The 10 Plagues, Then and Now.

The Hidden Message in the 10 Plagues

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?

A most common form of Torah analysis performed by the sages is to examine initials of key word groupings, phrases, or verses.  The sum of the nominal value of the initials in the 11 words that comprise the 10 plagues is 541, the numerical value of the name Israel, which 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  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. It is also aligned with the journey every process must take through the 42 letters of the 11 sefirot.

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 and in the Name of G-d, Ehyeh, the Name used in “I am that I am.” 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 initial is dalet.  The initial of the last plague is Mem, thus the whole 10 plagues can be collapsed in abbreviated form into Dam (Dalet-Mem), the first plague. Not only does eth letter Mem, complete the word dam, but it in effect encompasses and represents the full 40 letters in the 10 plagues, because of its numerical value, 40.

Please note that that also means that there are an exact average of 40/10 or 4 letters per plague, the numerical value of Dalet.

We use the word encompasses 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, the 11th and balancing sefira, we get 474 – 44 = 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 also the number of years the Jews were in exile through the end of the 10 plagues.

Blood is also a fitting metaphor because from the womb flows both the blood of judgment unto the Egyptians, and the mercy to the Jews in the birth of the Israel.

We know from the sages that the Passover passage out of Egypt was about Da’at, the serifa of balance and knowledge, and also that Da’at 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.

The first plague, blood, 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 has 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 Aleph, the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

Moreover, the 4 letters of the Name Ehyeh, (EHYH)—the Name revealed to Moses just prior to the plagues–can be expanded 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 initials’ numerical values of 8 and 2 add up to 10.

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, which is 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.   As for 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.

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 Aleph, connecting as we’ve discussed in other articles 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, or the fully expanded Tetragrammaton at the highest level of Av (chochma), but alphabetically they spell out Aleph-Dalet-Mem, or Adam(ELP).

Adam represents the start of Jewish soul, the source of which, as we’ve written about in other articles, is in the primordial Aleph 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 Aleph 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 Aleph(ELP). And once again we can connect with the primordial Aleph before the Dam (first plague) to get Adam

There is yet another analogy connection between the letter Aleph, whose 4 component letters (Y,V,V,Y) sum to 32, and the 10 plagues, and moreover to the initials of the final plague, Mem-Bet, as provided by Rabbi Chaim Vital 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 initials of each of the 7 words of that first verse, which is 22—obviously representative of the 22 normal letters of the Hebrew alphabet—and add it to the ordinal value of those same 7 letters, which is also 22, we get 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, and 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 equals 100 (keter, the crowning highest dimension), the exact same 100 as the sum of the ordinal values of the initials of the 10 plagues.  Moreover, as mentioned earlier, the sum of the nominal value of those same initials 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 sum of he ordinal values from the initials of the plagues (100) from the sum of their numerical values (541), we get 541 – 100 = 441, which is not only the numerical value of emet, truth, an allusion both to the Torah and to the 42-Letter Name of G-d, but it is also 212, or the square of the numerical value of the higher Name of G-d, Ehyeh.

Since the initials of the final plague are Mem-Bet and since the sum of all the initials 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) and the Mem-Bet to reach the final redemption.

The sum of the first 9 plagues is 499, the numerical value of Tzva’ot, another of the Biblical Names of G-d; therefore, yet another possible interpretation is that we need to go through 9 sefirot (chochma) and the utilize the Shem Mem-Bet to break through to the level of Keter.  The sages are quite clear that the 10 plagues correspond to the 10 sefirot and that the final one is at the level of keter(crown), but we can also see the word Keter (Caf-Tav-Reish) within the permutated letters of the final plague: Memcaf-tav   Betcaf-vav-reish-vav-tav Permutes to Tav-Vav, Caf-Vav,  Mem-Bet Caf-Tav-Reish.

