Fish, Birds, and Frogs: What’s next?

Are we reliving the 10 plagues as many fear? First the Fish died off by the 100’ooo’s, just as the Torah tells us that they did in the first plague when the Nile turned into blood, then the Birds fell from the sky by the thousands, except that the second plague is all about frogs, not birds. Or is it?

If you want to be literal, it’s frogs. If you want to examine the word for frogs (TzPRDAYM), you’ll see the root of the word BIRDS hidden within (TzPRDAYM), Tziporim.  And which letters are left out, the Ayin and Dalet, the two extra-large letters that begin and end the 6 word verse that start of the Shema Ysrael prayer, which we’ve been discussing on our articles. These are the same two letters spell AD, a special word that is connected to the final redemption, but more on that soon.

We can explain this, though, that AD is the Hebrew word for witness and that often when used in a specific phrase that also occurs in the 10 plagues, it takes the Torah completely out of historical context and is written in present tense, as if it were meant for us today. And in Shmot (Exodus 10:1), amongst other places, G-d explained to Moses that He hardened their hearts (Lev or numerical value 32) in order to be able to demonstrate these miraculous signs amongst them.

Who was G-d demonstrating these signs for, if not us? Certainly the Egyptians didn’t need signs; they were living the freakish events and as G-d also explained to Moses, He could have wiped out the Egyptians at any time. So as we look deeper, we must view the events of 66.6 jubilee years ago as signs, warnings and previews to help us realize what is going on around us today.

As for fish and birds being biblically linked together, we need look no further that the first chapter of the Bible, Creation, where in the very same verse (Genesis 1:26) that G-d made Man, he gave him dominion over “the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky”. By extension He was also giving him responsibility. The linkage in creation went back even further to Genesis 1:20, when G-d said, The water shall teem with swarms of living creatures, Flying creatures shall fly over the land…” No land creatures were yet mentioned in this verse, and the scenario was repeated in verse 1:21 and yet again in 1:22, so we see that on many levels Fish and Birds were meant to be connected. (not so must surf and turf)

When G-d told Pharaoh through Moses that there would be frogs in 10 places what was He really saying? First, that they’d be in all 10 sefirot(dimensions), which makes no sense, right? Unless, we see the hidden birds, and unless we realize that birds are kabbalistic code for angels, in which case G-d is telling Pharaoh that there will be angels in all 10 sefirot, dangerous negative angels.

To understand this, we must first know that there are 10 negative sefirot that correspond to the 10 positive sefirot of the Tree-of-life; theses are known as the layers of klippot, hardened shells that feed off of divine energy and block it from us.  And secondly, we must recall that this 2nd plague was in response to the Egyptian sorcerers manipulating the 10 negative sefirot to mimic G-d’s handiwork (through Moses and his angels) with the Bloody Nile in the first plague.

The proof of this extention is in the numerical value of the first plague, Dam (DM, blood), which is 44 and of tzefardim(TzPRDAYM, frogs) which is 444, and if the initials of the first 9 plagues, also 444.

Also recall that no one, except the fish, died in the first plague. No one in the 2nd plague either, except the frogs.  And by the way, no Egyptian died in any of the first 9 plagues.

So if no Egyptian died, what was the purpose of the plagues.

They were cleansing the influence of the 10 negative sefirot on our world, cleansing away the veils of illusion, which have once again grown thick and opaque with the filth and soot of our negative consciousness.

Another clue to this besides the obvious, 10 plagues, 10 sefirot (dimensions) lies in the numerical value of the word heart, (LB, 32), which was hardened 10 times, for you see there are 32 pathways within the 10 sefirot that comprise the Tree-of-life.  And just to be sure, we didn’t miss the point, the final plague occurs in paragraph 32 of Exodus (Shmot), the Book whose proper Hebrew translation is “Names.”

And every time the negative pathways were hardened they became more fragile in order that they shatter, just as the Zohar explains they had done prior to Creation in the world of Tohu (Genesis 1:2).

G-d was also specifically cleansing the negativity out of the Nile (216), removing the blood judgment and the negativity manifest by the negative angels, in order that the Nile would respond to the 216 letters of the 72 Names and split apart for the Israelites. 216 is the numerical value of gevurah, harsh judgment; in contrast, 72 is the numerical value of chesed, sweetened mercy, also known as loving-kindness.

