How Far is it From Jerusalem To Zion?

Where is Jerusalem? What is Zion? How can the distance to the final redemption be measured? How far away is it? The Torah and Zohar have all the answers.

First, we have to understand what and where is Zion, so let’s turn to Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the Zohar and the commentary by Rav Yehuda Halevi Ashlag of blessed memory(Hasulam):

32. Acharei Mot : 28. As is done below so is done above
Verse 175. “We have learned that when the Holy One, blessed be He, wanted to create the lower world, He made it all similar to the upper. He made Jerusalem the center of the entire earth, and one place above it called Zion, WHOSE SECRET IS YESOD. It receives blessings from this place. Through this place of Zion, the earth started to be built, and through it the world was built. This is what the verse says, “El Elohim, Hashem, has spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof” (Tehilim 50:1). From which place? “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, Elohim has shown forth” (Ibid. 2), meaning Elohim did appear from Zion, which is the ultimate beauty of the world. Come and see that Jerusalem, WHICH IS MALCHUT, was blessed only from Zion, WHICH IS YESOD, and Zion WAS BLESSED from above, MEANING ZEIR ANPIN. Everything is one, one bonded into one, AS ZEIR ANPIN AND MALCHUT, THE SECRET OF ONE ON ONE, ARE JOINED BY ZION.”

29. Shmini : 2. Zion and Jerusalem
Verse 11. “Rabbi Pinchas opened the discussion with the verse: “Hashem shall bless you out of Zion and you shall see the good of Jerusalem” (Tehilim 128:5). AND HE ASKS: Why “out of Zion”? HE ANSWERS: Because FROM ZION, WHICH IS THE YESOD OF MALCHUT, all blessings come out to all, as it is written: “For there Hashem has commanded the blessings, even eternal life” (Tehilim 133:3). Hence, “Hashem shall bless you out of Zion,” since from there blessings emanate to everything. “And you shall see the good of Jerusalem.” For the sake of Zion, Jerusalem – WHICH IS MALCHUT – is blessed, BECAUSE ZION IS THE YESOD OF MALCHUT and Mercy rests there. When Jerusalem is blessed, all the people are blessed.”

We can understand from these and many other references to Zion in the Zohar that Zion is a spiritual place, a point above the physical Jerusalem, which is manifest in Malchut. In terms of the tree-of-life, Zion is Yesod of Malchut.  There are 10 Major sefirot (dimensions) in the Tree-of-life and each are subdivided into 10 similar ones, thus 10 x 10 sefirot.  The bottom most (the 100th one) is Malchut which just receives from the others and the one on the scale just above it (say the 99th one), is Yesod of Malchut. It is from this point that all the light (energy, life-force) from all the others gets channeled through. This is Zion.

The further removed we are from Zion, the further away we are from purity and from the life-sustaining light. We need to know how far we have to climb for Malchut of Malchut to join with Yesod of Malchut to become one with the Light, with G-d, with the Tree-of-life reality. That answer was given to us by the Torah.

From Jerusalem (M’Yerushalem, MYRVShLYM) To Zion (B‘TzYVN). The prefixes, “From” and “To,” “Mem” and “Bet,” are the designated letters  (MB) that add up to 42, and that the Torah uses to initialize all spiritual journeys, including all 42 times that the Israelites journeyed in their 40-year trek from exile to the Promised Land.

These letters (MB) are also representative of the Shem Mem-Bet, the 42-Letter Name of G-d, that is Zeir Anpin and where we can find Zion hidden in Yesod of Malchut.  If you will, please notice that in the center of the last line of the 42-Letter Name matrix are the letters Vav-Tzadi-Yud, preceded by the letter Koof which is composed of a Caf or Resh and a final (sofit) letter Nun. Thus we have the letters Tzadi-YudVav-Nun sofit which spells TzYVN (ZION).

This is not coincidence; it is a gateway, but being that as it may, how to we go from Jerusalem to Zion, in order to receive all the blessings of the final redemption.

So the question must first be how do we measure spiritual distance? We can’t use a tape measure because there isn’t a rope, not even an invisible one that stretches from one dimension to the next. The only thing that spans that distance is energy, and the only way to measure this energy is with gematria, for in spirituality distance is measured by similarity of form and that is what gematria reads, how similar or dissimilar an objects energy is.

When we add up the gematria value of “From Jerusalem (M’Yerushalim, MYRVShLYM) To Zion (BTzYVN)” we get 2017, or maybe 2018 with the Kolel, given that Abraham’s journey and thus the entire Israelite and monotheistic journey began in 2018 HC at paragraph 42 in the Torah.

