The Reality Behind the Universe

Here we go. The articles in this promised series are going to be shorter and denser segments and come much more often.  They are already written, and the time has come.  There will be a separate page posted after the first segment so you will not have to refer back to each article as it is published.

Part I   The Basics

In the beginning…G-d split the waters, the light, the time frame (more about that later), even Man, but before all that He needed to split the alphabet.  The kabbalists tell us that the Red Sea (Endless Sea) was split from the very beginning, which they explain is the only reason why it could be physically split 2448 years later. They also tell us that on Moses’ staff were written the 72 Names and the 42-Letter Name, which were used to split the waters. But before even those essential Names existed there was the Hebrew Alef-bet, and like an egg, it needed to be cracked open.

So, what if we could show you that there is a single way to split the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alef-bet in two that would give rise to the 42-Letter Name, the 72 Names, the Torah, the concept of Israel, the primordial mathematical constant phi, the 13 attributes and much more?

This proof/study comes from a mathematical project my daughter and I have been working on together and has grown into this series of articles we prepared, the first of which is presented today.  If you are mathematically oriented, please enjoy these pages to their fullest and please dig deeper and expand wherever you feel compelled. We cannot dwell on any one topic or point very long as we have a lot of territory to cover. While we hope you will see the profundity in each point we make, given the subject matter, we acknowledge that we are only scratching the surface.  If you are not mathematically inclined, please do not dwell on any one equation or concept; try to take in the overall picture we are presenting, which is the real point of this paper.

First, we need to ask how many ways the 22 letters of the alef-bet can be split into 2 separate groups?

אבגדהוזחטיכלמנסעפצקרשת

Using the formula n-subset-2, we get 2n – 1 ways, and so since in this case n = 22 letters, there are:

222 – 1 = 4,194,303 different ways.

We are going to make the leap here and assume that G-d exists and Created the alef-bet along with everything else. You do not have to. You can substitute whatever force of Creation you believe.  As these articles progress, please check back in with your beliefs and assumptions as they may indeed change with what we are revealing. Nevertheless, 4194,303 different ways are a lot of options G-d was confronted with after He created the Hebrew alphabet.  Abraham Avinu called them “the 22 building blocks” in his book, The Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Formation), written 3800 years ago. We will soon understand why.

OK, so if we, or G-d, wanted to divide the 22 letters evenly into 2 equal size sets of any 11 letters each, we would use the combination formula, in which n! represents n (a number)! (factorial) meaning a multiplication series of all the integers up to that number (1 x 2 x 3 x 4…n) and thus:

705,432 is still a whole lot of choices.  Yet there is only One (1) perfect one.

According to the writings of innumerable kabbalists, including R’ Shimon Bar Yochai in the Zohar, R’Isaac Luria, R’ Chaim Vital,  R’Abraham Abulafia and the Baal Shem Tov, all of blessed memory, there are two matrices of Hebrew letters that were present at the beginning of the Torah and of time. Both are weaved into our daily prayers and prayer books: the 42-Letter Names (Upper and Lower) and the 72 Names (Triplets) matrix of 8 columns by 9 rows.

The Upper 42-Letter Name is comprised of 3 iterations (spelling out expansions) of the unpronounceable Tetragrammaton (יהוה).

The 3 levels contain 4, 10 and 28 letters respectively.

The Lower 42-Letter Name is comprised of the 42 initials of the Ana B’koach prayer and is arranged in a 6 x 7 matrix, which according to the Ramchal, matches the innermost gate of the Holy Temple (6 x 7 cubits) to the Holy of Holies.

 

 

The Baal Shem Tov tells us these 42 letters connect us to the 42 journeys of our soul and the 42 journeys that the Israelites made in the Exodus from Egypt to Israel, each journey delineated with the prefix mem (מ) and bet (ב), as in the Shem MemBet (מב) of gematria value 42.

It is because of these Names that the first paragraph of the 1000-letter Shema prayer, which is directly excerpted from 3 places in the Torah, has 42 words and the 2nd and 4th paragraphs have 72 words each. It is also why the first paragraph of the Amidah has 42 words, as does the last large paragraph, which in turn is flanked by two isolated verses of 42 letters each.

The 72 Name matrix is encoded into the 3 consecutive 72-letter verses (Exodus 14:19-21) that describe the splitting of the Red Sea,

By the way, if you sum up the square roots of the gematria values of each of these 72 triplets they total 720.0 and the sum of the square roots of the sum of each of its 9 rows is 280.0

 

The significance of this perfection, especially the tiny remainder .054 will be apparent and explained shortly, suffice to say this precision (1000.0) in a calculation that involves the irrational square roots of 432 different components is impressive. Moreover, the fact that both the 72 Name matrix and the 1000-letter Shema share this number 1000.0 in common is not causational, nor is it coincidental; the reason for 1000.0 will also be revealed shortly. In it lies a secret to unlocking the future and to understanding why, in a universe based on 10 sefirot (dimensions), and on base 10 mathematics to interpret it, there must be exactly 22 letters (building blocks of unique energy levels).

The square roots of the 216 number values, each ranging from 1-400, corresponding to 216 specific letters in the 72 Triplets, do not randomly line up this way, and do not form 3 lengthy very coherent Torah verses describing G-d’s actions in splitting the Red Sea unless an enormous amount of computational time and energy went into planning it.  Just saying…

One Way

Since “G-d is One (Hashem Echad),” could there be One of those 705,432 different ways to split the 22 letters of the alef-bet that would reflect the numbers 42 and 72? Also tie in that pesky remainder of .054? And maybe do even more, maybe a lot more?  Indeed, there is, and it is the simplest one of all: Odds and Evens.