Since Caf-Vav is 26 and an appellation of the Tetragrammaton, and since Tav-vav is the spelling of the last Hebrew letter, Tav, representing Malchut, which is our physical dimension, the lowest of the sefirot, we have the Tetragrammaton (26) and the Shem Mem-Bet helping us get from Malchut to Keter.

In addition, Mem-Bet Caf-Tav-Reish spells out Israel (YShREL) in gematria atbash (reverse alphabet cipher)

There are, of course, many deeper secrets and other possible interpretations here.

There are normally 41 letters in the 10 plagues with 41 being the number of letters in the name full Name Ehyeh spelled out, but In the Torah the word for beasts (or flies) is never spelled with the “vav” as it is in traditional Hebrew, leaving us with 40 letters.

The 11 Letters of the 10 Plagues and the Final Redemption

If we include the vav as is customary in most hagadahs, the sum of the 10 plagues using gematria sofit is 5546.  And 546 is not only the sum of the initials of the 10 sefirot, but moreover, 5546 + 232 = 5778, the year preordained for the manifestation of the Tree-of-life reality, with 232 being the sum of the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton.

As we’ve noted extensively in The Divine Calendar, the dates The Divine Calendarof the Exodus in 2448 HC, the Final Redemption in 5778 HC and the fulcrum point of the Gregorian Calendar in 3760 HC are all integrally connected and aligned, so it’s no surprise that the sum of the 10 plagues in standard gematria equals 3290, and when we add the ordinal value of the 40 letters in the 10 plagues, 468, we get 3290 + 468 + 2 (the kolel for the 2 elements of the equation) equals 3760, or 26.26 jubilee years after the Exodus.

Interestingly enough, the two initials of the last plague, the killing of the first born, are Mem and Bet and if we were to add the value of the missing vav (6) mentioned above to the 352 times that the initials Mem-Bet appears sequentially in the Torah, we’d get 352 + 6= 358, the numerical value of Mashiach, the Messiah.

Furthermore, if you sum up the square roots of each of the 10 plagues, utilizing gematria sofit, which gives special values to the special 5 final letters, and add the square root of 232 you get 314….

In one of the sage’s prophecies it says. “Like the days you left Egypt, I will show you wonders”.  This in reference to the final redemption.

According to the sages, Moses’ staff was engraved with both the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) and the 72 Names of G-d, which are derived from the three consecutive 72 letter verses that narrate the crossing of the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds), were engraved on Moses’ staff and used in the splitting of the Sea.

Moreover, if we take the initials of the first and last plague together, we get Dalet-Mem-Bet, which is possibly connected to the 65th of the 72 Names of G-d: Dalet-Mem-Bet.

There are 11 unique letters in the first verse of the Torah, corresponding to the 11 spices of the Holy Temple and there are 11 first letters of the 10 plagues, which we can permute to spell out both the representative initials of the Shem Mem-Bet (the 42-letter Name) and the Ayin-Bet Shemot (the 72 Names) and more. These 11 letters can be permuted to form:

Echad (E,Ch,D)

Mem-bet (M,B)

Ayin-Bet (A,B)

Shaddai (Sh, D, Y)

Nun (N)

once the Tzaddi is broken into nun and yud. It’s said by the sages that in the time of Mashiach, the Messiah, the Tzaddi will split into Nun and Yud, then the Yud will change direction to facing forward) and then reconnect.

The significance of this is that they spell out Echad, One, as in “G-d is One;” Mem-Bet, as in the 42 Letter Name of G-d and the 42 places the Jews journeyed through on their way to Israel, and then Ayin-Bet, as in the 72 Names of G-d, both of which were used to split the Sea of Reeds according to chazal; and Shaddai, the Name of G-d that appears on all mezuzot and that starts of the mathematical constant Pi: and finally the letter Nun, whose numerical value is 50 as in the 50th Gate, which chazal say the Israelites were at before crossing the Sea of Reeds; also as in the 50 times the Exodus is mentioned in the Torah; as in the 50 days from the Exodus to the reception of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, as in the 50 component letters used to construct the 27 letters of the Hebrew alphabet; as in the length of the biblical jubilee year (50 calendar years) used to reckon the arrival of H’Mashiach, and as in the value of the Hebrew word for “Sea”.

