A Purim Miracle

The Name of G-d doesn’t blatantly appear within the Book of Ester we read each Purim. It’s encoded hundreds of times, but it doesn’t directly appear; in other words, it’s concealed. As explained by chazal, even the name Ester connotes G-d’s concealment from us as illustrated in the verse Devarim 31:18, “Anochi hastir astir panai” – “I shall surely hide My face.” In fact, the story starts off with the drunken King Ahasuerus trying to expose her beauty. And that’s the way G-d is with us. We know He’s there, his name and being interwoven in our lives and history, but his Name is always concealed. Unless we look at the spiritual and mathematical codes for his signature, He is invisible.

(Esther 1:10-12) “On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded . . . to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal . . . But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by the chamberlains.”

The Baal Shem Tov explains that Queen Ester was referred to here as Vashti because this verse refers to klippot (the evil inclination) and that spiritually she couldn’t appear naked because the klippot would have nothing to attach itself, seeing as they attach themselves to our cloths (our personal veils and agendas). As the Ball Shem Tov, of blessed memory, himself points out this is a deep secret or deep understanding.

Our essence is pure, but this is not what we put out into the world. Even our intentions many times are pure, but become polluted even before the thoughts leave our mouths. The Megilat Ester doesn’t have any revealed Names of G-d to remind us of the purity that we have within and that the real miracles come that from the blatant use of G-d’s Name, but from G-d himself. We are reminded to look at the effect, to see G-d in the miracle itself, not in the billboard proclaiming it. Once we can do that, we can then see G-d in each other, and only then see Him in ourselves.

This is also why we give the gifts of food to other Jews through a messenger on Purim: to remove our agendas from the process. And why we give charity to 2 people in need: to spread our inner light.

The whole concept as explained by the Arizal of the Book of Esther is the spiritual coupling of Zeir Anpin (the King) with the Nukva (Malchut, represented by Ester), but this cold not have been accomplished without the work of Mordechai, an incarnation of Jacob, the quintessential central column. As the saying goes, “things need to be concealed to be revealed.” Raw passion and desire is not enough; it must be channeled so that our agendas are filtered out and the spiritual light may shine through.

We dress in costumes so that we can learn to look behind the facade, behind the “mask” and “costume” others are wearing, and get drunk that night so that we forget our agendas, lose our conscious ability to see the illusions of the world. It’s at that point that we can see G-d within everyone and everything. G-d created the world for the purpose of ultimately revealing Himself in it, which is why he first be concealed; on Purim we can touch that revelation.

A Story of Revelation

The year was 1953, five years after Israel had received statehood. Joseph Stalin was planning to wipe out all of the Soviet Jewry. Also ready known for his mass genocide, he had threatened the Jewish leadership with annihilation and they begged him to send them all to Siberia instead, which would have been just a slower form of death. But on March 2nd, days away from signing the decree Stalin mysteriously took ill and died. He was most probably poisoned by his rival Beria, nevertheless, the Jews were spared. That day was Purim, 2308 years after the Jews were saved from Haman and King Ahasuerus’ decree in 355 BCE.

And interestingly enough, 355 is the gematria of Pharaoh. Everything is concealed until it is revealed. It was immediately after leaving Pharaoh and Egypt behind that Amelak arrived, link a virus that had hitched a ride. And it was from Amelak that Haman descended. We know from chazal that Amelak of gematria 240 is spiritually representative of “doubt” of the same numerical value. This is universally understood.

We are told through various prophecies that our scourge Amalek/doubt will plague us to the end of days. Through Haman, Amalek had to be defeated in order to save the Jews and bring about the exile of 70 years of the Babylonian exile. The final 70 years, the numerical value of “G0g v’ Magog” (the Armageddon War) are up in 5778 as we covered over and over again in The Divine Calendar and our articles, 9 years from now. And Amelak once again sits beside our King (the physical one), concealed only by the gematria of his name; this is for those that understand.

We have our work cut out for us. We’ll have to look beyond our personal agendas that separate us from one another to navigate the coming days.

In order to prevent Haman from succeeding, Esther and Mordechai inspired the Jewish people to do teshuva and to fast for 72 hours (an allusion to the 72 Names, repeated constantly throughout the Megilat Ester); The Jews had to delve inward to find themselves, to find G-d. Only then, could they unite to defeat Amalek/Haman as they had at the Red Sea.

We too will have to look inside if we want to see the miracles, see where they come from, defeat Amalek, and see the tree-of-life reality we all have inside ourselves.  The proper celebration of Purim will help tremendously for us to connect, especially through the reading of the Megilat Ester (MGYLT ESTR), whose first and last letters (MR) have the numerical value of 240, that of Amalek, which is what the Book is designed to help us defeat.

