5 Kings vs 4 Kings; The Battle between Good and Evil.

The portion Lech Lecha, the 3rd in the Torah, is about letting go of our negativity and moving on.

According to the Arizal, there are 5 level of Holiness (of the soul) and 4 of evil, since there is no level of evil corresponding to the highest level, yechida.  This is the secret meaning of the battle in this last week’s portion between 5 kings verses 4 kings.

And to further illustrate that the first letter of each of the 5 levels of souls sum numerically to 318 and the Torah tells us there were 318 Men with Abraham when he rescued Lot.  This further corresponds to the first letter of the last 3 lines of the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name of G-d), which are Shin-Yud-Chet

Yechida   –

Chaya      – 3rd level of evil

Neshama – 2nd level of evil

Ruach     – 1st level of evil

Nefesh    – neutrality (klippot noga)

This battle between good and evil had to be fought and one before we (Abraham) could move on.  The Torah is showing us that we can’t simply say we want to let go of our negative inclinations; we must fight a battle over them and win. And if we want to rescue a part of ourselves that has succumbed to the unholy side, we must bring all 5 parts of our soul (everything we’ve got) to bear against it. We must outnumber it 5 to 4.

It’s also telling us good will always outnumber evil if we go into battle spiritually complete.  And take the Ana B’koach along with you, as Abraham, and countless other tzaddikim did.

By tomorrow, bli nader, we will publish the secret of the ancient and future cubit and begin our journey into the Future Temple. This secret measure has not been revealed in thousands of years, not even by the Ramchal who revealed much about the Future Temple, but if not now, when?

Hashem hid the secret measurement in His Name. He hid it in the number and concept of 3, and he hid it in stone for all to see…

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The Power of 3; Your Life Depends on it.

Before we reveal the measure of the ancient and future cubit, it is imperative that we understand the universal concept of 3. A true understanding of the sefirot (dimensions) and what their names signify is beyond all of us. It’s like trying to tell someone without a sense of smell or taste what freshly made ice cream, chocolate, or warm homemade apple pie is like, and even that analogy is very weak by comparison. We can’t even fathom them. And this is why the universe (Hashem) has given us the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name of G-d); it serves as our nexus to the spiritual world.

Know that the light that our world depends on gets channeled through the Supernal Holy Temple in a balanced way, and that much of the power behind the number 3 lies in the balance struck between the first 3 sefirotChesed, Gevurah and Tiferet of Zeir Anpin–but what can that possibly mean for us?

Chesed is Loving-kindness, or the unconditional Love that Hashem has for us, which is why the first line, associated with Chesed, of the Ana B’koach has a numerical value of 506, that of Ahavatchinam (Unconditional love). This the love and joy of perpetual giving, the unceasing love and desire for our well-being that Hashem showers on us constantly. This is wonderful, but what place does that leave us in this universe? What purpose would we serve other than to take from G-d, which is why there is a 2nd phase for this light, one that allows us to participate and grow within the universe, utilizing the concept of free will.

The second line corresponds with judgment, din, the natural phase of the light where our actions receive immediate and just reactions, which we see as punishments and the universe sees as simple physics.

You step on someone’s toe, someone else steps on yours. Simple enough, and if we’d learn right away from that it would be a good thing and we’d all live easier more righteous lives. But what happens if the person whose toe we stepped on gets an infection from it and dies, or he later pushes someone too far because of the bad mood we set up for him and that person creates a negativity chain that winds up in someone else’s personal ruin or death? Would we want that punishment for ourselves? The universe holds us responsible and we’d have to pay (eye-for-an-eye) for that entire chain of negativity (action by action). That’s why there is a 3rd phase of the light, mercy, rachem.

Taken together the numerical value of chesed, and din is 72 + 64 + kolel(1)= 137, which is that of the work Kabablah, meaning “to receive,” but to receive this light in a balanced way we need the third phase, just as the electrons and protons need the neutrons to form stable and useful atoms.

