The Journeys of our Lives

These are the journey(s) of our lives. In the Torah portion Masei, we encounter the list of the 42 journeys the Israelites took during their 40 years in the desert including exiting the exile in Egypt at Pi-Haratha to entering the Promised Land. The tzaddikim, including most notably the Baal Shem Tov, have told us that these journeys parallel the journeys each of us must undertake to return our souls to G-d in purity, and also that these mimic the journeys that we all take collectively from the moment of Creation to the geula (final redemption).

The 42 places were separated from each other by the prefixes to (Bet) and from (Mem) and also by the word journey (VYSAV). The prefixes M and B, together have the value 42 and also reference the 42-Letter Name (the Shem MB), while the word journey (VYSAV) is repeated 42 times in this section of the Book of Numbers, chapter 33. It is repeated another 17 times, the numerical value of the Hebrew word tov, meaning good, throughout the rest of the Torah, for a total of 59 times.

The word journey (VYSAV) is interestingly constructed, as it can be split into VYS of numerical value 76 and then AV also of numerical value 76, and when we multiply 76 x 76 we get 5776, plus 2 for the kolel of the two 76’s gives us 5778, the year the tzaddikim have indicated for the arrival of the Moshiach (Messiah) and the geula.

This makes sense to readers of this blog and of “The Divine Calendar” and “There’s Nothing Random in the Universe,” as we’ve already seen a preponderance of evidence for the date 5778 (2018 CE), but within the context of the 42 journeys, let’s look back to Creation, where the 42 Letter Name comes from (the first verse of the Torah and the first 42 letters of the Torah).

Before we do that we should mention that when we add the 14 times the word “will journey” without the final vav (VYSA) to the 59 times the word journeyed (VYSAV) is used, we get a total of 73 times in the Torah that the word “journey” is mentioned, which is interesting because the small gematria value of the upper 42 Letter Name is 159 and that of the lower one is 173, and the unification of the two brings about the redemption.

This is significant for several reasons: 1) 73 is the numerical value of the sefira/dimension of Chochma (wisdom); 2) The total gematria of the Torah’s first verse is 2701, which is equivalent to the sum of all the positive integers through 73; and 3) The number 9 divided by the written out small gematria of the 42 letters is equal to 73.1415777, a graphic combination of the number 73, the mathematical constant Pi (3.14159…) and the year 5777 (5778).

Thus through the 73 times the word journey is utilized in the Torah, the journey is anchored at the moment of Creation, and extended outward from there, theoretically ending in 5778, So let’s take the year 5776 derived directly from the word “journeyed (VYSAV)” and we see that when we take it back to Creation through 5776/42 we get 137.5238… with 137 being the numerical value of Kabbalah, meaning “to receive” and both 52 and 238 (Rachel) represent Malchut.

It’s all connected, as explained in “The Genesis Prayer,” 137 and 73 are both reciprocals of one another as 1/73 = .0137 and visa-versa, and the total gematria value of the torah’s first verse, 2701 is 73% of that of the 42-Letter Name, 3701.

137 is also the numerical value of the name of the angel of the Torah, Yofiel, and like all the angels represents a specific energy that we feel, yet cannot begin to grasp. Likewise, Metatron, chief of the Archangels, guardian of knowledge and the Throne of G-d, has the numerical value of 314, the same as the mathematical value of Pi (3.14159265358…). He is the key to all Creation, permeates all our existence, and yet is totally beyond our comprehension. When G-d created our world, he first set forth these specific energies as a basis for matter and life to feed off of, a dynamic scaffolding of sorts.

It’s not coincidence that physicists see the universe as 13.7 Billion years old.

Within the name Metatron (MTtTtRVN) we have the double letter tet-tet, which the Zohar explains has the numerical value 18 and thus is chai (life), but this is also the marker for the end of our cycle, for as I explained it to my children, the end of the time-out Adam was given as punishment for forsaking the tree-of-life for the momentary pleasure of the tree-of-knowledge of good and evil.

For you see, as fully explained in the book “There’s Nothing Random in the Universe,” the other primordial mathematical constant that guides life and the universe, Phi (1.61803399…), when raised to the power of 18, in other words (Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi X Phi), equals 5778.000.

And the letters that are left in his name (MRVN) add up numerically to 296, that of “the Earth (HERZ),” the final word in the Torah’s first verse, the verse which, as detailed in “The Genesis Prayer,” also equates to Pi (3.14155) through a simple gematria operation and also in a dozen other ways.

And while we know from “There’s Nothing Random in the Universe” that Pi is also intimately connected to the date 5778, we can also apply the same formula we did with Phi and see that Pi raised to the power of 18 can be divided by 666.52 squared to equal 2000, the Hebrew year 5760, which is 18 years prior to 5778 (2018 ce), and is the year that Rav Abraham Azulai of blessed memory advised the period of Oy and Ashray would begin.

