני) a total of 91 times in the Torah.

And given all that, just so there would be no room for skepticism in our prayer and meditations, G-d Created the Torah with exactly 1729 words of numerical value 26 and if we were to sum up all the integers between 26 and 65 (i.e. 27+28….63+64) they would equal exactly 1729. Moreover, if we were to sum all the integers from 26 to 65 (i.e. 26+27+28….63+64+65) they would equal exactly 1820, the exact amount of Tetragrammatons (יהוה) in the Torah. Moreover, these are not the only mathematical oddities linking 13, 19 and 1820, there are several others, such as the sum of the 13 arithmetic sequences, counting respectively by 1, by 2, by 3, until 13 are equal to 1820.

1    2    3     4    5      6    7     8    9    10   11   12  13

2   4    6     8   10   12  14    16  18   20  22  24

3   6    9    12   15   18  21   24  27  30  33

4   8    12  16  20  24  28   32  36 40

5   10  15  20  25  30  35   40 45

6   12  18  24  30  36  42  48

7   14  21  28  35  42  49

8   16  24  32 40 48

9   18  27  36 45

10 20 30 40

11 22 33

12 24


= 1820

And the sum of all the 7 integer sequences of 1 to 5, then 1 to 10, every 5 through 1 to 35 (as in Yehudi) also equals exactly 1820.

That is astonishing, considering there is no mathematical reason these numbers should be interconnected this way. Then hidden within all these oddities, as if G-d was drawing our attention to 13, 91 and the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) is a coded secret. It is being opened up to us now because we are the generation to whom it is relevant. When we add all the integers from 1 to 91 and divide them by 91, we get 46, the numerical value of Amah (אמה), or cubit, as in the sacred, ancient cubit used to build the ancient structures and needed for the Future Holy Temple. As it happens, this sacred cubit derived from the value of the expansion of the Tetragrammatons (יהוה) into the 4 aspects of G-d, 27.5 inches, is composed of the digits (2,7,5) in the divine unification 2 (13) + 5 (13) = 7 (13) or:

(יאהדונהי) = (יהוה) + (אדני)

The Ramchal explains that the four expansions of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) have such “great holiness [that] their power is limitless. All existence is bound to them from beginning to end.”

Av (יוד‐הי‐ויו‐הי) of numerical value 72

Sag (יוד‐הי‐ואו‐הי) of numerical value 63

Mah (יוד‐הא‐ואו‐הא) of numerical value 45

Ban (יוד‐הה‐וו‐הה) of numerical value 52

The total value of these 4 names that represent the totality of the 10 sefirot spelled out in 39 letters is 232, and 232 is “Ad Adi Ad” (עד‐עדי‐עד) or “eternity of eternities” as expressed in the Sefer Yetzirah 1:5.

(232 + 39 + 4) = 275.

275/10 = 27.5

And since 275/10 sefirot = 27.5 we have the secret measure of the Holy cubit, 27.5 inches, as dictated by the Holy Name of G-d Himself.


The Hidden Factor in G-d’s Name


Nonetheless, there are 23 different factors of 1820, amazingly just like the 23 pairs of chromosomes in the human body (!).

1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 14, 20, 26, 28, 35, 52, 65, 70, 91, 130, 140, 182, 260, 364, 455, 910

There are a lot of interesting and significant Biblical numbers built into the number 1820, but what brings chills is that when the prime kolel is added, all 23 of them sum to 2889. This is the date The Divine Calendarof the exact midpoint in the life of King David in 2889 HC and also the exact midpoint in the G-d-given divine calendar from Adam to Moshiach and the Geulah/Redemption in 5778 HC (2018 CE).

Throughout the Torah there are exactly 91 words and names that are duplicated often for seemingly no reason whatsoever, and yet the 42nd (connecting to the 42-Letter Name of G-d that has been said by the tsaddikim that its understanding will bring us the redemption), of those 91 words is G-d’s Name (יהוה).