So how close are we?

The events predicted by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in the Zohar are being played out including the revelations of kabbalah and the secrets of the Ana B’koach, the 42-Letter Name, the 70 years of Israel being a Nation, the role of the secret Rome, and more…

Well, what else has followed our society’s spiritual journey lately?

The attack in Mombasa on Nov 28th, 2002; the earthquake in Bam, Iran on Dec 26th 2003; the Tsunami (mabul) off the coast of Meulaboh, Indonesia on Dec 26th 2004; the attack on/in Mumbai on Nov 26th 2008;  Bernie Madoff on Dec 11th, 2008; the massive blackbird kill on Jan 1, 2011 (1/1/11) at Beebee, Arkansas; Mubarak’s downfall on Jan 26th, 2011 and ultimate ouster on the hillula of Moshe Rabbeinu, Feb 11th, 2011. Of course, there is President Obama, and now the Muslim Brotherhood.

As for the 11’s, they could relate to the 11 sefirot, etc, but 26 is definitely the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH).  And some would say that the ultimate 11 was on 9/11/01 with the attach on the Borough of Manhattan.  In our on-going series on the 10 Commandments, we’ll soon see how this all ties together.

Don’t see the connection? Need a divine oracle? Seeing as this week’s Torah portion was Tetzaveh, how about using the high Priest’s Breastplate and garments, the Choshen and the Urim and Tumim. No, it’s true they are no longer available to us but they did house and rely on the divine power of the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) that is still very much available to us. And while the numerical value of Choshen is 358, the same as Moshiach (Messiah), the numerical value (gematria complete sofit) of the Urim and the Tumim (HEVRYM V’HTMYM) with the kolel is 2018 yet again.

Thus even without its presence today, we can understand the chazal’s explanation that the understanding of the Shem Mem-Bet with bring about the geula (final redemption) and Rav Yehuda Ashlag of blessed memory’s explanation that the Moshiach will be manifest in 2018 (5778).

The distance shortens everyday. Are we ready? Remember, 3330 years ago, the distance narrowed to zero, but we weren’t ready. Are we ready today?

Shavua Tov

Ezra

The 3 Columns of History.

The Torah always presents information to us with great built in redundancy, so it’s not the Torah’s fault if we’re slow on the uptake.  For example, did you ever wonder why there were 70 family members who entered Egypt and began the 210 years of exile there while they grew to 600,000? Or why Moses and his siblings had to pass the Torah on to 70 Elders before it could be given to the people, also 600,000 at the time. And you probably didn’t realize that Noah’s sons had 70 named descendants in the Torah, which eventually populated the world.

Ok, so what?

So if the Torah is expressing a distinctive pattern, it’s our  obligation to try and figure out why, what he message is. This is the Sod Torah, the secret chambers of the Torah that house the deepest wisdom.

The pattern:

Noach (1) – his 3 sons – 70 descendants

Adam (1) – 3 Patriarchs – 70 family members

G-s (1) – 3 Moses/Aaron/Miriam – 70 Elders

1 -3 -70

1

3

70

The Tree-of-life comes to mind right away:

Keter

Binah –  Da’at – Chochma

Gevurah -Chesed

Tiferet

Hod -Netzach

Yesod

Malchut

thus:

1 (Keter)

3 Upper Sefirot

70 Subsefirot of 7 sefirot of Zeir Anpin/Malchut

By the way, the 70 sub-sefirot are naturally bundled this way; it wasn’t some convenient arrangement of ours.

Then, of course, there is 137, the numerical gematria value of Kabbalah, meaning both to receive and also parallel, as in parallel meaning and parallel universe.

As my friend Mordechai pointed out, 1-3-70 is also 1370 as in the 1370 that Chazal tells us the Moslems were to rule over the Jews in merit of their forefather Ishmael (10 years for each of the 137 of his life), which incidentally ended on June 8th, 2002, 1370 years after the death of Mohammad in 632 CE.

Then there is 1 x 3 x 70 = 210 years of exile in Egypt.

Of course, Keter is 1, but it’s also 100 and 100 + 70 + 3 = 173, as in the 173 keys that the Zohar tells us G-d gave to Moses to access Heaven, and allusion to the small gematria value of the 42-Letter Name of G-d, 173.

