5778 Is Upon Us

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 Divine Calendarthe 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.

שדי

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 (600,000408) 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 5.778Or 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 + 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.

 

L’Shanah Tova

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Va’Etchanan: The Deepest Secrets Yet-The Prophecy

The Torah portion Vaethchanan is always read right after Tisha B’Av, the day of utter darkness that always portends to hold the greatest light as the promised birth date of Moshiach Ben David. Long before the Final Solution, the destruction of the Holy Temples and the incident of the spies all occurred on Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, Abraham, the Patriarch, explained that the month of Av was controlled by the Hebrew letters Caf(C) and Tet(Tt), which divided the month spiritually into the first 9 days as indicated by the numerical value of the letter Tet(Tt) and the subsequent 20 days as indicated by the value of the letter Caf(C) and to the expression of the crowning sefira (dimension) of Keter. And in this portion, we always read the 42 words of the Shema’s first paragraph, the 10 Commandments, and the prophecies of the end of days as laid out by Moses.

Referring to the portion of Chukath that we discussed in our article “The Book of the Wars of the Lord,” the act of Moses striking the ground twice instead of following G-d commandment to him “to speak to the cliff (rock)” and that the value of that phrase was 848, or twice that of Mashiach Ben David (424). And also that the reason he did that was to shorten the time span of the arrival of the Moshiach by half, from the 5778 years as denoted by the tzaddikim to 2889 years, which is the midpoint in King David’s life, because Moses knew how strong the negative side would be today and how difficult it would be for us to overcome it. Furthermore, the Torah hinted of this in the words “water from the rock,” which was what came directly from his action, in that this phrase’s numerical value is 345, that of Moses, whose completed spirit it is said will be our redeemer, our Moshiach, in the end of days.

Moses knew that the evil inclination, like red wine grows stronger with age, but as previously discussed the evil inclination has its age limit as well, which one reason why wine (YYN) has the numerical value of 70 and is also one of the reasons we fill the Kiddush cup to the brim and look into it: to see an end to our judgments and an end (a limit) to the evil forces at the end of the 70 years. Moses knew G-d’s timing was at the end of the 70 years period from when Israel became a nation in 5708 (1948 CE), but he wanted to move that timing up to the end of the 70 years of King David’s life when we’d all have a better chance given the strength and Wisdom of King David and his son King Solomon. Moses knew it wasn’t really going to happen, but worth a try given what he knew of our odds today. But what he did bring us at the end of David’s 70 years was the First Holy Temple.

We’ve discussed other reasons in other articles, but one of the reasons Moses knew this was that when Jacob was given the name Israel, the numerical value of 359 was added to that of the name Jacob (182), and Israel of numerical value 541 became the father of all the Israelites, and the value of the word Satan (359), code for the evil inclination, became embedded as our stumbling block. So if at the end of the 70 years, the value of Satan could be extracted from Israel, we’d be left with Jacob, who is Zein Anpin, and the natural order would be restored. As the word for “In Seventy (B’ShBAYM),” it has the numerical value 424, that of Moshiach Ben David, so we see what awaits us at the end of the 70 years if we truly desire it enough to work for it.

As you will see, all this ties into pasha Vaethchanan, which starts off with Moses praying 515 times to enter the promised land in order to bring Moshiach once and for all. We’ve discussed this in prior articles about his obeying G-d’s request of him to stop at 515, when the 516th time would have achieved his desired result, so we’ll only point out that 848 – 515 = 333, as in the 3330 years that would transpire from the Exodus from Egypt and the reception of the Torah at Sinai when we were first offered the Tree-of-Life reality to the year 5778, when Rav Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag (HaSulam) of blessed memory and tells us we will next be offered that opportunity.

The reason it was so telling that the essence of Jacob (Zeir Anpin) will return at the end of days is that the geula (final redemption) is all about the mating (reuniting) of the 6 sefirot (dimensions) of Zeir Anpin with Malchut (our 10th sefirot/dimension), completing the circuitry, as it completes the 7 lower sefirot and restores the Tree-of-life structure/ reality back to its original state, before Adam chose the wrong tree or course for mankind.

We see this explained in the Zohar Vaethchanan 187- 190:

187: The Holy One, blessed be He, at the end of day, will return Israel to the holy land and gather them from exile. The end of days is that which is the last of the days,” and as Rav Ashlog explains, “[this is] Malchut, which is the last of the sefirot, called days.”