Using their ordinal (place count) values, we can split the 22 letters right down the middle into odds and evens, just like the Covenant of Halves, and just like the refrain in the Sefer Yetzirah, “…with a single covenant right down the middle…”

 

In order to understand the letters, we must understand the language of the universe. Just as soon as there were Hebrew letters there were specific number values assigned to them. The assigned numerical values ascend from 1 to 10, then 10 to 100 and finally from 100 to 400 according to a set exponential curve. The is the inverse of a logarithmic curve as will become important much later in this paper.

 

אבגדהוזחטיכלמנסעפצקרשת.

From א to ת and 1 to 400.

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-20-30-40-50-60-70-80-90-100-200-300-400

While we may think that assigning these values to the letters according to an exponential scale and using base 10 mathematics was very logical to the ancient Kabbalists it was a depart from the base 60 Babylonian counting system, and more significantly, it was far from random or arbitrary.

When we say the numerical values associated with each of the 22 letters are on an exponential scale, we mean they increase in value exponentially from letter to letter. In other words, they fit an exponential curve, such that y = abx where y is our letter value (for example alef = 1) and x is the ordinal value of any of the 22 letters counted from 1 -22 (for example alef(א) is 1, as the first letter), and b is the factor that guides the exponential rate of growth.  This does not mean that every letter value falls directly on the curve, only that the curve (exponential model) closely fits the data (the letter values), and that the starting value (1) and ending value 400 for the letter tav (ת) are directly on the curve and in this case, the 11th letter caf (כ) of value (20) is bang on as well. It is also the square root of 400 (tav) Astonishingly, in the case of the alef-bet, that exponent is 1.313, which just so happens to match the year 1313 BCE when the Torah was received at Mt Sinai . That Mt. Sinai has a gematria value of 130, and that 13 is the gematria value of echad (One) is definitely most significant though we have a lot more to prove before we get there.

The Hebrew letters Alef, Caf and Tav anchor the curve at its ends and midpoint, while the other letters are slighting above or below the curve, This is because they are representations of energy, zones on a spectrum not fixed points, which believe it or not in mathematics is a very difficult concept. Think of the color green, there are an infinite number of wavelengths for it on the visible light spectrum, all falling within a zone of about 495 nm – 570 where the color takes over. The Hebrew letters are the same; they represent a narrow collective or bundle of similar energy frequencies, each letter at least as different from green is to yellow.

There is yet another reason we can state the values associated with the alef-bet are not arbitrary. Unlike English, these 22 Hebrew letters form the initials to their 22 names. For example, the letter alef (א) is spelled out (אלפ), whose numerical value when we sum all 3 letters is 111, in itself pretty symbolic for the 1st letter of the alef-bet.

While the example above is quite illustrative, there is a slightly different gematria cipher that extends that exponential scale 5 more places from 22 to 27 letters because 5 of the letters (ךםןףץ) take on a different shape when found at the end of a word, and thus the scale extends to 500-600-700-800-900.  When we sum up the 22 irrational square roots of the spelled out 22 names of the 22 letters, we get exactly 424.242

If you are a geek, or studied any kabbalah whatsoever, that an answer about the knowledge of the universe would tend to 42, would not surprise you. That this sum of 22 irrational numbers, which should have been quite difficult (next to impossible) to calculate thousands of years ago, sums to exactly 424.242, may raise your eyebrows a bit though.  Nevertheless, if you are a geek and maybe a kabbalist too, you would know that the digit string …42424242… occurs at digit #242424 within the mathematical constant Pi (3.14….) and the symmetry with 424.242 is just a bit too contrived not to have been embedded there for some reason.  It begs the question, though, how would anyone other than G-d have been able to embed that, or even have known about it 5000 years ago?

Or maybe G-d just loves algebra and knew that for X ≠ Y no other number satisfies XY = YX than 42 = 24 . For now, we will only mention the obvious connection to the #42, and that 424 is the gematria value of “Moshiach Ben David.”

We must pause and ask ourselves, before we go ahead and split the alef-bet, could these letters and counting system possibly have developed organically from pre-existing hieroglyphs as some would have you believe? With the little we have shown so far, the odds against that are astronomical. So who gave us the Hebrew letters and told us what their specific values and energy levels are?

The Hebrew letters are representations of different forms and levels of energy, according to the 10 sefirot (10-dimensional structure of the universe), and so too are the associated numbers assigned to them.  This is why the relationships between them are extremely important to our understanding of the universe. This is also why they are directly related to all the core mathematical and physical elements of that universe, which we will soon prove.

The 10-dimensional structure of the universe is a modern and highly accepted concept of physics based on super string theory; it is also the basis of Kabbalistic thought, and was first described in the earliest kabbalistic writings, including Abraham’s Sefer Yetzirah 3800 years ago. In it, Abraham spends a lot of time describing “the ten Sefirot of nothingness.”