Let’s put that aside for the moment and see where the 3 column structure of the Tree-of-life takes us. The Arizal explains that all history is based on cycles of the coupling of Zeir Anpin and Malchut (in it’s most simplistic form, Heaven and Earth).  These cycles include the 3 times of the day (corresponding to the 3 sets of daily prayers); the 7 days of the weeks; 12 months in a year He further states that in the grand cycle, the destruction of the Second Temple in 3830 HC heralded the end of the coupling of Zeir Anpin and Malchut, which will reoccur in the time of the Third Temple. Interestingly, the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, and the first Temple was destroyed in 3338 HC, or -422 CE, which is germane because 422 is the gematria value of the word seventy (70).

Now, since the 2nd of the 3 periods (columns) of history ended in 3830, if this first 2 periods were split down the middle, each would be 1915 years long.  I haven’t found any biblical events that match the year 1915, but Abraham was born 33 years later in 1948.

And similarly, 3830 + 1915 (or alternatively 1915 x 3 periods) = 5745 (1985 CE), which is 33 years before 5778, the year prophesied by Rav Ashlag, etc. for the geula (final redemption) and the arrival of Moshiach and the 3rd Tree-of-life opportunity.

Nevertheless, we know that the 70 years of King David’s life is tied into the  whole Mashiach calendar and that the midpoint of his life in 2889 HC is exactly halfway between Adam (0) and Moshaich in 5778 HC, and so we should see see how his life compares with the 3 periods of 1915 years. As it happens, half way between the first 1915 year period and the the second at 3830 is the year 2872 and half of 33 years later is 2889, alternatively David was born 33/2 years before 2872 in 2854 HC.

So why the 33 years?

Is it because it’s 1/3 of 100 (keter)? Or because it’s 1 more than the 32 Paths of Wisdom (Tree-of-life).  Or is it something deeper, some link/path/gateway that G-d wants us to find on our own. After all, the square root of 33 is 57.45, as in 3 x 1915 = 5745.

Couldn’t be, right? Square roots factoring into G-d’s Divine calendar?

Well, maybe, considering that the square root of 1370 = 37.01, and the gematria value of the 42-Letter Name is 3701. And speaking of the 42-Letter Name, whose small gematria value if you recall was 173, the square root of 3 is 1.73.

Nevertheless, 33 is 2/3 or .666 of the 50-year biblical jubilee year, which the Torah commands us (starting back in 2448 HC at Mt Sinai) to count, until the arrival of Moshiach 3330 (66.6 jubilee) years later.

Now the Divine Calendar is so designed so that Abraham would be born in 1948 HC, and Israel would become a nation in 1948 CE and that 1948 years after the destruction of the Second Temple in 3830, we’d get the 3rd opportunity for the Tree-of-life reality in 5778, which is 2018 CE, 70 years after Israel became a nation, just as it was 70 years after Abraham was born in 1948, that G-d made his Covenant with Abraham (in 2018 HC).

But if that isn’t enough, it was also so designed so that the square root of the year the First Holy Temple was destroyed, 3338 is 57.78, and moreover that the square root of 5778 is 76.0 and 76.6 jubilee years is 3830, when the Second Holy Temple was destroyed.

So G-d had a plan for us all along, and a time table, a very specific one it seems, down to the square roots, so let’s take another look at the 1-3-70 progression. And it turns out that the sum of their respective square roots is 11.1, as in the numerical value of the 1st Hebrew Letter, Alef (ELP), 111, which leads us back to 1 (One). But as for the progression and the cyclical coupling of Zeir Anpin and Malchut, the Arizal explains that the 600,000 Jewish souls at Mt Sinai can trace their soul root back through the 70 members through the 12 sons through the 3 Patriarchs to Adam, meaning:

600,000/70/12/3 = 238.095

and

238.095 = 1/42

=

The atomic weight of

Uranium238

These are just a few of the secrets revealed in just one of the Torah’s many chambers.  But buried beneath this chamber of history is another chamber, with deeper secrets, with clues to the 4th Period of History, he one to come.  We’ll open the seal on that chamber in our next post…

Ezra

The Entrance; A Step Forward and Upward.

The article picks up our series about Joseph’s Pyramid and its connection to the Future Holy Temple, which we left off late last year (2009).  In it, we illustrated a possible design connection to the 6 sefirot (dimensions) of Zeir Anpin (the spiritual linkage between the upper world and our world as defined by the Tree-of-Life) with the placement of the extra wide 50-inch masonry band at the pyramid’s 35th level. It split the pyramid neatly into 1/6th and 5/6th of its height, which itself is a reference to relationship between the Hebrew letters Vav (V) of numerical value 6 and the letter Hei (H) of numerical value 5, the two final letters in the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), which, as we’ve discussed previously, are at the core of both the pyramid and certainly the Holy Temple.

