The two (**2)** calendars are superimposed, the Western and the Hebrew. One began in the year 0 with Adam and has lasted **5778** years to date. The other began **3760** years after the start of the first one, **2018** years ago. First Holy Temple was destroyed** 422** years, which is the gematria of the number “**70**,” before the **2 nd** calendar began. Then **70** years after the **2 nd** calendar began, the Second Holy Temple was destroyed, **70 CE**. Now **1948** years later, we find ourselves at the end of the **70**-year period since Israel became a nation in **1948**. Abraham, the first of the Patriarch was born in **1948 HC**. Seventy (**70**) years later G-d made a Covenant with him and called it the Covenant of Halves. The Calendars are folding in on themselves. Time is collapsing. *Zeir Anpin* is collapsing with it, focusing to point.

**Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created heaven and earth.”**

**Genesis 1:4 “…God divided between the light and darkness.”**

**Genesis 1:6 “God said, ‘There shall be a sky [expanse, firmament, Heaven] in the middle of the water, and it shall divide between water and water’.”**

Before we can get to that point of collapse we need to understand better how our greater universe is structured. The Zohar juxtaposes the **12** directions (branches) of *Zeir Anpin* with the **2** seas: the Sea of *Binah* and the Sea of *Malhut*. As we have explained previously, the **12** directions (branches) represent the restrictive cubic structure with the **12** edges boxing in the **6** sides. The Zohar further tells us that the **12** edges are analogous to the **12** tribes of Israel and to the **12** sons of Jacob, who came from **4** mothers (sides and/or vertical edges of the cube). The **3** Patriarchs representing the **3** columns spreading out at right angles to form the full **12** boundaries of the cube (**4 x 3**). Spiritually, the **12** edges of the cubes, like the metaphor of the **12** sons, are the channels of light that draw from the upper see to the lower one. As we have said previously the 12 edges, 6 sides and 8 vertices (points) of the cube sum to **26**, the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (**יהוה**) that is G-d’s Name in the state of *Zeir Anpin*.

The sea spreads out evenly in all directions and is presented by a spherical shape, equidistant from its center at all points. The sea is endless, but when stopped in freeze-frame at any moment in its even expansion it would be a sphere, like the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon. For simplicity, we will think of this juxtaposition as a circle and a square, which are slices of those spheres and cubes. The square is *Zeir Anpin*, the channel between the circles, the sky from Genesis 1:6. There is a circle inscribed in the square; it is *Malchut*, our physical world, cased in by *Zeir Anpin*. There is a circle that circumscribes the square and encases it; it is *Binah*. An Inner circle and an outer one. These are the wheels you read about in the Zohar. These are the seas you read about in the Zohar.

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“All the rivers flow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, There they flow again.”

“All the rivers flow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, There they flow again.”

*Zeir Anpin* are the rivers that channel the light from the upper endless sea of Light, *Binah*. The four (**4**) rivers of Genesis **2:10**. *Malchut* is the sea that cannot be filled*. Malchut* is a dark endless with no light of its own. Once it is cut off from the light it will be pitch black. Our spiritual selves live in *Zeir Anpin*; our physical selves are ensconced in *Malchut*. What we think and imagine as light in the world in which we live is just a reflection from *Binah* above. It is an illusion, a cheap trick to keep us trapped down here. Whatever gives us what we think is light down here is the antithesis of light; it draws us deeper into the darkness. The stronger the sensation of light, like being high, the further from the actual light we are being led. The cruel trick is that the reflection is on the bottom of sea not its surface, so the closer to the false light we swim, the deeper into the abyss we are diving. That is the reality behind addictions, all of them. And addictions are just a modern term for idol worshiping, which is even a crueler trick because almost no one today thinks they are worshiping idols-most would tell you that is barbaric.

To understand how to escape the lower sea before the collapse is complete, we must first understand how it is all structured. Only then will we be able to see through the illusions.