The predominant unified theory in physics for decades now has been the Super String theory, in which the smallest elements of matter are thought to be comprised of intertwining and bundled vibrating strings of energy set to 10 different levels of energy frequencies. Mathematicians have proven that this theory only works in a universe of 10 dimensions of space plus one additional one of time. There are dozens of ancient Kabbalistic texts that describe the same structure for the universe, including the addition of the 11th dimension in the tree-of-life, which they call Da’at (Knowledge).  Connecting the bundled Kabbalistic dimensions are the 22 pathways of the tree of life, each connected to a specific letter of the alphabet. Moreover, and oddly symmetric, is the fact that the 3 initials of the central core of the bundled sefirot of that tree-of-life (Keter-Da’at-Tiferet) total 424.  One could almost conclude that these early kabbalists had divine knowledge of the structure and workings of the universe.

Perhaps the alignment of the Hebrew alphabet with its beautiful exponential model and matching data points at the 1st, 11th and 22nd letters is a cosmic symmetry with the 11 dimensions, or with the 11-letter split we are about to show you. Or perhaps it is because of these 11 dimensions and the energies they represent that when the 22 letters are split in two, we get two juxtaposed sets of 11 letters, which when split just the right way tell a very compelling and revealing story.

That is a supposition we have yet to prove to you. What can show right away is that the 22 letters (levels) were formed in accordance with the 10-dimensional structure of space that they occupy. To keep it simple, every power of 10 represents a different dimension with 102 presenting a square and 2 dimensions and 103 representing a cube and 3-dimensional space. Every time we increase or decrease the exponential power of 10, we are either ascending or descending a level of dimensionality.

For this illustration we could start with any power of 10, but by starting with the kabbalistically complete number 1000, symbolizing 10 x 10 x 10 or 103, we are conceptually utilizing the kabbalistic concept of balance within the 3-column system. This system’s natural counterpart is the Proton-Neutron-Electron structure of the atom. It makes no difference whether we use 100 (102); 10 (101); 1 (100); or any result of raising 10n when n is an integer. Whenever we reduce any power of 10 by one order of magnitude in increments of 10% it will always take 22 iterations or 22 steps to get to the next level. To go from one dimension down to the next takes 22 steps:

  1000

  1. 900
  2. 810
  3. 729
  4. 656.1
  5. 590.49
  6. 531.441
  7. 478.2969
  8. 430.46721
  9. 387.41589
  10. 348.674301
  11. 313.806871
  12. 282.426184
  13. 254.183565
  14. 228.765209
  15. 205.888688
  16. 185.299819
  17. 166.769837
  18. 150.092854
  19. 135.083568
  20. 121.575211
  21. 109.41769
  22. 98.4759212

 

It took 22 steps to get down to the 100 threshold, one order of power (103 → 102). If we were to continue another 22 steps of reduction by 10%, we would just cross the 10 threshold, and another 22 steps to get to 1, and so on and so forth. Therefore, it is obvious the numbers, or number of elements, 10 and 22, are mathematically intertwined.

Part II will follow shortly, in which we actually split the alef-bet.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!

Chanukah: 8 Days Designed to Bring Moshiach and Light Up the 70 Nations.

Chanukah: Eight days of Miracles Designed to Bring Mashiach

dreidelThis year more than ever, we must connect with all the cosmic windows. And it can be as simple as a child’s dreidel, or the chocolate gelt. Four sides corresponding to the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), but 4 sides engraved with the Hebrew Letters G, H, N, and Sh. Four letters whose numerical value add to to 358, that of Mashiach, the Messiah.

From the games we play to candles we light, the entire 4 dreidelsChanukah event is designed to help us bring Moshiach. And that’s where our consciousness should be. The eight days are a cosmic event, not a celebration of a miracle that happened because it occurred during this cosmic event. The light we ignite each night are to connect us to the special light of miracles available to us once a year for 8 days staring every 25th of Kislev (Sagittarius). It’s different light/energy than what’s available to us in the 8 days of Sukkot-Shemini Atzeret; and it’s different from the light available to us during the 8 days of Pesach (Passover); and it’s different from the energy available to us on the 8 other holidays throughout the year. In total there are 32 days of varying special Light/energy (besides the special light of Shabbat). These 32 days connects to the 32 Paths of Wisdom of the Tree-of-Life, through which these various lights shine unto us.

The oil lasted 8 days because the Light of Chanukah, Mashiach Light, lasted 8 days, not cosmic window 2the other way around. As soon as the special Light of Moshiach (Or Ganuz) was revealed into our existence, it was hidden. I learned from my teacher that on the first Shabbat of Creation, it was brought out for 32 hours then hidden away for the time of the Messiah. But for 8 days every year we can taste of the Light.

The letters of Mashiach (MShYCh) spell out Madlikim Shmona Yemei Chanukah (“lighting up eight days of Chanukah.”)

Chanukah Meditations

How to Count the 8 Days

As tasty as the jelly donuts are, the purpose of Channukah is not the joy of the celebration, but the joy of bringing Moshiach.

Even the books of the Maccabees dates the first war as 3585 HC, which coincides with the numerical value of Moshiach, which is 358.  The fight was for liberation, and so is ours today, liberating ourselves from the clutches of physicality.

One of the key elements of Chanukah is based on the spiritual tenet that nothing can ever chanukiah all litbe lost; once it goes from a latent(potential) state to physical one it’s forever present in the universe, whether we can physically see it or not. So the light of the first night, is added to the second and so forth until the 8th day when we have the light of 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8 = 36 days of light.

