Frogs, Frogs and More Frogs–not a Freak Show.

Circus freak shows, usually include the world’s tallest and the world’s smallest, but Torah’s longest and shortest is no freak show–it’s very serious technology that can help greatly.

The Second plague, frogs, is very special indeed.  In our last article, we showed how the word frogs contains the hidden word birds, itself a code for angels. Today, let’s look at the 10 places the Torah describes the frogs swarming the Egyptians.  In the middle of them the Torah makes a point of saying that they will be in the Egyptian’s kneading troughs, which in Hebrew is the only 10-letter word in the Torah, matching the shortest verse in the Torah which we read a couple weeks ago, also 10 letters long: Genesis 46:23, “And the sons of Dan were Chushim” (VBNI DN ChShYM).

These all obviously have to do with the 10 sefirot (dimensions) of the Tree-of-life, but the word for kneading troughs, (VBMShERVTYC) is very interesting. first of all, it begins with and (V) the 42-Letter Name (ShMB) spelled out backwards (BMSh) and ends with the word Keter (CTR, the highest, crowning Sefira) backwards (VBMShERVTYC)

Similarly, the Name Israel in gematria atbash, leaving the central Resh (R) unchanged, transforms from  YShREL  to MBRTC or 42 – CTR (keter) backwards.

The rest of the letters in the 10 letter word (VBMShERVTYC) are spelling backwards, YVEV. We’ll get to that in a moment but first we should note that this word is the 15th in the verse and the total numerical value of this word is 985, therefore 985 + 15 = 1000 (keter of keter), the full manifestation of all the subsefirot (dimensions, 10 x 10 x 10) within the 10 sefirot.

The rest of the letters in the 10 letter word (VBMShERVTYC) are spelling backwards, YVEV, the masculine (or divine channeling) letters of the various Names of G-d., such as YHVH and EHYH. Notice that these Names have in common with YVEV the repetition of the 2nd and 4th letters–this pattern mimics the spiritual 4 phase process that Rav Ashlag explains in his Ten Luminous Emanations created the universe and still today guides our interaction with it.

The Zohar reveals about the Final Redemption that it connects to the Holy name for Zeir Anpin, which is the spelled name of YHVH in the form of יוד-הא-ואו-הא. When we removed the feminine or receptive letters (the VD of the letter Yud spelled out (YVD) and the two spelled out letter’s Hey (HE), we’re left with YVEV.

What’s left over of this Name are the letters יוד-הא-הא which have numerical value 32 as the first ב and last letters ל of the Torah. Together they spell לב, ‘heart’ with the numerical value 32, connecting also the 32 times the word ELOHM mentioned in the story of Creation, and especially to the 32 Pathways that comprise the tree-of-Life.

Before we get back to the Torah’s longest word and frogs, let’s take a quick look at the Torah’s shortest verse, and find that amidst the listing of the 70 Israelites who entered Egypt to begin the exile there, there is the Torah’s shortest verse, Genesis 46:23, “And the sons of Dan were Chushim” (VBNI DN ChShYM), and that similar to the Torah’s longest word and also to the structure of the Tree-of-life, it is 10 letters divided into 3 parts (words), one of which is a permutation of Moshiach (MShYCh).  In fact, the verse contains the permutation of (MShYCh BN DVNY), or Mashaich Ben 70 since the last 4 letters have the numerical value of 70.  It could even be (MShYCh BN DV – NY), or Mashiach Ben David, NY.

We also find that both begin with (VB), whose spelled-out format (VV BYT) has a numerical value equal to 424, that of Moshiach Ben David. And moreover, that both include the letters that spell out the acknowledged initials (VMBSh) for “and the 42-Letter Name).  In this case the final letters add up to 1110 or 10 times Aleph (111) the first letter, and by design, the final plague, the killing of the first born, whose initials are (MB, 42) begins at Exodus 11:1.

The first plague, also of the life-flowing element water, is Dam, blood, of numerical value 44. Frogs (Tzfardim), the second of the 10 plagues is 444, and the value of the initials (based on their first mention) of the first 9 plagues is 444, the same as frogs. Why?

For one, they are stem from the 4 letters of the YHVH and represent not just the 1st exile but all 4–especially the 4th–exiles; and two, because the plagues are all about the angels, the hidden code within frogs (Tzfardim), and about rectifying and purifying the negative (anti-) Tree-of-life.

