The Secret of the Magen David And Moshiach Revealed by the Baal Shem Tov

Before we begin, keep in mind that the radiance of the sun as measured by its temperature at its surface is 5778 K, as in the date prophesied by the tzaddikim for the arrival of Moshiach and the geula (final redemption), and that the returning light radiance of the Earth by the same measurement is 248.573

From the Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer there is a cryptic explanation about the tree-or-life and G-d structure of the universe, telling us that while inspiration cones from above our process and processing of it occurs in the columns of the realm of Zeir Anpin.

He explains those 3 columns (right, left and central) as Chesed, Din and Rachamim. What was left unsaid was that the numerical value of Chesed, Din and Rachamim is that of Mashiach Ben David (424), the Messiah.

Chesed, Din and Rachamim means Love, Judgment, and Compassion, the 3 attributes we need working together proportionately and with proper and pure intent to bring H’Moshiach, the messiah . It also wasn’t said that Rachamim is just the plural of Racham of numerical value 248.

The Baal Shem Tov further explains ,as Translated by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Stone, “It is impossible to look at the sun itself. We can, however, look at its light, and derive benefit from it because the sun’s strength has been diminished. Were the rays of the sun to be as brilliant as the sun, they would also be impossible to look at. Thus, it is written: “Sun and shield is Y-H-V-H Elokim” (Psalms 84:12). Kesser Shem Tov, part 2, p. 19d

We said at the outset that his teaching was cryptic, and what wisdom is hidden within! What beauty is hidden within the psalms and in this pasuk: “Sun and shield is Y-H-V-H Elokim” (Psalms 84:12)!

On the surface, the Rav is explaining about the process of filtering down the Light and inspiration for thought, speech through the 6 sefirot (dimensions) of Zeir Anpin, hence the mention of the 6 pointed Shield of David, the Magen David, which we know from chazal correspond with the 6 dimensions of Zeir Anpin and their respective Patriarchs, starting with Abraham (of numerical value 248).

But what was left unsaid for those that understand is that the numerical value of “Y-H-V-H Elokim,” the fusion of the upper and lower worlds, as discussed in our previous post “Science  and Spirituality Collide,” is 107.

And moreover, the numerical value of Magen David (the Shield of David, more commonly known as the Star of David) is also 107.

And most significantly, the sum of all the positive integers through 107 = 5778.

As the time for the geula approaches and many dark veils descend, many more are being lifted for those that want to see, to see the tree-of-life reality. And as another veil has been lifted, we can now see that the structure of the tree-of-life universe and in particular, as given by the Baal Shem Tov’s examples, the 6 sefirot of Zeir Anpin that we can interact with, are designed to bring us Mashiach Ben David (424) in 5778, and that this structure is mimicked in our galaxy through the relationship of giver and receiver of Light of the Sun (5778K) and the returner of Compassion, Earth (248K).

And because this life-giving relationship and our need to give back racham (Compassion, as the proper mixture of Love and Judgment) is repeated on the level of our society and on us individually with Hashem, several facts bear repeating in this post:

1) Abraham, the Patriach, said in the Sefer Yetzirah that Moshiach would come through the letters controlling the month of Cheshvan (Scorpio), dalet and nun, which together add up to 54 and as it turns out 54 x 107 = 5778.

2) The relationship between the Light and returning light of the sun and Earth is 5778/248.573 = 23.2447 and 232 is the numerical value of the fully expanded Name of G-d, Tetragrammaton (YHVH: Av, Sag, Mah, Ban) and 2447 are both the years preceding the giving of the Torah at Sinai in 2448, and the total number of years of the 4 exiles when the last one ends in 5778.

3) Since the geula means the end of the exile from the 70 nations that too is built into relationship between the radiance of the Sun and the Earth, since the sum of all the positive integers through 70 is 2485 and as mentioned earlier, the returning light radiance of the Earth by is 248.573 K.