In many senses the 10 plagues were a cleansing of the Jewish and world soul, the nefesh housed in the blood, in preparation for the reception of the Torah 50 days later.

The Hebrew year 5778, the year given as the year of the Final Redemption, is 2018 in the Western calendar and 50 years earlier, one jubilee year, was the year 1968, the year of Revolution.  It’s no coincidence the Beatles’ song Revolution came out that year.  1968 was the year the Vietcong launched the Tet Offensive and the world witnessed the My Lai Massacre; the year the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Rebellion; the year of Black Power demonstrations in Howard University, the Mexico City Olympics, etc; the year of student protests in Poland and Germany and Tlatelolco Massacre of the students in Mexico; the year the French Governments was brought to the brink of revolution under siege by the student protests; the year of the Cantonsville Nine war protest and student war protests in universities all over the US;  The year the war protesters clashed with the Chicago police outside the Democratic National Convention; the year Martin Luther King was assassinated and the riots that followed; the year Robert F Kennedy was assassinated; the year Nixon became president; and the year the Gold Standard was legally dropped and the dollar decoupled from gold, sealing the fate of the US economy; and finally the year Saddam Hussein took power in Iraq, setting us up for where we are today, ironically (coincidentally) mired in yet another Vietnam.

32 Years before the 2000 millennium, the year of Revolution began the final jubilee year, the last of the 66.6 jubilee years from the Exodus to the Final Redemption, the last of the 40 jubilee years from 3760 (0 CE) to 5778.

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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Moses did everything right except…

It’s the details that trip us up.

Even the slightest slip up can have devastating repercussions, especially so, the higher up you are on your spiritual path.

When Moses retrieved Joseph’s bones from the Nile in order to fulfill the pledge to Joseph and to help split the Red Sea, as per our blog on “Why are you crying out to me?” he used a golden plate inscribed with G-d’s Name and with the words “Ascend, O ox!”

And when he tossed that plate into the Nile, Joseph’s coffin rose up. (Midrash Tanchuma, Ki Tisa 19). As the Arizal explains, we know Moses associated Joseph with the Ox because in his farewell blessing to the Jews in Devarim 33:17, the second to last chapter in the Torah, Moses described Joseph as an “ox”: “His glory is like a first-born ox….”

Next the Arizal juxtaposes this with the second to last chapter in Genesis, and in Jacob’s blessing to Joseph in Genesis 49:22, the same word for “ox” appears, although in this case it meant wall (ShVR) “wall”: “Joseph is a fruitful son, a fruitful vine by the fountain with branches running over the wall.” The words for “over the wall” in Hebrew are “alei shur“, which can be pronounced, “Ascend, O’ ox!” (“aleh shor“).

Wherever the golden plate came from it was known to possess great power, and had Moses held retrieved it all might have been well, but Moses had his counterparts who were nearly as powerful and used the dark side of the Names. It’s a spiritual axiom that where there’s light, there are also shadows.

From Jacob’s nemesis Laban, came his son Beor, who was the father to Balaam, who chazal tell us was nearly Moses’ equal, to his sons Yunus and Yumbruce, who according to the Zohar were the leaders of the Erev Rav. the Mixed Multitude that accompanied Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses had thought he could convert them and thus capture a huge amount of holy sparks for the sake of the Lord, but it wasn’t their time.

According to the Arizal, Yunus and Yumbruce planned to extricate the soul of their grandfather Beor from the vegetable Kingdom to which he had been relegated upon death by making Aaron and the Israelites sin, and thus Moses as well.