Taken together the numerical value of chesed, din, and rachem is 72 + 64 + 248 +Kolel (3)= 387, which is that of the 3rd line of the Ana B’koach (NGD YCSh), which is structured to balance the light of loving kindness and judgment into life-sustaining mercy.

With mercy, our judgment are mitigated and we’re given time to reflect on and make amends for our actions. Think of the first line and sefira of chesed as space, the 2nd as motion, and the 3rd as time, completing the physics of “time, space and motion.” We can use this 3rd line of the Ana B’koach (NGD YCSh) combined with spiritual and heart-felt intentions to further mitigate our judgments, and we should start seeing life as a string of merciful incidents rather than as one of punishments.
For example, a minor fender-bender as inconvenient as it might be, may very well be a merciful way to spare you of a fatal car crash that some action in your past inadvertently warranted. Seeing life as filled with mercy is a big step forward toward reaching the Tree-of-life reality where the mercy will be inherent, obvious and universal. Until we’re there, we have the gift of the Ana B’koach. (get and read The Genesis Prayer if you don’t have it).

In our next article we’ll reveal the ancient and future cubit and you’ll understand why comprehending this concept of 3 and balance was important to grasp first.

With Love,

Ezra

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Sukkot is Upon Us.

We’re going in a new direction soon and will begin explaining the meaning and significance of the dimensions of the Third Temple. All the proportions we’ve learned about through the Torah, the Names, and the universal constants will have new meaning as we explore the place where all the Shefa (life-force) flows through into our world. Before the Third Temple can be constructed we must understand it. It already exists spiritually, but just knowing the dimensions and erecting stone walls won’t do it. We have the knowledge and it’s coming time to apply it. When we take the process and the knowledge run it through our hearts we will connect to the Tree-of-Life, the greater universe, the Cosmos, and the Holy Third Temple. And then it will be time.

A long time ago, I promised to explain and expand on Abraham Avinu’s layout of the Cosmos first delineated in his Sefer Yetzirah, and now we will do so in the context of the Holy Temple’s design. G-d willing, we will all understand.

When Noach sent out the dove 3 times to find dry land it was an allusion to the 3 Holy Temples, and to the 3 times the numbers 5778 and 2019 appear in the first 1000 (Aleph) digits of Pi (See There’s Nothing Random About the Universe).

It’s almost time to let the dove loose again. There is a lot of work to be done this year and the holiday of Sukkot is almost upon us. They are calling for rain in New York and that’s not good. We’re going to need the power of the sukkah and of the unifications we can make in it in order to do our work properly so we’re going to need everyone’s consciousness in a place of unity, love, and sharing to stave off the rain this year. Let’s all spend the next few days thinking, speaking, and listening through our hearts and the blessings will come to all.

I’m repeating and updating below an article posted a year ago to explain many of the secrets and kavannot of the shakings of the lulov within the sukkah. This year, if we shake with our hearts we will shake the world awake. Let’s do it together.

The Shakings

Regarding the daily shakening of the four species, they would seem to correspond to (5 sets x 6 directions) the 30 blasts of the shofar, and the numerical gematria value (30) of the large Lamed (connected to Binah) in the Torah. Lamed has the numerical value of 74 or 70 +4, which as you’ll see later, representing the 70 Nations and 4 species.

That Lamed connects to the Lamed of Lulav. It’s also the Lamed that along with the letter Pe controls the month of Tishrei (Libra), according to Abraham Avinu, in which we do both the shofar blowings and the shakings. It’s also the lamed of the word aleph (ELP, the first), and when the controlling letters of Tishrei are completed with the letter Aleph (Aleph-Lamed-Pe), they connect to both keter and the beginning, as in Aleph B’Tishrei (permutated to spell Bereshit, the beginning).

With the 3 shakings per direction, corresponding to the 3 beats per type of blast of the shofar, there are 18 total shakings per set, and as Rav Abraham Brandwein points out, “The Lulav hints at the vertebral column that has 18 vertebrae and every movement indicates vitality. Thus all 4 species need to be damp and alive and not dry.” The 18 corresponds to the value of the word, chai, (life). And straightening this connection is that the word value of lulav is 68, as in chaim (life)

With 18 shaking per each of the 5 sets there are 91 total shakings per day, which corresponds to amen and teh all-important unification of G-d’s Names that it represents (YHVH-ADNY ) and to the value of the word Succah itself.