That explained, we can note that the sum of all the Torah occurrences of the words “first” through “eighth”—echad, sheni, shlishi, reve’i, chamishi, shishi, sheve’I, and shemeni—is (189+125+2+2+2+2+0+0) = 322 and since the sum of days (numbers) 1-8 representing all the summary Chanukah lights for the 8 days is 36 , and (322 + 36) = 358, the value of Moshiach yet again. And while 36 is just the result of rounding off the numerical term 35.8, the number 36 to the kabbalists represents the lamed-vav tzaddikim, or 36 righteous souls necessary at all times to maintain our existence in the universe.

cosmic window

The 44 Candles Sweeten the Judgment

How to count the candles

On a simple level, over the 8 nights, we’re lighting 44 candles in total including the shamesh every night, these corresponding to the ordinal value of the letters in Chanukah (ChNVCH), which is 44. It also corresponds to first letters of all 10 plagues, which also add up to 44. So you can see the power to create miracles is built into every aspect of these 8 days.

Moreover, the first plague was blood, dam, also of numerical value 44, and as the Arizal explains “the word “m’damei“, whose numerical value (89) equals that of the word “Chanukah“, is rooted in the letters dalet and mem, which spell the Hebrew word for “blood.” Blood represents the negative powers of judgment; our mission it is to sweeten that judgement and the lighting of the 44 candles are designed to help us. They nullify the kelipot before us.”

With every candle we light, we can sweeten the judgment in out lives and in the world.

As we’ll explore within the blessings, the 44 candles connect first and foremost to the regressive spelling of the higher name of G-d, Ehyeh, whose numerical value is 44, thus connecting us to Chochma and Binah;

EHYH

(E – EH – EHY – EHYH)

Counting Candles:

If our actions of lighting the chanukiya each night rekindle the energy from the night before and culminate in completeness on Zot Chanukah (the final night) then: On the 1st night we light 1 candle and it stays lit metaphysically for (at least) 8 days; and on the second night we light 2 candles that stay lit, we have a total of 3 lit (rekindled) that second night. On the 3rd night we are lighting (rekindling) 1 + 2 + 3 or a total of six; and so on, until we have 1 + 3 + 6 + 10 + 15 + 21 + 28 + 36 = 120, a familiar mathematical progression that seems to be oft used in the deeper meditations and connections of the Torah, and that we first learned about from Abraham in the Sefer Yetzirah, The Book of Formation.

geltIn the same way, the Shamesh would be 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 36. Thus 120 + 36 = 156 candles would be metaphysically lit, and 156 = 6 X 26 with 26 being the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH). Moreover, the Arizal explains that 78 is the value of mazal (fortune), an integral part of the lighting meditations as will be explained below, and 156 = 2 X 78.

The Arizal further explains that the eight days of Chanukah are, or end up, at the level of latkas2hod, the same as a brit whose 8 days expire at hod before the brit can be performed at the level of yesod. Well, considering this, it’s noteworthy that if we assume that all our candles/oil last for 8 days, then in total, we are lighting 120 lights (which would correspond to the 120 permutations of Elohim) and the 120 years of Moses, whose soul is part and parcel with that of Moshiach in every generation. Then if we add the 36 lights for the 8 Shamesh (helper candle) that we light, totals 156, the numerical value for Yosef, who represents the level of Yesod. It’s also the value of Zion. And Yosef was born in 2198 HC, exactly 3580 years before the year 5778, when Moshiach (numerical value 358) is supposed to be manifest in our world.

The Blessings

The Ignition to all the Blessings

jelly donuts2When we start the blessing with the word Baruch, we need to keep in mind that it has the numerical sofit value of 708, which is the same as that of the 42 letters of the upper Mem-Bet, which is the ineffable Name YHVH spelled out through 3 iterations. This is no coincidence as it is from this Name that the blessings flow downward through the 6 levels (dimensions) of zeir anpin and into our world. It is also for this reason that the first gate from the Holy of Holies into our world has the dimensions 6 x 7 (the Gate of 42):

YHVH

YVD HY VYV HY

YVD VYV DLT HY YVD VYV YVD VYV HY YVD

L’hadleek Ner Chanukah

Now regarding the Chanukah blessings on the words L’hadleek Ner Chanukah and the kavanot that we’ve learned from the Arizal, the 3 first letters Lamed, Nun and Chet, spell out in small gematria, 3,5,8 or 358, Mashiach.

The initials in L’hadleek Ner Chanukah (to light the Chanukah candle) spell the word Cosmic_RiverNachal (a holy Name that means stream or river, and also inheritance) and it has a numerical value of 88, which when aided by a kolel of 1 = 89, that of Chanukah itself.

Nevertheless, the concept of a stream is very important because by lighting the candles with the right consciousness we’re opening a stream of light (the energy of sustenance or shefa) from above into our lives and world. And the inheritance is the Messiah (the Moshiach).

As explained by the Arizal,the secret of 3 letters N, CH. L and Nachal comes  from the 3 words that comprise the 8th and 9th of the 13 Attributes of G-d : “Notzer Chesed L‘alefim.” The Ari further explains that the 8th sefira (level), which is Binah (Imma/Understanding) is where we are drawing this upper light from. Moreover, a key secret here is that once the 8th level is tapped into, all 3 upper levels (Binah, Chochma and Keter) are at once available to us. A river of divine light and blessing can flow into our world if we attune ourselves to it during the blessing and candle lighting.