G-d didn’t create the negative angels, though, the Egyptians did. The negative angels were there all along in the Egyptian’s homes and lives; G-d just removed the curtain of invisibility. If we could see them today, even as frogs or birds, in our bread plates (kneading troughs) we’d freak out too.

Yet, the Egyptians, so used to sorcery and so beholden to the spurious pleasure of physicality, didn’t freak out. Both they, and the Israelites, required 8 more plagues to wake up.

First the Nile turned into Blood and the fish washed up on the river bank, then the Frogs came out of the Nile. The name Nile has a numerical value of 216, as in the 216 letters of the 72 Names (triplets) that Moses utilized to split the Sea of Reeds.  These Names were derived from the 3 consecutive verses of 72 letters each that describe the actual splitting of the sea in the Torah. If you recall from Pharaoh’s dream, Pharaoh saw the cattle coming out of the reeds from the Nile.  Could the Nile be the Sea of Reeds? The Bible says nothing of the Red Sea.

But what does it all mean for us today?

One, if we examine Rav Ashlag’s prophecy and the wisdom passed down through the ages, we see that the final period before Moshiach (messiah) and the final Redemption (Geula) was to last 444 years beginning in about 1573-4 CE (5733-4 HC), which means in 2017 – 2018 CE (5778 HC), this decade.

Two, with the birds falling out of the sky these last few days the allusion is drawn to the angels falling out of the sky, not something we really want to see, is it?

This is Wisdom: There is a specific pattern to the 10 plagues to make it easier to follow the events spiritually and physically. The first 2 plagues came from the element of water, the next 4 came from the element of land, and the final 4 came from the element of air.

And the first 2 plagues affected and killed the fish and birds; the next 4 affected and killed off the animals and livestock; and following 2, (the 7th and 8th) wiped out in a 2-part whammy all the vegetation, while the last 2 plagues affected the people, plunging them into darkness and killing off their first born.

Water (2), Earth(4), Air (4)

Fish/Birds (2), Animal kingdom(4), Vegetable kingdom(2), Man(4)

But we must do more that watch for signs. If we want to reach the Tree-of-life reality beyond the world of limitations we need to reestablish our dominion over our world by taking responsibility for it and by cleaning out our consciousness ourselves, before it is done for us.

The Essence of the Letter Yud; the Power of 10.

All light emanates from the letter Yud(Y).The first line of the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name) has the numerical value 506, and since the 42-Letter Name of G-d is divided into 14 triplets and there are 506 occurrences of these triplets in the Torah (see The Genesis Prayer), it would appear this is no coincidence.

We’ve mentioned repeatedly that we know from the sages that 506 is the numerical value of “Ahavat Chinam,” unconditional love. And as Zion just pointed on in his comment on our last article that 22 x 23 = 506. What he left unsaid, but is well aware, is that 22 represents the 22 letters (energy bundles) of the alef-bet and 23 is the numerical value of ray (TzYV) or radiation, as in the light of the Shechina. Thus 506 is also the radiation of the 22 letters or energy building blocks that Abraham Avinu tells us in his Sefer Yetzira that the universe is constructed with.

Moreover, the complete numerical value, including the kolel, for radiation of the Shechina (TzYV H’ShCYNH)is 424, the same as that of Mashiach Ben David (the Messiah). Keep in mind that the tzaddikim have told us that it is the understanding of the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name) that will help bring about the Geula (final redemption) and the Moshiach.

What does this have to do with the letter Yud(Y) and the essence of 10?

Let’s follow the trail of light. According to the Zohar, Peace (Shalom) is the vessel for everything. So far so good; on a simple level, without peace in a marriage or a nation, there is no vessel for holding wealth, health, happiness, fulfillment, in a word, light.

Now let’s take it a step further. The complete numerical value (standard plus ordinal) of Shalom (ShLVM) is 376 + 52 – 4 (kolel for the 4 letters) = 424, the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David (the Messiah) again. So far so good again; the completion of the vessel of Peace leads to the Mashiach (Messiah).

So what does the Moshiach lead to?

So now, let’s take the complete numerical value of Mashiach Ben David (MShYCh Bn DVD) and see that it is 424 + 82 = 506. Thus the presence of the Moshiach leads to unconditional love and the full emanation of the radiation of the Shechina through the 22 letters of the Alef-Bet, in other words, the revelation of the Tree-of-Life reality that is defined by the 10 sefirot (dimensions) and the 22 paths that connect them. The difference between that reality and ours is that we operate in the lowest level of that existence and perceive everything as finite and limited, while in the time of the Moshiach, our perception will open to comprehend the infinite, and we’ll realize there are no limitations, physical or spiritual.