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Amazing Unifications

I was studying the Arizal’s explanations on the 3rd of the 10 plagues last night, Lice (Kinim) of numerical value 120, when it occurred to me that the 50 letters in the 3 iterations of the spelled-out Name of G0d, Adonai, associated with the malchut level total 2608, which is 120 more than 2488, the year Moses died at the age of 120 and when the Israelites entered the Promised Land.

But Adonai is the pronounceable aspect of G-d’s Name, YHVH, which is associated with Zeir Anpin. Together Adonai (EDNY) and YHVH form a powerful unification YEHDVNHY equivalent to 91, the value of Amen, and we know from the Arizal that we should meditate on this unification whenever we say Amen in order to complete the connection of the 7 sefirot (dimensions) between Malchut and Zeir Anpin This helps elevate the blessing that was recited, and in so doing we procure for ourselves all the same benefits as the person who made the blessing.  Some chazal say we get even more benefit than the person reciting the blessing because we plugged it into the outlet.  And in these difficult days, the very least we should be doing is helping one another by saying Amen and making the unification (YEHDVNHY) in our minds.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed easy easy missed opportunities for people to help one another and help themselves by simply saying amen. It starts with the little things, with consciousness and compassion, and spreads to reveal Moshiach and a new reality beyond all the veils of illusion.

But this was an aside, what had really occurred to me was that when we unify the 50 letters of the 3 iterations of Adonai (EDNY) with the 42-Letters of the 3 iterations of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) we get 2608 + 50 + 708 + 42 = 3408 and 3408 was the year the Second Temple was Built.

First of all, we should note for those that noticed it, that the 42-letters of YHVH do indeed comprise the upper Shem Mem-Bet, or upper 42-Letter Name and that when we recite the Ana B’koach and take an action to manifest what we’re meditating on the two 42-Letter Names unite on our behalf. (See The Genesis Prayer for how to use the Names/meditations properly) Furthermore, according to chazal it’s this unification of 42 + 42 = 84 that create Pad (PD), redemption of gematria value 84.

Now, as readers of The Divine Calendar know, nearly all the significant dates of the Bible and Biblical events end in the number 8 so it’s interesting that 3408 results from the unification of the two very important Names of G-d and that they both also end in 8: 2608 and 708, and that 3408 is 800 more than 2608. Moreover, if we remove the 8’s, we’re left with the numbers 26, 70, and 340. The number 26 is always representative of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), and 340 is the value for the word Shem (Name) and 70 couldn’t be more integral to the Divine calendar.

The number 70 is more than just the 70 members of Jacob’s family who entered Egypt, or the 70 members of the Sanhedrin, and it’s more than 70 years that Adam and the Patriarchs gave to King David so that he’d live for 70 years and that the midpoint of his life in 2889 would mark the midpoint of G-d timetable from Adam to 5778, when the tzaddikim (righteous souls) have advised Mashiach (Messiah) and the geula (final redemption) will occur.

To begin to understand the simple complexity and divine beauty in G-d timetable, we need to note that when we square 5778, we get 3338… and the First Temple was destroyed in 3338 HC, and while the Second Temple was built in 3408 HC as noted above, there are 34083338, or 70 years between the destruction of the First Temple and the building of the Second Temple.  These 70 years comprise the Exile in Babylon that was ended by Ezra, The Scribe, who returned the Jews to Israel and who arranged for the Second Temple to be built. These 70 years also compare to the date 70 CE when the Second Temple was actually destroyed and to the numerical value for the word “seventy” (70), which is 422, as in the 422 years that the Second Temple stood, and moreover the date 422 BCE when the First Temple was destroyed.

Take a moment to reflect on that. There’s no mathematical slight of hand that could line up these dates or lengths of times; this is just the way history played out.  And it’s meant to create awe in us.

We need not fear G-d and suffer the 10 plagues again, not even lice,  if we can summon the awe of G-d that the Israelites had in 2448, which is 3330 or 66.6 jubilee (50-year intervals) years ago when in paragraph 42 of the Book of Names (Exodus) they sang out in praise to G-d for their deliverance from Exile.

“…and the people were in awe of God. They believed in God and in his servant Moses.”

That all it takes for us to exit the exile and enter the tree-of-life reality: To be in awe of G-d, believe in G-d (with certainty in our hearts and minds), and in his servant Moses/Moshe (Moshaich). Amen!