Section 187 continues to reiterate this and also explains part of the prophecy: “During the end of days Israel will suffer exile. This is what is meant by, ‘When you are in distress, and these things are come upon you, in the latter days’ (Devarim 4:30), and evil will befall you in the end of days’ (Devarim 31:29),” as we will discuss shortly. “Together with this end of days they receive punishment in exile. With it the Holy One, blessed be He, will wreak vengeances for Israel constantly…”

189: “Happy is the portion of he who sees him, [Moshiach], and happy is the portion of he who sees him not. Woe to him who shall be present when the great lion will demand to mate with his female, and more so when they will mate together,” which as Rav Aslog explains means, “Zeir Anpin with Malchut at the time of redemption.” The Zohar continues, “Of that hour it is written, ‘The lion has roared, who will not fear…’ (Amos 3:8)”

190: “Come and see, at first it is written, ‘He shall mightily roar because of His habitation’ (Yirmeyah 25:30). When Zeir Anpin will come out to receive his mate, Malchut, it is said, “The lion has roared, who will not fear’: “Adonai Elohim has spoken, who can but prophesy’ (Amos 3:8). At that time it is written, ‘then Hashem your Elohim will turn captivity’ (Devarim 30:3). What is meant by ‘turn’? [And he answers,] The Holy One, blessed be He, returns the congregation of Israel from exile, and the righteous returns to join its place….
And before we explain how Rav Ashlog derived the date of the final redemption as the year 5778, and why it is so, we need to see what the Zohar has to say in Vaetchanan 188:

“Once a shadow started to form at the beginning of the other day, as during the time when the Temple was destroyed when the shadow was about to be gathered. [When there will be] day and shadow, it will be the end of exile,” which Rav Ashlog explains means, “redemption will come when the shadow begins to emerge.” The Zohar continues, “The measure of that shadow is 6 thumbs long for the height of a man among men. This secret is remembered among the friends though the verse, ‘for we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow’ (Iyov 8:9), ‘for we are but yesterday,’ namely in exile; ‘and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow,’ which means the Holy One, blessed be He, wants the shadow and the day to rest upon the earth.”

To understand this, one must grasp that the Sun is Zeir Anpin, represented by the number 6, which coincides with the 6 thumbs and 6 feet of height of a man, but also that only the Sun, the giver of Light and life in our world, can create a shadow, and the temperature of the surface of the sun from which the light emanates is exactly 5778 K.

Neither Rav Ashlog 70 years ago, nor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, 1900 years ago, nor Moses, 3330 years ago, knew about the temperature of the sun, yet they knew the date, the length of the shadow cast by the tree-of-Knowledge of good and evil over our world.

It’s important to understand that the 6 sefirot (dimensions) of Zeir Anpin, denoted by the number 6, can be expressed as 60, 600, 6000… or as 6, 66, 666… or even 6 x 6 x 6, depending on subtle interpretations of the sub-sefirot at each level.

As the Zohar implies here and more explicated elsewhere, the commonly thought date for the Moshiach and redemption is at the end of the 5th millennium, around the year 6000, or 6 x 1000. These 6 thousands correspond the 6 letter Alefs (E) of Creation, in other words in the Torah’s first verse. The letter Alef (E), the first in the Hebrew Alphabet, of numerical value 1, is spelled ELP, which has a numerical value of 111, and as the Arizal explains, it also spells out the word Elef (ELP), meaning 1000, thus the 6 Alefs of Creation equal 6, 666, and 6000 respectively, all representative of Zeir Anpin.

Just so we know, every 1000 years is 1/1730702 of 5778, which makes perfect sense since the 7 words of the Torah’s first verse come right out of the 42-Letter Name of G-d, whose small gematria value is 173 and 702 remainder is the numerical value of the word Shabbat, which is the malchut or final level, so that each 1000 years stretches from keter to machut.

Now, the 3rd word of the Torah is the Name of G-d Elohim, which is representative of the Malchut aspect of G-d, that of nature following its course. The last concept to understand is that Zeir Anpin is divided into an upper 1/3 and a lower 2/3, which while simple is really so complex that the Arizal has spent volumes on it, but today we confine ourselves to the simple understanding that 1/3 =.333… and 2/3 = .666…

So with that stated, we can examine the Length of the Shadow as Rav Ashlag witnessed it: Applying the 3 column tree-of-life structure to the 6000 year period (or 6 Alefs) we see that it breaks down to 3 iterations of 2/3.

6000 x .666 = 4000

4000 x .666 = 1333…

1333 x .666 = 444…

5778

As Rav Ashlag specifically pointed out, the final 2/3 period began with the death of the Arizal himself in (4000+1333) or 5333.

