The year 5778 is finally upon us and the entire world has been witnessing the changes over the past year with the ominous signs recognizable to all. For 5778 years the Earth has been circling the Sun at 66,600 miles per hour, or 107,000 kilometers per hour if you use that system. Most people will recognize 666 as an apocalyptic sign but be that as it may, it is also a deep Kabbalistic concept and the numerical value of 2/3. Rav Ashlag of blessed memory used that principle to determine the year of 5778 as the time of the geula (final redemption), and the Arizal hinted at its use to determine a specific date within the year 5778. Equally significant is that the sum of the integers from 1 to 107 is also 5778 and that there are 107,000 letters in the Torah preceding the 10 Commandments, which were given in the 70th Chapter in the Torah, but that has already been written.
Since the beginning of consciousness, the biblical birth of Adam, the Earth has been hurtling through space at 66,600 miles per hour, and when it traveled exactly 1,666,666,666,666 miles, King David was born. 35 years later, at the midpoint in David’s 70-year lifespan, in the year 2889 HC, we reached exactly the midpoint to the year 5778. Let that sink in for a moment, and connect to the journey that began with Adam, paused with David, and brought us to this fateful point in time. The ancient kabbalists told us that ADAM (אדם) stands for Adam-David-Moshiach(א–ד–ם).
After David, the Earth continued its journey and when it traveled a total of 3232323232323.2 miles around the Sun, the United States of America was formed. It was 1776 CE. Then 101010101010.1 miles later, the Earth reached a total of 3333333333333.3 miles and Israel became a nation. The year was 5708(1948 CE). Notably, the Archangel Michael, of gematria 101 is the guardian angel of Israel. This is more significant considering the Biblical and Zoharic prophecies of the 70 nations of the world gathering against Israel in the end-of-days, and the vicious anti-Semitic sentiments orchestrated by the Erev Rav and boiling up all over the world. These prophecies are thousands of years old and are relevant only now as Israel approached 70 years of nationhood.
The Earth continued circling the Sun at 66,600 mph and the planet started to heat up—what we call global warming. This heating up over the last 70 years brought the average surface temperature of the Earth, to 57.78 degrees, in alignment with that of the surface of the Sun, 5778 K.
The Earth will continue circling the Sun we assume. The question is will we chose to keep riding it, or get off? Which world will we choose to live in? It is no longer a matter of whether we will choose to go through the gates when they open, but whether they will even open for us. We have been given the tools to make that happen, eyes to see and ears to hear. We will discuss the key tools below and hopefully strengthen your beliefs for without them no tool can help you. After all, our souls have already had 5778 years to decide what they really want.
The Torah scroll is arranged into 42 rows and 248 columns, and all the columns, except for 6 specific ones, begin with the letter Vav (ו) of numerical value 6, as in the 6th millennium when most of the Jewish prophecies called for Moshiach’s arrival. The number 248 is the numerical value of Abraham(אברהם), whose letters permute to Reah MB (ראה–מב) or “See the 42.” This arrangement of the Torah with its focus on 42, as in 42-Letter Name of G-d, is crucial for us in these final days.
These 6 letters at the heads of their respective columns spell out B’YH Shmo (ביה–שמו) and they have the numerical value 363 along with an ordinal value of 57. Both these values are the exact same as H’Moshiach (המשיח), the Messiah. Neither the Torah, nor G-d’s messages in it are mbiguous. What matters is if we are ready to receive them. If the other 242 columns seem to point to H’Moshiach it must be noted that they can also represent the 242 years from when the 13 colonies of the United States became a nation in 1776 CE to the year 2018 CE (5778), this year. The complete gematria value of B’YH Shmo is thus 363 plus 57 or 422 when the kolel of 2 is added for the 2 parts of the equation, and as noted in The Divine Calendar, 422 is the numerical value of the word for 70, specifically as in 70 CE when the Second Holy Temple was destroyed. We make this connection because the year -422 BCE is also when the First Holy Temple was destroyed, in 3338 HC, and because 5778 x .5778 = 3338. There are no coincidences, only choices. The divine intent is unambiguous. We were given eyes to see; what we choose to look at is our choice, and ours alone. In truth, we judge only ourselves. Our fate is entirely dependent on the choices we make. Hopefully, the revelations herein enclosed will make those choices clearer.
