The Hidden Message in the 10 Plagues

The 44th President of the United States has just been sworn in (twice, the second time without the Bible), about 66.6 jubilee years (Biblical 50-year interval) years after the 10 plagues and 8 years shy of the year 5778 when the tzaddikim have prophesied Moshiach and the geula (final redemption) will come.

It’s mandatory to celebrate Passover (Pesach) every year and recount the story of the exodus, including the explicit listing of the 10 plagues. Why? Is it just so we don’t forget? Wouldn’t it be better to instead concentrate on the 10 miracles G-d performed for the Israelites on their way to receiving the 10 Commandments and the Torah in 2448?

A most common form of Torah analysis performed by the sages is to examine the first letters of key word groupings, phrases, or verses. And for what it’s worth, the sum of the nominal value of the initials of our 44th President, Barak Hussein Obama (B,Ch,E) is 11, but certainly more significant is the sum of the nominal value of the initials of the 11 words that comprise the 10 plagues, which is 541, the numerical value of the name Israel.

Israel is not only the last word in the Torah, but Israel was arguably formed out of the end of the exile immediately precipitated by the 10 plagues, especially the last plague, the killing of the firstborn, whose initials are Mem-Bet.

Mem-Bet is not only the Name of the 42-Letter Name of G-d, profoundly associated with the time of redemption, but it is named justly because it has the numerical value of 42, as in the 42 places the Israelites traveled through on their way out of Egypt to the Promised Land. And according to chazal, including the Baal Shem Tov, as in the steps our souls make on their way to redemption.

It’s very important to note that the 10 plagues were executed just as much to wake up the Israelites as the Egyptians. The Egyptians had to let got of their physical belongings, but the Israelites had to embrace the spiritual, a step that is just as hard. The 10 plagues were signs for them, just as we are receiving signs ourselves today

That said, the first letter of the 40 letters in the 10 plagues is dalet, with the numerical value of 4, as in the number of letters in Tetragrammaton (YHVH) and in the Name of G-d, Ehyeh, the Name used in “I am that I am.”

I am” was what President Obama answered when sworn in for the 2nd time–when he wasn’t using a Bible. When the fuller progressive form of Ehyeh is calculated “I am” has a numerical value of 44. And by the way, Asher (EShR) as in “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” (I am that I am”) has the same numerical value as Barak Hussein Obama (בּרק חוסיין אובּאמה) which is also the same as the initials of the 10 plagues if the last one is considered a single letter (דצ”ך עד”ש באח”ב).

Is this all coincidence?

The first plague, dam, blood, is spelled dalet-mem, which is numerically 4 plus 40 or 44.

The deeper secret is in the blood. The first plague is Dam (dalet-mem), whose first letter is dalet. The first letter of the last plague is Mem, thus the whole 10 plagues can be collapsed in abbreviated form into dam, the first plague. Not only does mem, complete the word dam, but it in effect encompasses and represents the full 40 letters in the 10 plagues. Please note that that means that there are an exact average of 40/10 = 4 letters per plague, the numerical value of dalet.

We use the word encompasses here because the final mem is not only shaped like a closed womb, but according to the sages it is supposed to represent one as well, and if we subtract the numerical value of dam (blood) from that of Da’at, we get 474 – 44 equals 430, both the numerical value of nefesh, (the animalistic or lower part of the soul), which the sages tell us is housed in the blood, and the number of years the Jews were in exile through the end of the 10 plagues in 2448.

Title page of first edition of the Zohar, Mant...

And from the womb flows both the blood of judgment unto the Egyptians and the mercy to the Jews in the birth of the Israel. Please note that the bleeding or menstruating womb is considered the height of serious judgment, according to the Zohar (Shemot). The bleeding womb also refers to the death of the first born.