Moreover, at 30 daily shakenings x 7 days, there are 210 total shakings, as in the 210 years of Egyptian exile. And when the 3 shakings per direction are considered, there are 210 x 3 or 630 total shakings in the 7 days. 630 is 10 x 63, the value of the Tetragramamton in the aspect of Binah. The 10 always corresponds to the 10 sefirot (dimensions) and in this case to the 10 sub-dimensions (inner sefirot) within Binah. During the entire process of Sukkot, we’re drawing down the energy from Yesod of Ima (Binah) so the Binah connections are very fitting and part and parcel to the technology involved in the shakings.

Over the 7 days of Sukkot, we’re making 70 sacrifices to share the energy with the 70 nations of the world. Each of these sacrifices corresponds to a specific one of the sub-sefirot in order as we descend through them during the 7 day period.

Regarding the four species: As we know from the Arizal, the four species correspond to the Tetragrammaton (YHVH): Hadas (Yud), Aravah (Hei), lulav (vav) and Etrog (hei). So since the numerical values of Hadas and Aravah = 346 (Shmo), the two species above correspond to Y-H Shmo (the Name of YH), as in 5 of the 6 letters that occur at the top of the 248 columns of the Torah that are not vavs, excluding the initial Bet of bereshit. But the three sides of the sukkah itself forms the shape of the letter Bet, completing the B’Y-H ShMV sequence.

The missing Bet from the B’Y-H ShMV sequence would also appear to be the Bet in lulav (LVLB), since the word lulav represents teh whole Torah in two different ways in that it begins with (L) and ends in (B) and also ends in the letter combination Lamed-Bet (LB), as in the first (B) and last (L) letters of the Torah. This letter reversal is an allusion to the recycling of the Torah that occurs during this period when we read the last verse of the Torah and immediately twist it back to the beginning and read from Bereshit.

Moreover, the numerical value of Hadas and Aravah and lulov together = 414 (kaddish) or 2 x 207 (the numerical value of Or/light), and thus twice light, representing the running and returning light

And as in known from chazal, etrog has the value 610 as in parnesa (sustenance) and ma’aser (tithing) and their various meditations for drawing the Shefa into our lives. The Etrog corresponds to the malchut of yesod, the place where we earn our parnesa (sustenance).

But the total value of the 4 species = 1024, which is 256 x 4 with 256 being the value or the Ark of the Covenant (also Aaron) and 1024 being both 210 as in the 210 years of exile yet again, and also 1024 represents the 1024 unique word values in the Torah, which is not coincidence and not coincidentally 32 x 32 which when we study the structure of the Third Temple, we’ll understand how they all relate and relate to the 32 paths of the Tree-of-Life.

Furthermore, as we meditate on ending the 4th exile by sharing light with the 70 nations through the 70 sacrifices, it’s appropriate that the sum of the 4 final letters (B,G,H,S) in the names of the 4 species add up to 70, while that of the Hadas and Arava alone add up to 65, the numerical value of Adonai.

And it’s almost needless to mention that the end of the 4th exile is supposed to happen 70 years after Israel became a nation in 1948 (5708)

Interestingly, and not coincidentally, the sum of the ordinal value of the 16 x 4) letters in the names of the 4 species is 151, as in the value of the Name, Ehyeh (EHYH) spelled out (milui) and also of the word, mikve.
Moreover, the sum of the ordinal value of the letters in lulav is 32, as in the numerical value of the letters Lamed and Bet (LB), which spells Lev, the Hebrew word for heart, and as previously mentioned the last and first letters in the Torah. Yet another connection to the 32 paths of Wisdom, which is in essence the Tree-of-life, represented by the lulav, whose standard gematria value is 68, that of chaim (life). And note that the Inner Courtyard of the Third Temple is 100 cubits by 100 cubits and the Alter in the center of it is 32 x 32 cubits, leaving space of 68 cubits all around.