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The 10 plagues, Final Installment

…continued from the 10 Plagues and the Final Redemption

We’ve seen how the 10 plagues were more for the benefit of waking up the Israelites to the tree-of-life reality than shaking up the Egyptians, and how that were even more for our benefit as we deal with the same spiritual afflictions our brethren faced 66.6 jubilee years ago, when they too stood before the 50th gate of darkness. We’ve also seen how the dates of the Divine calendar were programmed into the 40 letters of the plagues so that the dates 3760 (0 CE), 26.26 jubilee years after the Exodus, and 5778 (2018 CE), 40 jubilee years later were highlighted, and connected to Moshiach (the Messiah), the geula (final redemption) and the the 42-letter Name of G-d (Ana B’koach).

Now, we’ll examine specifically how the final and 10th plague, the death of the first born, relates to us and our generation.

Interestingly enough, the two initials of the last plague, the killing of the first born, make up the last of the 11 initials and are Mem and Bet as in the Mem-Bet, or 42-Letter Name of G-d, and if we were to add the value of the missing vav (6) or the omitted 41st letter mentioned in the previous blog the 352 times that the initials Mem-Bet appears sequentially in the Torah, we’d get 358, the numerical value of Mashiach, the Messiah.

Furthermore, we’ve seen the sum of the gematria sofit values of the 10 plagues is 5546, which is 232 (the value of the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton) less than 5778, the year prophesied by the tzaddikim for the arrival of Moshiach, but if we sum up the square roots of each of the 10 plagues, again utilizing gematria sofit and this time add the square root of 232 we get 314…. the numerical value of Shadai, Mettatron, Pi, etc), just like the first 11 letters of parsha Bo (VYEMR YHVH EL) where we find the last 3 plagues.

Shadai (ShDY) is the Name of G-d, placed on every Jewish door post as protection against negativity and for those that understand, as a gateway to the world above, so it’s very fitting that 314, Shadai, would be at the entrance to the Tree-of-life reality, just as the place the Israelites crossed the Sea of Reeds was PI-Haraoth.

It was Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory who taught that all Torah light is spread through squaring so we know that this is no coincidence and, as detailed in The Genesis Prayer, we’ve already established the overwhelming evidence and significant connections integrally linking 314 (PI to several decimal places) and the Torah, the 42-Letter Name, and 358 (Mashiach); and then again to the year 5778 in There’s Nothing Random in the Universe.

In one of chazal’s prophecies it says. “Like the days you left Egypt, I will show you wonders”. This is a reference to the final redemption.

According to the tzaddikim, Moses’ staff was engraved with both the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) and the 72 Names of G-d, which are derived from the three consecutive 72 letter verses that narrate the crossing of the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds).  And it took the power of the 42-Letter Name coupled with the 72 Names to help the Israelites break through the final barrier of illusions, which is why the special 3-columned structure of the Song of Moses, praising G-d for the deliverance from exile, is in paragraph 42 of Shmot (The Book of Names, Exodus).

Moreover, while all 11 initials of the 10 plagues sum up to 541, the numerical value of Israel, the 3 initials of the first and last plague together, are Dalet-Mem-Bet, which spells out the 65th of the 72 Names of G-d, Dalet-Mem-Bet. Meanwhile, the numerical value of the initials Dalet-Mem-Bet is 46, that of meah, Hebrew for 100 and “100 Gates” or Meah Sharim (MEH ShYRIM) is 46 + 420 = 666.

But this connection to 100 is deeper than at first appears because the sum of the ordinal value of the 11 initials (D,Z,C,A,D,SH,B,E,Ch,B,M) of the 10 plagues is 100.  And to a kabbalist, 100 is always keter (the highest sefira) and we further know from the Arizal that the 10 plagues are analogous to the 10 sefirot stretching from dam (blood) representing malchut to the death of the first born, representing keter.

Now, the meaning of 100 gates, used in Genesis 26:12, is twofold: first they represent the fully blossomed tree-of-life with the 10 sub-sefirot (dimensions) for each of the 10 sefirot, but it can also represent both the 50 positive gates of Binah (Understanding) and the corresponding polar opposite 50 gates of negativity. 66.6 jubilee years (50 year intervals) ago in 2448 HC, the Israelites were able to shed their disbeliefs and illusions and swinging from one extreme to the other they were able to transverse all 100 gates in a single moment that split the Red Sea.

That seminal moment is available to each of us today, their counterparts in this divine plan. And like the Israelites back then, we too will have to come together, pool our strengths, and utilize the Names, which is why now after 3330 (66.6 jubilee) years the understanding of the Names are being made available to everyone, not just the selected few who have safe kept and guarded them for us all these generations. It was Rabbi Abraham Abulafia who advised that no secret gets revealed without Heavenly permission and according to chazal, “when the student is ready the teacher will come,” not the other way around. Though we think we are the ones seeking it out, it’s really the knowledge that finds us.