But we should also note that the digits in 4000, 1333, and 444 = 4+0+0+0+1+3+3+3+4+4+4 = 26, the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH). Couldn’t be coincidental, could it?

Before examine further this divine equation (time-frame) in the 3-column structure let’s go back to the Torah portion Vaetchanan and the chapter where many of the prophecies are given, Devarim 4. As a clue to the connection to Moses’ pleas and actions of striking the rock twice on our behalf in order to bring Moshiach earlier than the proscribed divine time frame, this is chapter is the 515th chapter in the Torah, and there are four phrases within this chapter of numerical value 848, including one at Devarim 4:40 “A long time in the land that God your Lord [is giving you for all time],” but we’ll get into Moses prophecies a little later.

In that same verse, Devarim 4:40, Moses uses the words “All time,” referring to the land that God our Lord is giving us for all time. “All time “kol h’yamim” is spelled in Hebrew CL HYMYM, which breaks down to kol (all) of numerical value 50, representing the 50 gates of Binah the Biblical jubilee year (50-years long), and the word value 50 is coupled with “the time” or “the days” h’yamim (HYMYM), which with the kolel of 1 has the numerical value of 666. Thus together they give us 50 x 66.6 jubilee years= 3330 years, which, as we’ve said, is the exact period of time from the first exodus and the reception of the Torah at Sinai when the tree-of-life was last offered to us in 2448 to the year 5778, which the tzaddikim have long known will be the next cosmic window for the Tree-of-life reality.

And not coincidentally, in the very next chapter, the 516th chapter, coinciding with the 516 times that Moses needed to pray/plea to enter the promised land and bring in the Tree-of-life, we have the retelling of the 10 Commandments (Utterances).

But back to the divine 3-column equation:

6000 x .666 = 4000

4000 x .666 = 1333…

1333 x .666 = 444…

5778

4000 = 6 x 666…years; 1333 = 2 x 666…years ; and 444 = 2/3 x 666…. years for a total of 6 + 2 + 2/3 or 8 2/3 x 666 years. And going back to the seed of Creation, we see that the numerical value of the first 8 and 2/3 letters of the Torah (BREShYT BRE) is 1115.6, which magnificently coincides with the 115.6 jubilee years from the dawn of time (Adam) to the year 5778.

Moreover, when we take the figure of 66.6 jubilee years into account, rather than the generic 666, this divine 3-column structure also gives us:

4000 = 60 x 66.6…years; 1333 = 20 x 66.6…years ; and 444 = 6.666 x 66.6…. years

for a total of 86.666 x 66.6 years, and since 86 is the numerical value of Elohim, the 3rd and very next word after (BREShYT BRE), and since Elohim is the Name of G-d associated with the sefira (dimension) of Malchut, and since as discussed, 666 represents Zeir Anpin, we find that the 3-column structure of the divine equation not only brings the first 2/3 (Bereshit bre) of the first 3 words of the Torah together with the last 1/3 of those first 3 words (Elohim), but it couples (mates) Zeir Anpin with Malchut in the year 5778, as indicated in the Zohar would happen at the time of the final redemption.

As an aside, and keep in mind that the revealing phrase “all time” was in Devarim 4:40, the gematria sofit value of those first 3 words is 1776, as in the year of the formation of the United States and as in 1 more that the total value of the 27 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, 1775. We’ve covered the US role in the grand scheme of things in previous articles and also President Obama’s role as our 44th President and how that relates to the 10 plagues, whose first plague has the numerical value of 44 and whose second plague interestingly enough has the numerical value of 444, which we can now relate to the final 444 year period from the birth of the Arizal to the year 5778. We only mention this because two of the 3 columns of the divine equation 444 and 1333 equate to 444 + 1332 = 1776 when the 666.666 is rounded off to 666.

And for anyone unaware, the year 5778 is the year 2018, exactly 10 years after the financial crises began in the US. And as discussed in numerous articles and at length in The Divine Calendar, the year 2018 CE corresponds numerically to the year 2018 HC, the year G-d made his Covenant with Abraham, to which the prophecies and promises of Vaetchanan relate and refer.

And for those interested, the date that Moses was trying to shorten our time frame to was 2889, or midway through King David’s life and half of 5778, but 44 x 66.6 years is 2930, only 2 years after the First Holy Temple was built. And if you recall from our article on the Tetragrammaton, it spells out quite clearly 5778 as well, with the numerical value of the Malchut aspect of the Tetragrammaton (YVD HH VV HH) being 52 and with 5778/52 = 111.11538, we see that 2889 = 26 x 111.11538. And while we wont reiterate here the significance of .11538, remember that it all harks back to the first 6 alefs of Creation, each of numerical value 111.