This plan was not unlike the snake’s plan to cause Eve and thus Adam to sin by utilizing the fruit of the tree (from the vegetable kingdom).

And somehow they had gotten a hold of the golden plate inscribed with the words, “Ascend, O ox!” We can be pretty sure who had a hand in that. Nevertheless, the Golden Calf, of numerical value 108, is also called an “ox,” and by the magic embedded in the golden plate and the spiritual support of a reluctant Aaron’s hands, the Golden Calf came to life imbued with the soul of their grandfather Beor.

Now Moses was very busy, moving 600,000 Jews and 2.4 million erev rav toward the edge of the Red Sea (Endless Sea), yet had Moses recovered the powerful plate, instead of leaving it to fate, those 600,000 at least would have been able to ascend once and for all back in 2448 HC.

Instead only 408 Jews ascended and stayed within the tree-of-life reality. One for every 6 years of the 2448 that passed from the sin of Adam to the 10 utterances.

Though Moses was high upon Sinai and nowhere near the sinful dealing below, he knew of the inadvertent part that he had played in their downfall and took responsibility for it when he pleaded on their behalf and asked G-d to remove him from His Book. There’s much controversy about which book he meant; after all, there are 6 Torah portions that Moses’ name is not mentioned in after this incident, 1 for each of the 6 days of creation and 1 for each 100, 000 of the 600,000 souls not permanently elevated that day. Since Creation occurred for the sole purpose of providing a platform for that elevation, each day had been sinned against separately.

And since Moses’ name is not mentioned in the 12 portions of Genesis (Bereshit) his name is not included in a total of 18 potions, or exactly 1/3 of the 54 (3 x18) portions in the Torah. This, of course means that he is mentioned, in 2/3 or 66.6% of the portions.

The golden calf has a numerical value of 2 x 54, or 108, or 18 x 6, which is (6+6+6) x 6, and it’s also the numerical value of chai, life (18) x 6, so it’s telling that the Torah hints to the Book of Life as to the Book that Moses was referring to be removed from. And even more so that the “Book of Life” (Sefer Chaim, SPR ChYYM) has the numerical value of 408, which is also 68 x 6 or chaim (life) x 6.

And it’s for the sake of the 6 days of creation that all the rest of the souls that would have to wait another 66.6 jubilee years from 2448 to 5778 for another opportunity to ascend to the tree-of-life reality.

The 6 portions that Moses’ name isn’t mentioned in after the Book of Genesis (Bereshit) are Balak, Re’eh, Ekev, Shoftim Ki Thetze, and Tetzaveh, whose initials which spell out 4 of the 6 (or 2/3) letters in Bereshit (BREShYT). The other 2 initials (C and A) add up to 90, the numerical value of melech, king, or 5 x 18. And the letters they couldn’t replace Alef (E) and Yud (Y) stand for Anochi (E) YHVH (Y), I am G-d, the first two words of the 10 Utterances.

And we know that G-d didn’t remove or erase Moses’ name from the Book of Life, but from the 6 portions of the Torah instead. And how do we know that? Because the gematria sofit of the final letters in the 11 words of Exodus 32:32 where Moses makes this request is 3666, when the kolel of the letters and words in the verse are added, and 3666/6 = 611, the numerical value of “Torah.”

And we know Moses is still in the Book of Life, even today, because when He took Moses name out of 6 portions He also took the letter vav of numerical value 6 out of 6 of the 248 columns in the Torah and replaced it with the letters BYHShMV of  numerical 363, which is that of Moshe Chai, “Moses lives” and also of H’Mashiach, “the Messiah.” And the Shin (Sh) of BYHShMV and also of M0She and MoShaich is found in the portion Ki Thisa of the golden calf.

Of course, the golden calf was just the final manifestation of the doubts raised during the 10 Utterances. Spiritually, the seed was planted when Moses left behind the golden plate with G-d’s Name inscribed upon it, which allowed let the tree-of-knowledge to grow anew. The golden calf was just the fruits that were eaten from it when the Israelites couldn’t wait another 6 hours for Moses return with G-d Tablets.