This is why 444 = 4 x 111 (aleph). This is why the value of the initials of the last 5 plagues = 358, Moshiach. This is why the initials of the 11 words in all 10 plagues = 541, Israel, and why the last plague’s initials are 42, MB, and also why there are 42 letters in the 11 Names of the sefirot in the Tree-of-life.

And it is probably why Obama is the 44th President at this time and came in with the 111th Congress.

It’s time to recognize the signs around us, and to recognize those within us as well.  Change occurs internally and manifests externally.  Once we change, so to will our environment.  The plagues didn’t just occur outside the Egyptians windows,  Torah makes the repeated point that they happened within the Egyptians homes.

Egypt (Mitzraim) means constriction in Hebrew, limitation. Don’t make Pharaoh’s mistake; don’t harden your heart as times get tough.  We need to soften our hearts if we want to experience the world beyond limitations and illusions.

The House of David; The Tide has Turned

From this weeks’ portion, Tetzaveh, Exodus 28:2 “And you shall make holy garments for your brother, Aaron, for splendor and beauty.”

The Torah instructs the High Priest to wear 8 garments, 4 of white linen and 4 containing gold. The Hebrew words for “for splendor is ‘L’kavod‘ of numerical value 62 and for “for beauty is ltiferet of numerical value 1111. Without the prefixes (L) and subtracting the kolel for the 2 words, splendor and beauty together = 1111.

Thus through the singular construct 1111 and the 4 ones(1), the Torah is hinting at a unification. Similarly, the two Lameds (L) with the kolel of 2 = 62, so through the two references to the number 62, this verse and thus the set of 8 holy garments are linked back to the 10 Utterances with their numerous connections to the number 62 and keter (620), as we’ve previously discussed in depth. And by the way, 620/8 = 77.5, a numerographic representation of 5778 backwards.

Please note further that the letter alef of numerical value 1, when spelled out is 111 and thus 10 x alef (111) = 1110, add the kolel (1) and we have 1111.

And we know from Rabbi Chaim Ben Attar of blessed memory as discussed in his Ohr HaChaim that this unification is of the Tetragrammaton YHVH and Adonai, (EDNY), each of which have 4 letters to match the 4 and 4 sets of clothes. He quotes from the Tikunei Zohar: “The four golden garments are an allusion to the four letters in the name Havayah [YHVH], whereas the four white linen garments are an allusion to the four letters in G-d’s name Ado-nai.[EDNY]” Since the YHVH is Zeir Anpin (the bundled 6 dimensions of Heaven), and Tiferet also represents Zeir Anpin there’s no mistaking which attribute pertains to which set of clothes. Together, as discussed in previous blogs, YHVH and EDNY combine to form YEHDVNHY of numerical value 91, the same as amen.

If we take the spelled out value of the 12 letters in Adonai (ELP-DLT-NVN-YVD) along with their kolel we get 683 and if then them add the aspect of the YHVH at the level of Zeir Anpin (Mah), which is (YVD HE VEV HE) of value 45, we get 728, which appropriately is 8 x 91.

But what’s significant for us is that the 8 garments represent the all-important unification that causes our prayers to ascend when amen is said is reply to a blessing. This is what helped the High Priest to obtain atonement for the people. And Aaron, the only person in the Torah whose name was linked with the word Moshiach, was the first to wear these 8 garments and was “The One” the Torah specifically said they should be made for. And we should also note that the breastplate that the magical Aaron wore, and that contained all the 42-Letter name of G-d inside and all the answers in the universe in Hebrew is Choshen, of numerical value 358, the same as Moshiach.

There is deep understanding here.

Moreover, we know from The Divine Calendar that nearly all the significant Biblical dates end in 8 and all include the number 8, including 2018 CE and 5778 HC. We also know that the midpoint in King David’s life, 2889 HC is also the midpoint in the divine calendar from Adam to Moshiach (the messiah) in 5778. We can now understand why: within the 8‘s is the holy unification.

This holy unification, according to the Zohar, is hinted at in the first word (V’ahtah) of this weeks portion Tetzaveh. Rabbi Shimon of blessed memory and the the Zohar further discuss that the unification is the union of Zeir Anpin and Malchut that occurred while the 2 Holy Temples stood and that must occur again in the end of days.

The verse above, Exodus 28:2 refers to 4 garments made of gold and the word for “gold” in Hebrew has the same numerical value as the name David, 14, or 28/2. And when we spell out the name David (DVD) we get the 8 letters DLT VV DLT, which adds up to 434 +12 + 434 = 880, and with the kolel, it totals 888.