PiBook6Extraordinary parallels exist in the Torah to Noach, whose father, Lamekh, lived 777 years and who gave birth to Noach, the 10th generation in the lineage of Adam, at age 182. Of the 91 doubled words in the Torah, 7 are found in parshat Noach, in which the animals were saved in groups of 7 by 2 (pairs) or by couples (2), depending on whether they were clean or unclean. And just as the primordial mathematical constant phi18 = 5778.000, the 18th unique doubled words (טרף‐טרף), found when the brothers were telling Jacob that Joseph’s coat was torn and bloodied from wild animals, has a standard gematria value of 578 and a sofit gematria value of 2018.

So is it coincidental that when counting by two(2), as in the doubled pairs, Noach’s pairs of animals, and the pairs of 13 that make up the divine unification of G-d’s Name that the consecutive numbers 18 and 20 come to represent …1820… and in reverse …2018… ?


It appears that G-d’s Name is indeed extremely and significantly important to us. It appears an average 33 times in each portion, once every 44 words. It appears that the Torah was designed around His “redemptive” Name (יהוה)… and function… that we may fully and properly connect to Him for divine Redemption. Could He have made this quintessential lesson any easier for us?

He spells out His redemptive Name in connection with the first Geulah /Redemption:

And I will take you to Me for a people, and I will be to you a G-d; and you shall know that I am the L-RD [יהוה] your G-d, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. — Exodus 6:7

And spells out His redemptive Name in connection with the last Geulah/Redemption:

So shall you know that I am the L-RD [יהוה] your God, dwelling in Zion My holy mountain; then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. —Joel 4:17

As always, the choice is ours to make… unconditional love , Moshiach, Redemption… it is all there for us to CHOOSE. He instructs us the way we should go:

Thus saith the L-RD [יהוה], your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the L-RD [יהוה] your God, who teaches you for your profit, who leads you by the way that you should go. —Isaiah 48:17

Be one of the 600,000.  Be part of the unification.  Choose redemption.


Choose NOW the Way You Should Go!

In the previous article “Time to Fight Back” we advised that the final 70 years prophesied in the Zohar and elsewhere is drawing to an end in 2 (!) years. That would be 5778 in the Hebrew calendar year, or 2018 CE. Throughout the hundreds of articles and in books we have published, we have shown extensive evidence of the inevitability of those dates having profound significance for us all. Therefore, we have only 2 years left in which to fathom it all. Here are two more examples of the Torah’s revelation of this date for our edification.

YHVHThere are exactly 90,100 Yud(י), Heis (ה) and Vavs(ו)in the Torah, which combine to form precisely 1820 Tetragrammatons (יהוה). Given that 820 is the standard gematria value of the famous verse that Hillel and other sages have said encapsulates the entire Torah, paraphrased as “Love they neighbor as thyself,” (Vayikra 19:18) and also that a more obscure gematria of that self-same verse has the exact valuation of 1820, G-d may be giving us a message hidden in His Name.

As we said in “Time to Fight Back” we are already in the 68th of the final 70 years. The word for “life” in Hebrew has a numerical value of 68, so at the end of life as we know it, ONLY UNCONDITIONAL LOVE can save us.


“Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

 Some of us may get the message, some may shrug their shoulders, so G-d, who loves us unconditionally, whose Name (יהוה) is mentioned 1820 times in the Torah, wanted to clarify it a bit more in order that we may “get the message.” As it happens the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (יהוה) is 26 and 1820 = 70 x 26, possibly meaning that at the end of the 70 years every single one of the 1820 Names will be used up, or perhaps activated. At the very least it is a sure connection between 70 years and the Name of G-d. If we subtly reverse the digits in 1820 we get 2018.

This is very similar to the two central letters at the heart of the 42-letter Name of G-d, Resh (r) and Tzaddi (צ), whose ordinal values are 20 and 18 respectively. And these 2 letters are the central part of the word Brit (ברית ) or Covenant, spelled out in this central 4th line of the Ana B’koach (42-letter Name).