Just before Rosh Chodesh Elul this year, when the final month of teshuva (repentance) began before 5778, the moon equaled the Sun and a 70-mile wide swath of darkness divided the United States in two. Thanks to the pervasive efforts of the Even Rav, the US has become the most divided, divisive place on the planet, split in two, literally and figuratively. This occurrence, witnessed by millions, fulfills the prophecy based on the Zohar that in the days of Mashiach the moon (malchut) would equal the Sun (Zeir Anpin) and so it has, for a few hours at least, when the entire country, so recently fixated on hatred and anarchy, focused on the darkness and cheered. That dark band divided the country into North and South for the second time in US history. More recently, the South has been under siege and not just from those anarchistic forces of evil who are pulling down all symbols of its past, but by powerful elements of nature (Elohim). Three very powerful and unprecedented hurricanes surged forth from the Atlantic, whose initials in Hebrew (חיה) spelled (Chayah), or beast in English. The gematria of Harvey (הרוי) is that of the Hebrew word “the judgement” and the gematria of Irma (יארמה) is that of “from judgement” while that of Jose (חוזה) is the Tetragrammaton (יהוה). The letters of Irma and Harvey permute to spell in Hebrew “the ten curses,” while the letters in Jose count down 8…7…6…5. And then there was Maria…
We should pray for G-d’s will to be done mercifully and for mankind to suddenly awaken before it is too late. This window in time will be temporary and we need to take advantage of it while we can.
This year, 5778, we complete 66.6 jubilee years since the giving of the Torah at My Sinai, which was the last opportunity we had for Moshiach consciousness in our world, the last time we touched Binah, a state of immortality and instate understanding. That time, we collectively rejected it. Binah is a spiritual sea where everything is instantaneously connected and these connections are openly understood by all who ride upon it. The Earth has traveled a great distance in those 3330 years and G-d has expended great efforts on our behalf to align the worlds for us for the 3rd and possibly final time, at least for us. The Zohar indicates that we needed to reach a critical mass of like and positive consciousness of 600,000 souls. Alternately because of the two Shins (שש) of numerical value 300 each on the tefillin, we would have needed 100 minyanim with like and positive consciousness praying for Moshiach/ Binah consciousness and the unification of the Shechinah with Hashem. Instead, the majority of the population, including far too many Jews, have unwittingly succumbed to the negative influence of the Erev Rav, just as they did 3330 years ago with the golden calf. These are the same people working so hard to divide the United States in two and create World War III. So where does that leave us?
Barring a sudden shift in the common consciousness, we must make our connections individually, and prepare ourselves to receive the gates . Besides the normal prayers, and besides studying Zohar as much as possible, there are three connections that can bring us closer to the docks of unification and help prepare our sails for the winds of Binah that soon approach. Caution though: nothing can prepare us for what is to come if we choose to ground ourselves in the lower world of malchut. That is the first choice we must make. We have to want Moshiach and enlightenment over physicality and we have to want it with all our hearts, not as a hedge to our bets. Before children reach the age of 5 they see many wondrous and scary things that we cannot. It is because they believe. If we do not believe something is not possible it will not be possible. It is as simple as that. If you want to connect to the spiritual realm you must first believe—truly believe—that it exists. Our eyes see what we let them see. The Kabbalists describe our world as the world of illusion and Satan as the master illusionist.
The three places of intense connection to the spiritual realm, and specifically to Binah, are the Torah’s first verse of gematria 2701; the 42-Letter Name of G-d that stems from that verse, of gematria 3701, and the 1000 letters of the Shema that bridge the 1000 value gap between them, the 1000 chambers of Moshiach. We have written about the Torah’s first verse and the 42-Letter Name extensively and will add even deeper connections for them soon. Today, it is imperative we bring out a deeper understanding of the Shema for everyone. In this I am fulfilling a promise to Rav Brandwein of blessed memory to publish this enlightenment for the whole world. This article is not meant to be a comprehensive analysis or explanation about the Shema prayer, which would fill volumes; it is meant to illuminate numerous highlights of the prayer have been previously concealed from the average student and are only now being revealed because the darkness of our days necessitates it.