The 11 Initial Letters

There are 11 unique letters in the first verse of the Torah, corresponding to the 11 spices of the Holy Temple and there are 11 first letters of the 10 plagues. The tzaddikim from Abraham to Abulafia to the Arizal have taught us to permute and roll the letters, and when we do so with these 11 initials we get both the Shem Mem-Bet (the 42-letter Name)and the Ayin-Bet Shemot (the 72 Names). Once the letter Tzaddi is broken into its component nun and yud, these 11 letters (D,Z,C,A,D,SH,B,E,Ch,B,M) can be permuted to form:

Keter (C)

Echad (E,Ch,D)

Mem-bet (M,B)

Ayin-Bet (A,B)

Shaddai (Sh, D, Y)

Nun (N)

It’s said by the sages that in the time of Mashiach, the Messiah, the Tzaddi will split into Nun and Yud, then the Yud will change direction to face forward) and then reconnect.

The significance of this permutation is that they spell out Echad, One, as in “G-d is One;” Mem-Bet, as in the 42-Letter Name of G-d, and the 42 places the Jews journeyed through on their way to Israel, and then Ayin-Bet, as in the 72 Names of G-d, both of which were used to split the Sea of Reeds according to the sages; Shaddai, the Name of G-d that appears on all mezuzot and that starts of the mathematical constant Pi: and the letter Nun, whose numerical value is 50 as in the 50th Gate, which the Israelites were at before crossing the Sea of Reeds.

The letter nun (50) also represents the 50 times the Exodus is mentioned in the Torah; as in the 50 days from the Exodus to the reception of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, as in the 50 component letters used to construct the 27 letters of the Hebrew alphabet; and as in the length of the biblical jubilee year (50 calendar years) used to reckon the arrival of H’Mashiach.

In many senses the 10 plagues were a cleansing of the Jewish and world soul, the nefesh housed in the blood, in preparation for the reception of the Torah 50 days later. Nefesh has the numerical value of 430, and the exodus in 2448 HC marked the end of the Israelites 430 years of exile.

An alternative way to permute the 11 letters also forms koach, strength, as in Ana B’Koach, and Eden, foundation, as in Gan Eden, the Garden of Eden, where the tree-of-life (10 sefirot) metaphorically grows. Koach has the numerical value of 28, a number very central to the entire Torah and Divine calendar and also the number of letters in the Torah’s first verse, where the 42-Letter Name is derived from.

Koach (CCh)

Mem-bet (M,B)

Ayin-Bet (A,B)

Shaddai (Sh, D, Y)

Eden (E,D,N)

The Hebrew year 5778, the year given as the year of the Final Redemption, is 2018 in the Western calendar and 50 years earlier, one jubilee year, was the year 1968, the year of Revolution. It’s no coincidence the Beatles’ song Revolution came out that year. 1968 was the year the Vietcong launched the Tet Offensive and the world witnessed the My Lai Massacre; the year the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Rebellion; the year of Black Power demonstrations in Howard University, the Mexico City Olympics, etc; the year of student protests in Poland and Germany and Tlatelolco Massacre of the students in Mexico; the year the French Government was brought to the brink of revolution under siege by the student protests; the year of the Cantonsville Nine war protest and student war protests in universities all over the US; The year the war protestors clashed with the Chicago police outside the Democratic National Convention; the year Martin Luther King was assassinated and the riots that followed; the year Robert F Kennedy was assassinated; the year Nixon became president; and the year the Gold Standard was legally dropped and the dollar decoupled from gold, sealing the fate of the US economy; and finally, the year Saddam Hussein took power in Iraq, setting us up for where we are today, ironically (coincidentally) mired in yet another Vietnam. 1968 was 32 Years before the 2000 millennium.

The year of Revolution, 1968, began the final jubilee year, the last of the 66.6 jubilee years from the Exodus to the Final Redemption, the last of the 40 jubilee years from 3760 (0 CE) to 5778, corresponding to the 40 letters of the 10 plagues, and the 40 chapters in Exodus.

So, yes, history will repeat itself. And yes, things will get ugly. But, yes, this exile will end.   We need to do our part though by embracing the tree-of-life reality and getting past the illusions that keep us all prisoners in this exile.   If the Israelites could jump 100 gates from the 50th gate of negativity to the 50th gate of Binah, so can we.  G-d created the time frame of 5778 (2018 CE) for our generation, for us, and He is no less with us today than He was for our ancestors.

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