It appears G-d likes to hide or reveal this knowledge in plain sight right in the midpoints, just like in Abraham’s Covenant of Halves with G-d in 2018 HC, and just like in the midpoint of King David’s 70 year life in 2889 HC, exactly in the halfway point from Adam to 5778 (2018 CE): 2889 x 2 = 5778. The kabbalists explain this path from Adam to Moshiach, through David, as the reason why the Alef-Dalet and Mem in the name Adam (אדם) represent Adam-David-Moshiach. This is also why the complete sofit gematria value of Alef-Dalet and Mem is 2019, the year that begins the new calendar of the Covenant.

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Further, another example of G-d using the midpoint of some divine Name or creation is found in the midpoint of the letters and words in the pictographic 67th Psalm, the Menorah with which we count during the 49 days of the Omer. On the 25th day, midway through the counting, the sum of the gematria values of the words and/or letters counted is exactly 5778, including the kolel for the 25 days. Just as astonishing, while the sum of the square roots of those 25 words is 345, the numerical value of Moses (מהש), the sum of the square roots of the 24 words prior to the midpoint is 333.078 or 3330 years as in 66.6 jubilee years that stretch precisely from the giving of the Torah at Sinai in 2448 to the year of Moshiach in 5778, represent the two times that an opening to the Tree-of-life consciousness is being made available to us. As for the 78 in 333.078, Rav Brandwein explained that the initials (ח ע) of Etz Chaim,(עץ‐חיים), the Tree-of-life, add up to 70 + 8, and most specifically he said it represented the 78 that we find in the number 5778 and the Tree-of-life he hoped we would achieve in the year 5778.

Now, back to the 1820 Tetragrammatons (יהוה), where we see that 1820 is the number of letters in the 28 prophetic verses of Ezekiel 37 about the “dry bones” and the geula in the end of days.

Earlier we mentioned the 90,100 Yud(י), Heis (ה) and Vavs(ו) in the Torah and while 1820 = 91 x 20, the number 90,100 is the exact sum of all the integers from 1 to 424 and most significantly for us and our salvation, 424 is the value of none other than Moshiach Ben David. Once again, we see the entire Torah has been designed to help bring us and lead us to the Tree-of-Life consciousness, with unconditional love, and into the arms of Moshiach Ben David in 2018 CE.

Moreover, it just occurred to me that if there were 90,100 Yud(י), Heis (ה) and Vavs(ו) in the Torah, forming 1820 Tetragrammatons (יהוה), which would use 7,280 of those 90,100 letters, then, the remaining Yud(י), Heis (ה) and Vavs(ו) would number 82,820.

Maybe it is all a coincidence. But given all that we know, given all that is at stake, and given the precarious state of the world right now, do you want to take that chance?

Besides the connection to the Tree-of-life, there is another important word in the Torah that has the dubious value of 78, the Flood (מבול). We have a choice for how the next 2 years will end up for noah's arkus personally. It all depends on which consciousness we choose during the difficult times that are rapidly descending upon us. The Tree-of-life or Binah consciousness for those that choose it will be as Nirvana. As for the Flood — well…

And speaking of the portion of Noach, the phrase “40 days and 40 nights” has the exact same gematria value as the phrase “70 years” as used in the Torah (ושבעים‐שנ‐ה). It is 778 up to the final Hey (ה), which has a numerical value of 5, further implying a designed reference to 5-778. By the way, the very first time the 5-778 value phrase for 70 years is utilized in the Torah is in the 5th chapter of Genesis with Lamekh (למך) — kabbalistic code for king (melech, מלך) — who lived for 777 years, as discussed with Rav Brandwein of blessed memory.

And it’s even more significant that the next time it was used was in paragraph 42, at Genesis 12:4, when Abraham was “70 years and 5.

Why am I going on and on with these redundant numbers? Because the Torah does. Because G-d does — and because I love you. There are only 2 (!) years left. Will the 70 years end in 5777, the beginning of 5778, the end of 5778, or the advent of 2019? We do NOT know. When will the last moment come in which to make the most profound choice of our existence? We do NOT know. But I do NOT want any of us to be on wrong side of that deadline. The desire to receive for one’s self alone feels so good. It is exactly why the choice to fight our nature, our natural inclinations, is so difficult. This is also why it is so imperative not to trust ourselves to wait until the very last moment to make the right choice we need to make NOW.