By the way Shalom and Mashiach have the same ordinal value, 52, tying them both spiritually to the emanation of manifestation, known as Ban(52), or Malchut. Meaning that to achieve that ultimate Tree-of-life reality, the vessel for Peace and the establishment of the Moshiach will have to start with our work on the physical plane.

But what of the letter Yud(Y)?

The letter Yud(Y) of numerical value 10 is the first letter of the Tetragrammaton, the ineffable Name of G-d (YHVH) and is always associated with the sefira of Wisdom, Chochma. We’ve previously discussed its associations with the 10 Commandments (Utterances), 10 Plagues, the 10 generations of Adam, the 10 Songs, which are all just manifestations of the 10 sefirot (dimensions) of the Tree-of-Life.  Indeed, all our mathematics is based on the base-10 decimal system, an those 10 dimensions that the Ancient Kabbalists wrote about are the same 10 dimensions that modern physicists swear comprise the greater structure of the universe.

Nevertheless, the letter Yud (Y) is spelled YVD, of numerical value 20 and when we spell out those letters yet again, forming the 3rd iteration of the letter Yud, they add up to (10+20+476) = 506.

Y

YVD

YVD VYV DLT

OK, we know from the tzaddikim and the Zohar and from the modern mathematicians and physicists that the 10 sefirot (dimensions) expand by the power of 10: 10-100-1000… So considering what we’ve just learned, as the light(energy) of the letter (Y) expands exponentially from 1 to 1000 (Keter) it equates to 506, which is equivalent to the full emanation of all 22 letters and to the emanation of unconditional love and to the manifestation of Mashiach Ben David.

There are 13 letters in this 3-part expansion and 13 is the numerical value of Ahava (love) and Echad (one), as in “G-d is One.” It is not a coincidence that the letter Yud (Y) is the first letter of G-d’s name (YHVH), as the entire name emanates from the letter Yud(Y), and note that this full emanation totals 42 letters in its 3 iterations, forming the Upper 42-Letter Name of G-d.

But back to the simpler expansion of the letter Yud (Y), which totaled 506 numerically. The ordinal value of the 13 letters in the 3 iterations of the letter Yud(Y) is 110, as in the numerical value of Nes (NS, meaning miracles), and as in 10 for each 11 sefirot in the complete Tree-of-life (including Da’at), which incidentally is spelled out in 42 letters. Thus the complete value of the 3 iterations of the letter Yud(Y), is 616, the exact numerical value of H’TVRH, “The Torah,” and also 616 is the number of times the exact name Moses (MShH) is written in the Torah.

So what’s in a letter?

From now on every time you see the letter Yud(Y), especially in the Torah and especially in the Name of G-d (YHVH) you should see the full manifestation of its energy, its radiation, until it encapsulates you and the world and brings about the Moshiach, Unconditional Love, and the Tree-of-Life reality, B”H soon. The message here is that that energy (cosmic imprint) is ever present and only needs to be manifest. We can tap into it at any time.

The Omer, 44, and Israel

For some reason many Moshaich blogs are expecting something big to happen this Rosh Chodesh Sivan (Gemini), in 2 days time.

This is just a quick note before Shabbat to let you know that we’re keeping all of you in mind. This weekend, the 44th day of the Omer will be upon us and we’ve written numerous times this past year about the relationship of the number 44 and the 10 plagues and Israel. For those that haven’t read it, at least you should know that the ordinal value of the initials of the 10 plagues adds up to 44, the numerical value of the first plague, Dam (blood) and that the sum of the standard gematria value of those same initials adds up to 541, that of Israel.

Now, oddly enough, when we add up the gematria sofit value of the 44 letters in the central trunk of the menora that forms Psalm 67 that we count on each day through the 44th day of the Omer, they add up to 5708 exactly, the year Israel became a nation (1948 CE).

And all 49 letters of the full Omer counting equal 5778 + 73, or the year the tzaddikim have prophesied for the manifestation of Moshiach plus the value of Chochma (wisdom).