Moreover, when we add Lulav’s standard value and its ordinal one, we get 68 + 32 = 100, the value of, sach (SCC), the very important roof (covering) of the Sukkah and the representation value of keter, the highest sefira.

So when we shake the Lulav we not only want to bring it back to our heart but we want to mediate the light and love channeling back and forth through it, as we stand both in our succahs and in the center of the Third Temple

Now, if we add all the elements of the holiday together, we get 100 (Sach) + 91 (sukkah) + 1024 (4 species) = 1215. There is a reason for 1215 but we wont go into it now, but when we take away 1 for the kolel, and get 1214, much of the technology gets revealed:

For example the 11 unique letters used in creation of the first verse of the Torah connect with the 11 dots above the letters that occur in the same parsha (portion) as the large letter lamed, and together they help us convert curses into blessings through the 11 incenses (etc). These 11 unique letters have a complete value (ordinal plus standard gematria) of 1214, and 1214 is the exact numerical value of “70 languages” (ShBAYM LShVNVT), corresponding to the 70 nations for whom we’re making the sacrifices. Also, 1214 is the exact value for the Hebrew phrase (ZYRVP HEVTYVT) meaning “permutation of the letters.”

Now, while the last of the 11 letters in the words under the 11 dots is the letter ayin, with a value of 70, the complete value (standard and ordinal) of all 11 letters under the dots is 422, which is the exact numerical value of the word “seventy (70)” (ShBAYM). These, of course, connect to the destruction of the first Two Holy Temples in –422 BCE and in 70 CE, respectively, as is detailed and chronicled in The Divine Calender.

It’s also not a coincidence that the letter ayin, with a numerical value of 70, has an ordinal value of 16, as in the 16 letters of the 4 species discussed above.

In case it’s not understood, it is our responsibility to mediate on sharing this light with the 70 Nations, and this is why we were blessed to be the channels and given these magnificent divine tools to use. As it says in Isaiah 56:7, ” I will bring them to My holy Mountain and make them rejoice in My House of Prayer…For My House will be called the House of Prayer for all the nations.”

Sukkot is the time of joy, when the energy of rejoicing is drawn down upon us by our actions within the succah for the whole year. Let’s do all we can to spread that rejoicing to the entire world.

Chag Sameach

With Love

Ezra




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Who put the Tree into the Tree-of-Life: A Startling Revelation.

There are moments when science, religion and spirituality come together. There aren’t as many as there should be because everyone has his own entrenched beliefs. Nevertheless, this is one of those precious moments of harmony, when we can all be in awe, when we can all see and understand that the primordial underlying structure of the physical universe, that the Bible, which is the essence of religion, and that the structure of the spiritual world are all the same, and that this is in no way random.

As we explain in much greater depth in There’s Nothing Random About the Universe, the primordial mathematical constant that controls the natural shaping of spirals, from the stars in our galaxy, to the petals on our flowers, to the shape of our seashells and our Trees, and to the growth of our populations is called Phi. Phi is a specially balanced proportion that extends between the two parts of a segmented whole and then to the whole itself (ie the short length is to the longer one as the longer one is to the entire length). Nature naturally follows this proportion at all turns, and when art or architecture does too it gives us a beautiful sense of harmony, balance, and well-being. But Phi is not only integral to the existence of the universe but to the design of the Torah as well, as we’ll show below. Moreover, as is covered extensively in There’s Nothing Random About the Universe it is uniquely connected to the number and thus the year 5778 as well.

There are 5 Books in the Torah, all of varying length, number of chapters, words, letters, verses, etc. and it was written down by hand thousands of years ago, before anyone had ever heard of primordial mathematical constants, or calculators. So it is amazing that the Torah is actually divided into specific segments using the Phi proportion with the first chapter of Numbers (Bamidbar) being the dividing point in terms of letters, of words, and also of verses that splits the Torah into two harmonic portions.

