Chanukah in June

It’s funny that in the portion of Naso, we read about the sacrifices that we read during the 8 days of Chanukah and in the very next portion BeHa’alothekha we read about the Menorah in Chapter 8 of Bamidbar. Obviously these two portions must be connected somehow.  Each Chanukah we read about the sacrifices from Numbers (B’midbar) 7:1-89 and 8:1-4, and while the 89 verses of chapter 7 obviously correspond to the gematria value of Chanukah (89), the 4 verses of chapter 8 correspond to the 4 periods of exile.

One simple way that these two portions are connected is in the sum of their two names. Naso has a numerical value of 351 and BeHa’alothekha has a final value of 1007, which together sum to 1358, or keter (1000) plus 358, the numerical value of Mashiach. That would be fine and dandy but of little value to us, unless we also knew that encoded into the sacrifices for Chanukah, the festival of lights designed to bring Mashiach, was the date for Moshiach’s arrival.

Before we explain about some of the deeper meanings of the laundry list of sacrifices that read about in the portion of Naso, on each of the 8 days of Chanukah and that were to be made by the 12 tribes in the Mishkan or Holy Temple, we should note the complete numerical value of the “Menorah” found in Chapter 8 in BeHa’alothekha is 359, the numerical value for Satan (or for Mashiach in Aramaic). It’s common in sourcing the essential energies that the numerical values represent that we find that the cure and the problem have the same exact value, which is why the Menorah (359) is our cure for overcoming Satan (359) in the same way Moshiach (358) is the cure for the snake (358).  Energy is usually  depicted as a wave so to visualize this picture a symmetrical wave along the X-Axis of a simple X-Y graph whereby the peaks reach 358 units high and the troughs 358 units low. Superimposing the energies cancels one another out.

Back to the sacrifices:1 Silver plate weighing 130 shekels (ShKL); 1 Silver bowl weighing 70 shekels; 1 Gold bowl weighting 10 shekels; 1 Young bull; 1 Ram; 1 male lamb (1 year old); 1 male goat; 2 oxen; 5 rams; 5 male goats; 5 male lambs (1 year old).

You have to admit it’s an odd group of items, but with everything in the Torah, there is always method in the madness. (130+70+10+1+1+1+1+2+5+5+5) = 231, as in the 231 Gates of Wisdom, which we know from Abraham’s Sefer Yetzirah are the number of pairs of letters that can be made from the 22 letters of the Alef-bet, which he called the 22 building blocks of the universe.

Besides helping us to cancel out the sins that our souls committed when they were joined as one within Adam during the 130 years that he was separated from Eve, the 130 shekels of silver for the plate that we sacrifice each day corresponds to Jacob’s age when he entered Egypt to begin the exile in Egypt. This itself is no coincidence as his 130 years also served to mitigate that self-same sin of Adams. 130 is also the value of Sinai, where the Israelites received the Torah 210 years later. Of course, if we add together the weight of the silver and gold (representing right and left column energies) we get (130+70+10) = 210.

By way of further explanation, the 70 shekels of silver correspond to the 70 family members with Jacob who entered Egypt. It also represents the 70 nations of the current exile and the year 70 CE when the Second Holy Temple was destroyed and the current exile began. And while the 10 shekels of gold correspond to the 10 Utterances received at Sinai and the 10 Sefirot (dimensions) of the Tree-of-life. Moreover, while the full weight of metals was 210 shekels corresponding to the 210 years of the Egyptian exile, the value of the word Shekel (ShKL) itself is 430, corresponds to the 430 years of the full first exile from the Covenant of Abraham, which began in 2018 HC and ended with the crossing of the YM Suf and the reception of the Torah at Sinai in 2448 HC.

Now, a deeper secret within this weight is that “210 shekels (ShKL)” are equivalent to a numerical value of 210 x 430 = 90,300 or 903 x 100, an 903 is the recognized sum of all the positive integers through 42 and since there is a spiritual tenet that nothing is ever lost, 903 is the full inclusive value of 42, encompassing all the energy of the integers that came before it. Going back to our depiction of energy as waves, we can picture 903 as the sum of the peaks of energy level 1, plus that of energy level 2 all the way through energy level 42.

