Part VII The Shift


We have pretty well established that neither the Hebrew Alphabet, nor the 54-unit shift from it to Phi(ϕ) was arbitrary in the slightest. In order to better understand the nature and relationship of this 54-unit shift, let us visualize these shifting proportions of numbers, not as a line or rectangle but as the circumference and area of a circle.
We should note that a couple of the amazing properties of Phi(ϕ) are that:

By splitting things into the phi proportion, we are splitting it into a proportion of Phi(ϕ) and 1/ Phi(ϕ). One (1) in this case is the whole value of the alphabet, 1495.
Since there are 360֯ in every circle, we can see that:
The Odd Ordinal Letter Proportion represents:
The Even Ordinal Letter Proportion represents:
The 1/Phi(ϕ) Letter Proportion represents:
The Phi(ϕ) Letter Proportion represents:
This angle 137.50֯ is the Phi(ϕ) angle and is the reason for nature’s efficiency in terms of growth.  If a flower, tree, seashell, galaxy or anything branches outward, one turn of either 137.50֯  or 222.50֯ at a time, as it spirals outward from a central point, it will achieve the most efficient use of time and space possible, thus exerting the least amount of energy necessary for the maximum growth and preservation and propagation of life.
Pi is an amazing irrational number of course, but if we were to turn the screws of the spiral according the Pi proportion by using 1/3.14159… instead of 1.618033, as an engine of growth, the result would be 22 spokes of a wheel, analogous to the 22 Letters of the alef-bet, but not the hyper-efficiency as shown in the accompanying picture of the Sunflower.
The Shift between the Odd/Even Ordinal Letter Proportion and the Phi(ϕ) Proportion represents:
All the above charts are simple arithmetic and logical as to why they work out that way. What is not logical is why the greater Phi(ϕ) angle, 222.50֯ less the smaller odd/even angle, 150.50֯, is equal to 72֯ , which was the proportion of the smaller odd/even split to the larger one: (625/870 = 72). There is no mathematical reason that this should happen, especially around such an important number for the Torah.
The shift of 54 units, or 13֯ caused a 72֯ relationship to appear.
Conversely, the lesser Phi(ϕ) angle 137.50֯ plus the odd angle 150.50֯ equals 288֯, which is (360֯ less 72֯).  With the entire Torah based on the number 5, as we have already seen, and with Phi(ϕ) mathematically based on  is it more than curious that 72 is 1/5 of 360, one-fifth of the circle. In Kabbalah 288 is representative of the 288 primordial Holy Sparks that Man was charged with recuperating in order to bring about the final redemption.
Then when we use instead the two larger angles, the larger Even angle and the Greater Phi(ϕ) angle 222.50֯ we get(209.50֯   + 222.50֯ ) = 432֯ = (360֯  + 72֯) and the frequency 432 Hz, derivable from the Torah’s first verse  is a topic for a whole other paper.

This last relationship of 6/5 times 360 degrees is interesting because a circle is dependent on Pi (3.14159…) for its formation utilizing the formula:

This is not causational and may just be coincidental, though it may also be a simple way of showing us that the odd/even ordinal splitting of the alphabet also takes into account the relationship between Phi and Pi.
We only discussed a shift of 54 units, which was equal to a shift of 13 degrees; nevertheless, the sine of an angle of 54֯ is also connected to Phi.
What is also not clear at all is why 137.5/924 = 13%. Why does the resultant angle  divided by the value of the larger section (924) also equal 13? If you are wondering what the relationship is between 137.50֯ and 924 units, so are we because one does not exist.
As for the separate relationship between 137.5 and 5 cubits, we will get into that in a later section.
This may be a good point to remind ourselves that the numbers associated with the alef-bet and carved in stone for millennia are more complicated than that. Like the location of the electrons encircling the nuclei of the atom, they are the probabilities within the energetic bandwidth along the exponential curve given by 1.313, and like the 4th word of the Torah, they are anchored by 1 and 400.
There is no reason other than divine intent. What all these angle relationships are telling us is that placing the odd/even ordinal split into a circular form and comparing it with Phi(ϕ) is not only valid, but was part of the initial intent.  It is also telling us that all along we have been lead to the number 13.
Do you believe in coincidences? That 1st chapter in Bamidbar that split the Torah into the Phi proportion in terms of each of its main elements (words, letters and verses), the one with 54 verses, delineated 13 Tribes.


So why is the 54-shift being equivalent to 13֯ significant? Because the number 13, as a gematria value has always been universally recognized as the numerical value of Ahava (אהבה), meaning love and Echad (אחד), meaning One.
In Zechariah 14:7 we learn that there will come a day when the darkness will be no more, the night and evening will be no more and there will only be light; this is called “One” day (יוֹם-אֶחָד) , in which all will be restored as before anything was split, before the light was split. It is a reset and a redo because the last time around at the end of Day one (יוֹם-אֶחָד) there was already division of Light and darkness (Bereshit 1:4-5).  This One day, or day of perpetual unity, shall be known as the Lord’s Day. Hashem’s Day.
In Zechariah 14:9 we have one of the more famous refrains for the Kabbalists, one weaved into our prayer books. “On that day shall He and His Name be One/He and His Name are One.
We posit that this is the “One” that the 13֯ shift is hinting at.  This profound 7-word 26-letter verse that connects to the same pure Oneness concept of the 6-word first verse of the Shema and the Torah’s 7-word first verse, has very interesting properties. First of all, the 7 final letters add up to 625, or the square root of the Torah’s main elements, and the final letters of the last 6 words sum to 25, evocative of the Odd Ordinal Number splitting of the alef-bet.
The rest of the letters in the verse equal 444, the gematria of the important Torah phrase “from generation to generation (לדר־ודר).” The number 444 is also approximately equal to One(1) continually divided by the Bell Prime Indices.
Next, the 3 central words (הַהוּא, יִהְיֶה יְהוָה) add up to 73, as in the Torah’s first verse.  Also, at 618, the value of the verse’s first word is evocative of phi (.6180). Moreover, there are 26 letters in the verse, reflecting the Tetragrammaton (יהוה), the central word in the verse. Meanwhile, the 10 letters in Echad Ushmo Echad (אחד־ושמו־אחד) add up to 378, the sum of the numbers from 127 as in 33 and the 27 Letters of the complete Hebrew Alef-bet, whose total gematria is 4995 or (5000 -5) or 5(1000-1). This is evocative of the 1000 unit concept of the 72 Triplets, the 1000 letters of the Shema, and the 1000-unit different between the first verse and the 42-Letter Name, coupled with the concept of One(1), and the Unit of 5 at the core of Phi and the Torah. And that is just the beginning.

Speaking of Shema prayer, this “One” is the same “One” in its first verse.   Devarim 6:4 “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our G-d the Lord is One.

The Lord is One is a huge concept that includes a wholeness before anything was split, any division. You can just look around us today and see the anger, hatred, havoc and strife that division sews.  All the technology embedded in the Torah is designed to focus us on reuniting, on unity with the Creation and the Creator, with the Light before the darkness. Oneness. If you are not a conscious part of the matrix (virtual or real, simulation or physical) you just a prisoner of it. In order to get there, to the state of Oneness, there is a shift we must make.  First, we must awaken.  The Torah is providing us with all the clues how to make that shift, how to dial into that frequency of Oneness, how to awaken.
Oneness is One with the Creator or Creative forces of the greater universe. It is not singing kumbaya because you received a mass twitter feed or shouting “we are one” at a rally or staged event. That is manipulation. Oneness awakens within. This is why there was 3 days of fasting before the unity of the Jews in the Megillat Ester. They needed to separate from physicality. It is the same principle on the Day of atONEment.
If you recall, we stated early on, before we split the alef-bet in two, that the Hebrew alphabet was designed according to an exponential scale based on a factor of 1.313, which is the inverse of the logarithmic scale, so how apropos is it that the logarithm of 13 is 1.11, mimicking the numerical value (111) of the first letters of the alphabet Alef(אלף).
Phi(ϕ) is a very special mathematical constant and like Pi, if it did not exist, neither would we. Our physicality could not exist without the scaffolding that maintains it anymore than a building can exist without the metal or wood framing that gives it its basic shape. Before we reveal Phi’s absolute relationship with the number 1, we want to remind you about the alphabet and Phi(ϕ) splits with regards to 1.
Adding the digits in the odd/even ordinal split:

6 + 2 + 5 + 8 + 7 + 0 = 28  2 + 8 = 1 (One)

Adding the digits in the Phi(ϕ) split:

5 + 7 + 1 + 9 + 2 + 4 = 28  2 + 8 = 1 (One)

Adding the digits of the total value of the alef-bet plus the shift of 54:
The number 13 reduces to 1 (One) in yet another way. It is part of the set of “happy” numbers, whose digits when squared then added and the process continually repeated, eventual reduce to 1. Other happy numbers are 7, 10, 28, 70
Part of the beauty and efficiency of Phi (ϕ) is its source: 1 (One). Phi (ϕ) can be generated by utilizing 1 single number, the number 1 (One). It is true that any number can be generated by adding 1, for example 5 is (1 + 1 + 1 + 1 +1) but that is cheating a bit and Phi (ϕ) is an irrational number (1.618033887…) so adding 1+1 does not work; it only works with whole numbers. That said, the continual fraction expansion of Phi (ϕ), in other words, Phi (ϕ) as an infinite fraction is:
We can appropriately regard Phi (ϕ) as derivative of 1 (One).  And the 13-degree shift in the odd/even ordinal alef-bet split toward the Phi () split as a shift towards 1 (One).