As a culture we have failed over and over again for 5776 years so far. As individuals we do not have to do that. We are shown over and over again how the Torah could not have been created by Man, how the Names of G-d can be tapped into by anyone to bend and change personal reality in a positive way, and how G-d gave us a definitive calendar of pre-ordained events in which to do it. However, we cannot give anyone certainty about making a personal choice. We will either have to find that within ourselves, or take a leap of faith. We can hold your hand, and gladly will do so, but in the end each one of us are the ones who have to jump, to make that shift in consciousness against everything our physical senses are longing for. Help is available.

‘I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will give counsel, Mine eye being upon thee.’ — Psalm 32:8

Please choose wisely.




The Time to Fight Back Has Come

This past Shabbat was my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah and in honor of it, I am posting a long overdue, very amended and extended excerpt of the speech I gave on the occasion, since so many people asked for copies of it. To our long time subscribers, I thank you for your patience and want you to know that these new revelations are crucial in our fight to bring Moshiach and Moshiach consciousness to the world. The time has finally come for US, in this very generation to fight back. Permission has finally been granted to reveal all the necessary tools we will need. Satan has had free reign for far too long and the forces of evil have been gathering for long enough for the final battles.

This past Shabbat was my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah and in honor of it, I am posting a long overdue, very amended and extended excerpt of the speech I gave on the occasion, since so many people asked for copies of it. To our long time subscribers, I thank you for your patience and want you to know that these new revelations are crucial in our fight to bring Moshiach and Moshiach consciousness to the world. The time has finally come for US, in this very generation to fight back. Permission has finally been granted to reveal all the necessary tools we will need. Satan has had free reign for far too long and the forces of evil have been gathering for long enough for the final battles.



Korach and the Missing 38 Years of the Torah

DSC_5399 LIGHTThis shabbat is the bar mitzvah of my son David, in the portion of Korach. A note of caution; the insights in today’s article may take you far from what you thought you knew about the Torah. According to chazal and just about every commentator on the Torah, Korach was not a very positive person and they are correct. They are also correct that this portion teaches us the extremely important concept of appreciation and also what happens when we are ruled by greed and jealousy. Though it may be not greed so much, because Korach, having obtained the treasures of Joseph, was already the richest man in the world by far. He did well by greed, until of course he foolishly challenged Moshe and Aaron. It is said he had 300 donkeys just to carry the keys to his treasure chests. Though this saying may be hyperbole, the point of it is that Korach was an extremely wealthy man. The Midrash tells us his wife pushed him to want it all. However, it is odd because it is rare to find someone wise enough to amass and keep such wealth and so foolish to challenge his cousins whom he has witnessed wielding such might powers as the chosen channels of the Almighty. He had seen them defeat Pharaoh and his armies, split seas, wreak havoc with nature and reality, all with the raising of an arm or a few chosen words—so why would he think he had a chance? He had seen G-d’s wrath against anyone who spoke against Moses, even Moses’ own sister Miriam, which may be the reason why that particular incident happened only two portions earlier.

Those very same sages who elucidated the appreciative aspects of the Korach portion, also have told us that the Torah has many layers—all true and beautiful—and the deeper layers are where the strongest secrets lay. According to Rav Abulafia, the most concealed is that which most needs to be revealed, and not only does everything get revealed in its time, but nothing gets revealed without permission from Above. It is also Rav Abulafia who tells us that the deepest Torah secrets are revealed through the understanding of gematria, the science of reading the underlying energies of the Hebrew letters and Torah passages.

Using gematria and searching the Torah for clues, we see that Korach (קרח) has the numerical value of 308 and because in Kabbalah the spiritual gematria-related understanding of the number “0” is that it is often just a place holder and becomes nullified. Hence 308 can also be seen as 38, which is relevant because Korach is the 38th portion of the Torah. This is significant because the portion of Korach immediately follows the portion of Shlach, where G-d decreed that the Israelites were to wander in the desert for 40 years. It immediately precedes the portion of Chukath, where the red heifer is utilized and 38 of those 40 years vanish. Without missing a beat the journey of 42 places continues from Korach into Chukath with no time or space for those derived 38 years.