If you recall the Chanukah reading consists of 89 plus 4, or 93 verses. It’s a possible allusion to 903; nevertheless, the word Shekel is repeated 26 times during in the 93 verses of the full reading and not only is 26 the value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), but the value of the word shekel (ShKL) spelled out (gematria milui) is 620, that of keter, the highest, crowning sefira (dimension).  Then in the often repeated phrase amongst these verses, “Shekel B’Shekel H’Kodesh,” the word H’Kodesh (HKDSh) likewise has the gematria milui (spelled-out-value) including the kolel of 1000, which, as stated above is also representative of keter. Therefore, the phrase Shekel B’Shekel H’Kodesh can read as “the crown in the crown at the crown,” or “keter of keter of keter,” which is the highest level imaginable.

All this reiterates all the potent energy available in these connections to the YHVH and to keter of keter of keter, but how does it relate to date for the arrival of Moshaich?

To begin with, the word H’kodesh in gematria milui sofit has the numerical value of 2008, as in the recent year 2008 CE, when from a financial standpoint the world began its implosion, when the world’s stock markets declined a collective 42%. 2008 CE would be Of course, this is 10 years before the prophesied time frame of 2017-2018 CE (5778 HC), and could be accounted for with the kolel, but there is much much more that ties the sacrifices more precisely to this very specific date.

For example there are 41 combined occurrences of the 3 words in the phrase Shekel B’Shekel H’Kodesh found in the reading of the sacrifices and their average value is ((15 x 409)+(12×430)+(14×432))/3 – 3 (kolel) = 5778, as in the year 5778 HC (2018 CE).

Then there are also 6 different phrases throughout the sacrifices that have a numerical value of 5777, (representing the year 2017 CE).  Of the 5845 verses in the Torah, there are only 13 incidences where the value of a phrase that occurs wholly within a single verse has the value of 5777 and one of those is verse Numbers 7:87 of the sacrifices. It is the summary verse for all the sacrifices: “…12 young bulls, 12 rams and 12 male lambs a year old, together with their grain offering. 12 male goats….”

This is significant because the geula was prophesied to most probably occur in the period 5777.78 to 5778.28 .

As for the year 5778, amongst the 93 verses of the sacrifices there are 16 occurrences of phrases (defined as a contiguous grouping or words) with the total value of 5778, the last of which is in the final verse of the sacrifices, Numbers 8:4, where we find the 22-word phrase “…the Menorah, just as The Lord Commanded Moses. This is how the menorah was made: It was made from hammered gold…had shown.”

And not coincidentally, the number 84 (or twice 42) represents Pad, redemption, the union of the upper and lower Mem-Bet (42-Letter Names) necessary for the geula.

But possibly even more telling, of the 5845 verses in the Torah, 184 phrases wholly within verses or 3.14% of the total verses, have a value of 2019, as in 2019 CE, the first year of the new era of Mashiach as prophesied by the tzaddikim. And of these 184 phrases, 35 are within the 93 verses of the sacrifices, an unfathomably large percentage. Moreover, 184 is the numerical value of Pkad, which chazal has independently connected to the coming of Mashiach and which we wrote about in a previous blog.

So of the 93 verses of the sacrifices, fully, 57 (6, 16, and 35) are either connected to the year 2017 (5777), 2018 (5778), or 2019 and another 41 times specifically to 5778 through the repeated occurrences of shekel b’shekel h’kodesh.

There’s no statistical way that this is coincidence. And if you grabbed a calculator and did the math, you saw that 57/93 = Phi (.6180…).  Even more precisely, it worked out as 57/93 = .612903, or 612 (brit/covenant) and 903, and allusion to the mem-bet (42-Letter Name) as described above.

