Tonight, Rabbi Shimon Revealed Another Secret

It’s fitting that this is Lag B’omer, the celebrated death anniversary of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, for not only did he pass away on the 33rd day of the Omer period, but in his final speech (See Zohar Idra Zuta), he spoke about the 115th psalm.

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.

There is an innate structure to our universe no matter how chaotic it may feel to use, and stepping back we can understand that; after all, if there are a set of natural laws and a set of mathematical (physical) constants then no matter what scale things should look alike and follow the same patterns. But what about an ancient scroll 248 columns long? Should the letters, words, chapters, and verses on that 3330 year old document adhere to the same pattern? If it was written by G-d it might, or by the universe itself it might? But if it were written by man, could it?

Maybe today it could, using computers and software, but 3330 years ago? And if it did, why was the number and date 5778 (2018 ce) singled out? Some of those answers can be found in the Torah portions read during the Omer in the portions surrounding Lag B’Omer.

The Torah or 5 Books of Moses is comprised of several finite and very defined structural elements: the number of words in it, letters, verses, chapters, paragraphs.  These haven’t changed in 3330 years, which in Biblical counting as we learn in this week’s portion, Bechukotai, is 66.6 jubilee years (50-year intervals).

The wonderful things about having quantitative numbers verses qualitative words is that we don’t have to interpret them. The total 187 chapters in the Torah divided into the Phi (.61803399) proportion is exactly (187  x .61803399) = 115.566, and 5778, the year prophesied by the tzaddikim for the arrival of the geula (final redemption) in jubilee years (5778/50) is precisely 115.56.

Moreover that 115th chapter is the chapter 25 of the Book of Leviticus, the first chapter in Torah portion Behar, and as it happens not only does Behar have 57 verses in it, but the very next portion (often read together by the way) is Bechukotai with 78 verses. Thus at the 115th chapter in the Torah we have 2 consecutive portions of 57 and 78 verses respectively, a nice allusion to 5778.

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 the Book of Numbers (Bamidbar) being the dividing point in terms of letters, of words, of verses, and of all 3 together, 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

So Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of the Omer, and the 33rd portion of the Torah is Emor, the very portion where the number of words, letters and verses of the Torah is split into a proportion of .5778.

In summary, the have the portion of Emor connected to Lag B’Omer, and to the .5778 proportion in terms of the number of words, letters and verses in the Torah. Then we have the next two portions in the Torah, Behar and Bechukotai, with 57 and 78 verses respectively as the final two potions in Leviticus, and with their connection to splitting the Torah’s 187 chapters into the exact Phi proportion (115.56) that equations to the number of jubilee years from Adam to Moshiach in 5778. And then in the very next portion, in fact the very next chapter, the first chapter in Numbers, we have the Torah split into the Phi proportion in terms of letters, verses and words.

Now as explained in There’s Nothing Random About the Universe the connection between Phi and also Pi to 5778 is a profound one and Phi18 = 5778.000 precisely so maybe it’s more than coincidental that the gematria of Lag B’Omer is 358, that of Mashiach.

Maybe there is a reason for all this. And maybe we should wake up and stop perusing dates from dead cultures and calendars and start looking at the Bible (Torah) for the answers and timing that was given to us exactly 66.6 jubilee years before 5778 at Mt Sinai and that was spelled out for us in terms that could only be readily understood by our generation, the first to use computers and analytical software.

Thank you once again, Rabbi Shimon.  We’ll resume our discussions and revelations about the Future Holy Temple shortly.

Here’s a couple more equations for those so inclined, or so skeptical.

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) and also the number of columns in the Torah.

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.

Yibum: From a Strange Custom Comes the Messiah

The Tikunei Zohar 26 provides us with great insight into a strange custom, the  Levirate marriage, a great Mitzvah. This process is called יבום (Yibum). If a man dies, leaving a widow without children, his brother should come to the woman, have sex together to impregnate her and with that action they become married to each other. This process of connecting the woman as Malchut to the Man as Zeir Anpin is called גאולה, “redemption” and the man is called גואל, “redeemer”.