We know from the sages (chazal) that the Passover passage out of Egypt was about Da’at, the serifa (dimension) of balance and knowledge, and that it was represented in the dalet of dam, the first letter of the first plague. Furthermore, dalet, when spelled out, has the numerical value of 434, while da’at has the numerical value of 474, leaving a difference of 40, between them, the numerical value of mem, showing us that the full word dam, blood, is included in Da’at.

It’s all about Four (4)

While many of the significant mandated elements of Pesach (Passover) including the 4 questions, the 4 cups of wine, the 4 sons, the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton and the 4 letters in it, and also in the name Eyheh, we been told by the sages that they correspond to the 4 exiles, which are finally coming to a close, the last one after 1948 years.

The first plague, blood (dam), is spelled dalet-mem, with the first letter having the numerical value of 4, and the next letter having the value of 40, or 10 x 4. Meanwhile, not only does the first letter of the last plague, the killing of the first born, also have the value of 40, but there are 40 letters in the 10 plagues, making 4 the exact average number of letters per plague. And while the final letter of the 10 plagues is 400 or 10 x 40, the second plague, frogs, has a numerical value of 444, or 4 x 111, the numerical value of Alef, the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet and Ehyeh, (and in Obama for that matter).

Moreover, as mentioned earlier, the 4 letters of the Name Ehyeh, (EHYH)—the Name revealed to Moses just prior to the plagues–can be expanded to 10 letters through progressive method– sometimes called squaring–to (E, EH, EHY, EHYH), which is numerically equivalent to 44, the same as dam, blood, the first plague.

The connection to 4 for Pesach and the 10 plagues at the end of the 1st exile is interesting because 10 is an extension both numerically and spiritually of 4. Numerically, the 4th triangular number has a value of 10, just as 10 is the sum of the first 4 integers, as in 1+2+3+4 = 10.

Spiritually, both the 4 letters of the Tetragrammaton and of the Name Eyheh when expanded by spelling them out have 10 letters each. Moreover, as we mentioned earlier, Passover is about da’at, which begins with the letter dalet, of numerical value 4, while da’at is a sefira or dimension that combines the dimensions of Chochma and Binah, whose numerical values of its initials (Bet and Chet) 8 and 2 add up to 10. And which also happens to be the initials of Barak Hussein (Bet and Chet).

So in a sense we see the 10 plagues extending throughout the 4 exiles, for a total of 40, as in the 40 letters in the 10 plagues., yet another reason it’s mandated we read the haggada and review all the plagues, etc every year throughout the various exiles.

The plagues didn’t just happen 66.6 jubilee years ago, they’ve been reoccurring continually throughout the 4 exiles in one form or another. Just witness the example of the first plague, dam, blood, there have been many times in these past 3330 years when tens and even hundreds of thousands have died and rivers of blood have flowed.

The 10 Plagues were Planned at the Beginning of Time.

While the 11 words of the 10 plagues correspond to the 11 unique letters in the first verse of the Torah, the first 4 letters of the Torah have an ordinal value of 44, the same as Dam, the first plague. It’s broken down to 2 for the first letter, Bet (2) and 42 for the next 3 letters (Resh, Alef, Shin), which spells Asher yet again, as in the 42-letter Name.

The next 2 letters, completing the entire first word of the Torah, Bereshit, “In the Beginning” have an ordinal value of 32, as in the value of the 4 components of the letter Alef, connecting, as we’ve discussed in other blogs, to the 32 Paths of Wisdom that define the structure of the universe and that house the 10 sefirot (dimensions).

When we add them together, we get numerically 76, square root of 5778, and the value of the fully expanded Tetragrammaton at the highest level of Av (chochma), but alphabetically they spell out Alef-Dalet-Mem, or Adam.

Adam (Alef-dam) represents the first flesh and blood incarnation of the Jewish soul, the source of which, as we’ve written about in other articles, is in the primordial Alef that exists before the Torah, and dam, or blood, represents both the flesh and the flow of the lower soul (nefesh) throughout time, throughout the generations.