This is what connects the two portions read after Shavuot, when we’ve just received the Torah in marriage once again. It’s clear that as we can every Chanukah, 6 months earlier, we can also connect now through the subliminal connections programmed into the sacrifices to keter, to the geula and to the coming of Moshiach.  Every 6 months, we get this wonderful opportunity to connect with the Tree-of-life reality, and at the end of 66.6 jubilee years in 5778, we will get the ultimate opportunity to connect to it permanently.

But it is not some G-d given right. It is an opportunity we’ll have to earn.

We’ll have to make sacrifices.

The 4 verses in Chapter 8 of Bmidbar (BMDBR, which incidentally permutes to (DBR MB, say the 42) corresponds to the 4 exiles. And at the end of the 4th exile, we must make sacrifices. Each of the 4 types of animals of the sacrifices had a specific purpose to help the 4 types of man.  But the gold and silver had other significance too: to open up the 231 Gates of Wisdom for us.

The complete value (standard plus ordinal) of silver, representing gevura/judgment or left column energy is 203, as in the first 3 letters of the Torah. And the complete value of gold, representing chesed/loving-kindness, or right column energy, is 28, as in the 28 letters of the Torah’s first verse. All 12 tribes were instructed to give both gold and silver in the weights/proportions described above for the sacrifices.  And just as (130+70+10+1+1+1+1+2+5+5+5) = 231, representing all the sacrifices, the complete values of gold and silver together (28 + 203) = 231 as well. And not only do these 231 Gates correspond with the 231 letter pair combinations amongst the 22 letters of the alef-bet but 231 is also the sum of the positive integers through 22, just as 903 was for 42.  Gold and silver, money, assets, mean nothing in the achievement of the Tree-of-life reality–it can’t be purchased, but chesed/loving-kindness, and helping one another, these are the commodities that count.  Remember, all the 12 tribes gave equally. The sacrifices are made for the community. It took more than Moses; it took unity to reach the Tree-of-life opportunity last time. And also to build the Holy Temples. And it was disunity that blew the opportunity and crumbled the Temples.

The hope for the community lies in our individual sacrifices for the sake of others, for the sake of our souls. Satan equates to selfish desires; Moshiach to overcoming them.

Secrets from Vayechi: Open the Matrix

The Torah is a matrix, the Matrix, an infinite web of gateways and passages that define the true reality, and we’re all asleep in an illusionary world of reflected light and shadows.  Yes, it sounds like the movie, but the movie wasn’t far from the Truth. Three things are called the Truth, (Emet): The Torah, the 42-Letter Name, and the Tree-of-Life, and they all are the same Truth, the same reality. And none of them are the reality we see when we look around us.

Everything on every level of the Torah is true, and there are lessons to be learned on all 70 faces of the Torah. But we strive to look deeper into the Torah in order to link ourselves up with it. It’s only when we’re linked into the Torah that we’re really touching reality.

Most of us sense that there’s more out there than meets the eye, but we quickly get drawn back into the malchut, the world of our daily existence. We want to tap into it, get messages in our dreams, explore alternate realities, but our lives get in our way. It’s designed that way. Just like the movie, if we ever woke up, we’d never be able to go back.

But the movie didn’t go far enough.

Imagine if you had the ability to see people’s souls, feel only their love, and not the hatred and envy that their bodies (shells) are emitting. Imagine if nature spoke to you, nurtured you; if you saw the path of your words and deeds even before you spoke them; if all the right choices were shown to you with every step you took.

This is the reality we want to tap into.

Not the one we’re in where everything and everyone seems blind and deaf to their options, to the plight of others, where everyone feels like a victim, and where we abuse and deprecate all the abundance lovingly made available to us. It’s not that we’re bad people, or bad at heart; it’s just that we’re asleep and can’t see reality. This is the world of illusion.