4) And for those skeptics about the sum of the integers having any significance, or about the spiritual tenet that nothing is ever lost such that in the example above the number 70 can house all the energy of the numbers before it and thus also equal 2485, know this:

While the sum of all the positive integers through the number 73 is equivalent to 2701, the numerical value of the Torah’s first verse; and the Torah’s first 33 letters have the numerical value of 3003 that of the sum of all the positive integers through 77: the total number of Yuds, Heys, and Vavs in the Torah, the letters in the Tetragrammaton(YHVH), is exactly 90,100, the sum of all the positive integers through 424 (Mashiach Ben David) is 90,100.

Do any of us need more signs of G-d’s perfection, or of His perfect design and Love for us? All we have to do is follow His rules. Return the Light by emanating Compassion. We need to make ourselves one with the design. “He and His Name are One.” We must be as well.

Get Rid of it! Send it away!

We know that the essence and essential message of the Torah portions are usually concealed in their first word or words and this week’s portion Vayishlach, meaning “To send away” is no different. In this portion Jacob is about to face his hated brother, Esau, the precursor to Edom (Christianity). But first he wrestles all night with a dark angel in the river Yabok and in overcoming him, he asks him for a blessing and instead the angel first rewards him with a new name. He goes on to win over his brother.

The numerical value of Vayishlach (VYShLCh) is 354 and if we add 5 for the kolel of the 5 letters, we get 354 + 5 = 359, the value of Satan, a bible code word for our evil inclination, in other words our selfish personal desires.

The second word in the portion is Yacov, Jacob of numerical value 182 and if we add the two, we get 359 + 182 = 541, the numerical value of Israel. And what makes this so significant is that the name the dark angel gave Jacob standing their in the river Yabok, was Israel and since Israel has a value of 541 it is a composite of Jacob 182 and 359, Satan. 182 + 359 = 541.

And what this means is that what Jacob wrestled with that whole night was his evil inclination, his selfish desires and within those were his fears because when we fear we are fearing what we have to give up and not seeing that what we have and what we are facing is from G-d, Hashem, the Light.

When Jacob finally overcame Satan, his own weaknesses, Jacob asked him for a blessing, but before he was given one, he was given a new name, and in so doing, as we saw in the equation 182 + 359 = 541, Satan revealed his name to him, which is why when Jacob then asked him what the angel’s name was, he replied, “Why do you ask my name.” That was for us, so we’d ask it of ourselves, and so we could know who our adversary really was.

Now if we consider the ordinal values of the two names that Jacob now has, 47 for Jacob and 64 for Israel, we see that there is a difference of (64 – 47) = 17, the numerical value for tov, good, as in “the light is good.” So besides knowing that this name change was a good thing, when we add the 17 to the 359 for the complete difference between the two, we get (17 + 359) = 376, the numerical value for peace (shalom).

It’s also the numerical value for Esau, which completes the message to us: If we can defeat our selfish desires and illusionary fears we can find peace, even with those that hate us. This is a message that resonates most of all today and in particularly for Israel that has wrestled with its fears and desires ever since receiving statehood 60 years ago. rather than concentrating on giving up land or swapping missiles and prisoners, we all as the nation of Israel should be working on defeating our selfishness and self-centered thinking, then peace will come. First it’s peace of mind, then peace on earth.

So, once again, the first word in the portion says it all.  “Send it away.”  If we can get rid of that darkness inside of us, peace will be at hand.

The name Israel (YShREL) was a good one as the Yud (Y) stands for Yacov, and Ytzak, and the Shin (Sh) for Sarah, and the Resh (R) for Rivka and Rachel, and the Alef (E) for Abraham and the Lamed, (L) for Leah, while 541 is the exact numerical value of the complete 12-gonal polygon that we know as the Star of David, the 12-sided Magen David (Shield of David) that represents the 12 tribes and Israel itself.

And since 359 is also the Aramaic numerical value for Mashiach, the Messiah, we know what the potential is and who will come once we overcome ourselves.