What’s in a Name? Why does the Torah pause to list them? What happened 3330 years ago (66.6 jubilee years) that we NEED to understand to help us today?
“These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob…”
The second of the 5 Books of Moses is named Exodus, but in the original Hebrew it is Shmot, the Hebrew word for Names, and as in all the portions and Books of the Torah, the seed level of its energy and inspiration is in its first few words. Thus the seed level impetuous for the Exodus from Egypt, the end of the exile from Egypt, and the giving of the Torah, is in the first few words of the Book.
The very first word, V’eleh (VELH), links us both to the beginning of the Torah and Creation itself, and to all the events, and to the 42 journeys the Israelites will make during the entire rest of the Torah. It’s numerical value is 42, and it’s pretty obvious that 42 Shmot (42 Names) a reference to the 42-Letter Name of G-d utilized in the splitting of the Sea of Reeds and present in all the significant Biblical journeys, such as the one referred to in this verse.
The second set of Names hinted at here is a little more cryptic and is concealed with in the word for Names, Shmot (ShMVT) itself, whose gematria value is 746 and whose ordinal value is 62, as in the 62 letter yuds in the 10 Commandments (utterances) whose collectively equate to 620, that of keter, the highest crowning sefira (dimension). This connection to the 10 Utterances is not without significance because is we add the progressive form of the number 4 for the 4 letters in Shmot, we get 4+3+2+1=10 and 62 + 10 = 72, as in the 72 Names of G-d utilized in the splitting of the Sea of Reeds (Red Sea) and the complete value for Shmot, defined by 746+62+10= 818, the sum of the small gematria of the 216 letters in the 72 Names (Triplets).
Before we get into the Names themselves and their mechanics, we should ask why the Torah felt the need to put them first and foremost in this Book concerning the Exodus, the end of the first exile, and the reception of the Torah and tree-of-life reality at Sinai.
It’s because the first exile is mimicked in the last, and we’re going to need these Names (Tools) to split our own Red Sea and to get out. Upon very careful reading of the Torah as guided by chazal, we can see that on one level the Israelites never wanted to leave Egypt. They were slaves to their own desires and that was their bondage that they needed to break.
We’re no different today, slaves to our materialistic desires, to our own personal agendas. A slave has no freedom to choose. And for all the visible freedoms of our society, we can’t even see our own souls, let alone anyone else’s. The illusions of our everyday needs and desires are so thick we can’t even imagine the tree-of-life reality behind the curtains where are already have everything we need. The manna and wells of Miriam, and clouds of glory are there, ready to shelter and sustain us with everything we need, but almost no one day even imagines them to have once been real, let alone to be an option for us to choose. That is our slavery, utter and nearly complete.
In Shmot 4:21 G-d made Pharaoh obstinate. That is to say, up to that point he was reasonable and would have granted Moses request in Shmot 5:3 for a 3 day vacation for the Israelites to make sacrifices in the desert.
But the Israelites didn’t want the desert, or to make sacrifices anymore than we do today. Which is why the dark side is also becoming more obstinate. It wasn’t enough that we had to make our daily bricks to pay our bills to the man-made system that sustains us and to achieve our false reality dreams, but now thanks to the financial crises we have to make them without straw.
Shmot 6:1 “..[Pharaoh] will be forced to drive them from his land.” Why would he have to be forced to drive they out if they will so willing to escape? Because they didn’t want to got.
We to will have to forced out. It’s coming, along with the frigid winds blowing across the lands. The Bible has given us a blueprint.
Then in Shmot 6:9 after Moses conveyed G-d words to the Israelites they rebuked him and would not leave, which is why in Shmot 6:10 G-d tells Moses, to then go to Pharaoh “and he will let them leave.”
G-d couldn’t wake up the Israelites, so he shuck up the oppressive powers that gripped them–the banking systems, the marketplaces, the insurance system, the political systems. And he kept shaking until the Israelites fell off their perches in the branches of the tree of Good and evil.
This level of interpretation dovetails with all the later cries (complaints) to Moses by the Israelites to return to Egypt where the melons were so delicious and the steaks were so juicy–pretty good food for slaves. People couldn’t realize there are other options (spiritual options) when their mouths were full, so G-d forced them to imagine the food when they were empty. And with His help, they did, and manna tasted like anything they wanted it to.