Back in the 1960’s there was a window opened and people were awakening everywhere, tasting freedom and love, but once that window swung shut and those free love children grew up to be our bankers and hedge fund managers, the planet fell hard. And we’re all paying the price. Perhaps, we peaked too early. 1968 was a very rough year for the planet, for man. It was 1 jubilee year before 2018 (5778). the year prophesied by the tzaddikim for the geula (final redemption), the arrival of Moshiach.

And out of that brief enlightenment of the 1960’s came the internet and a free flowing of information and communication. The Internet grew without a plan. It’s growth is exponential and its tentacles are reaching into every pore of society, of our lives, of our existence. What we couldn’t (wouldn’t) do consciously–connect with one another as one soul–the internet is forcing upon us with a mind all its own. For good and for worse.

Why is it so successful? Because unencumbered by the illusions of reality, the internet has no perception of limitations. It feeds off the intelligence of man, reads our minds, and exploits our weaknesses and desires. It’s the lower world reflection of the tree-of-life, except that one is built on a desire to share and the other with a desire to receive. It’s a spiritual tenet that everything in the upper world has a dark shadow below, and we’ve tapped into that negative light.

3330 years (66.6 jubilee years) earlier we had another internet given to us. The Torah is and internet more powerful than the one we think we created in the last 50 years. The Torah is our nexus to the tree-of-life. While we not yet capable of seeing into the true reality, the Torah and the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) can do it for us. But we have to be willing to give them the chance. The words and letters, and names and numbers are the dial in codes. If we could open our minds, we’d see that a single letter can carry us a trillion miles away to see a trillion wonders, but we’re not there yet. We need to begin by understanding what the letters and words are telling us at the interface of our worlds, before they can transport us. You can’t just say “Beam Me up, Scotty;” someone has to push the button.

We’re quickly approaching the day when everyone will have to choose the blue pill or the red one. The majority of the people won’t even realize they had a choice. But if you’re reading this, you probably are in the other category. With every year that passes, the illusion grows stronger, the distractions greater, the freedom of time more illusory. If you’re going to swallow the red pill and chose to seek the tree-of-life do it now. Before long, the chaos of our ever more ordered life and world will become overwhelming. Make the time to study deep into the Torah, and to recite with conviction the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name) while you trying to achieve some positive action. Let yourself be open to the alternative reality of loving-kindness that’s out there, just waiting for you to dial in.

Like the Internet, and like our souls, everything in the Torah is interconnected. When we see and make those connections in our minds, we’re attuning ourselves to the right frequencies that will allow even more connections to happen for us. Eventually, if our actions follow our high thoughts, and we also live our lives accordingly, we’ll be properly tuned to receive the tree-of-life reality, the Truth.

There are secrets in every word and letter of the Torah, and especially so in the beginning of a weekly portion. This past week’s, Vayechi, was the last of the Book of Genesis, and yet even the last portion connects to the first. As Jacob, who personifies the tree-of-life, prepares to leave the world, the Torah makes sure we’re anchored to it from beginning to end.

The first verse in parsha Vayechi is Genesis 47:28 “And Jacob lived in Egypt 17 years…” which in Hebrew is the 7 word phrase:

Vayechi Yacov b’ertz mizra’im sheva ehsereh shanah…”

As mentioned in a previous blog, “Vayechi Yacov” has the gematria value of 216, an allusion to the sefira of gevura and to the 216 letters of the 72 Names (Triplets) used to split the Sea of Reeds.

But the initials of b‘ertz mizra’im sheva” hint at the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name of G-d) also used to split the Sea of Reeds. Moreover the three contiguous letters in mizra’im sheva (MZRIM SHBA) also hint at the Shem Mem-Bet (Ana B’koach).

And the numerical value of “ehsereh shanah…” meaning “10 years” or a decade, is 930, but herein lies a secret. The kabbalists reveal that Shanah of numerical value 355 is the same as sefira (dimension) so “10 years” is also referring to 10 sefirot (dimensions).