The Shift is a Shift Towards One

Every irrational number can easily be written as an infinite fraction. Of them all, Phi (ϕ) is the most difficult and is unique in that it has exactly 1 numeral. Every irrational number serves a specific purpose in the universe. Every number serves a purpose in the Torah; every number can be a heavenly portal if approached from the right paths. It appears as if Phi ) has a direct route.
As strange as it is, the Phi (ϕ) split number 924 is found at the center of the 13th line of Pascal’s triangle.
There are numerous Torah numbers embedded in the palindromic Pascal’s pyramid, but the beauty in it lies in its simplicity, and that so many mathematical series and functions can be generated from it so easily: the Fibonacci number series that is directly proportionate to Phi (ϕ); the sequence of 2n by adding up the numbers in the rows; the sequence of 11n by using the small gematria of each row’s number; and so many other sequences.

The Pilots

The Name Moshe (משה) breaks down in terms of its ordinal value into Mem(מ), 13, and Shin-Hei(שה), 26, or Adonai Echad (אחד  יהוה). The assignation, Moshiach (משיח) breaks down in terms of its ordinal value into Mem(מ), 13, and Shin-Yud-Chet(שיח), 39, or Echad Adonai Echad  (אחד  יהוה  אחד).
Is there any doubt behind the guiding principles of the launch codes?
So how do we get a ticket to this hyperspace freedom adventure ride? The cost of the ticket is different for all of us and is wholly dependent on our individual attachment to physicality. The price of the ticket is free, but the height bar is set at “Awoken.” That’s why we refer to the tzaddikim as giants. If you cannot let go, you cannot board—it is as simple as that.
And in case we think that the shift will be made for us from above rather than of our own volition and as a result of our own actions, we need only look to the hint provided in the Torah’s first verse once again. The ordinal value of the final word, “the earth (הארצ)” is 26 + 18 = 44. The good news is the that the message also reads “G-d Lives (יח יהוה)” and Phi (ϕ)2 as 2.618. Which leads us to our next section where we examine possible launch codes and sequences, metaphorically and metaphysically, and explore one of the tools given to us to foster that awakening.

34 thoughts on “Part VII The Shift

  1. Regarding your mystery number 924…
    924 is the value of “a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief” which is interesting because “a man of sorrows” = 780 and in its 1st occurrence in pi, 780 is followed by 499, the 95th prime number. Beginning from position 924 in pi are the two numbers 95!
    The 95 is preceded by 115…the value of “Hineni” meaning “Here am I” (send me!)…
    My website is centered on Jesus and I am not surprised at all to see that 924 is in the center of the 13th row of the Pascal Triangle. There were originally 12 tribes, but the inclusion of Ephraim & Manasseh creates 13 as Joseph is now two, and not one. 1313 was also the year the Torah was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai 🙂
    Just like 666, I think 13 is misunderstood. After all, The Tree of the Knowledge of Good AND EVIL was ONE tree, not two 🙂 As your article states, there are positives and negatives to every word and also numbers!
    BTW…this particular article of yours is one of my favorites! Your 2nd to last paragraph is PRICELESS!! yes indeed, the ticket is to be Awakened!! You can read all about it on the resource page of my website under “A Flood of Light on the Book of Revelation” and also ‘To-day, To-morrow and the Great Beyond”.

  2. With a few minutes to spare, here are a few more brief thoughts that hopefully will further enhance your Shabbos and Yom Tov:
    This post explains the “profound 7-word 26-letter verse,” Zechariah 14:9, Bayom Haho Yiyeh Hashem Echod U’shmo Echod, “On that day shall He and His Name be One….,” and connects it with “the same pure Oneness concept of the 6-word first verse of the Shema and the Torah’s 7-word first verse…”
    As explained before in a previous comment, the first verse of Shma may be understood on an expanded level to have attached to it an additional 1 word of 3 letters, i.e., the 3 letter word אמן, Amen, or the 3 letter word and Divine Name ש-ד-י, Sha’da’i, so that it also corresponds exactly to the 7 words and the 28 letters of the first verse of Creation (Gennesis 1:1), and likewise to the 7 words and the 28 letters of the first verse of Mattan Torah (Exodus 20:1) that we will be reading from the Torah on Shevuos.
    While having 7 words and 26 letters is already a significant, perhaps it is also possible to add to the letter count of Zechariah 14:9 and increase it from 26 to 28, at least on some level, by adding 2 more letter Alefs, in resonance with the 2 times the word אחד, Echod, One, appears in the verse, as if to say “add one” and “add one,” especially since the word Echod starts with and initial letter Alef, and Alef has a gematria of 1.
    I haven’t yet found online resources where one can easily find the number of words and/or letters per verse for the whole Torah and for TaNaCh, and if anyone knows of such websites please share information about them. Meanwhile anyway there are a few of such interesting verses that came to my attention:
    First of all, the basic verse that is the first verse a father is supposed to teach his children, Deuteronomy 33:4, תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה קהילת יעקב, Torah Tziva Lonu Moshe Morosha Kehilas Yakov, “Moshe commanded us the Torah, the heritage of the congregation of Yakov,” has 7 words and 26 letters, and for this verse too it may be possible to add 2 more letters by spelling out each of the vocalized “o” sounds in the 2 names in the verses, מו’שה, Moshe, and יעקו’ב, Yakov, with an extra letter Vov, so that in this way this verse too can be considered to have 7 words and 28 letters.
    Then another basic verse, recited when the Torah is held up for the congregation to see at the conclusion of every Torah reading, Deuteronomy 4:44, וזאת התורה אשר שם משה לפי בני ישראל, V’zoas haTorah Asher Som Moshe Lifnei Bnei Yisroel, “And this is the Torah that Moshe placed before the children of Israel,” has 7 words and 29 letters. While 29 is a fine number too, 1 more than 28, and the 10th prime number, and so on, nevertheless to better connect it to these other verses with 28 letters, perhaps on some level the basic idea of the verse may be considered without its initial letter Vov, meaning “And,” which for some purposes may be superfluous, and by subtracting this one letter there remain 28 letters.
    Incidentally some congregations also have a custom when the Torah is held up after reading it, to say immediately before the verse V’zoas HaTorah, words that are parts of verses and based on the Medrash, ה’ אלקינו אמת משה אמת ותורתו אמת, Hashem Elokeinu Emes, Moshe Emes V’Toroso Emes, “Hashem our G-d is true, Moshe is true, and his Torah is true,” and this expression has exactly 7 words and 28 letters.
    Interestingly the first verse of the Haftorah for the first day of Sukos begins with the verse, Zecharya 14:1, הנה יום בא לה’ וחלק שללך בקרבך, Henei Yom Bo L’Hashem V’chulak Shloleich B’kirbeich, “Behold, a day comes which will be for Hashem, when that of which you have despoiled will be divided in your midst,” and this verse has 7 words and 26 letters.
    The Haftorah for the Second Day of Shevuos starts with the verse, Chabakuk 2:20, וה’ בהיכל קדשו הס מפניו כל הארץ, V’Hashem B’heichal Kodsho Has Miponov Kol Ho’oretz, “Hashem in His holy sanctuary, let all the earth be silent before Him,” and this verse has 7 words and 27 letters.
    Finally for now, near the start of the Haftorah for the last day of Pesach is the verse Yeshayeh 11:1, ויצא חטר מגזע ישי ונצר משרשיו יפרה, V’yotzo Choter Mi’geza Yishoi V’neitzer Mi’shorosov Yifreh, “And a shoot shall come forth from the stem of Yishai, and a branch shall grow forth from his roots,” a verse describing the appearance of the Moshiach the son of Dovid the son of Yishai, and this verse too has exactly 7 words and 28 letters.
    Good Shabbos and Good Yom Tov!

  3. the sofit value of 3 iterations of the spelled letter Pe is 2891, which is 3 more than 2889 – the midpoint of King David’s life. (PE; PE ELP; PE ELP ELP LMD PE = 2891-3 = 2889.

    1. No, not Messianic. We do not quote from or utilize anything but the Torah and Tanahk and some ancient Kabbalistic books for reference. As for gematria it only truly applies to the original Hebrew letters and really only in the verbatim wording in the Torah. Everything else can be highly manipulated and artificial. Gematria in other languages is strictly encryption devices and not transferable from one language to another and certainly not back to the original intent in the Torah.