These are the journeys of chai (life), our individual lives and our collective life as a people. In the Hebrew days of the week there are collectively 28 letters, connecting them to the 28 letters of the Torah’s first verse as well, and they add up to exactly 3000 in gematria, as explained in the If we take the 7th day as “the seventh (HShBYAY)” instead of Shabbat, then the total gematria, including the kolel of 6 for the 6 preceding days, is 2701, the same as that of the Torah’s first verse. By the way, the two variations together, 2701 + 3000 + the 7 days = 5708, the year Israel became a nation, 70 years before 5778, with 70 being the expansion of the 7 days through the 10 sefirot (dimensions).

Every week is another opportunity to connect to the full energy of Creation through redemption. Every week that passes is a missed opportunity.

Every week we pass through another cycle of 7, another journey, and must ask ourselves what we learned about ourselves that brought us closer to G-d, through awe, love, or appreciation, that brought us closer to ending out time-out. In explaining it to my children when they asked about it, it was simple. You get time-out from your father when you’ve done something wrong because he loves you and wants you to learn from your mistake (with mercy), and when the time out is over, if you’ve been good, realize the error of your ways, and are in a good place, the time out is over; if not, it gets prolonged.

And to bring it full circle, the square root of 5778/(7 day cycle) = 28.730… as in the 28 letters and the sum of the 73 integers in the Torah’s first verse, from which Creation stems. But we have the cycles of our years, lives, generations and jubilee years (7 X 7 +1 years) to contend with as well. We must use them all to work on ourselves.

5778 years is a long time-out, for us anyway. Let’s make sure we’re in a good place, have realized the error of our ways and are ready to embrace G-d (Our Father) and the tree-of-life reality when it ends.

When the Israelites, left Egypt and stood at Sinai, and last had the opportunity of receiving immortality and the Tree-of-life reality through a reprieve in the time-out, the year was 2448, 66.6 jubilee years before 5778, and 42.4% of the way to 5778. 424 is the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David. There are no coincidences in G-d timetable, His actions, or His Torah. Let’s not let doubts overcome us as they did our ancestors at Sinai.

Spirituality (the realization of the tree-of-life reality) doesn’t just happen; it takes work and time, which is why G-d gave us so much of both. So let’s not find ourselves staring down at 5778, and looking back, saying, “if only He had given us more time.”
Chodesh Tov.

It’s Rosh Chodesh Av, the month controlled by the influence of the Sun, as explained by Abraham, the Patriarch, in the Sefer Yetzirah. This is the Sun, whose surface temperature is 5778 K. Let’s connect to the energy that G-d has given us, and come out of our time-out better for having had lived through it.


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An Inner Meaning of 666

I’ve been busy this week between Pesach and a community program for kids that I’m helping to run, but there will be numerous new articles coming soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share a quick revelation.

The Hebrew vowel called kametz hagadol (a T-shape one found under certain letters  and comprised of a horizontal line with a dot centered underneath it) is equivalent to the highest sefira (dimension), that of Keter (crown).  This little bit of information is important for the article I’m preparing on the “4 Passover questions;” nevertheless, when the kametz hagadol is combined with each of the letters of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), the gematria value of the Name of G-d takes on a different aspect.

YHVH is typically of numerical value 26, and each of the 4 dots of the 4 kametz hagadol beneath the letters is of value 10, making 40 more, or 26 + 40 = 66

The secret of the horizontal line of the kametz hagadol is that it is a vav (V) representing Zeir Anpin and typically the numerical value 6, but the four vavs together create a mem sofit (ם ) (final letter mem), of numerical value 600

Thus the YHVH (at the level of Keter) with the kametz hagadol beneath each of its letters is numerically equivalent to 26 + 40 +600 = 666

So when we speak of the role of 666 as in the 66.6 jubilee years from the Exodus in 2448 to 5778 , or as in Rav Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag’s calculation of the year 5778 for the arrival of Moshiach, we can better understand to what we’re really connecting.

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Phi in the Sky

I’m sorry for the delay in my posts. I’ve been working all week on the follow up article to the 10 Utterances and it’s such a crucial topic that spans 5 Torah portions that it’s taking longer then anticipated.

Meanwhile, one of you had asked me for some deeper math–everyone else can take a deep breath. I’ve only seen a glimpse of the complexity of the math behind the Torah, but it was enoughto know that with our gematria cipher connections, square roots, sums of integers, factorials, and with our simple formulas we are only cruising the surface. The truth would make an MIT professor blush.

One bit I will share today partials covers the amazing mathematic constant Phi. The understanding about this marvelous primordial constant will help explain why G-d based His divine plan and calendar around the numbers 5778, 666, and 18.

As readers of There’s Nothing Random About the Universe know, besides Pi, there is another primordial mathematical constant that also came into being at the exact moment of Creation and that is Phi (1.61803399…). The Greeks called it the golden mean because it governs all the spiraling growth in the universe, from the petals on a flower and the branches of a tree, to our DNA and the arms of the Milky Way.

Just like Pi, which mathematically bends a straight line into a circle regardless of its size, so too does Phi dictate the proportions and the angles in which a natural spiral grows. Phi is considered golden for another reason; everything that’s built using the phi proportion (1.61803399 : 1) is said to be in perfect harmony visually, spatially, and spiritually, and this resonates with our senses and sensibilities.