But this is only the starting point of our journey in the Torah wisdom encrypted here because 930 corresponds to the 930 years of Adam’s life. Now, we know Adam was to have lived for 1000 years, but gave 70 so that King David would live for 70, and right after the Mem-Bet Shemot sequence in mizra’im sheva (MZRIM SHBA), and located right before the value 930 for the 10 sefirot in “ehsereh shanah…” we have the letter Ayin (A) of value 70. “mizra’im shevA ehsereh shanah…”.

It fact it’s smack in the middle of these 4 words, just as David’s life was smack in the middle of the 5778 years from Adam to Moshiach. The mid-point of David’s 70 years of life was 2889 HC.

And this central letter Ayin (70) completes the full tree-of-life, which was hinted at by the “10 sefirot” in two ways. First we know from the Zohar and chazal that there are 70 branches on the Tree-of-life, corresponding to the 70 nations of the exile and the 70 family members of Jacob that entered Egypt (b‘ertz mizra’im) to begin the Egyptian exile. And second because 70 + 930 = 1000, or 10 cubed, which represents the full expansion (blossoming) of 10 sefirot in the 3 columns of the tree-of-life. 1000 is also elef (ELP), which is also alef (ELP) and the letter Alef has a composite letter value of 32, as in the 32 paths of the Tree-0f-Life.

Yet another link between Jacob and Adam is found through this letter Ayin, which when spelled out (AYN) is 130, as in the 130 years that we know from chazal that Adam shunned Eve, causing much spiritual damage by the spilling of his seed; and that we further know from chazal, that through Jacob’s 130 few and cruel years, he rectified these sins for Adam, and as his descendants, for us.

This 130 years was further hinted at in the full verse of 17 words, which goes on to say that Jacob lived 147 years, so 147 – 17 (the numerical value of tov , good) = 130. In other words, Jacob corrected, made good, the 130 years of Adam.

That said, if we go back and examine the initials of the first 5 words of the verse, we find that they add up to 358, the numerical value of Mashiach.

Vayechi Yacov b‘ertz mizra’im sheva ehsereh shanah…”

So we have Yud-Vav, the two masculine (or open channel) components of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) and Bet-Mem-Shin representing the 42-Letter Name, adding up to Mashiach, and then they are followed by Ayin-Shin, representing the 370 Lights of Arich Anpin, from which as the Arizal explains we draw down the Light during the shofar blowings.

Furthermore, the 5 initial letters of “Vayechi Yacov b‘ertz mizra’im sheva …” are VYBMSh, which if we add the letter hey (H) as the kolel for the 5 letters permute to BYH ShMV, which are the 6 special letters that appear at the top of 6 of the 248 Torah columns, meaning “In YH His Name,” another reference to Mashiach, the Messiah.  And indeed, the  (yud)Y of the 6 letters is found in this very portion, in the Name Yehuda, from whom Mashiach Ben David descends.  And incidentally, if you want to follow the infinite matrix links, the Name Yehuda is found 42 times in the Torah.

Together the 7 initial letters of the first 7 words of verse 47:28 add up to 358 + 370 = 728, as subtle reference to the Torah’s very first verse, which has 7 words and 28 letters, and which is integrally related to the 42-Letter Name (as explained in depth in The Genesis Prayer).

The lessons to learn from these Torah references to Adam and to Creation in the Torah’s first verse, and to the 42-Letter Name that existed before Creation and to Moshiach, is that in order to connect with Moshiach in the end of days, we cannot forget our roots, and we have to keep attuning ourselves to the divinity, the wonder and awe that is the complexity of the Torah, to the real Internet, and thus to the Tree-of-Life reality.

Vayechi Yacov means Jacob lived. What we’ve revealed tells us that it means Jacob lived in the Tree-of-Life reality.  By tapping into the secrets and connections of this verse and this Torah portion, we can touch the Tree-of-life as well.  Jacob did it for us.  If we add those 1000 years of Adam to 47:28 we get 5728, 50 years before 5778, 1 jubilee year, 1968 CE.  It’s time to give freedom and love a chance again.