If we apply that same split to the width of the pyramid’s base, 330 cubits, we’d have 55 cubits and 275 cubits respectively. And while 275 corresponds to the full value of the 4 expanded aspects of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) from which the holy cubit (27.5 inches) derives (see previous articles about the holy cubit for details), 275 is also 10 times 27.5, a reflection of the full 10 sefirot (dimensions) in their completion.

So knowing that the number 55 (twice 27.5) may play a part in the design structure of Joseph’s Pyramid. Let’s revisit the secret entrance to the pyramid, which is exactly 55 feet off the ground.

First of all, as we recently did with teh Washington Monument’s base of 55 ft wide and its capstone of 55 ft high, let’s note the wonderful symmetry of 55 ft being the exact square root of the the pyramid’s base perimeter, 3025 feet. Obviously, this was no design fluke, any more than it was with the Washington Monument. Nor was it a fluke that the base of the pyramid’s South side, 756.25 feet, is also the exact square of the 27.5 inch cubit, in other words:

Holy cubit = 27.5 inches

Holy cubit x Holy cubit in inches = (27.5 x 27.5) = 756.25 = Pyramid Base in ft

And

756.25 x 4 sides = 3025 = Pyramid Perimeter = 552

And Holy cubit + Holy cubit = (27.5 + 27.5) = 55

Or alternatively

55/2 = 27.5.

The secret entrance to the pyramid lies 55 ft straight up the steep highly polished face of the pyramid and was hidden by a massive hinged stone door, seamless and flush to the face. It guarded the secret entrance for thousands of years, and was never actually revealed beyond a need-to-know basis. This is why in 820 CE, Caliph Al Mamoun had to blow a hole in the side of the pyramid in order to open it  to the world.  He found no gold inside, nor even a King’s mummified body. Indeed, no artifacts or bodies were ever concealed or found within the great pyramid.  All the secrets were locked within its measurements and unlocked by knowing the measure of the Holy Cubit, itself only recently revealed.

Today, with the magnificent multi-ton casing stones stripped away by earthquakes, time, and urban planners who used them to build mosques in Cairo, we can see and metaphysically enter the Pyramid the proper way.  What we find first is that on the 19th level of the masonry, 55 ft up, and 24 ft off center from the Pyramid’s exact central axis, is the proper gabled entrance to the Pyramid, with the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) engraved above it, the true guardian of the secrets.

Of course, 55 feet being exactly equal to 24 cubits is just another bit of beautiful symmetry incorporated into its design. And this symmetry connects us to the Future Holy Temple, which is the whole reason we’re writing about the pyramid and may be the real reason the pyramid was constructed in the first place.  In a subsequent article  we’ll explain the reason that the upper platform of the Future Holy Temple’s centrally located Alter measures 24 x 24 cubits and telescopes down to a base of 32 x 32 cubits.  For now, let’s just note that they are connected.  Don’t forget, that since 24 cubits = 55 feet, the upper platform of the centrally located Alter of the Future Holy Temple measures 55 ft x 55 ft.

Which means that the mysteriously dimensioned Washington Monument of base 55 ft x 55 ft would fit seamlessly atop the Alter of the Future Holy Temple.  We can ask ourselves why? Why does this Egyptian Obelisk at the center core of the US power base connect to the Great Pyramid in Egypt, at the exact center of the world’s land mass, and why is it designed to fit snugly atop the Alter at the exact center of the Future Holy Temple, the nexus point connecting our world and the spiritual one.

As we’ll explain in future articles the final gate to the Holy of Holies is the Gate of 42, all the other Gates of the Future Holy Temple being a full 50 cubits in height.  But for now, lets just note that 50 cubits = 1375 inches, and not only does the last 3 lines of the Holy 42-Letter names of G-d (Ana B’koach) sum (906+230+239) numerically to exactly 1375, but

The pyramid’s base/the Washington Monument base = 756.25/55 ft = 13.75

Alternatively,

the pyramid’s base/it’s entrance height = 756.25/55 ft = 13.75

And half a cubit = 27.5/2 = 13.75 inches

Briefly, the measure of the 50 cubits is its connection to the 50 gates of Binah, the upper spiritual dimension of Understanding, and should be noted if one wants to use the last three lines of the Ana B’koach as a gateway.  This is also an allusion to the 50-year jubilee period that the Torah commands us to count.