For 3 full chapters after the 10 Utterances, Moses’ name wasn’t mentioned. And of the 616 times that Moshe (MShH) appears in the Torah, the 173rd time, corresponding to the 173 keys of Moses and the small gematria of the 42-Letter Name, is at the end of the 10 Utterances in Exodus 20:19, which is in the 156th paragraph of the Torah, the 65th in Exodus. Does this hint at 2019 CE, the year after 5778 HC, as also hinted at in PI (as explained in There’s Nothing Random About the Universe)?

It might, considering that 616 is the value of H’Torah (the Torah), 65 is the value of Adonai, and 156 is the value of Zion and of Joseph, whose bones Moses had retrieved.

It’s a funny way to tell a story through numbers, but while our Biblical interpretations change with our consciousness, the quantitative numbers never change; they haven’t in 66.6 jubilee years. And the sum of the gematria of the names of the 6 portions that Moses’ name is not mentioned in after the 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis is 1968, as in both 1968 HC and 1968 CE. If we add the 50 chapters of Genesis (as in the 50-year length of the jubilee year) to this, we get 1968 + 50 = 2018, as in the year 5778 HC and as in 2018 HC, the year of G-d Covenant with Abraham. (see our blog on 1968, the year of revolution).

Regardless, of the simple math, the importance of this lesson is that we must pay attention to the details in our spiritual quests, that we don’t forget about G-d’s Name. Moses had his name removed when he forgot about G-d’s Name (even though it only happened once and during very pressing circumstances). Moses’ name was also removed from the Pesach Haggadah because it was there in Egypt, during the Exodus that Moses slipped up. And G-d was so angry at him, knowing what would happen, that He even stated that He wanted to kill Moses.

Moses’ case is an extreme one because of his exalted spiritual level, but we all want to reach that place of keter, which our forefathers were at back at the 10 Utterances (Commandments) and thus we’re all going to have to be much more careful, much more diligent in our spiritual actions. Why did only 408 people make it to the tree-of-life last time? Because all it takes is one slip of consciousness. Adam only slipped up once. Moses slipped up only once. The snake doesn’t slip; he slithers.

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The 10 plagues, Final Installment

…continued from the 10 Plagues and the Final Redemption

We’ve seen how the 10 plagues were more for the benefit of waking up the Israelites to the tree-of-life reality than shaking up the Egyptians, and how that were even more for our benefit as we deal with the same spiritual afflictions our brethren faced 66.6 jubilee years ago, when they too stood before the 50th gate of darkness. We’ve also seen how the dates of the Divine calendar were programmed into the 40 letters of the plagues so that the dates 3760 (0 CE), 26.26 jubilee years after the Exodus, and 5778 (2018 CE), 40 jubilee years later were highlighted, and connected to Moshiach (the Messiah), the geula (final redemption) and the the 42-letter Name of G-d (Ana B’koach).

Now, we’ll examine specifically how the final and 10th plague, the death of the first born, relates to us and our generation.

Interestingly enough, the two initials of the last plague, the killing of the first born, make up the last of the 11 initials and are Mem and Bet as in the Mem-Bet, or 42-Letter Name of G-d, and if we were to add the value of the missing vav (6) or the omitted 41st letter mentioned in the previous blog the 352 times that the initials Mem-Bet appears sequentially in the Torah, we’d get 358, the numerical value of Mashiach, the Messiah.

Furthermore, we’ve seen the sum of the gematria sofit values of the 10 plagues is 5546, which is 232 (the value of the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton) less than 5778, the year prophesied by the tzaddikim for the arrival of Moshiach, but if we sum up the square roots of each of the 10 plagues, again utilizing gematria sofit and this time add the square root of 232 we get 314…. the numerical value of Shadai, Mettatron, Pi, etc), just like the first 11 letters of parsha Bo (VYEMR YHVH EL) where we find the last 3 plagues.