Moreover, if we add up the square roots of all values for all 49 words of Psalm 67 counted during the 49 days of the Omer (deducting 1 for the kolel of each day counted) they add up to 666.41,

And as we previously discussed, the counting of the Omer is analogous to the counting of the jubilee years (50 year interval) until the arrival of Mashiach, and there are exactly 66.6 jubilee years from the reception of the Torah in 2448 and 5778.

So as we count the last few days before the great revelation of light on Shavuot, when we once again receive the Torah, let’s keep our kavanot (focus) on removing all the negativity, blockages, aspects of death and judgment in our lives and in our souls that would prevent the revelation of Moshiach in our world. And remember (see previously articles on the Omer), the energy and spirit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is still with us to help us in our task.

By the way, the 44th day of the Omer is Rosh Chodesh Sivan.

Shabbat Shalom

Ezra

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The Mexican Flu: The Second Plague?

Some are suggesting the Mexican Flu is the second plague. Who is to say? It might even be the third with the first two being different (and very ongoing) aspects of the current financial crises. There are some interesting coincidences though.

But first of all, let’s be clear: The Mexican Flu is for real. There are millions of Mexicans staying home and off the streets right now and it’s not from hysteria. There is an alarming large rate of healthy people dying in Mexico after contracting this highly contagious version of swine flu AH1N1. And all the signs point to this being the one, just like its predecessors in 1918, 1957, and 1968 that killed millions of healthy people.

Here in the US, we first learned of this pandemic on Saturday (Shabbat) when the NY Times published a front page article explaining that 61 people had died already in Mexico. Obviously that number 61 was shifting and by Sunday it was 81 and then over 100 by Monday; nevertheless the published figure on the Shabbat that we read the portions Tazria and Metzorah, where we discussed plagues (nega) and their spiritual causes, it was 61.

Now, back in our articles on the 10 plagues we revealed that the sum of the first letters of all 10 plagues was 541, the numerical value of Israel, and so it’s mighty coincidental that this week we have the 61st anniversary of Israel.

But of even further coincidence is that the dates of the previous swine flu epidemics vis-a-vis 5778, the date given by the tzaddkim (righteous) for the geula (final redemption) are the Spanish Flu in 1918, exactly 100 years before (2018 CE) 5778; and the Hong Kong Flu in 1968, exactly 50 years prior to (2018 CE) 5778; and the Asian Flu in 1957, which is exactly 61 years prior to (2018 CE) 5778.

As of today, Monday, the Mexican flu strain has spread to NY, TX, CA, KS,, OH and to both coasts of Canada. If this is the big one, it will be the 4th in the final 100 hundred years, the first one having occurred exactly 2 jubilee years before 5778 and the last one, having occurred exactly 1 jubilee year, out of the exactly 66.6 jubilee years (50 year interval as spelled out in the Bible) between the Exodus (10 plagues) in 2448 and 5778.  All together, vis-a-vis 5778, the 3 deadly pandemics occurred 2 + 1.22 + 1 = 4.22 jubilee years before 5778, and 422 as readers of The Divine Calendar know, is the numerical value of “seventy,” as in the 70 years that Israel will celebrate in 2018 CE (5778).

And if in this year of our 44th US President, who had just held court in Latin America, the Mexican Flu of 2009 is the 4th one, then all 4 deadly Flu epidemics will have occurred exactly 4.4 jubilee years before 2018, with 44 being the value of the first plague, dam (blood), and also the ordinal value (placement within the Hebrew alphabet) of the initials of all 10 plagues. The 2nd plague by the way, was frogs (tzarfdea) of numerical value 444.

You can decide for yourself if there are any connections. Back in 1918, between 20 and 40% of the world became infected and 25 million or more people died; today, our scientists and medical staffs are much better prepared.   In this week that the 61st anniversary of Israel is celebrated and the 4th epidemic of swine flu was announced and pronounced to the world, it’s interesting for Torah scholars and kabbalists alike that the Hebrew word plague (nega, NGA) is repeated 65 times (or 61 + 4) in this week’s double reading.

But what’s better than interesting is that the  Arizal and tzaddikim have provided us a spiritual antidote for plagues hidden within the 42-Letter Name of G-d (Ana B’koach or Genesis Prayer), but more about that in out next article.

One last note for those that believe like the kabbalists that there are spiritual causes behind the worlds physical ills, this same weekend also brought NY Times articles to the effect that the Wall Street and banking bonuses are already back up to their pre-crises levels.  Now what was it that the Bible said about “hardening Pharaoh’s heart?”

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