So the first mediation is on opening up the flowing river (Nachal) from Binah, cosmic river 2Chochma and Keter through Binah into Zeir Anpin (the heavenly ladder that connects our world to Binah (the upper world). Zeir Anpin is represented by the aspect of the spe;;ed-out Tetragrammaton (YVD HE VEV HE) at the level called (Mah) of numerical value 45.

This is very important

We are further told that Mah combines with Binah through the alef(E) in the letter vav (VEV) to the regressively spelled Name Ehyeh (E, EH EHY EHYH) which is associated with Binah and has a numerical value of 44, just like the 44 total Chanukah candles that we will physically light over the 8 days.

Together, these two intersecting Names of G-d total numerically 45 + 44 = 89, once again the value of Chanukah(ChNVCH). Please note that it’s the Names that are important, the numbers just help us understanding a little of what is going on energetically in the spiritual framework.

It’s very important we grasp this unification because as Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory explains, it through this very union of the YHVH (26) and the regressive EHYH (44) that the 70 Minsters of the 70 Nations are governed and thus all that stems from it in the count of 70, such as the final 70 years from Israel becoming a nation until the advent of Moshiach consciousness throughout the world.  Through the proper lighting of the 44 candles this year we have the power to guide that process forward.

EHYHyhvh small

(E, EH EHY EHYH + YVD HE VEV HE)

45 + 44 = 89

(Shefa flowing from Binah into Zeir Anpin)


Second Meditation:

The value of the word L’hadleek plus the kolel (1) = (179 +1) = 180, and partially because of this the Arizal tells us at this point in the blessing to meditate on the 3 upper aspects of the Tetragrammaton (Av, Sag, Mah), which total numerically (72+63+45) = 180.

Av: (YVD HY VYV HY) = 72

Sag: (YVD HY VEV HY) = 63

Mah: (YVD HE VEV HE) = 45

= 180

tree10Any number times 10 indicates that number spreading throughout the 10 sefirot of the tree-of-life.  In this case, it’s 18 (Chai, life), and as Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory explains “All Torah Light is spread by squaring,” so we see within the square root of  18: 4.2426. This is significant because 424 is the value for “Mashiach Ben David” and 26 is the value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH).

Now, specific to the Channukah blessing is that the spelled-out (gematria milui) value of the letters nun (NVN) and that of the lamed (LMD) of L’hadleek Ner is also 180, thus giving us yet another connection to “Mashiach Ben David and the tree-of-life.

From the 18 words of the 13 Attributes, the phrase “Notzer Chesed L‘alefim” meansHe preserves kindness for 2000 yearswhich is a hint that our time of exile for the past 2000 years is coming to a close, and if we add the 18 to it, we get 2018 CE (5778 HC), the year the tzaddikim have prophesied for the coming of the messiah and the final redemption (geula). It is also the year (2018 HC) that G-d made His Covenant with Abraham, our inheritance (Nachal).

Indeed, the word candle, Ner, has a numerical value of 250 and thus the 8 candles have a chnaukah lightscollective value of 250 x 8 = 2000.

And so when we add the 180 of Av, Sag. Mah aspects of the YHVH to the 180 of L’hadleek Ner plus the kolel of 3 for said 3 aspects, we get 180 + 180 + 3 = 363, the numerical value of H’Mashiach, (“the Messiah”), which is what we should be mediating on when we recite L’hadleek Ner:

(Receiving H’Mashiach)

L’Hadleek

Ner

Regarding Ner, the Arizal tells us to combine the Names Ehyeh, Elohim, and Adonai with YHVH on the 3 different levels (Av, Sag, and Mah)  to draw down the light properly from Binah to Malchut:

(EHYH, ELHYM, EDNY).

If we take the first two letters of each Name (EH, EL, ED), they add up to 6 + 31+ 5 = 42, as in the 42-Letter Name of G-d, (the Shem Mem-Bet, known as the Ana B’koach).

Then if we take the third letter (EHYH, ELHYM, EDNY) in each (YHN) they add up to 10 + 5 + 50 = 65 the numerical value of Adonai (EDNY), which leaves (H,YM, Y) which sum to 5 + 50 + 10 = 65, Adonai (EDNY) again.

The main point, though, is that the 3 Names represent the 42-letter Name and 130, which anabkoach160-ksis the numerical value of the two synonyms, Sinai and Sulam (ladder). Now the total numerical value of the 3 Names (EHYH, ELHYM, EDNY) is 172, and when we add 1 for the kolel, it’s 173, as in the small gematria numerical value for the 42-letter Name.

The Ari further explains that at the word Ner in the blessing we should concentrate on combining the 3 Names (EHYH, ELHYM, EDNY) with the 3 simple (YHVH)’s. These 3 YHVH’s add up to 26 + 26 + 26 = 78, the gematria of Mazla, aramaic for mazal, fortune, which we want to draw into our lives when lighting the Chanukah candles. This process mimics the flow of the shefa, (life-giving light) that emanates from the 3 YHVH’s and flows from the Holy of Holies through the Gate of 42 into the Holy Temple and then our world.

Now the main point of the Arizal was that the 6 Names (YHVHEHYH, YHVHELHYM, YHVHEDNY)-add up to 250, the value of Ner, candle, but if we add 6 as the kolel, we get 256, which is the value for both H’Aron (Ark of the Covenant) and for Aaron who lit the Menorah as channel for us all.