  4. Shavuah Tov! An important part of Shevuos is the “Tikun Leil Shevuos,” i.e., certain “Corrections” that are accomplished at this holy time, so in that spirit let me quickly correct some errors in my last comment:
    First of all, the verse Deuteronomy 33:4, תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה קהלת יעקב, Torah Tziva Lonu Moshe Morosha Kehilas Yakov, “The Torah that Moshe commanded us is the heritage of the congregation of Yakov,” indeed does have 7 words and 26 letters, as I wrote, only previously I typed an extra letter Yud in the word קהלת, Kehilas, whereas in the Torah it is spelled without a Yud.
    Similarly, regarding the next verse I mentioned, Deuteronomy 4:44, וזאת התורה אשר שם משה לפני בני ישראל, V’zoas haTorah Asher Som Moshe Lifnei Bnei Yisroel, “And this is the Torah that Moshe placed before the children of Israel,” in typing it I accidentally left out the letter Nun in the word לפני, Lifnei, so it really does have 29 letters as I had written. More of a blunder though was what I wrote about the verse having 7 words, for it indeed it has not 7 but 8 words.
    Sometimes it is possible to join more than one words together, and if “Bnei Yisroel” are united as one – which is the theme of Shevuos, as Chazal say on the verse Exodus 19:2, that for the occasion of the giving of the Torah the Jews were united together as one person with one heart, or as the theme of man and woman uniting to the extent that they become “one flesh” (Genesis 2:24) – then the two words “Benei Yisroel” might be considered as one, resulting in a reduction of the number of the word count for the verse from 8 words to 7, however that was not my original intention.
    Rather, more simply, the hectic Erev Shabbos and Yom Tov preparations distracted me from focusing my attention on my quick posting, and I confused the point of similarity I wanted to make between this central verse and the previously mentioned central verse, Deuteronomy 33:4.
    That other important point of similarity, aside from the very similar general themes both verses share about the Torah and its connection to the Jewish people, was not that both verses have 7 words, which they don’t, but that significantly both verses contain hints to Moshiach:
    In Deuteronomy 33:4, תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה קהלת יעקב, Torah Tziva Lonu Moshe Morosha Kehilas Yakov, “The Torah that Moshe commanded us is the heritage of the congregation of Yakov”:
    Note that starting from the letter Mem of מ’שה, M’oshe, skip 5 letters to get to the letter Shin of the next word מורש’ה, Morosh’a, and then again an equal distance letter skip of 5 letters to get to the letter Yud at the beginning of the word י’עקב, Yakov, and this sequence of three letters Mem Shin Yud spells the first three letters of משיח, Moshiach.
    For a hint to the final letter Ches needed to spell Moshiach, take the sum of the last letters of all the words of the verse, which sum to 5 + 5 + 6 + 5 + 5 + 400 + 2 = 428, and this number may be understood as an equation, 4 x 2 = 8, which hints to the letter Ches gematria 8.
    Also the final letter of the word Moshiach, the letter Ches, may be hinted in the final word of the verse, יעקב,Yakov, since after the initial letter Yud the next letter is an Ayim, and together their gematria is 10 + 70 = 80, which in small gematria reduces to 8, the gematria of the letter Ches.
    Alternatively, take the gematria of letter Ayin together with the next letter Kuf, gematria 70 + 100 = 170, and in small gematria 170 reduces to 1 + 7 + 0 = 8, again the gematria of the letter Ches.
    Another alternative is to take the gematria of the first word of the verse, תורה, Torah, 611, and reduce it to its small gematria, 6 + 1 = 1 = 8, again giving the gematria of the letter Ches of Moshiach.
    [Possibly the letter Beis, gematria 2, at the very end of the verse, hints to the 2 Moshiachs, which may be understood either as Moshe the first redeemer and Moshiach the last redeemer, or as Dovid HaMelech and Melech HaMoshaich, or as Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben Dovid (and thank you Abraham for the hint that together they sum to 1000 that you mentioned in you comment on “The Inner Circle” post) – and a similar thing may be said about the large letter Beis at the very beginning of the Torah, that it hints to 2 levels of Moshiach.]
    Coming back to the word and letter count of this verse, 7 words and 26 letters, it is interesting that the 7th and final word of the verse, יעקב, Yakov, is gematria 182, and 182 equals exactly 7 x 26, thus resonating perfectly with the word and letter count of the verse.
    In Deuteronomy 4:44, וזאת התורה אשר שם משה לפני בני ישראל, V’zoas haTorah Asher Som Moshe Lifnei Bnei Yisroel, “And this is the Torah that Moshe placed before the children of Israel”:
    Start from the Mem and Shin of מ’ש’ה, M’osh’e, corresponding to the Mem and Shin at the beginning of מ’ש’יח, M’osh’iach, then take the Yud at the end of the next word ‘לפני, Lifnei’, corresponding to the next letter Yud of משי’ח, Moshi’ach, and then take the next 8 letters from the words בני ישראל, Bnei Yisroel, which may be understood to correspond to the letter Ches, gematria 8, at the end of ‘משיח, Moshiach’.
    Also, interestingly, the gematria of Bnei Yisroel is 62 + 541 = 603, and together with 1 for each of the 8 letters sums to 603 + 8 = 611, the same as the gematria of the word Torah, and as said the small gematria of 611 is 6 + 1 + 1 = 8, also corresponding to the letter Ches of Moshiach.
    That hint to Moshiach was starting from the middle letter of the verse, the Mem of Moshe, and going forward to the end, and there is also another hint to Moshiach in the first half of the verse going backward:
    Start from the letters Mem and Shin of the word שם, Som, or just using the letter Mem from that word and for the Shin taking the middle letter of the previous word אש’ר, Ash’er. Then take the first and last letters of the next previous word ‘ה’תורה, Ha’Torah’, which sum to 5 + 5 = 10, the gematria of the next letter Yud of Moshiach, and also corresponding to the 10 Commandments, 5 on each Tablet, which contain the essence of the Torah. And finally take the first word of the verse וזאת, V’zos, which in the middle has a Zayin and an Alef, gematria 7 + 1 = 8, hinting to the last letter Ches of Moshiach, gematria 8, or alternatively take the gematria of Zoas, 408, which is the same as the gematria of the letter Ches spelled out as a word חת, Ches.
    Please forgive me and correct any other errors I may have made…
    May we merit to the longed for revelation of Moshiach in simplicity very soon indeed!

  5. The one thing missing in the ”oneness” is empathy….How can we be one with the source if we are not one with all of creation…..empathy. Try it out it will change your world

  6. Going Back To Source
    Slightly “out of left field”, but going back to the Original Ten/Primordial Letters, i.e. past the Lower & Upper 42 Letter Names, past the Initial Aleph . . . . (links to the 599,592 and 600,000 and 408 Letters/Soul Roots etc):
    The First two and Final Two Letters of the Primordial Letters are Daleth, Vau, Caph Sofit-Final, and Nun-Sofit-Final.
    As Numbers those Letters are 4, 6, 500, and 700.
    The combination of 500 and 6 gives 506, the value of the Fist Line of the (Lower) 42 Letter Name.
    The combination of 700 and 4 gives the value of the 4th/middle line (704). (This where, in a sense, the “hidden” SamSamech (1833 occurences in the Torah, 1833 sub-total o 1833 over the first 21 Letters of the 42 Letter Name etc) is “parked”. Samech is one of the remaining (after the 6 Original Letters (Zayin, Yu
    d, Nun, Caph, SAMECH, Resh).
    The “Mathematics”/Numbers are a indication that the 42 Letter Name(s), the Initial Aleph and the Tetragrammaton, come from “deep in our deepest” Divine Source.

  7. Empathy – Love
    “Love your neighbour as yourself (Leviticus 19:18. The “punch-line” coming after that, is a very blunt and direct link to the Tetragrammaton. In other words (amongst other interpretations), how we treat others should flow directly from our respect /awe/reverence/fear of God.
    The same “sentiment” (as John’s comment) is repeated/ is “there”, in commentary after commentary, as being the essence of the Torah. It is in several spiritual traditions/religions. Many commentaries have said that it is how we treat others (rather than our Creator) that is the “judgement criterion”.
    The “darkness” that we have been dealing with, manifests as terrible selfishness, greed, cruelty, exploitation etc. The LIGHT that is starting to burst forth (via the sort of teaching that is in Ezra’s Articles and becoming accessible from other teachers also) will clear the darkness, and has to manifest in a world where people treat each other WAY better.

  8. Regarding our discussion of the Hebrew language, the Alef Beis, the Torah, and the centrality of the verses “Torah Tzivah Lonu Moshe Morasha Kehilas Yakov” and “Sham Yisroel Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echod” – it is nice to see that the foundations of these basic ideas are also elucidated in a new Erev Shevuos YouTube video, “Teaching Our Children (And Ourselves) the Hebrew of the Torah,” from Rabbi David Bar-Hayim of the Mechon Shilo institute.
    Unfortunately from our perspective Rabbi Bar-Hayim tends to discourage the study of Kaballah concepts, but nevertheless his approach is solidly grounded and I recommend checking out what he has to say.