Shadai (ShDY) is the Name of G-d, placed on every Jewish door post as protection against negativity and for those that understand, as a gateway to the world above, so it’s very fitting that 314, Shadai, would be at the entrance to the Tree-of-life reality, just as the place the Israelites crossed the Sea of Reeds was PI-Haraoth.

It was Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory who taught that all Torah light is spread through squaring so we know that this is no coincidence and, as detailed in The Genesis Prayer, we’ve already established the overwhelming evidence and significant connections integrally linking 314 (PI to several decimal places) and the Torah, the 42-Letter Name, and 358 (Mashiach); and then again to the year 5778 in There’s Nothing Random in the Universe.

In one of chazal’s prophecies it says. “Like the days you left Egypt, I will show you wonders”. This is a reference to the final redemption.

According to the tzaddikim, Moses’ staff was engraved with both the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) and the 72 Names of G-d, which are derived from the three consecutive 72 letter verses that narrate the crossing of the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds).  And it took the power of the 42-Letter Name coupled with the 72 Names to help the Israelites break through the final barrier of illusions, which is why the special 3-columned structure of the Song of Moses, praising G-d for the deliverance from exile, is in paragraph 42 of Shmot (The Book of Names, Exodus).

Moreover, while all 11 initials of the 10 plagues sum up to 541, the numerical value of Israel, the 3 initials of the first and last plague together, are Dalet-Mem-Bet, which spells out the 65th of the 72 Names of G-d, Dalet-Mem-Bet. Meanwhile, the numerical value of the initials Dalet-Mem-Bet is 46, that of meah, Hebrew for 100 and “100 Gates” or Meah Sharim (MEH ShYRIM) is 46 + 420 = 666.

But this connection to 100 is deeper than at first appears because the sum of the ordinal value of the 11 initials (D,Z,C,A,D,SH,B,E,Ch,B,M) of the 10 plagues is 100.  And to a kabbalist, 100 is always keter (the highest sefira) and we further know from the Arizal that the 10 plagues are analogous to the 10 sefirot stretching from dam (blood) representing malchut to the death of the first born, representing keter.

Now, the meaning of 100 gates, used in Genesis 26:12, is twofold: first they represent the fully blossomed tree-of-life with the 10 sub-sefirot (dimensions) for each of the 10 sefirot, but it can also represent both the 50 positive gates of Binah (Understanding) and the corresponding polar opposite 50 gates of negativity. 66.6 jubilee years (50 year intervals) ago in 2448 HC, the Israelites were able to shed their disbeliefs and illusions and swinging from one extreme to the other they were able to transverse all 100 gates in a single moment that split the Red Sea.

That seminal moment is available to each of us today, their counterparts in this divine plan. And like the Israelites back then, we too will have to come together, pool our strengths, and utilize the Names, which is why now after 3330 (66.6 jubilee) years the understanding of the Names are being made available to everyone, not just the selected few who have safe kept and guarded them for us all these generations. It was Rabbi Abraham Abulafia who advised that no secret gets revealed without Heavenly permission and according to chazal, “when the student is ready the teacher will come,” not the other way around. Though we think we are the ones seeking it out, it’s really the knowledge that finds us.

The 11 Initial Letters

There are 11 unique letters in the first verse of the Torah, corresponding to the 11 spices of the Holy Temple and there are 11 first letters of the 10 plagues. The tzaddikim from Abraham to Abulafia to the Arizal have taught us to permute and roll the letters, and when we do so with these 11 initials we get both the Shem Mem-Bet (the 42-letter Name)and the Ayin-Bet Shemot (the 72 Names). Once the letter Tzaddi is broken into its component nun and yud, these 11 letters (D,Z,C,A,D,SH,B,E,Ch,B,M) can be permuted to form:

Keter (C)

Echad (E,Ch,D)

Mem-bet (M,B)

Ayin-Bet (A,B)

Shaddai (Sh, D, Y)

Nun (N)

It’s said by the sages that in the time of Mashiach, the Messiah, the Tzaddi will split into Nun and Yud, then the Yud will change direction to face forward) and then reconnect.

