Fish and Fowl Kills, Signs or Symptoms, and of What?

A lot of people think the 9.0 Earthquake, Tsunami, and escalating radiation levels emanating from the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan are signs of the end of days. Many more see it as just part of life in the 21st century as our technology and spreading populations struggle to coexist with our planet and universe–growing pains if you will.  But there is another way of looking at them, the way doctors do; they view signs as symptoms; and that’s the way real kabbalists view them as well.  G-d doesn’t need to put a Post-It Note next to the light switch before flicking the switch, but if we are to help ourselves, we need to see our world, lives, and universe as the patient, and be willing to make the necessary changes.

The same can be said of the catastrophic fish and fowl kills.  Though these “signs” are less relevant to all but a small minority, as people in general get more emotional about a beached whale than 10 million fish dying one dawn, and the birds falling out of the sky are only meaningful to those whose heads they land on. Yet, it is the fish and fowl symptom that give us the clue to what ails the patient.

According to the Arizal, fish and fowl both belong to the sefira (dimension) of Yesod of Zeir Anpin, through which all the life-force and sustenance flows on its way into our world, Malchut.  He explains that the word for fowl in Hebrew is Oaf (AVP) of numerical value 156, which he points out is the same as Joseph “the righteous,” who is associated and whose energy is aligned with the sefira of Yesod, in particular, Yesod of Zeir Anpin.

And it’s not coincidental that 156 = 26 x 6 or 6 times the gematria value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), since each of the 6 levels of Zeir Anpin are associated with the YHVH, and collectively gather in Yesod.

Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine that’s utilized to determine whether the air is safe to breath, we have the fish and fowl to help us determine whether Yesod of Anpin is functioning properly or not, whether it’s being choked off by negativity or not.

This is very significant because Yesod of Anpin is like a funnel through which flows all our life-force (shefa) or ch’i, and any problems there greatly affects our world, malchut, hence earthquakes of9.0 with their resultant havoc.

Now, 9.0 is telling in itself in that, as we explained in a previous article about how to count the sefirot according to the Arizal,  Yesod is the 9th dimension and malchut the “0” dimension, thus 9.0 represents the bottommost point of Yesod, or Malchut of Yesod of Zeir Anpin.

That’s a little esoteric, but what’s not is what’s happening at the unfortunately named damaged 6 reactor plant Fuk u shima Daii chi that is spewing out radioactive cesium-137 and iodine-131 at levels much higher than is being told to the public. And like a large volcanic eruption, its destructive forces are encircling the earth and spewing forth unabated.

There is nothing about these symptoms that should be ignored: It’s highly uncommon for there to be 6 reactors together with 6 being the number of bundled dimensions in Zeir Anpin, of which Yesod is the 6th.  The number 137, as in cesium-137, is the numerical value of the Hebrew word meaning “to receive” and the number 131, as in iodine-131, is the numerical value of the dark angel samael, thus together: “to receiving samael.” Not a positive message, but no one could mistake these burning cancer inducing radio-isotopes as as positive anyway.

If the tree-of-life were a human body, Yesod would be the reproductive organs and the lower spine. So what can we expect to occur if we don’t get to the root of the patient’s illness?

1. Worldwide financial troubles, as the sustenance get squeezed further and the type of agony associated with lower back pain and sciatica.

2. Reproductive issues. And we won’t even mention what these might be.

But let’s look at this another way. If you went to a kabbalist complaining of lower back pain and problems conceiving, he might tell you to look into your financial and sexual excesses, as there would be an obvious imbalance going on there.

It’s 2011 and, as we learned about the verses of the 10 Commandments, the verse that governs this years events is Exodus 20:11 In which we are told that in the six(6) days, God made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on Saturday (Shabbat). God blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.

The darkness, samael (SMEL) strikes at our weakest point, the only place it can, the tiny junction point between Yesod (YSVD)and Malchut (MLCVT), and when it does, the numerical value of the letters that are left over equal 446, that of Mot MVT, death.

Are we keeping the Sabbath? Are we working on the Sabbath, which means (on one level) does financial greed govern our world and is it the backbone of our economic models? Are we creating fire on Shabbat, or seeking out our warmth from spiritual oneness?

So this year, what we’ll see is events from space, the earth, the sea and all that is in them. It’s no wonder the birds fell from the sky and the fish died on 1/1/2011. Symptoms.

As with any patient, we must first recognize the symptoms, then correctly diagnose the illness, then while treating the symptoms to make the patient comfortable, we must get to the root cause of his disease and correct it.

We are the patient, collectively and individually.  And if we ignore the symptoms we will pay the price; that’s just science, not metaphysics or spiritual mumbo-jumbo.

Fortunately, we don’t have to ignore them. In this case health care is universally free, but we may have to make some lifestyle changes.  The Hebrew initials of Fukushima Daiichi, spell out Pad (PD), redemption, and if we treat this most unfortunate turn of events as a wake-up call, it can very well lead us to the final redemption, the tree-of-life reality. One candle is all it takes to pierce the darkness.

Frogs, Frogs and More Frogs–not a Freak Show.

Circus freak shows, usually include the world’s tallest and the world’s smallest, but Torah’s longest and shortest is no freak show–it’s very serious technology that can help greatly.