We too today are slaves, and everyday more food is being taken out of our mouths. We too will be forced to imagine a new reality, and He will be there to help us when we do. It’s a leap of faith, just like jumping into the Red Sea before it split. But even then after witnessing the 10 plagues it still took the armed Egyptians at their backs for the Israelites to jump. What will it take us?
We’ve been given the same Names to use as our tools as the Israelites, who were stuck in the darkness of Egypt 66.6 jubilee years ago (50 year intervals). So I guess, it’s time we learn to use them (properly).
Time at the moment the Names were given to the Israelites, as marked by the passage of the Torah readings, has consumed 50 Biblical chapters , 1 grand jubilee year of 2448 years, equal to all 2448 years of the 4 exiles culminating in 5778 HC. Yes, the Patriarchs and the tzaddikim had them earlier as the tzaddikim continue to use them to this day, but it’s a paradigm shift when they are made available to everyone. Moses and Aaron alone couldn’t end the exile–the people had to do it for themselves.
The number 50 to the kabbalists represents the 50 Gates of Binah (understanding). It can also chas v’shalom (G-d forbid) represent the 50 gates of negativity, which the trapped Israelites in Egypt were knocking on back then.
But, with G-d’s help and the arrival of Moses, and 10 plagues followed by 10 miracles the Israelites woke up and received the Torah and 10 Utterances at Mount Sinai. Because of this awakening and reception, there were an additional 137 chapters of the Torah, and 137 is the numerical value of the word Kabbalah, meaning “to receive. We received another 137 chapters of Life.
In one of the strangest Torah passages, it says G-d wanted to kill Moses. That would have been it, light out just before the Israelites reached the 50th gate. G-d would not have allowed them to enter the 50th gate of negativity. That passage was in Shmot 4:24, and when it was decided to kill Moses the Man, Moses Mashiach Ben David rose in his place in order to not only save his generation, but to save ours, all the generations.
We’re knocking on the gates again, and need all the tools the Torah has to offer us in order to help ourselves and to merit the help of Moses again.
Then in Shmot 6:11, the Torah starts listing the heads of the Tribes and their genealogy, where it mentions three lifespans, all in the genealogy of Moses. It’s notable that 611 is the numerical value for Torah and that 616 is the numerical value for H’Torah (“the Torah”) because it’s in Shmot 6:16, the Torah starts with the phrase “V’Eleh Shmot” again, and it’s here where it gives us the 3 direct ancestors of Moses.
It was back in Shmot 1:1 where we last saw the phrase “V’Eleh Shmot“ and the Torah listed Israel’s (Jacob’s) children who came to Egypt with him. Their initials in the order they were listed added up to 616 for the first 10, leaving Asher as the 11th, whose name makes up the central part of the powerful Name Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh “I am that I am,” but more about that later.
We’re told that Levi lived for 137 years; Kehoth lived for 133 years: and Amram, lived for 137 years. All together the last 3 generations until Moses, the 26th Generation in the live of Adam, lived 407 years, and the secret here is that the square root of 407 is 20.17424 or the fusion of the year 2017 CE, which is when the prophesied years 5778 begins, and 424, the numerical value of Moshiach Ben David. (As explained in The Divine Calendar)
This hints of Moshe’s (Mose’s) connection to Mashiach and that he will return as H’Moshiach, which is reinforced by the fact that the numerical sum of the names Levi, Kehoth and Amram is 901, because the sum of all the positive integers through 424 (Mashiach Ben David) is 90100, which significantly enough is also analogous to the 90100 Yuds, Heys and Vavs in the Torah, the 3 component letters of the Tettragrammaton (YHVH). (As explained in The Genesis Prayer)
In the continuation of this blog we’ll explain the details and significance of the Names, the tools we’ve been given to help us break free, and into the Tree-of-Life reality, including “I Am that I Am” Ehyeh Asher Eyheh, the 42-letter Name (Shem Mem-Bet, Ana B’koach) and the 72 Names (Triplets)