As for the hidden entrance 55 ft up being on the 19th level of the pyramid is not so surprising to those initiated to its secrets, or entrusted to keep its secrets.  As the kabbalists well knew back then 55 is numerically in Hebrew represented by the letters Nun (50) and Hei (5) and the ordinal value of Nun (14) and Hei (5) together sum to 19.  Meanwhile, it was also well know that the two Letters Hei (H) of the YHVH were both gateways and while the lower Hei(H), representing the world of Malchut, maintains its value of 5, the upper Hei(H), representing Binah rises to the level of 50. Together, they are 55.  The secret to all this is found in Genesis 42:2, when Jacob tells his sons to go down to Egypt, and thus begin the 210 years of exile there.   I will explain this in another brief article shortly, for now, please just note that the verse begins with the Hebrew word Hineh (HNH) containing the 2 gates (HH) and the (NH).

Given the spiritual importance of  Alter of the Future Holy Temple, and of any  entrance, it’s not so surprising the the pyramid’s entrance was hidden 55 feet high, especially with what we know (and will reveal in subsequent articles) about the advanced scientific knowledge programmed into the pyramid’s dimensions.

Nevertheless, before we actually enter the pyramid we should ask what the simple connection is between: the pyramid’s capstone being 32 ft x 32 ft; and the Future Temple’s Alter being 32 cubits x 32 cubits at its base; also with the Alter’s summit platform being 55 ft x 55 ft; and the base of the entire pyramid being 55/2 ft x 55/2 ft; and with the entire pyramid’s base perimeter (3025 ft) also being 55 ft x 55 ft.

Basically what’s the deeper, spiritual, connection between 32 and 55?

It’s Kavod, G-d’s Glory.

The numerical value of Kavod (KBVD) is 32 and when you add its ordinal value you get 55, so both these figures were intertwined into the pyramid’s structure to represent the Glory of G-d,.

The great Pyramid never stood for some Egyptian Pharoah, who never occupied the Pyramid. When Al Mamoun blasted his way in and the 3 gigantic granite plugs were remove from the ascending passage, all the chambers were empty–no pharaoh, no retinue, no gold, no hieroglyphics, nor any carvings of any kind, just lots of secret knowledge hidden in the pure numerical dimensions.

That’s not to say there was no power there, just none tied to pagan gods of beliefs.

Shabbat Shalom

Ezra

Reflections of the Reflecting Pool.

It came to my attention this week that the giant Reflecting Pool that lies in the central axis between the Washington Monument and the Capital Building is 2300 x 150 feet. At first I dismissed it, even as they pointed out that 2300 x 150 = 345,000 sq ft and that 345 is numerical value of Moses. But on further reflection, I realized that 2300 = 20 x 115 and as we’ve been discussing in the last few articles, the value 20 is synonymous with the highest, crowning sefira (dimension) of Keter, and 115 is the number of jubilee years (Biblical 50-year interval) from Adam to the prophecies of Mashiach (the Messiah) in our generation, specifically 5778 (2018 CE).

Still, I didn’t consider it worth mentioning until I further realized that 2300  + 150 = 2450, and by removing the kolel of 2, we get 2448, as in the year of the exodus from Egypt and the reception of the Torah at Sinai in 2448 HC. Moreover, both 2448 and 2450 equal 49 jubilee years, which we know from the sages correspond with the 49 gates of negativity that the Israelites were at before they crossed the Red (Reed) Sea.

Now, the Torah commands us emphatically to count jubilee years and this connection between the measurements of the Reflection Pool and to both times that the window to the Tree-of-Life reality is said to have opened and is predicted to open again is a little suspicious.  Even more so, when we consider that there are exactly 66.6 jubilee years between those 2 dates and that the Washington Monument is 6660 inches tall.

Nevertheless, I held off writing about this until in a dream last night I saw in a straight line, just as it’s actually laid out, the 541 room Capital Building, the Washington Monument (the giant Egyptian Obelisk) and the 2300 foot long Reflecting Pool just beyond it. It dawned on me then that the US Capital was purposefully designed to reflect these aspects of the Exodus from Egypt across the red sea in 2448 HC, to the Promised Land, Israel, whose numerical value is 541, and who is symbolically represented by the Star of David (Magen David), a symmetrical 12-gonal star that is mathematical comprised of 541 points.

But Why?