The Second plague, frogs, is very special indeed.  In our last article, we showed how the word frogs contains the hidden word birds, itself a code for angels. Today, let’s look at the 10 places the Torah describes the frogs swarming the Egyptians.  In the middle of them the Torah makes a point of saying that they will be in the Egyptian’s kneading troughs, which in Hebrew is the only 10-letter word in the Torah, matching the shortest verse in the Torah which we read a couple weeks ago, also 10 letters long: Genesis 46:23, “And the sons of Dan were Chushim” (VBNI DN ChShYM).

These all obviously have to do with the 10 sefirot (dimensions) of the Tree-of-life, but the word for kneading troughs, (VBMShERVTYC) is very interesting. first of all, it begins with and (V) the 42-Letter Name (ShMB) spelled out backwards (BMSh) and ends with the word Keter (CTR, the highest, crowning Sefira) backwards (VBMShERVTYC)

Similarly, the Name Israel in gematria atbash, leaving the central Resh (R) unchanged, transforms from  YShREL  to MBRTC or 42 – CTR (keter) backwards.

The rest of the letters in the 10 letter word (VBMShERVTYC) are spelling backwards, YVEV. We’ll get to that in a moment but first we should note that this word is the 15th in the verse and the total numerical value of this word is 985, therefore 985 + 15 = 1000 (keter of keter), the full manifestation of all the subsefirot (dimensions, 10 x 10 x 10) within the 10 sefirot.

The rest of the letters in the 10 letter word (VBMShERVTYC) are spelling backwards, YVEV, the masculine (or divine channeling) letters of the various Names of G-d., such as YHVH and EHYH. Notice that these Names have in common with YVEV the repetition of the 2nd and 4th letters–this pattern mimics the spiritual 4 phase process that Rav Ashlag explains in his Ten Luminous Emanations created the universe and still today guides our interaction with it.

The Zohar reveals about the Final Redemption that it connects to the Holy name for Zeir Anpin, which is the spelled name of YHVH in the form of יוד-הא-ואו-הא. When we removed the feminine or receptive letters (the VD of the letter Yud spelled out (YVD) and the two spelled out letter’s Hey (HE), we’re left with YVEV.

What’s left over of this Name are the letters יוד-הא-הא which have numerical value 32 as the first ב and last letters ל of the Torah. Together they spell לב, ‘heart’ with the numerical value 32, connecting also the 32 times the word ELOHM mentioned in the story of Creation, and especially to the 32 Pathways that comprise the tree-of-Life.

Before we get back to the Torah’s longest word and frogs, let’s take a quick look at the Torah’s shortest verse, and find that amidst the listing of the 70 Israelites who entered Egypt to begin the exile there, there is the Torah’s shortest verse, Genesis 46:23, “And the sons of Dan were Chushim” (VBNI DN ChShYM), and that similar to the Torah’s longest word and also to the structure of the Tree-of-life, it is 10 letters divided into 3 parts (words), one of which is a permutation of Moshiach (MShYCh).  In fact, the verse contains the permutation of (MShYCh BN DVNY), or Mashaich Ben 70 since the last 4 letters have the numerical value of 70.  It could even be (MShYCh BN DV – NY), or Mashiach Ben David, NY.

We also find that both begin with (VB), whose spelled-out format (VV BYT) has a numerical value equal to 424, that of Moshiach Ben David. And moreover, that both include the letters that spell out the acknowledged initials (VMBSh) for “and the 42-Letter Name).  In this case the final letters add up to 1110 or 10 times Aleph (111) the first letter, and by design, the final plague, the killing of the first born, whose initials are (MB, 42) begins at Exodus 11:1.

The first plague, also of the life-flowing element water, is Dam, blood, of numerical value 44. Frogs (Tzfardim), the second of the 10 plagues is 444, and the value of the initials (based on their first mention) of the first 9 plagues is 444, the same as frogs. Why?

For one, they are stem from the 4 letters of the YHVH and represent not just the 1st exile but all 4–especially the 4th–exiles; and two, because the plagues are all about the angels, the hidden code within frogs (Tzfardim), and about rectifying and purifying the negative (anti-) Tree-of-life.

This is why 444 = 4 x 111 (aleph). This is why the value of the initials of the last 5 plagues = 358, Moshiach. This is why the initials of the 11 words in all 10 plagues = 541, Israel, and why the last plague’s initials are 42, MB, and also why there are 42 letters in the 11 Names of the sefirot in the Tree-of-life.

And it is probably why Obama is the 44th President at this time and came in with the 111th Congress.

It’s time to recognize the signs around us, and to recognize those within us as well.  Change occurs internally and manifests externally.  Once we change, so to will our environment.  The plagues didn’t just occur outside the Egyptians windows,  Torah makes the repeated point that they happened within the Egyptians homes.

Egypt (Mitzraim) means constriction in Hebrew, limitation. Don’t make Pharaoh’s mistake; don’t harden your heart as times get tough.  We need to soften our hearts if we want to experience the world beyond limitations and illusions.

Fish, Birds, and Frogs: What’s next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But what does it all mean for us today?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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