Ruth 4:7
“וְזֹאת לְפָנִים בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל עַל-הַגְּאֻלָּה וְעַל-הַתְּמוּרָה, לְקַיֵּם כָּל-דָּבָר, שָׁלַף אִישׁ נַעֲלוֹ, וְנָתַן לְרֵעֵהוּ; וְזֹאת הַתְּעוּדָה, בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל ”
“Now this was the custom in former time in Israel about the Redemption and about the exchange, to keep in existence all things: a man drew off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor; and this was the attestation in Israel.- ”

This process is called יבום (Yibum, YBVM). Within this word and the process,  the channels from Yud (G-d) to Vav (Man) to the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name, representing the union of Zeir Anpin and Malchut, Heaven and Earth) are completed.

It is very powerful.

The final Mem is the womb, as is known from the Arizal, and the Bet is both blessing and representative of the brother (the 2nd husband).

Geula (redemption) has the numerical value of 45, which is also that of Man, which is why, “This process of connecting the woman as Malchut to the Man as Zeir Anpin is called גאולה,”

The process of יבום (Yibum, YBVM) also permutes to B’YVM, “2nd day” or “in the day,” connecting to both Creation and the so-called end-of-days when the geula (final redemption) will occur.

Now יבום (Yibum, YBVM) as broken down above YV and MB can be seen as (42 and 42) since the letters MB has the value 42 and Yud-Vav spelled out also has the gematria value 42. This the word (Yibum, YBVM) can be seen to conceal the value 84, that of Pad, meaning redemption, and the union of the Upper and  Lower 42-Letter Names, necessary for the final redemption.

So given the significance of this strange custom, what powerful souls do we know of that were brought into the world by this means? Such a powerful connection should bring powerful souls, no?

And so it did. And we have our answer as to why the Tikunei Zohar chose to quote the Book of Ruth in the description of the Yibum.

The Torah in Genesis 38 tells the story of Yehuda and Tamar. It helps us understand the importance of the Yibum process. Yehuda’s son, Er ער, was married to Tamar, a woman that his father chose for him, and died before having children. Yehudah sent the other son, Onan אונן, to redeem his daughter in law but Onan knew that she is not intended for him and spilled his seeds to the ground so he will not be the one to continue the seed of his brother. Because Onan didn’t continue the light to the vessel he brought death on himself.

Yehuda saw the situation and held onto the younger son, telling Tamar that he is waiting for him to grow up before giving him to her.

Tamar was righteous and understood that Yehuda is her redeemer. She disguised herself as a prostitute and ‘tricked’ him into having sex with her and thus fulfilled her vessel.
As it turns out  trick was the cause and seed to bring Mashiach to the world.

From Tamar came out Perez and from his descendant came out Boaz who married Ruth the Moabite with Yibum (See the book of Ruth). They had Obed that begot Yishai that begot David. King David who is the aspect of Malchut and the great desire for the light, created the vessel that will bring the redeemer, the Mashiach.

Now, as for Ruth herself, she is a descendant of a similar Yibum process, when after witnessing the destruction of Sodom and Gemorra, Lot’s daughters, thinking they were the only ones left in the world, got their father drunk and slept with him. It’s not the strict definition of Yibum, but the same righteous intent was there and it is the intent cloaked within our actions that builds the spiritual world.

So we have Ruth descendant of Moab, whose name contains the MB,  marrying Boaz, and this together Moab-Boaz, the two results of the two Yibums create another MB. And of this powerful fusion, King David was born.  Not to mention, that Yehuda’s name is mentioned 42 times in the Torah.

So given the double fusions of the 42-Letter Names, it’s not The Divine Calendartotally shocking that the midpoint of King David’s 70-year life was exactly the midpoint between Adam and Moshiach: 5778/2 = 2889 HC. David lived from 2854 – 2924 HC.

As we said earlier, the process of יבום (Yibum, YBVM) also permutes to B’YVM, “2nd day” or “in the day.” David was the 2nd in the Maturation process of Adam (ADM) or Adam – David-Moshiach. Adam is spelled Alef-Dalet-Mem, whose gematria miliu (spelled-out) values are respectively, 111 + 434 + 80 = 625. And as per our recent articles on the 3 Keters that add up to the year 2018 (5778 HC), the numerical value of H’Keter (the crowning sefira/dimension) is 625, which is also the exact square root of all the words, letters, and verses of the Torah added together (390,625).