 Ner

So when we recite Ner, we want to meditate on the 42-Letter name (the Ana B’koach), receiving mazal, letting  Aaron, the high priest and the only person in the Torah assigned the title Mashiach, be our channel to light the Menorah in our lives and world.

אבג יתץ

קרע שטן

נגד יכש

בטר צתג

חקב טנע

יגל פזק

שקו צית

together with the 6 Names merging together as follows.


YHVH – EHYH (Chochma – Ehyeh)

YHVH – ELHYM (Binah – Elohim)

YHVH – EDNY (Malchut – Adonai)

We draw the light of blessing down from Chochma to Binah to our world, Malchut.

chanukah oilNow for the full understanding, we take the 3 Names Ehyeh, Elohim and Adonai plus the 3 Names Av, Sag, Mah from the L’hadleek Ner kavanot and numerically add them  (172 + 180) + 6 (kolel for the 6 Names) and get 358, Mashiach

So completing the recitation of Baruch though Ner, we want to have in mind drawing down the light from the Upper 42-Letter Name to the Lower 42-Letter Name though the 3 YHVH’s and into the 3 Names (Ehyeh, Elohim and Adonai) and thus igniting the spark of  Moshiach consciousness in all of us and spreading it throughout the 70 nations.

The Candle

The candle we’re lighting is the light of the Torah itself as evidenced by the spelled out, menora 1 lightgematria milui of the letters (nun-resh) of Ner (candle): (NVN RShY) = (106 + 510) = 616, which is the numerical value of H’Torah, which helps explain Proverb 6:23:

“A mitzvah is a candle, and the Torah is light.”

The Shamesh

The Shamesh, or 9th candle is much more than a simple helper candle. The 9th sefira is that of Chochma, Wisdom. and the unification from above that is associated with the 9th sefira is YHVH x EHYH or in numerical terms 26 x 21 = 546, which is the sum of the initials of all 10 sefirot, a clue that this unification helps us draw the energy down through all 10 sefirot.

The value 546 is also the total value of the Names of the 3 Patriarchs whose names began with the letter Yud, which connects them to Chochma (wisdom), the 9th sefira: Isaac (208), Jacob(182), and Jospeh(156).  It’s likewise a connection to Israel, which has a value of 546 when the kolel for the 5 letters is included, and whose name is found 546 times in the Torah.

So as we light the Shamesh we should meditate to draw down the light through the 10 sefirot and to put joy in our hearts.

The 25th of Kislev

Yet another connection between the kavanot and the words of the blessing is found gelt 2between the 25 letters of the union of the 6 Names and the value of Ner, 250, since 250/10 = 25, but most important these would be the 25 letters that the Zohar says is missing for the completion of the Mishkan and the 25 words that we know are missing from the completion of the Torah, which is exactly (80,00025 words). It’s also a connection between the 25 letters of the Shma Israel phrase and the 25th of Kislev, as explained by the Zohar.

The next obvious further connection is between the 80,000 words and the 8 lights and torah scrollnights of Chanukah, since the 4th root of the sum of all the words, letters, and verses of the Torah = 25 exactly. There are also 25 letters in lamed-vav (36) milui.

So note that the 25 letters in the verse “Shma Israel, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad” (Hear O Israel, G-d our Lord is One) is found at Devarim 6:4 and the word Chanukah (ChNV-CH) can be broken down to the two numerical values 64 (ChNV) and 25 (CH), and moreover that the numerical value of the first and last words in that verse, Shma (ShMY) and Echad (EChD) plus the kolel (1) = 410 + 13 + 1 = 424, the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David.

Further to this line of reasoning, and as connected by the Zohar, are the 24 days of Kislev that proceed Chanukah and the 24 letters in the Baruch Shem phrase that follows the Shma Israel phrase.

So on the first night before lighting we should connect to the Shma Israel and mediate that we are completing the Torah as in the days of Moshiach, B”H soon.

 The OiI

The word for eight (8) in Hebrew is shemonah, and a simple permutation of the letters in latkasshemonah (ShMNH) gives us hashemen. “the oil” (HShMN), and also neshama (soul, NShMH), all of which have the numerical value of 395, that of the 5th word in the Torah, H’Shama’im (the Heavens).

And when we spell out the Shin-Mem-Nun root letters of the Oil they add up to 546, so we must keep in mind (Proverbs 27:9): “Oil and incense rejoice the heart,” and be joyful as we light the oil for that joy will spread through the 10 sefirot and be contagious throughout the world.

Proverbs 27:9 “Oil and incense rejoice the heart”

The 8 Nights of Lights

Now know this for every candle we light below, one is lit above. So for all the 156 metaphysical candles we light below plus 1 collective one (the kolel), another 157 are lit above, making 314 in total, and 314 is the numerical value of the Name of G-d Shadai (ShDY) and also of Mettatron.  As for the 156 candles , it’s the numerical value of Zion and as we said previously, Joseph, who represents Yesod of Malchut, where the light of Binah ends up on the 8th day. It’s is also the point where all the divine sustenance funnels into out lives and our world. Incidentally, Zion, of numerical value 156, is found 107 times in Tanakh and the sum of all the positive integers from 1 to 107 is 5778.

Moreover, if we consider all the cumulative lit Chanukah lights as a multiple of 8 days: 1 x 3 x 6 x 10 x 15 x 21 x 28 x 36 = 1008 then add 1 for the kolel, and double them for above and below, they total 2018 candles in all.  So in essence, each and every year, by fulfilling the mitzvot of lighting the Channukah candles we’re preparing for the arrival of Moshiach in the year 2018 CE (5778 HC), our inheritance.