  9. Julie’s 924
    Hi Julie,
    One of the meanings of “Israel” is “There are 231”, a reference to the 231 Gates or 2-Letters roots of the Hebrew laguage/Hebrew words. That 231 is a quarter of the 924, which, I believe, is not a co-inncidence.
    The NZ Maori are regarded as the best foreign speakers (intonation, accent, even sounds across several syllables) of Japanese. Japanese is very much a Polynesian language, modified by a massive input of foreign loan words, especially from China. One “theory” is that the Samurai were not originally Japanese, but were (war-like) refugee Samaritans. Modern / current coooking methods in Samaria” and in Aoteroa (NZ) are almost identical. The signs of links between Polynesia and Samaria, Egypt and Babylon are numerous (customs, names, spirit “legends” etc.
    That leads me back to the 924. Polynesian creation stories incorporate an Aramaic name for God with 42 other heavenly bodies, laid out on a digram/graphic with 462 paths across it. The “links” to the mystical paths (Natib/v in Abrahams teaching/Sepher Yetzireh – Nun-Tau-Yud-Bet, value 462 (i.e. half the 924) are clear.
    The Polynesian Creation story is another “partition”, like the subject of the articles Ezra has been “serving up” in brilliant style. The Polynesian “version” is a separation/partitioning of two types of light.bThey have “pi” and the structure of the shells inside electron orbits built in there, though few of them realise it/know it.
    (I only know their traditions in so much detail because they took me and my 6 year old daughter “in”. We were political refugees in a foreign country, and those “wild” Maoris protected us from the governent thugs who were sent after us. Our Maori hosts WERE (and still are) wild, way more dangerous than those sent after us. So we survived.
    One of the reasons they taught me so much of their inner traditions was the visions and prophesies they had about a European who would come to them with a little girl., who would teach them the meaning of their legends, and change their lives for the better, and forever. SO FAR, I “FAILED SPECTACULARLY”. (I have been out of the Pacific for over two years, and too many of our Maori protectors have been gaoled, died from ill health, or grief over the death of their children, from the drugs, the alcohol and the barriers of illiteracy.
    Part of their problem has been (apart from their own self-destructive ways) that the missionaries worked hard to convince them that their spiritual traditions were “pagan”. In reality, they had had at least some contact with Torah knowledge, even if, as some of them claim, they are not descended from one of the “lost tribes”.
    The story is, I think, typical of modern Christianity — it has been driven by political agendas (like colonial power and the acquistion of wealth and land, rather than the spiritual or other, welfare of the “converts”.
    I could give plenty of other examples of how and why political agendas have interfered with “theology ” over the past two thousand years, in several spiritual traditions/religions. So, even if the material quoted and used on the site “stops” with the Tanakh/Torah, it is pretty “authentic”. (Biblewheel’s Gematria pages are well laid out, and easily readable. But even before you get to the end of the Torah, some of the verse numbers are “shot to pieces”. The mathematics, the codes and the frequencies, and the science, let alone the spiritual deep stuff are structured into the “5 to the 8th power” components in the Torah, as per recent articles. It is nice to work from the “real stuff”. It is after all, pardon the humour”, what “Himself” used.
    Enjoy the articles. This is, as you already recognise, a wonderful site. The articles are “treasure troves” of knowledge.

  10. The reason earlier today I recommended listening to Rabbi Bar-Hayim, even though he discourages the study of Kaballah – aside from his highlighted lecture supporting some of the ideas I had presented in my comments – is as I stated, since his approach is solidly grounded, and it is obvious that ideally Nistar, i.e., the Kaballah and the inner aspects of Torah, should not be studied until one has a mature mind, and has gained sufficient proficiency in Niglah, i.e., the revealed aspects of Torah, including the mastery of the Hebrew Language and Scripture with traditional commentaries, Mishnah, Talmud, and Halacha, Jewish Law, and including of course participating in reciting the daily prayers and observance of the Mitzvos. Without having this solid grounding it really is not possible to avoid going astray.
    Bearing in mind that our host Ezra/Jeffrey has constantly stressed the Torah’s essential principle of “thou shall love thy fellow as thyself,” and in a general manner both John and Peter just above also commented about this, therefore it is proper to strive to be as nice as possible even when disagreeing with someone else’s views, and even when pointing out what one perceives to be the fallacies in the worldviews and religions of others.
    To Julie who commented above, and to others with views like hers, there are a multitude of wonderful resources that are freely available to all who seek the Truth. For the basics of Torah Judaism, and especially for polemics pleasantly delivered in response to Gentile believers in other faiths, see for example the teachings of Rabbi Tovia Singer of Outreach Judaism, and Rabbi Michael Skobac of Jews for Judaism. Their lectures, and the lectures of their colleagues, which are also available on YouTube, are extremely educational and inspirational. Check them out and you are sure to gain an abundance of new insights and enlightenment….
    There are some other remarks more directly related to the topics touched on in this brilliant post that I hope to share soon, but with other obligations, and with Shabbos again approaching fast, that may have to wait until next week… Meanwhile let me once again wish you all the greatest blessings including Peace and Sholom!

  11. Better Than Google
    Moshe, thanks for the collated listing of resources/teachin & study material. You are better than a “walking encyclopedia” and Google, all rolled into one.

  12. Bell Prime Indices and the First verse of the Torah
    Getting back to the “nitty gritty”:
    The Bell Prime Indices (2, 3, 7, 13, 42, 55 and 2841) sum to 2963. Combining that value with thee value of the First Verse of the Torah, 2701 (73rd Triangular Number, 37 X 73 etc), we get a total of 5664.
    5664 is 8 times 708, which is the value of the Upper 42 Letter Name. More than coincidence??

  13. A Heavenly Keyboard – Bell Primes?
    Those first three Bell Prime Indices (2, 3 and 7) “sound” like 2 Black Keys, 3 Black Keys and 7 White Keys ???

  14. Thanks Ezra. I plan/hope to still spend a couple of months each year teaching in the Pacific region, NZ included. I have been told that the Hawaiian royal family has had similar (to the NZ prophesies), visions/prophesies of change and a better future. Deep down, I know it will ll happen. But the first step(s) are preparatory, laying the groundwork, a bit like (despite the very different scenario) what Moshe described in his comment.
    I get “regular dreams” in which a former Australian PM (he died 4 years ago), shows up and asks me to “come home” at least once a year, both to teach and to keep my connections to Australia to “active”.
    I am going to be busy!

  15. Thank you Peter for all of your contributions and encouragement, and my best wishes for your success both physically and spiritually!
    As for more reletively simple “nitty gritty”:
    This has surely been said before, but while on the topic of the 7 words and 28 letters of the Torah’s first verse it is worthwhile to again bring this down to earth, well grounding these themes in completely traditional Jewish sources, by recalling the opening interpretation in Rashi’s commentary on the Torah, which is based on what is stated in Yalkut Shimoni on Torah, Remez 187:
    בראשית, IN THE BEGINNING — Rabbi Isaac said: The Torah which is the Law book of Israel should have commenced with the verse (Exodus 12:2) “This month shall be unto you the first of the months” which is the first commandment given to Israel. What is the reason, then, that it commences with the account of the Creation?
    Because of the thought expressed in the text (Psalms 111:6) “The strength of His works He declared to His people (i.e. He gave an account of the work of Creation), in order that He might give them the heritage of the nations.” For should the peoples of the world say to Israel, “You are robbers, because you took by force the lands of the seven nations of Canaan”, Israel may reply to them, “All the earth belongs to the Holy One, blessed be He; He created it and gave it to whom He pleased. When He willed He gave it to them, and when He willed He took it from them and gave it to us.
    Numerically, this traditional interpretation highlights the number 7, since the Land of Israel, hinted to by the 7th word of the Torah’s first verse, Ha’aretz, “the earth,” was originally possessed by specifically 7 nations.
    The number 28 is also highlighted, since the Hebrew verse, כח מעשיו הגיד לעמו, Koach Maasov Higid L’amo, “The strength of His works…” (which teaches the importance of the Creation narrative), begins with the word כח, Koach, meaning “power,” “might” or “strength,” in gematria is 28, and thus hints to the 28 letters of the Torah’s first verse.
    Also relevant to our discussion is that the next word מעשיו, Maasov, “His works,” begins with the three letters Mem Ayin Shin, which rearranged spell שמע, Shma, and this points to the importance of reciting the Shma and its association with Hashem, with His Creation, and with His Torah.
    Then the next letters are the Yud and Vov at the end of the word מעשיו, Maasov, plus the next letter the Heh at the beginning of הגיד, Higid, “He declared,” and these are the three unique letters that compose the Holy Name Hashem.
    Then finishing the word הגיד, Higid, are letters Gimel and Yud, gematria 13, corresponding to the gematria of the word אחד, Echod, One, and the letter Dalet at the end of the word corresponds to the large letter Dalet and the end of the word Echod in the Shma verse.
    While mentioning Psalm 111 – of course with the number 111 corresponding to the gematria of Alef, letter number 1 spelled out as a word, and thus entirely appropriate for an interpretation relating to the Torah’s verse number 1 – it is important to mention that this Psalm illustrates how essential it is to read and understand the holy language Hebrew, since it is composed of stanzas arranged alphabetically according to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This crucial aspect of the Psalm is immediately completely lost when the Psalm is merely translated into any other language.
    Also worth noting is that while several other Psalms are also composed alphabetically, this Psalm and also the following Psalm 112, are composed in a way that verses 1 through 8 include 2 stanzas in each verse starting with 2 letters of the alphabet (letters Alef and Beis in the 1st verse, Gimel and Dalet in the 2nd verse, etc.), and verses 9 and 10 include 3 stanzas in each verse starting with 3 letters of the alphabet (letters Peh, Tzadi and Kuf in verse 9, and Reish, Shin and Tav in verse 10), for a total of 10 verses corresponding to the 10 Utterances, and with (8 x 2) + (2 x 3) = 16 + 6 = 22 stanzas corresponding to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
    As summarized in traditional captions for each of these Psalms, Psalm 111 speaks about the deeds of the Holy One Blessed Be He, and how great are Hashem’s works, and Psalm 112 speaks about good character traits a person should acquire, how to give charity, and the reward for doing that, to not need to rely on others, but only on Hashem…
    (To be continued…)