The thing about Phi that makes it so special and significant for us is that it’s based on unity, the number One (1) as in “He and His Name are One” and “G-d is One” and “One Soul.” All other numbers are constructed by dividing 1 into segments or equal or disproportionate length. The Phi division is always proportionate and always reflects the original unity (1).

We’ll get into what phi looks like in a moment, but we’d like to illustration Phi’s connection to unity first, and since the phi proportion formula Phi = 1 + 1/Phi can be expanded recursively to obtain a continuous fraction of 1‘s, we get :

Phi = [1;1,1,1,…] = 1 + 1/(1+1/(1+1/(1+…)

and also its reciprocal:

Phi-1 = [0;1,1,1,…] = 0 + 1/(1+1/(1+1/(1+…)

Moreover, since the phi proportion can also be writing as the equation Phi2= 1+ Phi we likewise get the continuous square root unity (1) formula:

Phi = √(1+√(1+√(1+√(1+…)

That said, we should also note that Phi can be equally constructed with the square root of 5, pretty appropriate considering G-d gave us the 5 Books of Moses.

Now, Phi, as a number, is an irrational constant whose digits go on and on infinitely, and thus dividing or multiplying by it should only infrequently give us a whole number. Well, actually, it never can, but if we set our criteria as the rounding off of the resultant numbers at three or more decimal places (i.e. 2207.0001) then we should come up a relatively small, yet still sizeable set of numbers, given that we’re considering all the known whole numbers in the universe.

Now, Phi has a very special property and that is that when we square it (multiply it by itself) it is really the same as adding a 1 to the number, which is what was expressed in the formulas above, but what it means is that 1.61803399 squared = 2.61803399. And the same holds true when we take the inverse of Phi, or 1/Phi, which is 1/1.61803399, and get .61803399, which is precisely Phi-1.

This special property is what actually gives Phi the ability to form spiraling effects on numbers, matter, and on energy. But be that as it may, any irrational constant, including Phi, when multiplied by itself or any other non-whole number for that matter will give another irrational number, and thus give us the same unlikelihood of getting a whole number rounded off to 3 decimal places.

Now, we said all this preamble because there is one number that is not only part of that short set of numbers wholly divisible by phi (1.61803399+) to 3 decimal places, but its equally so by Phi2 and by 1/Phi. Moreover, it’s also part of an even smaller set that’s also wholly divisible to the same extent by Phi3 and also by (Phi2+1), (Phi-1), (Phi-1)2, and (Phi-1)3, and also (Phi-2), and also (Phi-3) and by (Phi2-4) and (Phi3-4)2 too.

Even given an infinite set of numbers to work with, the resultant set of numbers that can do this is getting quite limited and most of them if they exist, are only multiples of 5778, yes 5778, as in the surface temperature of the Sun, 5778 K and the year the tzaddikim have given us for the geula (final redemption) and the coming of the Moshiach, the Messiah.

That a number even exists which can be evenly divided by several different endless irrational constants is mind boggling, but that relatively miniscule set dwindles down to just a single number when we further apply the criteria of dividing it by Phi-1, by Phi-2, Phi-3, by (Phi-2 +1), and (Phi-6 +1) and by the square root of 5 as well, or in mathematical notation √5.

The next series of minor revelations may shed some light though on the process by which 5778 became so unique. When we divide 5778 by Phi raised to the power of 15, or Phi15 , it equates to approximately 4.24, which is the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David, the Messiah, Son of David.

And then when we divide 5778 by Phi raised to the power of 16 we get 5778/Phi16 = 2.61803399 = Phi2. And then when we divide 5778 by Phi raised to the power of 17 we get 5778/Phi17 = 1.61803399 = Phi. And finally, when we divide 5778 by Phi raised to the power of 18 we get 1, or written as an equation 5778/ Phi18 = 1.0000000….

5778/ Phi18 = 1.0000000….

in other words

Phi18 = 5778

So it all boils down to Phi18 = 5778 and the square root of 18 = 4.242640,  the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David..

The number 18, the numerical value of chai, life, is of course 18 = 6 + 6 +6 and there exists a soecial trigonometric relationship between Phi and 666 such that:

Phi/2 = sin 666° = cos(6x6x6°)

and thus

Phi = sin 666° + cos(6x6x6°)

Like I said, it gets pretty complicated underneath the codes. And for those that may question further there assumptions/beliefs that the Mashiach is supposed to arrive in the year 6000, ponder this:

360°/phi 222.5°


6000 – 222 = 5778

360 degrees is a full cirle, once again unity and oneness.

Yes, Mashiach may come in late 5777 and the geula in 5778. Please do not get hung up on that.  The point is that G-d has a plan and we have hope, and need to work to be part of that plan to convert our hopes into reality, the reality of the tree-of-life.

B”H, very soon, we’ll bring you the sequel to the 10 Utterances and even more of G-d’s divine intentions will be revealed for us to learn and grow from.

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