So why 1000? Kabbalistically, and as a matter of counting, 1000 represents completion, just as in the complete Tree-of-Life that has 10 sefirot (dimensions) subdivided into 10 sub-sefirot and those in turn into 10 additional sub-sefirot or 10 x 10 x 10. Notably, when we descend these dimensions by 10% each iteration, 1000 units requires 22 diminutions of 10% each to get to 100, as in the 22 Hebrew Letters, or as Abraham described them in the Sefer Yetzirah, the 22 cubic building blocks, and also as in the 22 paths that connect the sefirot in the Tree-of-Life. Please note the science used by the ancient kabblaists may have been divinely given but it is no less accurate or precise than our modern physics, which also divides our existence into 10 dimensions.
Therefore, there are 66 iterations in total when diminishing the light of 1000 to 100 to 10 to 1. The symmetry aside, those 1000 are as One (1) in that the Hebrew word for 1000 is elef (אלפ), which is exactly the same as alef (אלפ), the first Hebrew letter, of numerical value 1 (one). In short, the alef (א) is Binah, a primordial existence that preceded the Bet of Bereshit in the Torah. As a completeness, 1000 is also the end since Ketz (קץ), meaning “the end” of numerical value 1000, and spelled with the initials of North Korea in Hebrew (צפון–קראה).
First, it must be explained that we inhabit a 3-dimensional world and that as the Zohar enlightens, the most basic shape in our world is the cube, which is why the 1000 letters of the Shema form a cube of 10 by 10 by 10, or 103. When that cube expands to connect with the 50 gates of Binah in the 4th dimension it forms a hypercube, which because of math and physics has 42 faces and 72 vertices and 72 edges. This is why the 4 paragraphs of the Shema have 50 letters in first 2 verses, 42 words in the first paragraph, 72 words in the second, 50 words in the third, and 72 in the fourth. This is hard to visualize and we need not be able to do it. We should, though, connect the 42 words and the 72 words to 42-Letter Name and 72 Triplet Names of G-d respectively, and we should use the entire prayer to elevate our consciousness toward Binah. Each Name and letter is a portal or port in the sea of Binah. It is not a coincidence that Sea, Yam (ים) has the numerical value of 50, just as it is no coincidence that there are 50 years in a jubilee year, which we were told to start counting exactly 3330 years ago. This time we are all captains of our own ships, and if we do not unfurl our sails in time no one will do it for us.
What is described above in 4-dimensions is what our sails look like unfurled. It is invisible to us at the moment, yet we can and should use the Shema in its condensed 4 paragraph form which we can see in order to harness all that spiritual energy and open ourselves up to that spiritual existence beyond. See with your eyes and hear with your ears. See the MB (42-Letter Name). Hear the Shema,
The Zohar in Ki Tetze further explains that in the end of days, we will strike, Samuel, the evil minister of the Erev Rav 50 times, corresponding to the ordinal value in the 3 letters of the first word in the shema (שמע) and that we would strike out the wickedness from within us at the limit of 39 times, as in the value and also the ordinal value of the last two words (אחד יהוה) of that same first verse of the shema. The Zohar relates those 50 strikings (beatings) of Samuel to the 50 letters in that verse combined with the silent Baruch Shem verse that follows it. When we recite the Shema with the right intentions we can beat away our accumulated negative klippot that block out the light that G-d so wants us to receive. This is a precious gift given that our world is so thick with negativity. We need to use it, not forsake it.
The same Zohar passage continues explaining that Adam, Eve, the serpent, and the land each received 10 strikes. This is akin to the four letter Yuds(י) in the four central words of the Shema’s first verse
(יהוה אלהינו יהוה ישראל ) with each of the 4 (ד) letters Yud(י) having the numerical value of 10. Indeed, like the mezuzot on our doorposts, the Name of protection, Shadai (שדי) is embedded in that verse.