  16. Concerning the two Psalms 111 and 112, the more obvious connection to the number 111 was mentioned, but what about the number 112?
    Well aside from 112 being 111 plus 1 for the Kolel, the Kabbalists explain that the phrase ה’ בהיכל קדשו, Hashem B’heichal Kodsho, “Hashem in His holy sanctuary,” is initials Yud Beis Kuf, gematria 112, and it is also the sum of the gematria of the Name Hashem, 26, and the gematria of the Name Elokim, 86, i.e., 26 + 86 = 112, and in addition, significantly, the import of this phrase is that the Name Elokim is considered to be so-to-speak the “sanctuary” of Hashem. This connects well with the creation of the word through the Name Elokim in order to be a “dwelling place” for the revelation of the Name Hashem…
    The phrase Hashem B’heichal Kodsho is taken from the verse mentioned in my comment from just before Shevuos, Habakuk 2:20, which is the first verse of the Haftorah for the 2nd day of Shevuos, וה’ בהיכל קדשו הס מפניו כל הארץ, V’Hashem B’heichal Kodsho Has Miponov Kol Ho’oretz, “And Hashem in His holy sanctuary, let all the earth be silent before Him,” a verse with 7 words (the last word also being Ho’oretz, “the earth,” like the last word in the Torah’s first verse) and 27 letters (including the letter Vov, meaning “And,” at the beginning of the verse), with 27 corresponding to the 27 letters of the Alef Beis when including the 5 Sofit letters together with the regular 22 letters.
    It is also interesting that חבקוק, Habakuk, the prophet who proclaimed this verse, in gematria is 216, corresponding to the number of letters in the 72 triplets, 3 x 72 = 216, and the verse number 2:20 is evocative of a connection tothe 22 letters of the Alef Beis…
    In more detail, it is interesting that the gematria of the first word V’Hashem is 32, corresponding to the 10 Sefiros and the 22 letters, or to the regular 22 letters, plus 5 Sofit letters, plus 5 standard doubles of letters with harder sounds, Veis, Chuf, Feh, Sin and Sav (which in the Torah are written the same, and only slightly differ in pronunciation from the letters Beis, Kuf, Peh, Shin and Tav which have softer sounding pronunciations).
    The gematria of the second word B’heichal is 67, which is also the gematria of the word בינה, Binah, Understanding, and also 67 is a super-prime since it is the 19th prime, and 19 is itself a prime, the 8th prime, with 67 + 19 = 86, the gematria of the Name Elokim, and with 19 + 8 = 27, which is 3^3, and which also has a connection to the Alef Beis as just explained. Without the prefix letter Beis, meaning “in,” the root word Heichal, sanctuary or chamber, is gematria 65, corresponding to the gematria of the Name A’d’n’i.
    The gematria of the third word Kodsho is 410, corresponding to the gematria of the word שמע, Shma, which is also 410, and the gematria of the fourth word Has, meaning “be silent,” is also 65 corresponding to the gematria of the Name A’d’n’i…
    It is also explained that the letters Yud Beis Kuf, gematria 112, are 3 of the 4 letters of the name יעקב, Yakov, with the other letter being Ayin, gematria 70, for a total of 112 + 70 = 182, which is 7 times 26 the gematria of the Name Hashem. It is also interesting that 112 may be viewed as the sum of 70 + 42 = 112, with this number 42 also obviously corresponding to the 42 Letter Name.
    Analyzing some of the other statistics for Psalm 111 and Psalm 112 (these are my counts, but I’m trying to be careful):
    Psalm 111 has 1+ 72 = 73 words, the caption word Halleluyah and 72 other words in the 10 verses. The number 72 corresponds to the 72 Letter Name, and the number 73 is the 21st prime, corresponding to the gematria 21 of the Name Akyeh. Additionally 21 = 7 x 3, which resonates with the number 73.
    Psalm 112 has 1 + 77 = 78 words, the same caption word Halleluyah and 77 other words in the 10 verses, with 77 being 7 x 11, and with 78 being 3 x 26, corresponding to 3 times the gematria of the Name Hashem.
    Together the two Psalms have 73 + 78 = 151 words, with 151 being the 36th prime, which 36 is 2^2 x 3^2, and the number 151 was also as just discussed in Ezra’s new post Phi and Pi and the 42-Letter Name as being the sum of the 9 chapter numbers and 142 verse numbers associated with 9 out of 10 of the 10 Utterances that created the world, and also with 151 being the value of the spelled-out higher Name Ekyeh (א-ה-י-ה, spelled out Alef Lamed Feh, Heh Heh, Yud Vov Dalet, Heh Heh, 111 + 10 + 20 + 10 = 151) and also of the gematria of the word מקוה, Mikve, the pool of water for ritual purification, also 151. [It is also possible to say that the angle 150.50 that figured prominently in that new post rounds up to be identified with the number 151.]
    Together the two Psalms, not including their one word captions, have 72 + 77 = 149 words, which 149 is the 35th prime, and 35, which is ½ of 70, is semi-prime, 35 = 5 x 7, with 5 and 7 being the 3rd and 4th primes respectively, and with 3 and 4 summing to 3 + 4 = 7.
    Summing together the Psalm numbers 111 + 112 = 213 = 3 x 71, with the 3 possibly being an allusion to each stanza of these two Psalms having at least 3 words (technically making these stanzas “literary triplets” or “word triads”), and with the number 71 being the 20th prime, resonating with the combined sum of 10 + 10 = 20 verses in the two Psalms together. The prime ordinal numbers of primes 3 and 71 are respectively 2 and 20, which sum to 2 + 20 = 22, again corresponding to the 22 letters.
    Summing together the verses plus the words, Psalm 111 has 10 + 72 = 82, with 82 corresponding to the gematria of the letters Peh and Beis of the first letter of the Torah (the physical letter Beis with the spiritual letter Peh that surrounds it , as explained above), and with 1 more for the caption word Halleluyah makes 83, with 83 being a super-prime, since it is 23rd prime, and 23 is itself a prime, the 9th prime, which 9 = 3^2, i.e., the 2nd prime to the 2nd power, thus also possibly hinting to the 22 letters.
    Summing together the verses plus the words, Psalm 112 has 10 + 77 = 87, with 87 being a semi-prime, 87 = 3 x 29, which respectively 3 an 29 are the 2nd and 10th primes, resonating with this being the 2nd of these related Psalms with 10 verses, and with 1 more for the caption word Halleluyah, 87 + 1 = 88, a number of completion, 8 x 11, and also 88 = 4 x 22, thus also evoking another connection to a completeness of the 22 letters.
    Together the sum of the words in the two Psalms is 83 + 88 = 171, which 171 is 100 plus 71, with significance as explained above.
    The verses plus words of the two Psalms is 10 + 10 + 83 + 88 = 191, which 191 is a super-prime, being the 43rd prime and with 43 itself being a prime, the 14th prime. Further, 191 + 43 + 19 = 248, corresponding to the 248 positive commandments, and 43 + 19 = 67, with 67 being as said above the gematria of the word בינה, Binah, Understanding, and also a super-prime since it is the 19th prime, and 19 is itself is prime, the 8th prime, and with 67 + 19 = 86, the gematria of the Name Elokim, and with 19 + 8 = 27, which is 3^3, and which also has a connection to the Alef Beis as also explained above.
    Further, Psalm 111 has 303 letters, and Psalm 112 has 309 letters, for a combined 303 + 309 = 612 letters, which with 1 for the Kolel equals 613, corresponding to the 613 Mitzvos.
    Together the words and letters for Psalm 111 sum to 73 + 303 = 376, the gematria of the word שלום, Sholom, Peace, also considered a Divine Name, and corresponding to the pivotal calendar year 3760 as Ezra has explained. Together with the Psalm number, 111 + 376 = 487, which 487 is the 93rd prime.
    Together the words and letters for Psalm 112 sum to 78 + 309 = 387, which 387 is the gematria of the combination of 3 Divine Names Kel Sha’d’ai Elokah, 31 + 314 + 42 = 387. Together with the Psalm number, 112 + 387 = 499, which is the 5th prime, and also the gematria of the Divine Name Tzevokos.
    Together 487 + 499 = 986, and with 14 more, corresponding to the gematria 14 of the name דוד, Dovid, the composer of the Psalms, this sums to an even one thousand, 986 + 14 = 1000.
    Also interesting is that the second verses of both Psalms have 28 letters, with the second verse of Psalm 111 having 6 words and the second verse of Psalm 112 having 7 words. It comes out that the second verse of Psalm 112 exactly corresponds to the first verse of the Torah and the first verse of the Revelation at Mount Sinai, with 7 words and 28 letters.
    This verse, Psalm 112:2, states, גבור בארץ יהיה זרעו דור ישרים יברך, Gibor Bo’oretz Yihyeh Zaro Dor Yeshorim, “Mighty in the earth shall be his descendant; a generation that is upright that shall be blessed.” This seems to hint to the completeness of the purpose of the earth’s creation that will be accomplished through the study and observance of the Torah, which will be accomplished through the achievements of Dovid’s mighty descendant, Moshiach Ben Dovid, who will be the leader of “a generation that is upright that shall be blessed.”
    It is interesting that the gematria of this verse is 1819, which with 1 for the Kolel equals 20 x 91 = 1820, which as has been explained is the number of times the Name Hashem appears in the Torah.
    Also very significantly the number 1819 is a semi-prime, with prime factors 17 x 107, and with 17 being the 7th prime and 107 being the 28th prime, and thus the prime factors of this verse’s gematria perfectly correspond to the verse’s 7 words and 28 letters. This is clearly a Divinely ordained phenomenon. Further, also hinting to the One responsible for this, the small gematria of 1819 is 1 + 8 + 1 + 9 = 19, which reduces to 1 + 9 = 10, which reduces to 1, hinting to the One and Only Hashem.
    May we witness the revelation of Moshiach and Hashem’s blessings very soon!
    (To be continued…)