When discussing the 6 alefs (E) and the time-frame of 6000 years, it’s interesting that up until the portion Vaetchanan there are exactly 6000 letter Dalets, of numerical value 4 and as stated above, it is in the 4th chapter within Vaetchanan that we learn of Moses’ prophecies about the 4 exiles. And we knew to pay attention to the letters because Vaetchanan begins with the 4995th verse in the Torah and the total value of the 27 Hebrew letters, using gematria sofit, is 4995. That said, in Devarim 4:23 Moses advises us. “Be careful that you nor forget the covenant that God your Lord made with you, [Do not] make for yourself any statue image that is forbidden by God,” and in 4:24, corresponding to the value of Moshiach Ben David (424), he continues, “God your Lord is a consuming fire, a God demanding exclusive allegiance.”

Here in the same portion where we have the Shema and the line “Hear O Israel, the Lord our G-d, G-d is One” we see it clearly stated that there is One G-d and we should not be worshipping anyone else or anything else, nor any image of anyone or anything else. It’s hinted at that if we obey that simple commandment we will merit Moshiach Ben David, but if not, then in 4:25 Moses begins to tell us the prophecies what will happen to us because he knew we wouldn’t fulfill that commandment.

“When you have children and grandchildren and have been established in the land a long time, you might become decadent and make a statue of some image, committing an evil act in the eyes of God your Lord and making Him angry.” 4:26 “I call upon heaven and earth as witnesses for you today that you will then quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. You will not remain there very long, since you will be utterly destroyed.” 4:27 “God will then scatter you among the nations and only a small number will remain among the nations to which God will lead you.” 4:28 “There you will serve gods that man have made out of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat or smell.”

Through here, Moses appears to be describing the events of first century CE, when we were established in the land a long time and we were about 66.6% (2/3) of the way to 5778. It was known as a time of decadence (though not as bad as our generation) and many Israelites turned away from the One G-d commandment and began accepting the plausibility of praying to more than one god, which led to praying to images of that second god. Moses had even advised that the reason G-d didn’t let the Israelites at Sinai see Him was so they would make no images of Him with which to worship—it was that important that people worship directly. Yet as Moses foresaw, they did, and the Holy Temple was destroyed and the Israelites were scattered among the nations of the earth in small pockets. And there, also as Moses foresaw, they (we) served the men that made those idols and later more idols and more items to idolize, until we were like Abraham alone amongst the idols made by his father Terach in the final years between his birth in 1948 HC and the Covenant of the Lord 70 years later in 2018 HC.

And like those dates 3760 years ago, or 10 x 376 (the value of Shalom/peace), with the birth of Abraham in 1948 HC and the birth of Israel in 1948 CE we hear Moses’ words from Devarim 4:29 “Then you will begin to seek God your Lord, and if you pursue Him with all your heart and soul, you will eventually find Him.” 4:30 “When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, you will finally return to you’re your Lord and obey him.” 4:31 “God your Lord is a merciful Power, and He will not abandon you or destroy you; He will not forget the oath He made upholding your father’s covenant [3760 years earlier in 2018 HC].”

Then in Devarim 4:32 Moses cryptically advises us “inquire about times” [by] “going back to” [Creation], where in the 7 words of the Torah’s first verse we found the answer 5778 spelled out for us.

But in Devarim 4:40 where we encountered both the prophetic numerical value 848 in “A long time in the land that God your Lord [is giving you for time],” and in the words “All time,” referring to the land that God our Lord is giving us for all time, which revealed to us the equation 50 x 66.6 = 3330, we also find that the full phrase “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” has the numerical value 5777, and is only one of 13 phrases in the Torah with that value (4000+1333+444), with the number 13 being the value of ahava (love) and Echad (one) as in “G-d is One” found later in this portion.

But we jumped ahead a verse and back in Devarim 4:33-34 Moses asks, “Has any nation ever heard God speaking out of fire, as you have, and still survived? Has God ever done miracles bringing one nation out of a another nation with such tremendous miracles, signs, wonders, war, a mighty hand and outstretched arm, and terrifying phenomena, as God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?” Yes, the 10 occurrences that Moses listed correspond to the 10 plagues figuratively, which we alluded to earlier, but remember Moses is prophesying about the future hear, the final days, so he’s connecting us to the 10 sefirot of the Tree-of-life reality of the 10 Commandments, which will shortly follow this verse in the very next chapter, and also to what G-d will do for us yet again in the final days and final 10 years leading up to the final redemption in order to bring us back into the fold.