Chanukah Gelt

Even the parve chocolate gelt we give to our children on Chanukah connects to Mashiach, geltas the Aramaic word for gelt is Dami (DMY) of numerical value 54, and since 5778 is the sum of all the integers from 1 to 107 and 5778 = 107 x 54, then 54, and thus Dami (Gelt), plays yet another role in connecting all of us to the coming of H’Mashiach, B’H very soon.

So bring joy to your heart and joy to the world this Chanukah and help bring the gift of Mashiach into our lives.

The Secret Behind the Prayer of Jabez

The Prayer of Jabez was popularized in a book by that name that came out about 8 years ago and sold millions of copies, promising prosperity, etc if you just recite it.  There probably weren’t millions of instant millionaires as a result, because the universe doesn’t work that way and neither does that specific prayer.

The prayer is useful in certain circumstances, which is why we’re explaining it today. Meanwhile, the most powerful prayer (meditation) we’ve been given for prosperity and for everything else for that matter is the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name of God) and that one is designed to work with us, to help us when we are putting in the effort, not as a replacement for our effort.

“And Yaavetz called to the G-d of Israel, saying, ‘If You bless me and increase my border, and Your hand is with me that You save me from harm, so as not to sadden [eitzev] me…'” (1 Chronicles 4:10)

To understand how this prayer works, what it does and why, we need the help and explanations of the Arizal, who takes us through the various incarnations of Moses’ brother, Aaron, the only person the Torah associates with the term Moshiach (anointed one). We will only examine the relevant window on those important incarnations that stretch from Abel to Haran (Abraham’s brother) to Elijah, but please explore the rest on your own in the Gates of Reincarnation, Shaar HaPesukim; which was subsequently published in “Apples From the Orchard.”

Please note that prior to being reincarnated as Aaron, this illustrious soul was killed in the body as Haran, by the fires that spared Abraham, whose belief in God was unwavering. Please note further that it was Haran was the progenitor of all the Matriarchs from Sarah to Rebeca (Rivka) to Rachel and Leah and to Ruth, King David and Mashiach, the Messiah.

The following quote from the Arizal refers to the time just after the golden calf incident:

Therefore it is written (Deut. 9:20), “And G-d was angry at Aaron, and sought to wipe him out,” and death was decreed on his sons. As it is written, “And intended to wipe them out, were it not that Moses, His chosen, [stood before Him in the breech to return His wrath from destroying].” (Psalms 106:23) Nonetheless, “returning wrath” implies that the wrath had already had some effect, and this was indeed the case here.

Our sages state (Vayikra Rabba 10:5) that “‘wiping out’ implies destroying progeny,” and Moses’ prayers turned back half of the decree. Thus, of Aaron’s four sons, Elazar and Itamar remained, and only Nadav and Avihu died. Our sages point out that this is the meaning of the verse “And [Moses] became angry at Elazar and Itamar, [Aaron’s] remaining sons.” (Lev. 10:17)

The reason why specifically Nadav and Avihu died is that they, too, sinned with respect to foreign fire.

Still, they would not have been liable to death by burning on account of their sin alone, but [being Aaron’s sons] they were liable to be burnt on account of his sin in not submitting himself to be burnt

Aaron had to make amends (correct his tikun established in the life as Haran) for not submitting himself unwaveringly as had Abraham to the flames. During the incident of the golden calf Aaron could have done this by refusing to help the Erev Rav as his nephew Hur had.  Hur was killed because of said refusal. The lesson here is that regardless of what we think we know, we must belief that God knows more and has the best intentions for us and not to waver in those beliefs

The combination of both [their own sin and their father’s] caused their death, and thus G-d’s wrath found its place to rest. In the case of Elazar and Itamar, however, who did not sin, Moses’ prayer was effective.

Understand this, as well: Just as Haran was burnt and died during the lifetime of his father, Terah, so did Nadav and Avihu die during the lifetime of their father, Aaron, by fire.

After Aaron died he was reincarnated as Yaavetz, who is mentioned in the book of Chronicles (1 2:55). The reason why he was called this is because the curse of Eve was “in sadness shall you bear children,” (Gen. 3:16) and that of Adam was “in sadness shall you eat it.” (Gen.3:17) In the Zohar 2:219b it is said that the phrase “in sadness shall you bear children” is the mystical meaning of “sin crouches at the door,” (Gen. 4:7), referring to the shells [kelipot, negativity] of the world of Asiya, which are called “sadness” and “sin that crouches at the door.” And it is known that the kelipot have dominion only in the world of Asiya.

The Arizal is alluding to the fact that the name Yaavetz (yud-ayin-beit-tzadik) includes the letters that compose the word for “sadness” (eitzev, ayin-tzadik-beit).

As we have explained elsewhere, Nadav and Avihu were the aspect of nefesh of the soul of Adam. This sadness ruled over them, and they therefore died in the sin of their father, Aaron.