  17. Oops, I was not quite careful enough and there is at least one mistake in my above comment, where I wrote “Summing together the Psalm numbers 111 + 112 = 213 = 3 x 71…” This is incorrect, for 111 + 112 = 223, not 213, and therefore the rest of that paragraph with regard to 3 and 71, the factors of 213, is not relevant here.
    Regarding the actual sum of 111 + 112 = 223, the number 223 is a prime number, the 48th prime, and as previously noted, there are special primes formed by summing the prime numbers with their prime ordinal numbers, and 223 is the 11th of such special primes (with 11 also being a prime, the 5th prime, etc.), since 181 + 42 = 223, meaning the prime number 181 plus 181’s prime ordinal number 42 equals the prime number 223.
    Also interesting is that the complete number 888, which I wrote about previously, together with 223, sums to 1111, i.e., 1111 = 888 + 223 (and 1111 is a semi-prime with factors 11 x 101, and 11 being the 4th prime and 101 being the 26th prime, as discussed before).
    It is also possible to say that 223 also hints to the 22 letters of the Alef Beis since it equals 222 plus 1 for the Kolel, and 223 also corresponds to the gematria of the word אברך, Avoreich, meaning “I will bless,” and thus it may hint to Hashem’s great blessings to us.
    For supplemental information, Wiki’s entry on the number 223 states that:
    223 is a prime number.[1] It is the smallest prime for which the two nearest primes on either side of it are 16 units apart.[2] Among the 720 permutations of the numbers from 1 to 6, exactly 223 of them have the property that at least one of the numbers is fixed in place by the permutation and the numbers less than it and greater than it are separately permuted among themselves.[3]
    In connection with Waring’s problem, 223 requires the maximum number of terms (37 terms) when expressed as a sum of positive fifth powers, and is the only number that requires that many terms.[4]
    [See Wiki there for references.]

  18. Regarding the special nature of number 223, that it is the sum of a prime number plus that prime number’s prime ordinal number, 181 + 42 = 223, meaning that the prime number 181 plus 181’s prime ordinal number 42 equals the prime number 223, it is amazing to note that likewise the prime number 223 plus its prime ordinal number 48 sums to 223 + 48 = 271, and 271 is also a prime, the 58th prime.
    This makes the prime number 223 even more special, since there are very few primes that are both the sum of a prime number and its prime ordinal number and simultaneously the sum of itself plus its prime ordinal number is also a prime [for reference regarding this see the table of such sums in my comment dated May 27, 2019, on the previous post A Different Perspective].
    The first 5 such special primes are:
    The 1st prime number with this quality is 3, since 3 is the sum of prime number 2 and its prime ordinal number 1, and also the sum of 3 plus its prime ordinal number 2 equals 5, with 5 also being a prime (the 3rd prime): 2 + 1 = 3 and 3 + 2 = 5.
    The 2nd prime number with this quality is 101, since it is the sum of prime number 79 plus its prime ordinal number 22, and also the sum of 101 plus its prime ordinal number 26 equals 127 (the 31st prime): 79 + 22 = 101 and 101 + 26 = 127.
    Only the 3rd prime number with this quality is 223, since it is the sum of prime number 181 plus its ordinal number 42, and also the sum of 223 plus its prime ordinal number 48 equals 271 (the 58th prime): 181 + 42 = 223 and 223 + 48 = 271.
    The 4th prime number with this quality is 503, since it is the sum of prime number 421 plus its prime ordinal number 82, and also the sum of 503 plus its prime ordinal number 96 equals 599 (the 109th prime): 421 + 82 = 503 and 503 + 96 = 599.
    The 5th prime number with this quality is 641, since it is the sum of prime number 541 plus its prime ordinal number 100, and also the sum of 641 plus its prime ordinal number 116 equals 757 (the 134th prime): 541 + 100 = 641 and 641 + 116 = 757.
    This matter probably deserves further study, especially since many of the numbers involved in these calculations are obviously connected to the Torah and have been previously explained in the Kabbalah Secrets posts and in previous comments.

  19. Hopefully I’ll catch up to the new posts soon. Meanwhile I’ll explain another reason why I’ve been focusing on Psalms 111 and 112.
    We are coming from the days of counting the Omer, the 49 intermediate days between Pesach and Shevuos. Each of these days is connected with the growth of 7 times 7 specific Sefiros, with the words and letters of Psalm 67, and with the words and letters of the Ana B’choach prayer. Both Psalm 67 and the Ana B’choach prayer are said to have enormous “spiritual power.”
    Traditional sources often depict Psalm 67 with its verses and words arranged in the form of a Menorah, with pictures of this printed in prayer books and hung as posters and embroidered on curtains in synagogues, and it has been used in Jewish meditation for years.
    Some sources, for example the Chida (Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai, 1724-1806), refer to this Menorah-design Psalm as the “Magen Dovid,” “Shield of David,” and claim that King Dovid himself was Divinely inspired to compose this Psalm to conform to the design of a Menorah, and he had this Menorah design of the Psalm depicted on his shield and with it he defeated all his enemies.
    One tends to be a bit skeptical about such claims, however it is quite probable that King Dovid did both automatically and intentionally compose this Psalm with manifold mystical allusions and such that it indeed corresponds to the shape of the Menorah.
    While this idea may be more obvious with regard to Psalm 67, it makes perfect sense to say that similarly the other Psalms were also composed with Ruach HaKodesh, Divine inspiration, to have such mystical allusions, and to correspond to other significant designs and patterns that are meaningful from a Torah perspective. That indeed seems to be the case with regard to the Psalms 111 and 112.
    The topic of the Menorah as the Magen Dovid, Shield of David, is very timely at present, since we are now reading in the Torah Parshas B’ha’aloscho Es Ha’Neiros, starting from Numbers 8:1, which discusses the kindling of the Menorah by Aharon the High Priest.
    To review, the Menorah, as described in detail in the Book of Exodus, has 7 branches, corresponding to the 7 days of creation, and to the 7 words in the Torah’s first verse.
    The Menorah also has 22 decorative “cups” shaped like “almond flowers,” corresponding to the 22 letters of the Alef Beit, and 11 decorative “flower buds,” and 9 decorative “flower blossoms.”
    The total number of Menorah decorations are thus 22 + 11 + 9 = 42, corresponding to the 42-Letter Name. Together with the 7 branches the total of the Menorah’s parts is thus 7 + 42 = 49, corresponding to the 49 days of Sefiras HaOmer.
    The Menorah is supported by the “base” of the Menorah, which may be said to hint to the holiday of Pesach, the preceding day, out of which came the following 49 days of the Omer, Pesach being the festival of freedom and “base day” for everything that comes afterward. The 50th day or level, corresponding to the holiday of Shevuos, the festival of the giving of the great light of Torah, corresponds to when the Menorah’s lamps are actually kindled and their light finally radiates and illuminates the Holy Sanctuary and the whole world.
    Discussing the shape of the Menorah as the “Mogen Dovid” makes one also think about the other more familiar to us “Mogen Dovid,” Shield of David design, represented as the shape of the six pointed Jewish Star, as was discussed here a while back, including that with the central hexagon of the star as the 7th central point the Jewish star corresponds to the 7 branched Menorah.
    It is fascinating that just as there are allusions to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet in the Menorah design, so too there is a connection of all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet to the six pointed Jewish Star, and amazingly it has been shown (I don’t know the specific origin) that the shapes of all of the Hebrew letters are identifiable as specific subsections of various combinations of lines in the six pointed star.
    To see this simply do an internet search (Google is good for this too!) and look for images of the Magen Dovid and the Hebrew alphabet and you will immediately find sample depictions of this very amazing, illuminating and enlightening phenomenon.

  20. Above I wrote about Habakuk 2:20, stating that “the verse number 2:20 is evocative of a connection to the 22 letters of the Alef Beis, and that the first word of the verse, V’Hashem, is gematria 32, corresponding to the 10 Sefiros and the 22 letters, or to the regular 22 letters, plus 5 Sofit letters, plus 5 standard doubles of letters with harder sounds, Veis, Chuf, Feh, Sin and Sav (which in the Torah are written the same, and only slightly differ in pronunciation from the letters Beis, Kuf, Peh, Shin and Tav which have softer sounding pronunciations).”
    The last part about the way to understand the Hebrew alphabet corresponding to the number 32, is based on the standard Aleph Beis charts of the Hebrew letters in use throughout the world today. See for example the chart printed in the beginning of the Tehilas Hashem (Chabad) Sidur. Other such charts may include one more letter, a 33rd letter, by showing both the Kof Sofis and the Chof Sofis forms, whereas in the other versions only one of these is shown.
    Understanding the Hebrew alphabet in this way is of course not the way the Hebrew alphabet is described in Sefer Yetzirah, where there are instead of 5 double letters there are 7, בגדכפרת, which do not include the Shin-Sin that I had included, but instead includes 3 other letters, the Gimel, Dalet and Reis, which for Ashkenazim today have lost their double pronunciations. Also a difference in the Sefer Yetzirah explanation of the alphabet is that the 5 Sofit letters are not distinguished from their regular forms.
    As for the relationship of the 22 letters to the 10 Sefiros, the 22 letters are said to correspond to the 22 lines that connect the 10 Sefiros to one another. The 3 horizontal lines correspond to the 3 “mother letters,” the 7 vertical lines correspond to the 7 “double letters,” and the 12 diagonal lines correspond to the 12 “simple letters.”
    [Regarding the authorship of Sefer Yetzirah, it has been attributed to both the patriarch Avrohom and to Rebbe Akiva, but many are skeptical of these attributions, and one is not obligated to accept everything that is written therein. The same applies regarding the Zohar, its authorship is attributed to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochoi but this is disputed, and likewise one is not obligated to accept everything written therein. (Even regarding the Talmud there are many aspects in it that are one is not obligated to accept, for example references to demons and the like, which other significant Rabbinic figures like the Rambam completely rejected.) This though is a topic for broader study and not for the present circumstances.]
    Good Shabbos!