Thus:

(Genesis + Exodus + Leviticus)/ (Numbers + Deuteronomy) =

1.61803399 letters, or words, or verses

And

(Numbers + Deuteronomy)/(Genesis + Exodus + Leviticus) = .61803399 letters, or words, or verses

Also, as illustrated in The Genesis Prayer, while the collective number of words, letters, and verses in the entire Torah = 390,625 = exactly 58, they too as a whole connect with Phi in that:

(Words, Letters, and Verses in the Entire Torah)/(106 x (square root 1 + the square root of 2))

= 1.618022

Moreover, as is also illustrated in The Genesis Prayer:

The Words, Letters, Verses, Columns and Rows in the Torah = 248000 x 1.61803399

With 248 being the numerical value of Abraham and also of Mercy (Rachem)

We’ve proven repeatedly in The Genesis Prayer, in There’s Nothing Random in the Universe and in our articles the purposeful interweaving of Pi (3.1415926358…) in the construction of the Torah. Now we see that the primordial mathematical constant Phi (1.61803399) was likewise programmed in.

This is beautiful and awe inspiring for bring science and religion together, but what the Torah is really illustrating for us is the secret proportions of the Tree-of-Life or spiritual structure of the universe. It’s common knowledge amongst the sages and tzaddikim that Genesis represents Keter; Exodus, Chochma; Leviticus, Binah; Numbers, Zeir Anpin; and Deuteronomy represents Malchut, our world.

So transferring the Torah proportions to the 5 main sefirot (dimensions) gives us Keter, Chochma and Binah collectively being Phi (1.618033) times larger than the seven lower sefirot (dimensions) comprised of the 6 bundled into Zeir Anpin and Malchut. In other words the topmost 3 sefirot (dimensions) represent 61.80 % of the Tree-of-Life (the greater universe) and the bottom 7 sefirot represents 38.2%.

Traditionally, the tree-of-life is depicted like this:

K

B – Ch

G – Ch

T

H – N

Y

M

But if you picture the proportions we’ve gleaned from the Torah, then you will see a thick tall trunk topped with a heavy wide and pointed triangular mushroom top:

K




B——————————Ch

G – Ch

T

H – N

Y

M

Now You Know Why it’s called a Tree!

There are 5 Books of Moses which we now know to be divided precise into the Phi proportion in terms of Books (3 and 2), and letter, and words, and verses, but what is significant about this is that Phi (1.618033887.,.) is based on the number 5, actually the square root of the number 5. It is exactly (1 + √5)/2 if you must know. We’ve discussed the sefirot that each of the books connect with, so we know that the 5th Book, the one that repeats the Torah’s story again from Moses’ point of view, is connected to Malchut, and we’ve seen in previous articles how numerous very specific prophecies about the last exile and the end-of-days is clearly spelled out in this 5th and final Book.

We know the Torah is exceedingly redundant (probably because we’re exceedingly thick-headed) and fractal in nature in its structure patterns and coding, so it’s not surprising to find that the 5th Book (Deuteronomy/Devarim) has 34 chapters, with 34 being the 10th Fibonacci number starting from zero. Fibonnaci numbers (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55…) are a very famous sequence formed by adding together the two prior numbers, the ratio between which approximates Phi (1.6180…). As there are 10 sefirot (dimensions) the number 10 also represents Malchut, representing an ending of sorts.

Using this as a clue, it’s further insightful that the 5th Torah portion of the 5th Book (Deuteronomy/Devarim), parsha Shoftim, begins at Devarim 16:18.

Given this, and exploiting one of the basic and most unique properties of Phi, we find that the square root of 1.618033.. is 6.18033.., or (Phi –1) and Phi2 is 2.618033.., or (Phi + 1), so examining the 3 corresponding verses in Devarim, we find a concealed Torah

message about the end-of-days, which is really the dawning of the age of the Tree-of-Life. Devarim 6:18 corresponds the square root of Phi; Devarim 16:18

corresponds to Phi; and Devarim 26:18 corresponds to Phi2.

Devarim 6:18 “Do what is upright and good in God’s eyes, so that He will be good to you. You will then come and occupy the good land that God promised your fathers.”