What we should take away from this is that no item in the Torah, no matter how strange, is without deep meaning and importance to us, even if that meaning takes 5778 years to become clear and manifest.  The other thing we should note is that while G-d has His divine time frame, it takes righteous actions to fulfill it. Windows of opportunity will open in their proper time; whether we step through them is up to us.  And as we learned from Lot’s daughters and Tamar, it’s the intent (where our conscious is at) that’s most important. The Baal Shem Tov explains that the right intent is to do all our actions with the thought of “Loving thy neighbor as thyself,” and thus being one soul with everyone, so even if we don’t make the connections exactly right, some part of our global soul is, and that’s what we’ll connect with.

Shavua Tov and Chodesh Tov

Ezra

Abraham and the Planet Jupiter; Foretelling the Final Redemption.

Abraham’s journey began with the planet Jupiter; so did ours.  Who knew it would take so long? Regarding our last post on Jupiter and the 40 Days and 40 Nights, David wrote into me with a great insight:

How can we connect this to the fact that Avraham’s astrological array was Jupiter and Hashem moved it from east to west so that it doesnt influence Avraham’s ability to have children? seemingly this means that all his descendants are also under Jupiter’s astrological sign and affected by it.

source Shabbos 156B ““Who awakened Jupiter from the east?”

To understand this you must begin with Shabbos 156A, nevertheless, the Gemara connects that moment when G-d had Abraham gaze up into the stars to Abraham’s age (70) at the Covenant of Halves which occurred in 2018 HC, and this is especially noteworthy given that 2018 CE is 5778 HC, which as per the referenced article just published is the date revealed by both Jupiter’s orbit, the Sun’s temperature and the phrase “40 days and 40 nights,” 5-778.

And more so given that the exact Torah phrase used for “70 years (VShBAYM ShN-H)” has the same exact gematria as the “40 days and 40 nights” or “778 plus the final Hey(5) of Malchut” just like Jupiter’s orbit.

The real significance though is that Israel will be 70 years a nation in 5778 (2018 CE), just as Abraham was 70 years old in 2018 HC. And according to Rav Ashlag (HaSulam) the Covenant will then be fulfilled, coinciding with the Zohar that also enlightens us to that 70 year period prior to the final redemption.

One reference to this is found in Zohar Mishpatim (Ra’aya Meheimna-the deepest secrets section)17, 473-475, regarding “the 70 words in the psalm: ‘May Hashem hear you in the day of trouble (Tehilim 20:2), ” Rav Ashlag explains that this alludes to the 70 sounds made by the expectant mother about to give birth, “being also the 70 sounds given out by the Schechinah for the distress of the children of Yisrael prior to redemption-considered ‘a day of trouble’.” The Zohar intimating a conversation between Moses and Elijah, continues, “Why does She cry out? It is known that among Yisrael there are masters of Torah and kings from the aspect of the star of dawn, namely the Shechinah. There are two grads: morning and dawn, about which it is said: ‘at Your right hand are pleasure evermore (Netzach)” [Tehilim 16:11]. The morning of Abraham, Chesed, appears on the Day of Redemption. But the dawn precedes the Day of Redemption, being Netzach, as the Shechinah from this aspect is called ‘the star  of dawn’.”

In the next paragraph, the Zohar continues explaining, “Hence the chief musician [lamenatzeach] is spelled Netzach [forever] and Lamed-Mem [70], which are the 70 sounds that the doe  [star] of dawn cries out for her children when the darkness of exile overcomes them, the darkness of dawn taking place in the last 70 years. At that time will be fulfilled in Yisrael: ‘Like a woman with child, that draws near the time of delivery, is in pain, and cries out in her pangs; so have we been in your sight, Hashem’ [Yeshayah 26:17]…”

“..The morning alludes to the right hand of Abraham, Messiah, Son of David, who stems from Judah [Yehudah] about whom it is written, ‘Judah is a lion’s whelp’ [Bereshit 49:9]. For this reason, ‘as Hashem lives: lie down until the morning’. [Ruth 3:13].