We should keep all this in mind every time we do the Shema, along with the fact that the first and last words of that verse (שמע) and (אחד) together have the numerical value of 424, Moshiach Ben David. As the Erev Rav does everything in their vast powers to prevent this unification we must unify ourselves by making these selfless connections in the name of bringing Moshiach Ben David into our world, which is why G-d placed these connections with the Shema, the prayer of unification.
G-d hid even more treasures for us within this first verse. The first four words of the Shema (אלהינו יהוה ישראל שמע) have the complete gematria value of 1215, which we know from Rav Abulafia is that of “70 Nations” and “permutation of the letters.” It is also the value of the word Tikune (karma) and of Va-etchanan, the key word that indicates how many times Moses beseeched G-d to let him enter the Promised Land and thus end our Tikune and bring about Binah. Normally, Va-etchanan is considered without its sofit value and thus only 515, representative of tefila (prayer) and the 515 hours from Rosh Hashannah to Hoshannah Raba. Many of the tzaddikim today think this Hoshannah Raba marks the time of the profound shift. When concentrating on the first four words of the Shema (אלהינו יהוה ישראל שמע) we too are beseeching G-d to help us overcome our tikkune and our global tikkune, using the Hebrew letters to unite us as channels for the 70 nations of the world. This is also one of the reasons the word Shema שמע is written in the Torah with an enlarged letter Ayin (ע) of numerical value 70. We know from the Zohar that all the enlarged letters in the Torah connect us to Binah, including the enlarged dalet (ד) of echad (אחד) that the Zohar instructs us to elongate its pronunciation significantly as we mediate on the 4 exiles merging into one and ending now with Moshiach Ben David.
G-d always builds redundancy into everything that is important to us because it is known that we are stiff necked and need to see things repeatedly before we realize things are not coincidental. That is why we did not get it the first time and were thrown out of Gan Eden. That is why we did not get it the second time, and rejected G-d’s voice on the eve of the 50th Gate in 2448, after 49 jubilee years. That is why it has taken 66.6 more jubilee years to prepare us. The milui or spelled out value of the two letters Ayin (ע) and dalet (ד) plus the kolel of 1 for their unification is also 1215.
The Zohar explains that Moses was the Sun and he set into the stillness of the night to let Joshua shine as the Moon. It further explains that in the end of days, Moses, as the Sun, will rise to help redeem us. With the sign of the eclipse, the Sun regains its rightful place. Rabbi Shimon tells us that Moses is the Leviathan that swims in the Sea of Binah. The first four words of the Shema also equal the value of Leviathan (לויתן) and the first 4 letters of Leviathan (לויתן) have an ordinal value of 50. During this profound connection, part of our kavanot should be to meditate on linking our consciousness with Moses, the Leviathan that swims in the Sea, represented by the 50 letters of the unified Shema and Baruch Shem, Zeir Anpin with Malchut.
The final two words of the first verse (אחד יהוה) have the complete gematria of 78, which as Rav Brandwein explained to me many years ago is symbolized in the initials of Etz Chaim (עץ–חיים), the Tree-of-Life, the consciousness of which we have the ability to achieve this year, in 5778, when the Gates will open for us for the first time in 3330 years. Those two words (אחד יהוה) Meaning G-d is One echo throughout the next 4 paragraphs. The Zohar explains that the letter Vav (ו) of numerical value 6 represents Zeir Anpin and the expansion of space in 6 directions, which is why there are 6 letters in each line of the 42-Letter Name matrix. In the 50 letters of the first verse and Baruch Shem of the Shema there is only 1 word beginning with the letter Vav (ו), V’ed (ועד). There are 13 words beginning with Vav (ו) out of the 42 words of the Shema’s first paragraph, and there are 42 words beginning with Vav (ו) in the Shema’s remaining 3 paragraphs. Within the limitless technology built into the cubic Shema matrix, we have been given a formula of 1 – 13 – 42 to help unify us with G-d. Echad (אחד), One – Ahava (אהבה), love and Echad, One (אחד), each being of numerical value 13 – and the 42-Letter Name of G-d, the understanding of which Rav Brandwein explained would bring about the Geula (final redemption).