Devarim 4:35 “You are the ones who have been shown, so that you will know that God is the Supreme Being, and there is none besides Him.” As we’ve made the point in previous articles, G-d didn’t make the plagues to impress Pharaoh; they were to awaken us.

Devarim 4:38, the prophecy continues, “He will drive away before you nations that are greater and stronger than you, so as to bring you to their lands, and give them to you as a heritage, as today.”

And then one more time Moses tells us in Devarim 4:39, “Realize it today and ponder it in your heart: God is the Supreme Being in heaven above and on the earth beneath—there is no other.” There are 5 instances within these verses of Devarim chapter 4 where a phrase has numerical value of either 2017 or 2018, and two more, making 7, if we consider 2019, the year following 5778 when the Tree-of-life reality will be in effect, beginning with the verse 4:1 “Now Israel, listen to the rules and the laws…” (Israel Shema…”

From the prophecies of chapter 4, we receive the Tree-of-life through the 10 Commandments (Utterances) in chapter 5 and then in chapter 6, we hear the words listen Israel again, especially in the first 6 words of the “Shema Israel” followed by the 42 words of the Shema’s first paragraph.

In the verse just prior to the Shema, which also begins with “listen Israel,” tying the meaning of these verses together, Moses, speaking to our generation (“children’s children”) tells us that if we remain in awe of G-d and do what was proscribed, things will go well for us in the land flowing with milk and honey as G-d, Lord of our fathers, promised us.

“Shema Israel Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad”

“Listen, Israel, God is our Lord, God is One”

The first and last word of the famous verse, the words with enlarged final letters, Shema – Echad (ShMA EchD), add up numerically plus the 1 (kolel) to 424, Moshiach Ben David, and the enlarged letters, are Ayin and Dalet, spelling “witness” as the sages have told us, but they also have the numerical values 70 and 4 respectively, signifying the coming of Moshiach and the end of the 4th exile at the end of the 70 years from Israel’s statehood in 1948 and also the end of the 4th exile that began 1948 years earlier in 70 CE with the destruction of the Second Holy Temple.

There are innumerable secrets embedded in the Shema and in the this portion, and this article is way too long as it is, so we will only point out a few for now.

Right off the bat it’s well know that the Shema’s first paragraph is connected to the 42-Letter name of G-d, but if we observe the 5 verses that comprise the 42 words of the Shema’s first paragraph, we see that they all begin with a Vav(V) and end with a letter Caf(C), which together for Caf-Vav or 26, the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) and also that the first and last letters of the paragraph thus also form Caf-Vav as do the first 21 and last 21 words of the paragraph. But Vav-Caf sofit as its actually written in these 8 instances has the numerical value of 506, as in that of the first line (7 letters) of the 42-Letter Name matrix (Ana B’koach), and the word for “unconditional love” which is the point of it all.

We mentioned the splitting of the paragraph into two halves as we find that the words and word values for Brit MB or Covenant of 42 are found right in the center and initials of those first 21 words with the kolel of 1 add up to 358, Mashiach. And it is also in the very midpoint of the 42 Letters of the 42-Letter Name (Shem MB) that we find the word Brit (BRYT ), or Covenant, spelled out as well. And lets not forget that the Covenant of Abraham was called the Covenant of Halves.

Moreover it in the 4th verse of this 42-word first paragraph of the Shema that we’re told to “Bind [these words] as a sign on your hand, and let them be an emblem on your head,” which is the reason not only do the tefillin contain this paragraph of the Torah, but that there are 21 YHVH’s in the hand tefillin and 21 YHVH’s in the head tefillin for a total of 42. And this means that each of the two tefillin connects to the numerical value of 21 x 26 = 546, which is the sum total of the initials of the 10 sefirot (dimensions).

But what’s more, if we search out words beginning with Vav (V) and connect them to the very next word ending with Caf (C) sofit within the first paragraph of the Shema, we find 13 more V-C combinations making a total of 21 within that first paragraph (42-words) of the Shema, and thus once again 21 x 26 = 546, which is the sum total of the initials of the 10 sefirot (dimensions).

And this is the secret of this 45th Torah portion, Va’etchanan, to help us and to show us repeatedly how to reconnect with the 10 sefirot, the Tree-of-Life reality
Shabbat Shalom

Ezra

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