  21. Regarding Sefer Yetzira, and also on the theme of getting back to basics, it is fortunate for interested people that Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s translation and commentary can be found (with Google’s help) on the internet.
    In his introduction, Rabbi Kaplan, of blessed memory, discusses the various different manuscripts of Sefer Yetzirah and the theories about its origin. The basic ideas probably did originate with the patriarch Avrohom, however the texts that have come down to us have been changed at different times by a number of unknown hands.
    Regarding the most original part of Sefer Yetzira, Rabbi Kaplan writes on page 68, at the end of his commentary on chapter 1:8, “According to some critical studies this line is the end of the most ancient part of the text.” That means that most likely the bulk of the mystical book is from writers in time periods much later in history.
    Rabbi Kaplan doesn’t mention it explicitly, but notably even what he calls “the end of the most ancient part of the text” of Sefer Yetzira concludes by citing a supporting proof verse (“…it is therefore written, ‘The Chayot running and returning,’” Ezekiel 1:24), and this Scriptural quotation is from a prophet who lived a long time after Avrohom, and the saying is in the style of our sages o.b.m. who lived a long time after the Biblical prophets.
    [Discussion of the origins of Sefer Yetzirah has similarities with discussions about the origin of the Zohar, where again it seems that the basic ideas may have originated from Rebbe Shimon Bar Yechoi (and from teachers before him), however the texts of the Zohar that have been revealed to us were composed at a much later date by other individuals.]
    Rabbi Kaplan explains that in general Jewish mysticism texts may be divided into three main categories and objectives, the philosophical, the meditative, and the magical (including such things as the supposed creation a Golem and the like). R’ Kaplan concentrates mainly on the philosophical and meditative, however he seems be open to the credibility of Kabbalistic magical arts when practiced by rare qualified Tzadikim.
    As I touched on however at the end of my previous comment, the Rambam held a very strong opinion against giving any credibility whatsoever to supposedly real magic of any form. For what it’s worth, personally, though I’m extremely committed to learning and teaching the mystical ideas of Kabbalah and Chassidus, however the benefits are strictly philosophical and meditative. The rationality championed by the Rambam is in my humble opinion much more sensible, and accordingly it is more reasonable to try understand even the miracles described in the Torah, like the Rambam did, as being either as figures of speech, or things that occurred in visions, or as amazing things that actually occurred, but as the result of the perfectly normal laws of nature, with only Hashem’s special Divine Providence coordinating the unfolding of the unusual but still completely natural events. There are many discourses that delve into this matter, and still much more needs to be discussed, but this is probably not be the best forum for elaboration on this topic.
    Despite my favoring the Rambam over Rabbi Kaplan in this matter, still it is clear that Rabbi Kaplan does an excellent job of explaining many obscure Kabbalistic passages, and perhaps in future comments I will highlight and discuss some of the other things that he writes.
    Regarding the two ways of pronouncing certain letters, with harder or softer sounds, as I mentioned in my previous comment (the Beis with a dot is considered the “harder” sound and the Veis without a dot is considered the “softer” sound, and so on), , it is notable that Rabbi Kaplan writes on page 103, in his commentary on Sefer Yetzirah 2:3:
    “One of the mysteries of the Sefer Yetzirah is the fact that the double letters [Sofit letters] are not mentioned. These double letters are the ones which have different forms in the middle and at the end of a word, Mem, Nun, Tzadi, Peh, and Kaf.[24] As the Talmud states, the forms of these letters were forgotten, and later reinstituted by the prophets. There is absolutely no reference to these doubles in Sefer Yetzirah.”
    R. Kaplan’s Note 24 on that paragraph: “Shabbat 104a. Megillah 2b, Bereshit Rabbah 1:15, BaMidbar Rabbah 18:17, Tanchuma Korach 12 , Pirkey Rabbi Eliezer 48. C.f. Chayit 19a. The fact that these letters are not mentioned may be indicative of its extreme antiquity.”
    The sources that he mentions need further study, however regarding R’ Kaplan’s observation that “The fact that these letters are not mentioned may be indicative of its extreme antiquity,” it could also be pointed out that on the other hand, Sefer Yetzirah’s omission of mentioning the Sofit letters may not have anything to do with the text’s antiquity, because there is also no mention of any of the Hebrew vowel signs in these texts, as R. Kaplan himself also discusses, and certainly the vowel signs are just as ancient as the letters themselves.
    The idea that was cited from the Talmud, that the forms of these letters were forgotten and later reinstituted by the prophets, also requires further study, and perhaps can be explored more at length at another time.

  22. The last section of my last comment started: “Regarding the two ways of pronouncing certain letters, with harder or softer sounds, as I mentioned in my previous comment (the Beis with a dot is considered the “harder” sound and the Veis without a dot is considered the “softer” sound, and so on), , it is notable that Rabbi Kaplan writes on page 103…”
    It seems that accidentally I left out a section I intended to include, about the harder and softer sounds of certain letters, and went right into Rabbi Kaplan’s commentary about the five letters with double forms, i.e., the letters Kuf, Mem, Nun, Peh and Tzadi, which written differently when they appear at the beginning or in the middle of a word, from how they are written at the end of a word.
    Rabbi Kaplan discusses the harder and softer sounding letters in many places, but I had intended to bring from page 159, his commentary on Sefer Yetzirah 4:1:
    “The double sound is retained by all Jews for Bet, Kaf, and Peh. The hard Bet (ב) has the sound of ‘b,’ while the soft has the sound of ‘v.’ The hard Kaf (כ) has the sound of ‘k,’ the soft, the sound of ‘kh,’ like the German ‘ch,’ as in ‘doch.’ The hard Peh (פ) is pronounced like a ‘p,’ while the soft is like an ‘f.’
    “In all these cases, the hard sound is a plosive, pronounced in an explosive puff of sound. The soft sound is a fricative.
    “The northern European Ashkenazic Jews pronounce the soft Tav (ת) like an ‘s.’ Most southern European Sefardic Jews pronounce both the hard and soft Tav the same, like a ‘t.’ Some Sefardim pronounce the soft Tav like a soft ‘th,’ as in ‘thing.’
    “The Yemenite Jews also distinguish between the soft and hard Gimel and Dalet. The soft Gimel (ג) has the sound of a ‘j,’ or among others, like a deep guttural fricative ‘g.’ The soft Dalet (ד) has the sound of a hard ‘th,’ as in ‘the.’
    “As a general rule, these six letters, B G D K P T (בגדכפת), always take the hard form at the beginning of a word. This is one reason why no Biblical names are found beginning with an f, This would imply a Peh (פ) at the beginning of the name, and it would automatically take the hard sound, which is that of a ‘p.’
    “The hard sound is distinguished by a dot, called a Dagesh, placed in the middle of the letter.
    “Highly significant is the fact that the Resh (ר) is here considered to be one of the Doubles. Most post-Talmudical grammarians take precisely the opposite view, and state that the Resh never takes a Dagesh. Not only is there no verbal distinction between the hard and soft Resh, but modern Hebrew grammar does not even recognize such a difference in the written form.
    “There are, however, ten different words, appearing in fourteen places in the Bible, which are written with a Resh containing a Dagesh. See Table 28. It is obvious, however, that the usual rules applying to the letters BGD KPT (בגדכפת), do not apply to the Resh.
    “The present sound of the Resh is a fricative, and is therefore most probably the soft sound. The hard Resh was either lost or deliberately concealed after the destruction of the Temple. In earlier times, its use was standard, and there is evidence from their transliteration of names, that its pronunciation was known to the authors of the Septuagent. By the 10th century, however, the double Resh was only used by the members of the small Mazya community in Tiberias. Tiberias had been the last city in which the Sanhedrin, the great court which preserved the tradition, had flourished. This was one of the mysteries that the Sanhedrin had entrusted to the community of Tiberias.
    “According to the Sefer Yetzira h (2:3), Resh is in the group of Dentals, ZSShRTz (זסשרצ). Along with the letters Zayin (ז), Samekh(ס), Shin (ש), and Tzadi (צ), it is pronounced with the teeth. According to the [Sefer Yetzirah text known as the] Long Version (2:1), it is sounded “between the teeth, with the tongue lying down, spread out.” We cannot say that it is a rolled ‘r’ sound, since this involves the tip of the tongue. It would then be closest to the ‘l’ sound, and should be included among the Linguals, DTLNTh (דטלנת). Furthermore, the hard Resh should be a plosive, like all the other hard doubles.
    “There is no ‘r’ sound in use today that meets all these criteria. Furthermore, there is no plosive sound pronounced with the teeth that could be a candidate for the hard Resh. The original pronunciation of this letter therefore remains a mystery.”
    Until here the relatively long excerpt from Rabbi Kaplan on the pronunciation of these letters.
    I had also intended to include an interesting brief hint that Rabbi Kaplan writes on page 103, in his comments on chapter 2:3 [just before his comments on the Sofit letters that I brought in my previous comment], about the division of the sounds of the 22 letters into five groups: אחהע, Alef Chet Heh Eyin, produced by the throat (gutturals); גיכק, Gimel Yud Kaf Kuf, produced by the palate (palatals); דטלנת, Dalet Tet Lamed Nun Tav, produced by the tongue (linguals), זסשרצ, Zayin Samekh Shin Resh Tzadi, produced by the teeth (dentals); and בומפ, Bet Vov Mem Peh, produced in the lips (labials):
    “It is significant to note that all five families are present in Bereshit (בראשית), the first word of the Torah” (Shaarey Zohar on Sofrim 9:1).