1 – 13 – 42
There are 599,592 or (600,000 – 408) component letters in the Torah and the first word of the Shema’s four paragraphs, V’ahavta (ואהבת)meaning “and you shall love” has the numerical value of 408 with the prefix (ו). Moreover, 408 times 6, the numerical value of the letter Vav (ו) is 2448, the year the Torah was given to Moses, 3330 years ago, the last time the Tree-of-life reality was available to us. The message is clear: Love is the missing link; love and a desire for oneness with the Creator is what will overcome the hatred being spread by the Erev Rav and their ministering serpent throughout the world; love is what will unite us and connect us to Binah. The four words that head up each of the 4 paragraphs, without their letter vav(ו) prefixes add up to 2019, the time when the window closes, and the upper and lower worlds will have separated once again. Being the beginning of the era of Binah, it is a time beyond the Zeir Anpin (ו). Including the first verse, the 5 initial words of the 5 paragraphs the kolel add up to 2448, as in the year 2448, which was the last time that unity existed, albeit briefly.
The year 2448 was the time that 600,000 Jewish souls stood as One before G-d. Is it odd then, unbelievable perhaps, that the Log of 600,000 is 5.778. Or that One over those 600,000 souls divided by the 70 members of Jacob’s family who entered Egypt, divided by the 12 tribes, divided by the 3 Patriarchs equals exactly 42. This equation was given to us by the Arizal and shows us why the 42-Letter Name, also known as the Ana B’koach, is embedded into the Torah’s first verse: its power to unify us.
1/(600,000/70/12/3) = 42
In VaEtchanan, just prior to the giving of the 10 Commandments and the verses of Shema Ysrael…, in Devarim 4:40 Moses states, “…Then you will endure a long time in the land that God your Lord is giving you for all time(כל–הימים) ,” and in the words “All time,” literally “all the days” we have kol(כל) with the numerical value of 50 and H’yamim (הימים) with the value of 666 including the kolel, which reveals to us once again the equation 50 x 66.6 = 3330 years. Moses begins the verse with, “I am presenting to you today, so that He will be good to you and your children after you. Then you will endure for a long time in the land that God…” This phrase within the verse has the numerical value 5777, and is only one of 13 phrases in the Torah with that value. As we know, the number 13 is the value of ahava (love) and Echad (one) and what we desperately need to cling to in these days. It has been hinted at in so many ways how to count the days, all of them, and the years until Moshiach.
It is not just any love we need to embrace; it is unconditional love. The first paragraph of the Shema, the one with 42 words, begins with the letter Vav(ו) and ends with the letter Caf(כ), as do all 5 verses in this paragraph, as do the first 21 words in the paragraph and the second 21 words in the paragraph, as does the final word and 3 other words. The letter combination Vav-Caf(וך) is easily recognizable as that of 26 and the Tetragrammaton (יהוה), though arranged with the Caf(כ) in the sofit (final) position, its more appropriate value would be 506, which is not only the value of the first line of the 42-Letter Name matrix, but it is also the value of the words for unconditional love (Love for no reason) and it is the complete gematria value for Moshiach Ben David. And as mentioned in The Genesis Prayer, the 14 triplets in the 42-Letter Name are found exactly 506 times in the Torah. With the addition of one word that begins with Vav-Caf (וכ) there are 13 instances of this connection to unconditional love and Moshiach Ben David in the paragraph of 42. Do we really need any more redundancy? Can the message and equation 1 – 13 – 42 be any clearer? When the signs and the times get darker and people ask where is G-d, we must ask ourselves could He have tried to help us anymore, given us any simpler tools to connect with what is truly important: Love – Moshiach – Unity? If we are going to say the Shema twice a day, at least we should say it with the right intentions. If we are going to say the Ana B’koach within our prayers, at least let it elevate them properly. If you want an arrow to hit its target you must aim it—there is no other way. For 3330 years most of us have been releasing our arrows in empty fields.