With Alef as the source, we can note that the 11 initials of the 10 plagues have an ordinal value of 100 and if we add 11 as the kolel to 100 we get 111, the numerical value of the name of the letter Alef. And once again, we have the union or fusion of the primordial Alef as the head of the Dam, just like ADAM.

Another analogy to the connection between the Alef, whose sum total of its 4 components letters is 32, and the 10 plagues and moreover to the initials of the final plague, Mem-Bet, is provided by Rabbi Chaim Vittal of blessed Memory. The eminent sage explained that the 10 sefirot (dimensions) plus the 32 Paths of Wisdom that link them together form the structure of the greater universe and together they comprise the 42-Letters of the 42-Letter Name, the Shem Mem-Bet.

As explained in detail in The Genesis Prayer, the first verse of the Torah is where the Shem Mem-Bet, or the 42-Letter Name of G-d, is derived from, and if we take the sum of the numerical values of the first letter of each of the 7 words of that first verse, 22—obviously representative of the 22 normal letters of the Hebrew alphabet—and add it to the ordinal value of those same 7 letters, 22, we get 22 + 22 = 44, once again, the value of the first plague, dam, blood.

Incidentally, and again as discussed in detail in The Genesis Prayer, the first verse of the Torah is integrally connected in multiple ways to both the numerical value of Mashiach, the Messiah, 358 and to the mathematical constant PI to an astounding precision. One of the simplest ways is through the average value of those 7 letters, 22/7 or 3.14.

Now, if we think this is coincidence we need only examine the full first 10 letters of the Torah and see that the sum of their ordinal values also equals 100 (keter, the crowning highest dimension), the exact same 100 as the sum of the ordinal values of the first letters of the 10 plagues. And since the 10 plagues has 11 first letters, yet another connection to the Torah’s first verse is found in that amongst the 28 letters of that verse, also an average of exactly 28/7 = 4 letters per word, there are only 11 unique (non-recurring) letters.

Moreover, as mentioned earlier, the sum of the nominal value of those same 11 letters is 541, the numerical value of the name Israel, the last word in the Torah.

The process of gematria computation allows us to subtract the kolel as well as add it and though I rarely use that approach, in this case if we subtract the ordinal value from the initial letters of the plagues from their standard numerical values they are equal to (541100) = 441, which is the numerical value of emet, truth, an allusion to the Torah, to the 42-Letter Name of G-d, and to the Tree-of-life structure of the universe with its 32 paths and 10 sefirot.

Moreover, 441 = 212, or as pointed out by chazal, is the square of the numerical value of the higher Name of G-d, Ehyeh. And the sum of the two Ehyeh that form Emet and that form “I am that I am” Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” add up to 21 + 21 = 42.

Since the first letters of the final plague are Mem-bet and since the sum of all the first letters of all 10 plagues (11 words) is 541, the numerical value of Israel, one interpretation is that the 10 plagues and 42 places lead to Israel.

Another is that it will take 10 plagues, corresponding to the 10 sefirot (dimensions), the existence of Israel, and the understanding of the Shem Mem-Bet (Ana B’koach) to reach the geula (final redemption), as chazal has suggested.

The 10 plagues today have as much significance for us today as they had for the Israelites 66.6 jubilee years ago and the signs around the 44th Presidency are just that: signs. We’re not suggesting anything sinister (G-d forbid) we’re saying that they are signs to help us take notice that immense pressures and changes our coming, and if history Bible are our guides they will come in increasing waves.

Let’s read the signs and be prepared. As we did 3330 years ago, we need to let go and embrace the spiritual. To be continued, as we see what the 10 plagues mean for us today with the 44th President and how they connect to the year 5778 (2018 CE), the year the Covenant of Abraham gets fulfilled.

The 22 Letters; What’s in a Name?