Therefore Yaavetz prayed: “And Yaavetz called to the G-d of Israel, saying, ‘If You bless me and increase my border, and Your hand is with me that You save me from harm, so as not to sadden [eitzev] me…'” (1 Chronicles 4:10) In other words, he prayed that his sons should no longer die in his lifetime, as they had when he had been incarnated as Aaron [and Haran]. [The verse continues:] “…and God fulfilled that which he had requested.” His children and students endured, as our sages have pointed out. For this reason he was called Yaavetz. (Mishnah Temurah 16a)

So what does the prayer of Yaavetz (Jabez) have to do with prosperity? Nothing. It is a powerful prayer to help your children. And when Aaron recited it incarnated as Yaavetz he was helping us and helping to bring about Moshiach for us.

When we can recite it, especially in Hebrew, we can do so as Yaavetz had: “he prayed that his sons should no longer die in his lifetime.”

(1 Chronicles 4:10)

ויקרא יעבץ לאלהי ישראל לאמר אם־ברך תברכני והרבית את־גבולי והיתה ידך עמי  ועשית מרעה לבלתי עצבי ויבא אלהים את אשר־שאל׃

With Vowels:

ַיִּקְרָא יַעְבֵּץ לֵאלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר אִם־בָּרֵךְ תְּבָרֲכֵנִי וְהִרְבִּיתָ אֶת־גְּבוּלִי וְהָיְתָה יָדְךָ עִמִּי וְעָשִׂיתָ מֵּרָעָה לְבִלְתִּי עָצְבִּי וַיָּבֵא אֱלֹהִים אֵת אֲשֶׁר־שָׁאָל׃

If you think your children are in danger, or are ill, please do everything you can physically to help them and also ask G-d’s help through this prayer (above). “…and God fulfilled that which he had requested.” His children and students endured”

Use this prayer to help protect your unborn children as well.  G-d has given us the tools.  Just as the Ana B’koach used properly can help you to conceive (as explained in The Genesis Prayer), this prayer can help you keep your children safe.

One caveat that the Ari explains happened to Yaavetz and in so doing warns us not to do, is to make vows. These will not help your situation–the steadfast belief in G-d’s knowing best and His ability to help you help yourself will.  Vows will just add to your tikun as you’ll eventually have to fulfill them.

B’H, May G-d bless all our children.

The Secret Message in the Hidden Columns

Last week we wrote about the the 6 hidden columns of the Torah as defined by chazal and as we exposed in the initials of the first 6 words of the Torah’s second Book, Shmot (Exodus) 1:1 and also in Bereshit (Genesis) 46:8. We showed how they connected to Ezekiel’s famous final redemption (end-of-days) vision and to the year Rav Ashlag gave us for the final redemption (geula) in 5778 (2018 ce). Now, we have more to reveal.

Exodus 1:1 and Genesis 46:8

ואלה שמות בני ישראל הבאים מצרימה “And these are the names of the sons of Israel who are coming into Egypt…”

The 6 initials of this phrase, the phrase that initiates the 210 years of exile in Egypt and the incubation of the Israelite soul in Goshen and the beginning of the fulfillment of G-d’s Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are the very same letters that appear at the head of the 6 of the 248 columns of the Torah that are not the letter Vav (V):

B’YH ShMV

As we said previously, they spell out the phrase, B’YH ShMV, “In the Name of G-d (YH) and they have the numerical value of 363, that of H’Moshiach (The Messiah), and also of “Moses Lives (Moshe Chai)”. And as mentioned in prior articles, Goshen (GShNH) was chosen because of its energy which is revealed by it’s numerical value 358, that of Mashiach (Messiah).

Now, we can reveal that the ordinal value of those six secret and special initials is 57, while the ordinal value of the final letters (HTYLMH) of those six choice words 78. In other words, the six words that mark the beginning of the first exile, also mark the end of the 4th and last exile in 5778 (2018 ce).

Moreover, the complete value of those 6 special initials, 363 + 57, is 420, or 10 x the 42-Letter Name, which was spelled out buy the first two words VELH of numerical value 42 and Shmot (Names). Thus we’re given another clue to use the 42-Letter Name to help us exit our exile and bring about the Tree-of-Life. Indeed, chazal (the sages) has said that it is the understanding of this Name that will bring about the geula (final redemption).

Nevertheless, these special 6 words give up even more clues.  While the initials totaled 420, the final letters in simple gematria sofit totaled 1050, and thus the two together equate to 1470, or 10 times Joseph’s age, 147 years.  Furthermore when the ordinal value of those 12 initials and final letters is added to it’s simple value, their complete value with the kolel of 12 is 1560, or 10 x 156, the numerical value of Joseph (156).

So just as Joseph was the chariot that initiated the incubation period of the Israelite soul from the 12 brothers and the 70 family members to the 600,000, and the channel to draw down the sustenance or life force (shefa) to them, he will be our chariot and channel, and we must make him such by connecting to him.  We know from the Zohar and the Arizal that Joseph is Yesod, the link that funnels all the spiritual light into our world (Malchut). By connecting to him spiritually, we can open those channels and let the Tree-of-Life bloom in our world.

Later in this same portion we have 2 sets of always telling double words. The first set in Exodus 2:19 is DLH DLH when Moses drew water for Yitro’s daughters, and the second set is MShH MShH (Moses Moses). The numerical value of the first set is 78, while the ordinal value of the second set is 78 as well, together they would be 156, the gematria once again of Joseph.  As Rav Brandwein has explained 78 is the numerical value of the initials of Etz Chaim, the Tree-of-life.  But to being it all together, we should note that the ordinal value of double world DLH DLH is 42.

The complete value of both set of double words together is 888, but that’s for another article. Have a wonderful week.