To geometry, this relationship between the spheres and cubes or circles and squares is basic, and while it may look fancy if we spell it all out, it is very basic math. What is math anyway? It is just a way to describe relationships between different objects using a common universal language. So let us skip the math and examine the relationship. Skipping the part about the ratio of the circumference of the inscribed circle to the circumscribed circle being **(1-1/√2)** and jumping ahead to where it works out to **.2928**, we learn that **2928 HC** is the year that the First Holy Temple was constructed. Doing the same with the ratio of the outer circle’s circumference to the inscribed square’s perimeter, the resultant **Pi/2 **is** 1.5708**, which gives us **5708 HC**, the year Israel became a nation. This is also **2780** years after the construction of the First Holy Temple. Those **2780** years are **10** times the numerical value of *Ohr HaGanuz*, the concealed light of *Moshiach*.

And again skipping the math in the ratio of the area of the circumscribed (outer circle) to the square within gives us **1.111**, which we know is representative of the primordial *Aleph* (**א**) that is *Binah*. Then as mentioned in our **article on the Solar System**, the square drawn around the inscribed circle that it bounds is **1.273 **or** 27.3%** larger, representative of the ratio of *Zeir Anpin* to the bounded *Malchut*. This partially explains why within that strict confined structure, the Moon rotates in **27.3** days and revolves around the Earth in **27.3** days, in sync with the dark sunspots that rotate around the Sun also every **27.3** days. The design of *Zeir Anpin* is to keep the darkness of *Malchut* from infecting the upper worlds and to inject as much order as possible into that swirling chaos, hence the strict marching orders of the planets, timed to one-half of the numerical value of the Tree-of-Life and of Israel, **546/2 = 273**.

To see the two (**2**) Hands of G-d in all this, each with **14** finger segments, we need only look past the square *Zeir Anpin* and look to the ratio of the two seas to one another, *Binah *to* Malchut*. Given what we just described, the ratio of the Outer circle to the Inner one is **1.111 x 1.273**,or **1.414214**, which is the square root of **2**. The **√2**, or essence of **2**, decodes as **1.414214 = 14** (**יד**) and **14** (**יד**), followed by **2** (**יד**), or even *ruach*, the spirit of G-d of numerical value **214**. Since *Yad* (**יד**) is Hand, we can see the **2** Hands of G-d within the square root of two (**2**), a very unique number, and one at the core of all our geometry.

**The Covenant of Halves**

The name David (**דוד**) also has the numerical value of **14.** Moreover, the ratio of the Inner circle to the Outer one is **.707107**, giving us the **70** years of David’s lifespan and of the nation of Israel in this transformational year,** 5778 (2018 CE)**. Before we examine this closer, we should note that the **.707107** Inner to Outer circle ratio is one-half of the √**2** and that it also gave us the equation (**1 -.707107) = .2928**, the Year that King David’s plans for the First Holy Temple were realized (**2928 HC**) by his son, **4** years after his death. The square root of **2** is unique in that half (**√2/2**) of it, (**.707107**), is equal to the inverse (**1/√2**) of it, (**.707107**). Therefore, half of those two (**2**) hands (**1.414214**), in other words **.707107,** breaks down numerically to **70** years, the **7th** prophesied Shabbat millennium, and **107**, whose sum of its **107** integers (∑** 1 -107 **) equals **5778**, the year Israel completes its first **70** years.