What can the 22 letters themselves tell us without relaying on words or verses. Each letter has a unique energy value and thus unique numerical valuations of that energy depending on which cipher is being used to read them. And each letter has as a quasi-unique name. I say quasi, only because a few of them can be spelled different ways depending if the letter yud (Y) is included or not., and there no real right way to spell those letters because in different situations they are meant to be spelled different ways depending on whether the support of the yud, representative of the sefira of chochma, is needed. Names are very important as they define what something is and should be chosen carefully. When it pertains to Torah. like the names of the Patriarchs, the names themselves are gateways, or in an analogy consistent with modern technology, the names are cosmic web addresses, each socially networked to other names and addresses.  Together they form a giant tree with myriad branches to be explored.

For the charts below, we’ve selected the most common spellings for the half dozen names that can have multiple versions and switched to a different version when it seemed to make sense.  It’s not so much poetic license as it is trying to follow a predetermined trail by exploring the different branchings until we find the one with the choicest fruit.

As you can in the first chart, the sum of the 22 names of the 22 letters equals exactly 4242, not only a double representation of the number 42, but one that included 424, the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David.  All the possible variations came to 42** and the next most likely branch summed to 4248, one that combined 42 and 248, the numerical value of Abraham.  This particular one was further interesting because the squares of the 22 different names plus the number 42 added up to exactly 1395000 or 1000 (keter) x 1395, and 1395 is the sum of the (numerical values of the 6 Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Aaron.  (see chart #2).

Why would that be? Why would the names of the 22 letters link up with the names of the 6 Patriarchs. we can only speculate, but if we add the names of the 4 Matriarchs (Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah), we find that the 10 together add up to 2481 or 10 x 248 (Abraham/mercy), which also happens to be the value of the sum of the names of the 5 Books of the Torah (Bereshit, Shmot, Vayikra, Bmidbar, and Devarim), or 2480. And Bmidbar (the Book of Numbers) also has the numerical value of 248.

It’s all obviously hinting at the 10 sefirot structure of the tree-of-life, of which we know that there are 22 connecting paths, making 32 in total, which brings us to chart # 3, where we utilized the sofit values for the 22 names and made one variation in the spelling of the letter vav, using the tree-of-life version without the yud this time.  And lo-and-behold, the total came to 10032, or 10000 (keter) plus 32, as in the 32 Paths of Wisdom.

Moreover, the sum of the square roots of the sofit values for the 22 names is 424.242,  which is an even clearer graphic representation of 424, Mashiach ben David and also 42, 42, 42. Now, when we subtract the value of 4242 that we found in chart #1 from 10032, we get 10032 – 4242 = 5790 and 5790 – 12 = 5778.  Why 12? There could be lots of reasons, possible to represent the 12 sons of Jacob, since all the Patriarchs were already represented, or it be that when we add the 10 for the yud we didn’t utilize with the sofit calculation, we get 12 + 10 = 22, as in the 22 letters.

So why all this circular, redundant branching, and this reinforcing of a specific structure pattern? Because it’s all a giant multidimensional matrix that constantly draws us in deeper, with each Name connecting to multiple other gateways, all capable of imparting a different set of knowledge or abilities to us.  It’s literally like leaping across the neurons of a giant mind. But whose?

Who indeed!

And why?

Because the deeper we get and the more in tune we get to this structure, the closer we get to G-d and more prepared with are for Mashiach Ben David in 5778.

Chart # 1

spelled-out

square of

letter

value

value

alef

111

12321

bet

412

169744

gimmel

73

5329

dalet

434

188356

hey

15

225

vav

22

484

zayin

67

4489

chet

408

166464

tet

419

175561

yud

20

400

caf

100

10000

lamed

74

5476

mem

80

6400

nun

106

11236

samech

120

14400

ayin

130

16900

peh

85

7225

zaddi

104

10816

koof

186

34596

resh

510

260100

shin

360

129600

tav

406

164836

Total

4242

1394958

plus:

42

1395000

Chart # 2

Abraham

248

Isaac

208

Jacob

182

Joseph

156

Moses

345

Aaron

256

1395

chart # 3

spelled-out

square root

letter

sofit value

of value

alef

831

28.82707061

bet

412

20.29778313

gimmel

73

8.544003745

dalet

434

20.83266666

hey

15

3.872983346

vav

12

3.464101615

zayin

717

26.77685568

chet

408

20.19900988

tet

419

20.46948949

yud

20

4.472135955

caf

820

28.63564213

lamed

74

8.602325267

mem

640

25.29822128

nun

756

27.49545417

samech

600

24.49489743

ayin

780

27.92848009

peh

85

9.219544457

zaddi

104

10.19803903

koof

906

30.09983389

resh

510

22.58317958

shin

1010

31.78049716

tav

406

20.14944168

Total

10032

424.242

-4242

5790

-12

5778

Tohu V’Bohu and the Messiah, H’Mashiach

Genesis 1:2 Tohu v’Bohu: “The world was empty and without form.” We know from Chazal that this refers to the 10 sefirot (dimensions) before the interconnectedness of the sefirot (in other words, order). Tohu represents the 10 sefirot (vessels) that were shattered, fell, and then scattered throughout our world, the world of Tikun, and these became the holy sparks that we must all help to gather in from the 70 nations of the world to bring Mashiach. Bohu represents the present 3-column schematic of the interconnected dimensions.

The 3 words that express this in the Torah, come after the 8th word (V’H’ERZ,”and the Earth”) in the Torah, and they represent the final transformed letters of the all-important 42-Letter Name of G-d connected to Creation and the Messiah.

The first of these three, H’YTH, has the value 420 as in 42 x 10 or the 42 Letters in the 10 dimensions (sefirot). And if we add the kolel (4) for the 4 letters of the word, we have 424, the value for Mashiach Ben David.  This is significant because the sum total of the sofit values of the 33 letters (8 words) preceding this 9th word, totals 5778, the year prophesied for the arrival of H‘Mashiach as is explained below.

From the middle of the 9th word, Ha’itah (HYTH) to the middle of the 10th word, Tohu (THV), we get the numerical value of 820, which is the value of the all-important (all encompassing) Torah verse for “Love they neighbor as thyself”

Then the six letters including the 3 of  Tohu (THV) and the first 3 of Bohu (VBHV) add up to 424, the value for Mashiach Ben David again.

While the full phrase Tohu v’Bohu has the numerical value of 430 as in the 430 years of exile between the Covenant of Abraham and the Exodus (also the reception of the Torah) as explained in depth in The Divine Calendar.

Moreover, the 5 letters between the final He of Ha’itah through Tohu to the Vav of V’Bohu add up to 422 as in the numerical value of the Hebrew word for 70, which as explained in The Divine Calendar connect to the fall of both Holy Temples in the years –422 BCE and 70 CE respectively and much more, including the 70 years of King David.

And by extention the 6 letters between the final He of Ha’itah through Tohu to the Bet of V’Bohu add up to 424 as in the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David yet again.

On interest to note is that the sum of the sofit values for the 33 letters through the 8th word of the Torah is 5743 and when we add 33 to it for the 33 letters and either the kolel of 1 or 2, we get either 5777 or 5778 respectively, the date prophesied for the arrival of Mashiach. Now, as discussed at length in The Genesis Prayer and as explained in Nothing is Random in the Universe, while the entire Torah is encoded and every letter is specifically set these first fer words and verses hold tremendous and deep power and meaning.  And while the sum of all the letter values in the first verse (7 words) add up to 2701, which just happened to be the sum of all the positive integers through 73, the value of Chochma (wisdom, the 2nd highest sefira), the total value of all 8 words is 3003, whihc happens to be the sum of the positive integers through 77, the value of the word Mazal (fortune/destiny/luck).

To see yet another glimpse of how these words/letters are structured to connect us with the underlying patters/order we see that the sum of the first letters of the first 8 words, representing the 28 letters before it is 28 and the sum of the first letters of the first 9 words, representing the 33 letters before it is 33.