Devarim 16:18 Appoint yourselves judges and police for your tribes in all your settlements that God your Lord is giving you, and make sure that they administer honest judgment for the people.”

Devarim 26:18 “God has similarly declared allegiance to you today, making you His special nation as He promised you. If you keep all His commandments, He will make you the highest of all nations He brought into existence…”

In short, “Do what is right, police yourselves, and God with elevate you to the Tree-of-Life state of reality.” The Arizal and other tzaddikim and sages have explained that we are our own police and judges and that we need to guard the gates of our souls, our senses and our consciousness. Moreover, the Zohar explains that as we judge others so we will be judged, so we must zealously guard our thoughts. And the word “people” in Devarim 16:18 refers not our own people, but to all other people in the 70 nations, for we are responsible for their well-being. Our thoughts and actions affect them.

We’re being told to take responsibility for our actions and thoughts and once we truly do, we’ll realize that we’re the only ones standing in our own way from receiving the final redemption.

At the first word of Devarim 16:18, where the portion of Shoftim begins, we find the 358th Shin-Mem (ShM) letter combination in the Book of Devarim. The combination spells the word Shem, as in the “Name” of G-d.  There is an abnormal preponderance of words with this combination in the previous portion, Reah, meaning “to see,” but the 358th one at the word Shoftim (Judges) alludes to Moshiach, also of numerical value 358, and also containing the same letter combination, yet in reverse (MShYCh). The spiritual explanation is that by honest judging, the Torah is speaking about judging with Mashiach consciousness, that of thinking with and through the heart.  Also, that from these actions will come Moshiach.

The Shin-Mem (ShM) letter combination has a numerical value of 340, significantly, 10 times the value 34, the 10th Fibonacci number and final chapter in the Torah, and also 18 (Chai, life,) less than 358, Moshiach.

We’re in final part of the month of Elul, the month of preparation for Rosh Hashanah, when we should be doing Tshuvah. Literally translated as repentance, it is deep self- examination and a going back in time to undo all the negativity that we’ve created.  The Torah shows us the way.  The numbers above are all intellectual, but the path traced is spiritual.  To travel back in time we must enter through our hearts and follow our actions and their results backwards along the universal harmonic path delineated by the Phi spiral until we get to their sources, whether in our childhood or in previous lifetimes, begging forgiveness and increasing our appreciate of Hashem and our understanding of our place in His universe as we go.

Thus it’s no coincidence that the Baal Shem Tov came out to the world in Elul, in the 6th Month on the 18th day of Elul (6/18), which split the month into the Phi proportion. It was likewise no coincidence that Rabbi Shimon’s hillulah is on the 18th of Iyar (the 33rd day of the Omer), which also split Iyar into those same proportions, both dates reminiscent of .618033.. and both Tzaddiks of blessed memory adding so much understanding to our world.

Phi18 = 5778, the year 2018 CE, a scant 8 years from this Rosh Hashanah. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to take responsibility for our thoughts and actions and thus become part of the harmony of our universe, instead of being chaotic blights upon it.  Let’s not fight this spiraling ride we’re on, but ride with it, as time spirals ever tighter to 5778, and let’s ride it as our consciousness expands and spirals upward and outward into the broad branches of the upper Tree-of-Life, the reality beyond the illusions.

Now, if it occurred to you to ask why the 187 chapters of the Torah weren’t also divided into the Phi proportion, when that would seem like an easier calculation that keeping track of hundreds of thousands of letters, know this: 187/phi = 115.57236.. and 115.57236 jubilee years (Biblical 50 year interval) = 5778.618.  Go Figure!

So where was the split at Numbers 1:1, in terms of chapters? There are 70 chapters in the last two Books, so 117/187 = .625 and 625 is the square root of 390,625, the collective number of words, letters, and verses in the Torah. It’s also exactly 5/8 as in the exactly 58 total words, letters, and verses in the Torah.

Rosh Hashanah is nearly upon us. It is truly a time of awe.

Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tova
With love,

Ezra