The flaming sword

The first portion of the Torah, Bereshit, has 146 verses, corresponding to the numerical value of the word, Olam, world.  At the 80th verse, we encounter the revolving flaming sword that G-d uses to block Adam’s (Man’s) reentry into the Garden of Eden, thus splitting the Torah portion into 80 and 66 verses.  It also separates those 80 verses from the rest of the Torah.  Interestingly, the letter Pe has a numerical value of 80 and there are 4805 of them in the Torah, while the entire Torah has exactly 304805 letters, meaning that if take a cue from Bereshit and the flaming sword of separation and we split off the 4805 Pes, we get 4805 and 300,000 letters. Now knowing that nothing in the Torah is coincidental we find it further interesting that when we take the Pe (80) out of 4805, we’re left with the digits, 45, which is the numerical value of Adam, or Man.

One reason for the connection to Pe, is that it is the final letter in the name of the Aleph-bet’s first letter, Aleph (ELP) signifying the beginning or seed level, and since we know that there exists a primordial Aleph preceding the Bet of Bereshit (the Torah’s first written letter), we might surmise that the primordial (or heavenly) Aleph extends to the 80th verse, and can’t go any further because of the sin of Adam and because the world after that point is a world of physicality.

This is an obviously clue for us to examine deeper the first 80 verses, etc.

Do note though that the 304805 letters of the Torah correspond to the two Hebrew letters governing the first month of the year as laid out by Abraham in the Sefer Yetzirah, Tishrei (Libra): Lamed, of numerical value 30 and Pe, represented by the 4805 Pes in the Torah. When the primordial aleph of the 3 mother (E,M,SH) is added to Lamed and Pe, it spells Aleph (ELP) which helps explain why Tishrei is the first month.  Please further note that it takes 42 rotations of the 7 letters governing the planets to return to the starting point again, but more about that in another posting.

Israel and Abraham

The year Israel became a nation, 1948 CE, has much significance as detailed in The Divine Calender but when we add the numerical value for Israel, 541 to 1948, we get 1948 + 541 = 2489, which is 2480 + 9. The Names of the Five Books of Moses (Bereshit, Shmot, Vayikra, B’midbar, and Devarim) add up to 2480, which in itself is 10 x 248, the numerical value of Abraham, which is interesting because Abraham was born in 1948 HC and 541 years later, was 2489 HC, the year after Moses died in 2488.
As spelled out in The Genesis Prayer, 9 is a very significant number, not just because it represents Chochma, the 9th Sefira, etc, but because when we divide the number 9 by small gematria version of the 42 letter name, we get 9/.123049027395… = 73.1415777 or extremely accurately, 70 + Pi and since 73 is the value for Chochma, and there are 70 nations in the world according to the Zohar, etc and Pi is integrally connected with the Torah’s first verse it’s very fitting.
Now while 5777-5778 is the year prophesied for the arrival of Mashiach, the final letters of each of the 7 lines of the 42-Letter Name add up to 2480.

The Torah’s First and Last verses, a cosmic continuum

The Torah is supposed to be one continuous text, never ending and cycling from last verse connected to the first, and so it is, which is why that’s the way we read the Torah every year on Shemini Atzeret

We know from Chazal that the 42-letter Name, that existed prior to the Torah, is integrated into the Torah’s first verse and so it’s interesting that the last chapter in the Torah, Devarim 33, has 12 verses and first chapter, Bereshit 1, has 31 verses, and together, if we count the last and first verse as conjoined, here are 42 verses between them.

Now, the final portion in the Torah has 41 verses and if we were to add the first verse of the Torah to that, we’d get 42 once again.

But if we add the 146 (the value of Olam, world) verses of Bereshit, the Torah’s first portion, to the 41 verses of V’Zot HaBerakha, the last portion, we get 187 verses, which conveniently corresponds to the 187 chapters in the entire Torah.

These are both extremely interesting verses and we could write books on each and many have, including The Genesis Prayer about the first verse and the 42 Letter Name of G-d, but for the moment  I’d just like to note that the 12 words of the final verse  have no special final (sofit) letters amongst them that would connect them to Malchut, the world of physicality, while the Torah’s first verse has 3 special final letters and 3 letter tavs, which as the alef-bet’s last letter also represents Malchut , making 6 of 7 words connected to malchut.  This phenomenon would be the opposite to what we’d expect to find.

Nevertheless, the final letters of the first verse total 3301 and those of the last verse total 380 (the value of Mitzra’im (Egypt/darkness), together they total 3681 and if we add 19 (kolel) for the 19 letters and 1 (kolel) for the conjoined verse we have 3701, the total gematria value of the 42-Letter Name of G-d.

As for the word Mitzra’im (darkness), if we split off its initial mem, and combine it with the bet of Bereshit, we get the value of 340, that of Shem (name) and thus cryptically, Shem Mem-Bet (the 42-Letter Name).

According to Chazal, the final letters point to the future.

As for the first letters of the last verse, they sum to 203, which it just so happens is the value of the Torah’s very first 3 letters (B,R,E), spelling Barah, created.

And as for the first letters of the Torah’s first verse, they sum to 22, as in the 22 letters of the Alef-bet.

That there are 12 words in the last verse and 7 in the first corresponds to the 12 elemental Hebrew letters (or building blocks) and the 7 double Hebrew letters (or building blocks) as Abraham spelled out in the Sefer Yetzirah. These align together through 42 turns of the cosmic wheels to form the governing letters and planets of the months, but more about that in another entry.

Even the values of the Names Devarim and Bereshit when added together are significant in that respectively they are 816 (using gematria sofit) and 913 and equal 1729, as in the 1729 times the value 26 (that of the Tetragrammaton, YHVH) appears in the Torah. And while 1729 being 12 cubed plus 1 (kolel) is significant we won’t go into it here.

One final note for now, any oddity in the Torah composition is never an oddity, but a focal point for study and understanding and the last verse has  8 letter lameds (of value 30 each, and of small gematria value 3) in it, and five of them are final letters in the words, thus 5/8 of them are final letters. This may be significant because the total, (letter, words, and verses) in the Torah is exactly 5 raised to the power of 8, 390625, which is 625 squared, and 5/8 = .625 and 625 is the value of H’Keter, “the Crown” and the highest sefira (dimension). And 358 is the value of Mashiach, the Messiah.

tree-of-life meditations for Sukkot

The connection between the lulav and tree of life is further strengthened in that the full gematria value of the 4 species together is (610+277+68+69) = 1024 and 1024 is 32 squared.  R’Chaim Vittal of blessed memory tells us that all Torah light is spread by squaring, and that there are 32 connections within the 10 sefirot (dimensions) and the 3-column structure of the tree-of-life, forming the 32 Paths of Wisdom.  And not by coincidence, there are 1024 different word values in the entire Torah.