The significance of this permutation is that they spell out Echad, One, as in “G-d is One;” Mem-Bet, as in the 42-Letter Name of G-d, and the 42 places the Jews journeyed through on their way to Israel, and then Ayin-Bet, as in the 72 Names of G-d, both of which were used to split the Sea of Reeds according to the sages; Shaddai, the Name of G-d that appears on all mezuzot and that starts of the mathematical constant Pi: and the letter Nun, whose numerical value is 50 as in the 50th Gate, which the Israelites were at before crossing the Sea of Reeds.

The letter nun (50) also represents the 50 times the Exodus is mentioned in the Torah; as in the 50 days from the Exodus to the reception of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, as in the 50 component letters used to construct the 27 letters of the Hebrew alphabet; and as in the length of the biblical jubilee year (50 calendar years) used to reckon the arrival of H’Mashiach.

In many senses the 10 plagues were a cleansing of the Jewish and world soul, the nefesh housed in the blood, in preparation for the reception of the Torah 50 days later. Nefesh has the numerical value of 430, and the exodus in 2448 HC marked the end of the Israelites 430 years of exile.

An alternative way to permute the 11 letters also forms koach, strength, as in Ana B’Koach, and Eden, foundation, as in Gan Eden, the Garden of Eden, where the tree-of-life (10 sefirot) metaphorically grows. Koach has the numerical value of 28, a number very central to the entire Torah and Divine calendar and also the number of letters in the Torah’s first verse, where the 42-Letter Name is derived from.

Koach (CCh)

Mem-bet (M,B)

Ayin-Bet (A,B)

Shaddai (Sh, D, Y)

Eden (E,D,N)

The Hebrew year 5778, the year given as the year of the Final Redemption, is 2018 in the Western calendar and 50 years earlier, one jubilee year, was the year 1968, the year of Revolution. It’s no coincidence the Beatles’ song Revolution came out that year. 1968 was the year the Vietcong launched the Tet Offensive and the world witnessed the My Lai Massacre; the year the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Rebellion; the year of Black Power demonstrations in Howard University, the Mexico City Olympics, etc; the year of student protests in Poland and Germany and Tlatelolco Massacre of the students in Mexico; the year the French Government was brought to the brink of revolution under siege by the student protests; the year of the Cantonsville Nine war protest and student war protests in universities all over the US; The year the war protestors clashed with the Chicago police outside the Democratic National Convention; the year Martin Luther King was assassinated and the riots that followed; the year Robert F Kennedy was assassinated; the year Nixon became president; and the year the Gold Standard was legally dropped and the dollar decoupled from gold, sealing the fate of the US economy; and finally, the year Saddam Hussein took power in Iraq, setting us up for where we are today, ironically (coincidentally) mired in yet another Vietnam. 1968 was 32 Years before the 2000 millennium.

The year of Revolution, 1968, began the final jubilee year, the last of the 66.6 jubilee years from the Exodus to the Final Redemption, the last of the 40 jubilee years from 3760 (0 CE) to 5778, corresponding to the 40 letters of the 10 plagues, and the 40 chapters in Exodus.

So, yes, history will repeat itself. And yes, things will get ugly. But, yes, this exile will end.   We need to do our part though by embracing the tree-of-life reality and getting past the illusions that keep us all prisoners in this exile.   If the Israelites could jump 100 gates from the 50th gate of negativity to the 50th gate of Binah, so can we.  G-d created the time frame of 5778 (2018 CE) for our generation, for us, and He is no less with us today than He was for our ancestors.

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