In the fourth Book of the Torah, Bamidbar, Korach is indeed the 38th parasha. 33 of those portions are in the first three books and five of them are found in Bamidbar. It is known from chazal that 3 of the Patriachs gave of their lifespans to King David so that he may live. Abraham, whose numerical gematria value is 248, the same as Bamidbar, gave 5 years. Jacob, representing the 3 columns of the Tree-of-Life gave 28 years and together with Abraham, they gave 33 years. Joseph gave 37 years. We can see these as coincidences or as hints after hints that there may be something here in the number 14,700, which is the number of people who died in the aftermath of the Korach rebellion, because Jacob lived 147 (!) years.

Speaking of Jacob, he fought and defeated the dark angel in the river Yabok the night before he reunited with his brother. As it just so happens, Korach’s name as written in the Torah is: Korach Ben Yitzhar (קרח בן יצהר) whose initials (קבי) spell Yabok (יבק) backwards. Yabok, or numerical value 112, represents two powerful unifications to the kabbalists. The first is Elohim (אלהים) with the ineffable Name of G-d (יהוה) or 86 and 26 energetically, fusing the heavenly world with the natural one. The second represents the passage from Malchut through Zeir Anpin to the 3 upper worlds : יהוה+אהיה+אדני

Nevertheless Korach’s full name is Korach Ben Yzhar Ben Kohoth Ben Levi, as I know so well from listening to my son diligently practice reciting his portion. Those initials spell Yabok (קבי) backwards, then forwards, Yabok (יבק), then a permutation of the name, Balak (בלק). Balak is the name of one of three Torah portions named after three powerful individuals. In Yitro (יתרו), named after Moses’ father-in-law, we find the 10 Commandments. Two of these men were not-so nice; Balak (בלק), Moses’ nemesis, and Korach (קרח), Moses’ cousin. Together, their intials spell Yabok (יבק) once again.

The multiple hints tying Korach to Jacob and the conquering of the dark angel are extensive and even the numerical values of their names tell us that more than what meets the eye is going on. Yitro has a numerical value of 616, the same as “the Torah (התורה),” while Korach’s numerical value of 308 is exactly half of 616 and half a Torah is the same as a whole Torah.

While Yitro is the 17th portion of the Torah and 17 is the numerical value of Tov (good), it is also the 5th portion of the Book of Shmot, and since Korach is the 5th portion of Bamidbar and Balak is the 7th portion, likewise of Bamidbar, 5 plus 5 plus 7 is also 17, Tov (good). Yet another hint.

Moreover, Korach is the 38th portion, Balak the 40th and Yitro the 17th, together they sum (38+40+17) to 95 and there are 95 verses in the portion of Korach. While 95 is the numerical value of H’Melech. “the King,” it is also the value of Haman and of Daniel from the Scroll of Esther.  We might posit that the evil aspects within Korach ended up in Haman and the positive in Daniel and they are both under the King (G-d).

In the portion and rebellion of Korach, the Torah makes a point of repeatedly telling us that there were 250 Israelites participating with 250 incense pans etc., and the Torah does not make a point of anything haphazardly. 250 is the value of the Hebrew word for candle, Ner (נר), and when we spell out these two letters utilizing gematria milui (נון רשי), we get (106 + 510) = 616, once again the numerical equivalent of “the Torah (התורה).”

A closer look at the portion shows us that contrary to popular belief, Korach was never swallowed alive by the earth, only his men, along with Dathan and Aviram ended up as such. Korach and the 250 incense lighters were actually devoured by fire, which is interesting because Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu were also devoured by fire when they made an unauthorized incense offering. Again, Korach knew this—they were his cousins—why would he have agreed to Moses’ contest of lighting the incense when he well knew what G-d had decreed and had done regarding anyone that makes an unauthorized offering of the incense. A sin offering would perhaps have been more appropriate.

