The 3 Columns of History.

The Torah always presents information to us with great built in redundancy, so it’s not the Torah’s fault if we’re slow on the uptake.  For example, did you ever wonder why there were 70 family members who entered Egypt and began the 210 years of exile there while they grew to 600,000? Or why Moses and his siblings had to pass the Torah on to 70 Elders before it could be given to the people, also 600,000 at the time. And you probably didn’t realize that Noah’s sons had 70 named descendants in the Torah, which eventually populated the world. Ok, so what? So if the Torah is expressing a distinctive pattern, it’s our  obligation to try and figure out why, what he message is. This is the Sod Torah, the secret chambers of the Torah that house the deepest wisdom. The pattern: Noach (1) – his 3 sons – 70 descendants Adam (1) – 3 Patriarchs – 70 family members G-s (1) – 3 Moses/Aaron/Miriam – 70 Elders 1 -3 -70 1 3 70 The Tree-of-life comes to mind right away: Keter Binah –  Da’at – Chochma Gevurah -Chesed Tiferet Hod -Netzach Yesod Malchut thus: 1 (Keter) 3 Upper Sefirot 70 Subsefirot of 7 sefirot of Zeir Anpin/Malchut By the way, the 70 sub-sefirot are naturally bundled this way; it wasn’t some convenient arrangement of ours. Then, of course, there is 137, the numerical gematria value of Kabbalah, meaning both to receive and also parallel, as in parallel meaning and parallel universe. As my friend Mordechai pointed out, 1-3-70 is also 1370 as in the 1370 that Chazal...

The Energy at the Dawn of Creation.

The Arizal explains that the Zohar tells us that the Torah existed for 2000 years before Creation, and that it existed in a form in which all the 79,976 letters would appear to be jumbled to us today.  In other words, what is written in the Torah and was frozen in time once the letter were rearranged to form the narrative we know today, was formerly written in a potential state, whereby the events of our Biblical past could have played out differently.  Adam didn’t have to sin. Nevertheless, he did, and we have to struggled and fight our way back to the Tree-of-Life reality that existed prior to that initial sin.  As part of that process (the easy part) we study the secret coding of the Torah (Sod Torah), which R’ Abulafia of blessed memory calls the deepest level of Torah understanding (that we’re capable of at any rate). But what are we really doing when we examine the gematria and the permutations of the letters and words of the Torah? Yes, we are revealing the underlying technology that the Torah was designed with, and occasionally by doing so, yes, we are revealing hidden blessings, prayers, and specific gateways. And yes, with each revelation into the magnificence of the Torah we bring more awe of the Torah and G-d into our lives and the world and thus bring ourselves and others closer to G-d ( a thoroughly worthy cause unto itself). But what are we really doing when we rearrange the letters according to ancients codes that seem to exist before time? At times, it feels like all...