To help us bring the unifying power of the Shema into our souls and the healing power of the Shema into our bodies we were given the 23 verses of the Shema, whose initials total 432, as in the 432 Hz frequency of Binah, which is the sum of two basic cubes of 63, which is simply the 2-dimensional or straight line Vav(ו) cubed, but we have covered that in previously articles. Moreover, it cannot be coincidental that the Earth circles the Sun at 66,600 mph and the cube of 6 x 6 x 6, which according to the Ramchal is equivalent to 1 Biblical cubit cubed, is the basic unit of space in our world. Nor is it coincidental that there are 216 or 6 x 6 x 6 letters in the 72 Names of G-d, which are derived from the 3 verses where the Red Sea parted. To stretch that thought, the two hurricanes that made landfall so devastatingly were both connected numerically to Gevurah (Judgement) through 216. While 6x6x6 is 216, the equation 6+6+6 is 18, and when we raise Phi, the primordial constant that controls the spiraling growth in our universe to the power of 18, we get phi18 equals 5778.000
You may ask why it is important to tune into this exact frequency of 216 x 2 or more specifically, 432 Hz; after all, your cell phone works whether you understand the technology or not. The questions really are whether you want 1 bar or 4, 3G or 4G, static and dropped calls, or a clear channel to the upper world.
Like the 23 words in the Blessing of the Cohenim, these 23 verses align with the 23 chromosome pairs in our DNA in the same way that the 206 words of the Shema that are not in the first paragraph of 42, align with the 206 bones in our bodies. Another way we can tune into the 432 Hz frequency of Binah is when we recite blessings. We start most blessings with the word Baruch (blessed), whose sofit value is 708, as in the value of 42-Letters in the fully iterated Upper 42-Letter Name of G-d, the station hub above for clearing all the prayers and messages. As the Arizal explains, no prayers get processed with the 42-Letter Names. It is not coincidental the Israel became a nation in 5708. We follow Baruch with Atah Adonai (אתה–יהוה) whose numerical is 432. Thus, with each blessing (ברוך‐אתה–יהוה) that we say, or that we say Amen to, we can connect directly and clearly to the spiritual Sea of Binah.
And speaking of Israel, the 6 words of the Shema’s first verse in normal gematria sum to 577 plus 541, the numerical value of the 2nd word in the verse, Israel, while the initials of all 6 letters with the kolel equal 333, as in the 3330 years to 5778, when Israel becomes 70 (ע) and the 4th (ד) exile ends. The final letters add up to 120, as in the lifespan of Moses, the redeemer. Once decoded by simple gematria, it is quite a story this verse is telling us, yet it means nothing if we do not listen to the message, which is why the verse states “Shema Ysrael (Hear O Israel…).” Many of us say the Shema two, three times a day, yet are we listening?
As the Earth circles the Sun at 66,600 for the last year in this era, we conclude the Shema prayer with its final word, “your G-d (אלהיכם)” of numerical value 666, and what do the four final letters of the four final words of the Shema sum to: 1215. Eleichem (אלהיכם) has a complete gematria of 729, which is quite fitting for the last 6 letters of the 10 x 10 x 10 cube we call the Shema since 729 is 9³ or a cube of 9 x 9 x 9. The number 729 is also the value of the 2nd line of the 42-Letter Name(קרעשטן), which spells kara Satan or “tear out Satan,” the evil within us and amongst us, not a bad idea if we want to connect with Binah consciousness this year.
The Zohar describes the expansion of space from zero(0) dimensions to One (1) dimension, represented by the (vowel) point and by the Yud (י), and then the second dimension is the line, or Vav(ו). In the 3rd dimension the Vav(ו) expands to 6³ or 216 and the Yud (י) expands to 10³ or 1000. Together they add up to 1216, which is 1215 including the kolel of 1. If we were to add 6³ + 10³ + 9³ plus 3 for the 3 components we would get 1948, as in the year Abraham was born (1948 HC) and as in the year Israel became a nation, 1948 CE (5708). There is a definite structure to our universe, including our physical universe. Our space is ordered and defined and so is our time.
Rosh HaShannah is upon on, and the Arizal teaches us that this second line of the 42-Letter Name(קרעשטן) is the crucial element in the kavanot of the Shofar blowings. Jews and like-minded souls of all degrees of faith and denominations will be praying at the same time. Let us use our new knowledge to synchronize our prayers in unity for the coming of Moshiach and the ability to shift our consciousness from our physical world and desires to that of Binah, the World to Come.