The splitting of the square root of **2** in half is not only mathematically unique, but special in its relationship to King David in that the midpoint—*the splitting in 2*—of his

**70**-year life span marks the midpoint,

**2889 HC**, in the

**5778**years to

*Moshiach*and freedom. It is no coincidence that G-d made the Covenant of Halves with Abraham in the year

**2018 HC**, the analog to

**2018 CE (5778 HC).**

The Zohar tells us the four (**4**) walls of the square are akin to the four (**4**) exiles. When Joseph entered Egypt the **210** years of Egyptian exile began, **3** periods of **70** years each. Not coincidentally, there are **4** portions about Joseph in the Torah, who was born in the year **2198 HC**, and lived in Egypt for **70** years of those **210**. Those **70** years were blessings and protection to Israel, even as they lived within the darkness of exile. Those **70** years of blessings extend forward in time to today’s **70** years of Israel, for Joseph was born exactly **3580** years before the year **5778**, or **10** times **358**, the numerical value of *Mashiach*. Joseph’s birth in **2198 HC** was also **1562** years before the Gregorian Calendar began, and **156** is the numerical value of Joseph. The **2** Calendars are converging this year. **5778** years of history did not happen in vain.

How long was the Babylonian exile before the Second Holy Temple was built? **70** years. The Gregorian calendar began with a **70**-year period that marked the end of the Second Holy Temple. It is ending with another **70**-year period clearly marked by the birth of Israel. It is time for us to break out and reach *Binah*, the World to Come. It is time to break out of the self-defined confines of the **4**th exile. It is the illusion that we keep feeding ourselves that forms the walls of this prison. *Zeir Anpin* is made of light; we must look up towards it, not to its reflection in the bottom of the abyss.

The Israelites are* Zeir Anpin*, the **12** sons of Jacob are the structured boundary walls ruled by the 3-column system. The Inner Circle referenced above is *Malchut*, the darkness drawing its light from the bounded edges, the **4** rivers. The Outer Circle is *Binah*, the true light that beckons us to break free. As explained above, the two Hands of G-d are reaching down to us through the design of that structure. They are built into it as our way out.

This year, the boundaries of our self-imposed prison will be shaken severely. They will be shaken loose for our sake. The Zohar explains that that is exactly what happened to end the **210**-year exile in Egypt. It took the Hands of G-d to shake free and wake up the Israelites then, which is why the initials of the **10** plagues add up to the numerical value of Israel. Then once the boundaries are broken, the choice is ours; The Outer or the Inner Circle; the Darkness or the Light.

We live in a universe of positive and negative, spiritual and physical. Black and white fire, as the Hebrew letters of the Torah and the space they occupy are called. Like two pieces of a puzzle fitting together, **5778** and **4222** slide in together to form **10000**, or **10** to the power of **4**, the **4th** or *Binah* dimension. As we explained above, numerically **4222** is **422** and **2**, or the numerical value of **70** and the **2** dates of the destruction of both Holy Temples.

**5778**

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**10000**

The numerical values for “**70″** and for “Joseph” respectively, **422 **and** 156** equal **578**. Of the 91 sets of oddly doubled words in the Torah, the set of doubled words meaning to tear away (**טרף** and **טרף**) was used twice, once when the brothers inferred to Jacob that Joseph was dead and again when he was found to be alive. Each set has the numerical value **578**. Each set also has the *sofit* gematria value of **2018**. This year Joseph is alive for us. Joseph was never dead; it was an illusion. This is the year we tear away the illusions.

The Temples were the physical manifestation of *Zeir Anpin* on Earth, open channels to *Binah* and beyond. When the weight of the encroaching darkness of *Malchut* became too much they collapsed to seal off and protect the upper worlds. If the darkness was feeding off the light, having none of its own, why not strike a balance and thus live off as much light as possible? It was not its nature. Darkness likes darkness and the nature of physicality is blind greed, not balance. In order to escape it, we have to turn away from our own nature; it is the only way. Trying to strike a balance is the illusion the darkness would like you to believe.

We are personifying the darkness for a reason: it does have a consciousness. This is why you cannot fight it; this consciousness feeds off everyone collectively and individually. Every negative thought we have, let alone our selfish actions and speech, feed it and tell it how best to control us, what illusions with which to best confront us.

It is a battle that cannot be won, but there is a way out. This year, G-d’s two Hands are reaching out to those who can wake themselves up and see the physical nature of our prison for what it is .

More to follow…