Moreover, we see that Korach’s sons were spared, supposedly because they repented. G-d did not show that kind of mercy elsewhere when his laws were challenged. Why did he so in this case?

It is said that Korach had a vision that Samuel Hanavi would be his descendant and it is assumed that he misinterpreted the vision to mean that he would become the Cohen Hagadol, which is why some say Korach thought he would be successful in challenging Moses.

Yet another clue into Korach (קרח) is that the value of his name in gematria atbash (דגס), (a cipher whereby the alphabet is reversed), is 67, the numerical value of the sefira (dimension) of Binah, the level at which Moses was.

Immediately before the portion of Korach, G-d decreed that the Israelites would wander in the desert for 40 years and we know that those 40 years are very much part of G-d’s Divine Calendar. While His word must be done, He is nevertheless all merciful and we know from the kabbalists and our own experiences with the kabbalistic tools, (such as the 42-Letter Name), that time and distance are elastic. 40 years can pass in 40 days—as it would seem to have happened in this case. Nevertheless, such a significant change in the course of history and reality would necessitate certain tools, like the red heifer, and a huge action or sacrifice on the part of man. Could the richest man in the world giving up all his wealth, his legacy and his life, be such a sacrifice?

What if that vision of Samuel Hanavi gave solace to Korach that his sacrifice would be successful? What if G-d was not only fulfilling the vision he gave to Korach, but was also acknowledging Korach’s sacrifice by allowing his sons to live. It is notable that Aaron’s sons perished after igniting the unauthorized incense, while Korach’s sons survived. Wasn’t Korach the notorious one?

And why did Moses choose an incense offering as the contest and not a sin offering? Was Korach and the 250 men the actual sin offering? Was Moses aware of the sacrifice and was going along with it in order to spare the Israelites?  We can ponder that Moses, who consulted G-d on most matters, why did he not consult G-d before choosing the incense offering?

So the main question is, “Did Korach sacrifice himself so that the 38 years would pass with mercy, as if the Israelites slept through it?” There is no doubt that the revolt existed, but, “Was Korach divinely inspired to revolt?” The Arizal tells us that even the most negatively inclined people in the Torah can deliver blessings, since all the words of the Torah are G-ds. He gives the example of Laban, who inadvertently blessed Elazar and thus ended the curse of Canaan for him. There is also the example of Bilaam, who blessed the Israelites every time he tried to curse them.

If indeed G-d wanted a huge sacrifice to ignite the mercy from above, what greater one would there have been than Korach, the richest man in the world… perhaps no one else had more to sacrifice.

In Bamidbar 26:10, the Torah states that when Korach died and fire annihilated the 250, it involved a divine miracle.

Sacrificing all that one owns is the highest form of appreciation when one understands that the altruistic actions of a single person can change the course of history for the betterment of humanity. We are not talking about crazed suicide bombers who have nothing to lose, but about the deliberate and divinely inspired actions of someone with literally everything to lose. That is the ultimate message of the portion.

In the troubling times ahead, great sacrifices are going to be called for and we must ask ourselves who will step up; who will sacrifice everything for the sake of mankind? It will take certainty, extraordinary certainty. Whether Korach sacrificed everything for the sake of mankind or for the sake of his vision, it does not matter. The point is he was willing to risk everything with his certainty.

Once again the Torah is providing us with the clues and the means to overcome all obstacles, and it is doing so in the appropriate time. Being appreciative has always been extremely important, but the message to be ready to sacrifice everything is now of the utmost importance as we strive to close the final gap toward Moshiach consciousness. The earth opening up and swallowing Korach’s followers was a true earthquake. It is also a metaphor for how easily a gap can close and the warning point that if we are not careful to be in the right consciousness it can close in on us.

We can wonder where those 38 years went which deprived us of Moses’ physical presence for 38 years. Perhaps they were granted to the Arizal, who lived 38 extraordinary years, a peerless fountain of knowledge and beacon of light. Wherever the years disappeared, rest assured it was meant to happen from the very beginning of time.


Shabbat Shalom,