  23. The following is from Rabbi Kaplan, explaining the three categories of Kabbalah, that I mentioned in my previous comment.
    Note that he writes about so-called “practical Kabbalah” and “white magic”:
    “Many theoretical kabbalists, led by the Ari, frowned on the use of such techniques, labeling them as dangerous and spiritually demeaning.”
    This is copied and pasted from another website:
    Three Categories of Kabbalah
    Meet theoretical, meditative, and practical Kabbala.
    By Aryeh Kaplan
    The study of Kabbalah is divided into three basic areas: the theoretical, the meditative, and the practical.
    The theoretical deals with the form of the mysteries, teaching the structure of the angelic domains as well as of the sefirot, or divine emanations. With great success, it deals with problems posed by the many schools of philosophy, and it provides a conceptual framework into which all theological ideas can be fitted. It also provides a framework through which the mechanism of both the meditative and practical Kabbalah can be understood. The vast majority of Kabbalah texts and Kabbalah study today deals with the theoretical Kabbalah.
    The practical Kabbalah, on the other hand, was a kind of white magic, dealing with the use of techniques that could evoke supernatural powers. It involved the use of divine names and incantations, amulets and talismans, as well as chiromancy, physiognomy and astrology. Many theoretical kabbalists, led by the Ari, frowned on the use of such techniques, labeling them as dangerous and spiritually demeaning. As a result, only a very small number of texts have survived at all.
    The theoretical Kabbalah essentially gives us a description of the spiritual realm. Practical Kabbalah tells you how to get into this inner space. Very often, the theoretical Kabbalah is an important guide once you are in there. Otherwise, it is like taking off in a plane; you need maps and charts to make sure you will be able to land. The theoretical Kabbalah gives you these landmarks; in other words, which world you are in, whether on the side of good or of evil, etc.
    The meditative Kabbalah stands between these two extremes. Some of the earliest meditative methods border on the practical Kabbalah, and their use is discouraged by the latter masters, especially those of the Ari’s school. Within this category are the few surviving texts from the Talmudic period. The same is true of the teachings of the Thirteenth Century master, Rabbi Abraham Abulafia, whose meditative works have never been printed and survive only in manuscript.
    An important point which is often lost is that Kabbalah cannot stand by itself without the entire corpus of the revealed Torah; it is an integral part of the Torah. There is not a single kabbalistic work which does not contain quotations from the Bible, the Talmud and the Midrash and require a profound knowledge of all of these. Bible, Talmud, Midrash and Kabbalah all work together.
    [From “Inner Space” and “Meditation and Kabbalah”]

  24. Above I discussed the six “double letters” of the Hebrew alphabet that have two forms, one with a dot in the middle to indicate “harder” pronunciation, and one without a dot in the middle to indicate “softer” pronunciation, and that presently in general 4 of these letters are distinguished by Ashkenaz, Beis Kof Peh Tav, ב כ פ ת, and 5 of these letters are distinguished by Sefard, Beis Gimel Dalet Kof Peh, ב ג ד כ פ.
    It was also explained that Sefer Yetzirah identifies in this category a seventh letter, the letter Reish, ר, as sometimes having a dot to indicate “hard” and “soft” pronunciation, however presently this is not observed except in 10 verses in the Prophets and Writings.
    Additionally, if one looks carefully at traditional Hebrew Scriptures and texts, there is a second category of similar dots that are also occasionally found in all of the other letters of the alphabet, generally with the exception of two guttural letters, Ches Ayin, ח ע, which never have a dot, and with only a few instances of a third guttural letter, Alef, א, having a dot (for example the Alef in the word תביאו, Tavi’u, “you shall bring,” Leviticus 23:17). This category of letters with dots never appears at the end a word.
    Another category of a letter with a dot is the special case of the fourth guttural letter, Heh, ה, which occasionally has a dot in the middle, but this may only occur when the Heh is the final letter of a word.
    Thus there are generally 3 types of dots in the middle of letters: The so-called Dagesh Kal, “weak dot,” in the double letters with hard and soft pronunciations; the Dagesh Chazak, “strong dot,” which is occasionally found in all the other letters except for the gutturals; and the Mapik Heh, “dotted Heh,” at the end of some words.
    It would be way too much for now to go into a greater explanation of the complex rules for understanding these details of the Hebrew language, however I encourage everyone to study this topic as much as possible.
    It is interesting that the Toarh’s first verse begins with a Dagesh Kal, the dotted letter Beis at the beginning of its first word, בראשית, Breishis, “In the beginning,” and also at the beginning of its second word, ברא, Bora, “created.”
    The first instance of a Dagesh Chazak is also found in the Torah’s first verse, in the letter Shin of the word השמים, HaSh’omayim, “the heavens.”
    The first instance of a Mapik Heh, which is rarer, is in Genesis 1:24, where it occurs twice in the Heh at the end of the word למינה, L’minoh, “after its kind,” which is written two times in that verse.
    It is worthwhile to point out that according to the prevalent explanations about the Dagesh Chazak, many times it serves to indicate a missing letter, and with the letter that has the dot in it being doubled as if it were written twice.
    As this pertains to the first instance of a Dagesh Chazak in the Torah, the letter Shin of the word השמים, HaSh’omayim, “the heavens,” this would mean that it is as if the word were written with not just one letter Shin, but with two letter Shins.
    While not at all impinging on what was said about the significance of the first verse of the Torah having 7 words and 28 letters, nevertheless, from the perspective of the doubled letter Shin, it is possible to say that this verse may be considered to have not 28, but rather 29 letters.
    This leads to another very interesting observation, since based on this, not only is the number of words in the verse, 7, a prime number, the 4th prime, but also the number of letters in the verse is prime, since 29 is the 10th prime.
    The word and letter count, 7 and 29 respectively, would also enhance the correspondence of the first verse of the Torah to the Name Hashem, since the Name has 4 letters and encompasses all of the 10 Sefiros. This also resonates well with the 4th triangular number being 10, such that when the numbers 1-10 are arranged in a triangular fashion – 1; 2 3; 4 5 6; 7 8 9 10 – they fit neatly into exactly in 4 rows.
    Much has been discussed about the gematria of all the letters of the first verse of the Torah being equal to 2701, a number which has many superlatives, but nevertheless it is not a prime number, but only the semi-prime, the product of 37 x 73, as has been discussed many times.
    Based on the above however, that the letter Shin, gematria 300, may be considered as doubled, it means that the total gematria of the verse may be considered to be 2701 + 300 = 3001, and 3001 is a prime number, 431st prime. Indeed 3001 is in the category of a “super-prime,” since its ordinal prime number 431 is itself a prime, the 83rd prime, and again 83 is itself also a prime, the 23rd prime, and again once more, 23 is also a prime, the 9th prime.
    Also fascinating, summing the 3 primes that represent the number or words, letters, and the gematria of the first verse, in this way we have 7 + 29 + 3001 = 3037, and 3037 is also a prime, the 435th prime. Additionally, the factors of 435 are 3 x 5 x 29, and this is also unusual because in this way too the number 29 is stressed once again.
    It is also interesting that that when considering the 22 letters of the alphabet, and understanding that as explained above, based on one rule or another, with the exception of the 2 letters Ches and Ayin, all the letters may have a dot in the middle, then it is also understood that therefore from this perspective it may be considered that there are 22 + 20 = 42 total letters, corresponding to the Divine Name of 42 letters.
    Since not yet included in these numbers are the distinctions between the letters Shin and the Sin, therefore we may include also the letter Sin without a dot and the letter Sin with a dot, to get 42 + 2 = 44, and together with the 5 Sofit forms of the letters Kof, Mem, Nun, Peh and Tzadi, there are a total of 44 + 5 = 49 letters, corresponding to the number 7 x 7 = 49.
    Good news this week from Jerusalem included that an ancient stone walkway, dubbed “Pilgrim Road,” upon which thousands of years ago our ancestors ascended to the Temple, after much painstaking archeological work was opened to the public. May we merit to walk upon this ancient road once again to ascend to the rebuilt Beis Hamikdosh very soon.
    Have a happy and healthy summer, including a good Chodesh Tamuz, a splendid 4th of July, and a very meaningful Gimel Tamuz this coming Shabbos.

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