The Zohar, as always is very deep and cryptic though we can’t miss the obvious allusions that the last 70 years will be painful and include all the birth pangs of Moshiach. So it’s interesting that of the 42 times (Yes, 42 as in the 42-Letter Name, the understanding of which chazal will bring about the final redemption) the 778 plus hey (5) phrase is used in the Torah, the first time is in conjunction with 70 years in Genesis 5:31 with Lemekh(LMC)–kabbalistic code for king(melech, MLC)–who lived for 777 years. And notice that Lemekh(LMC) begins with the Lamed-Mem that the Zohar was referring to above.

And it’s even more significant that the next time it was used was in paragraph 42, Genesis 12:4, when Abraham was 70 years and 5, which is what the Gemara was referring to, in 2018 HC.

As my son pointed out to me at breakfast this morning, Jupiter’s days are 10 hrs long, a possible connection to the 10 sefirot of the Tree-of-life.  What the full connection to Jupiter is yet to be seen, but as the 70 supernal ministers are removed above, so are their respective counterparts in the nations below, and so far since the start of this year 1/1/11, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt have fallen, and Jordan, Yemen and Afghanistan are in the process. The prophecies of the Zohar and tzaddikim are being fulfilled.

When the Torah connects the dots, it does it for a reason, and not an insignificant one.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be unraveling more of these trails.

The Secret Behind the Prayer of Jabez

The Prayer of Jabez was popularized in a book by that name that came out about 8 years ago and sold millions of copies, promising prosperity, etc if you just recite it.  There probably weren’t millions of instant millionaires as a result, because the universe doesn’t work that way and neither does that specific prayer.

The prayer is useful in certain circumstances, which is why we’re explaining it today. Meanwhile, the most powerful prayer (meditation) we’ve been given for prosperity and for everything else for that matter is the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name of God) and that one is designed to work with us, to help us when we are putting in the effort, not as a replacement for our effort.

“And Yaavetz called to the G-d of Israel, saying, ‘If You bless me and increase my border, and Your hand is with me that You save me from harm, so as not to sadden [eitzev] me…'” (1 Chronicles 4:10)

To understand how this prayer works, what it does and why, we need the help and explanations of the Arizal, who takes us through the various incarnations of Moses’ brother, Aaron, the only person the Torah associates with the term Moshiach (anointed one). We will only examine the relevant window on those important incarnations that stretch from Abel to Haran (Abraham’s brother) to Elijah, but please explore the rest on your own in the Gates of Reincarnation, Shaar HaPesukim; which was subsequently published in “Apples From the Orchard.”

Please note that prior to being reincarnated as Aaron, this illustrious soul was killed in the body as Haran, by the fires that spared Abraham, whose belief in God was unwavering. Please note further that it was Haran was the progenitor of all the Matriarchs from Sarah to Rebeca (Rivka) to Rachel and Leah and to Ruth, King David and Mashiach, the Messiah.

The following quote from the Arizal refers to the time just after the golden calf incident:

Therefore it is written (Deut. 9:20), “And G-d was angry at Aaron, and sought to wipe him out,” and death was decreed on his sons. As it is written, “And intended to wipe them out, were it not that Moses, His chosen, [stood before Him in the breech to return His wrath from destroying].” (Psalms 106:23) Nonetheless, “returning wrath” implies that the wrath had already had some effect, and this was indeed the case here.

Our sages state (Vayikra Rabba 10:5) that “‘wiping out’ implies destroying progeny,” and Moses’ prayers turned back half of the decree. Thus, of Aaron’s four sons, Elazar and Itamar remained, and only Nadav and Avihu died. Our sages point out that this is the meaning of the verse “And [Moses] became angry at Elazar and Itamar, [Aaron’s] remaining sons.” (Lev. 10:17)

The reason why specifically Nadav and Avihu died is that they, too, sinned with respect to foreign fire.

Still, they would not have been liable to death by burning on account of their sin alone, but [being Aaron’s sons] they were liable to be burnt on account of his sin in not submitting himself to be burnt

Aaron had to make amends (correct his tikun established in the life as Haran) for not submitting himself unwaveringly as had Abraham to the flames. During the incident of the golden calf Aaron could have done this by refusing to help the Erev Rav as his nephew Hur had.  Hur was killed because of said refusal. The lesson here is that regardless of what we think we know, we must belief that God knows more and has the best intentions for us and not to waver in those beliefs

The combination of both [their own sin and their father’s] caused their death, and thus G-d’s wrath found its place to rest. In the case of Elazar and Itamar, however, who did not sin, Moses’ prayer was effective.

Understand this, as well: Just as Haran was burnt and died during the lifetime of his father, Terah, so did Nadav and Avihu die during the lifetime of their father, Aaron, by fire.

After Aaron died he was reincarnated as Yaavetz, who is mentioned in the book of Chronicles (1 2:55). The reason why he was called this is because the curse of Eve was “in sadness shall you bear children,” (Gen. 3:16) and that of Adam was “in sadness shall you eat it.” (Gen.3:17) In the Zohar 2:219b it is said that the phrase “in sadness shall you bear children” is the mystical meaning of “sin crouches at the door,” (Gen. 4:7), referring to the shells [kelipot, negativity] of the world of Asiya, which are called “sadness” and “sin that crouches at the door.” And it is known that the kelipot have dominion only in the world of Asiya.

The Arizal is alluding to the fact that the name Yaavetz (yud-ayin-beit-tzadik) includes the letters that compose the word for “sadness” (eitzev, ayin-tzadik-beit).

As we have explained elsewhere, Nadav and Avihu were the aspect of nefesh of the soul of Adam. This sadness ruled over them, and they therefore died in the sin of their father, Aaron.

Therefore Yaavetz prayed: “And Yaavetz called to the G-d of Israel, saying, ‘If You bless me and increase my border, and Your hand is with me that You save me from harm, so as not to sadden [eitzev] me…'” (1 Chronicles 4:10) In other words, he prayed that his sons should no longer die in his lifetime, as they had when he had been incarnated as Aaron [and Haran]. [The verse continues:] “…and God fulfilled that which he had requested.” His children and students endured, as our sages have pointed out. For this reason he was called Yaavetz. (Mishnah Temurah 16a)

So what does the prayer of Yaavetz (Jabez) have to do with prosperity? Nothing. It is a powerful prayer to help your children. And when Aaron recited it incarnated as Yaavetz he was helping us and helping to bring about Moshiach for us.

When we can recite it, especially in Hebrew, we can do so as Yaavetz had: “he prayed that his sons should no longer die in his lifetime.”

(1 Chronicles 4:10)

ויקרא יעבץ לאלהי ישראל לאמר אם־ברך תברכני והרבית את־גבולי והיתה ידך עמי  ועשית מרעה לבלתי עצבי ויבא אלהים את אשר־שאל׃

With Vowels:

ַיִּקְרָא יַעְבֵּץ לֵאלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר אִם־בָּרֵךְ תְּבָרֲכֵנִי וְהִרְבִּיתָ אֶת־גְּבוּלִי וְהָיְתָה יָדְךָ עִמִּי וְעָשִׂיתָ מֵּרָעָה לְבִלְתִּי עָצְבִּי וַיָּבֵא אֱלֹהִים אֵת אֲשֶׁר־שָׁאָל׃

If you think your children are in danger, or are ill, please do everything you can physically to help them and also ask G-d’s help through this prayer (above). “…and God fulfilled that which he had requested.” His children and students endured”

Use this prayer to help protect your unborn children as well.  G-d has given us the tools.  Just as the Ana B’koach used properly can help you to conceive (as explained in The Genesis Prayer), this prayer can help you keep your children safe.

One caveat that the Ari explains happened to Yaavetz and in so doing warns us not to do, is to make vows. These will not help your situation–the steadfast belief in G-d’s knowing best and His ability to help you help yourself will.  Vows will just add to your tikun as you’ll eventually have to fulfill them.

B’H, May G-d bless all our children.