Likewise, the first two 7-letter columns of the 42 Letter name of G-d matrix add up to 888. The first column is 471 and the second one is 417 and thus 417 + 471 = 888. The second column though, 417, can be added with its kolel for the 7 letters to get 417 + 7 =424, the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David.

There were Two Holy Temples and the two Houses/Temples, Be’it (BYT) and Be’it (BYT) each have the gematria value of 412 and 2 x 412 = 824 and when we add the kolel for the 6 letters and the 2 words we get 824 + 8 = 832, as in 832 BCE (3338 HC), when the First Holy Temple was destroyed. The number 832 also represents the time frame that both temples stood, 410 and 422 years respectively, which means that the 2 Holy Temples stood for almost exactly 1/4 (24.99%) of the 3330 years (66.6 jubilees years between the giving of the 10 Utterances (Commandments) and the Torah at Mt Sinai and the year the tzaddikim have said H’Moshiach (the Messiah) will arrive in 5778.

In 3338, the Holy Temple was destroyed, setting up the 2nd exile, the 70 years of force rule in Babylonia, but all things in the ancient calendar have their counterpart in the modern one and in 3/3/38 the first oil well was discovered in Saudi Arabia, setting up 70 years of Arab fortune at the expense of Israel and the Jews. Those 70 years ended in 2008, when the price of oil sank 72% and the Saudi investments in Citibank sank even more, along with much more Arab investment and influence around the world.

Something spiritual snapped in 2008, the supernal ministers had changed and by January 2009, Israel was once again able to fight and defend itself with the strength and protection from above with a massively successful incursion against Hamas and with a lopsided victory not seen in years. Instead of videos of Israelis committing what the world called atrocities against the Palestinians, what came out of Gaza were stories of Rachel Amenu warning and saving Israeli soldiers.

The year 1938 brought more than just good fortune and free wealth to the Arab and Persian kingdoms, it brought Kristalnacht as well, the kick-off campaign of the Nazi’s that quickly escalated into the holocaust. That date was 11/09/38 and the square root of 110938 is 333.0 as in the 3330 years from 2448, we received the Torah at Sinai to 5778 when we are supposed to receive H’Mashiach. But as the rest of the world writes it with the day first month second, that date was 9/11. And whether this is coincidence or not, the midpoint in David’s life and in the divine calendar less the spelled out numerical value of David is 2889 – 888 = 2001, as in 9/11/2001

With the shift in the supernal ministries came a new president of the US, the 44th, as in 4 + 4 = 8 and 44= 88/2. And while that is nothing more than a sign for the moment, the shift also brought the forced-by-circumstances confession of Bernie Madoff And even though many of us found ourselves wiped out by him, the truth is they already were, just not on paper yet. With the shifting of the supernal ministers, the internal hemorrhaging finally stopped; Instead of $50 Billion, it could have been $100 billion stolen.

This is not to say that the markets in general won’t continue to decline and that chaos won’t continue to spread throughout all sectors of the world and life, because they will, but certain elements of the world society will B”H no longer enjoy the protection from above that they once did, and others who repeatedly fell victim to them, B’H will no longer be so vulnerable.

The tide has turned. The Sea (H’YM) when spelled out has the numerical value of 666 and the 66.6 jubilee years are almost up.

With the major shift already occurring after the first 70-year period of the final 80, let’s see what the last 10 years will bring. The last time around, Ezra brought home the Jews to Israel, reestablished Torah study and prayer, and rebuilt the Holy Temple, which stood for another 422 years, with 422 being the numerical value for the word “seventy”

The 2nd part of the spelled out word Be’it is YVD TV = 426-2 (kolel) = 424

So if we add the letters in House of David (Beit M’David) spelled out we get 838+ 80 + 880 = 1798 + 18 (letters) and 2 (words) = 1818, which as we’ve discussed in a previous blog was what Rav Abraham Azulai of blessed memory pointed out in Chesed L’Avraham to be the 3rd iteration of the spelled-out letter Alef. This was the same book in which he fingered the year 5760 for the beginning of the final 18 year period.

And let’s not forget the part America play in G-d’s plans as 2 x 888 = 1776, America’s birth date. And 888/44, as in our 44th President = 2018.18

Give Obama credit. He stepped up to the plate. Things are not going as he planned, nor as his supporters planned. And they won’t. The ministers have changed; the playing field has shifted along with them.

Everyone plays a part. With the change in the tide, our part will get easier. But if we choose to ignore our role…

We must step up too.

G-d speaks to Moses and in the first two words of this portion, He says to him, V’atah Tetzaveh, (VETH TZVH), “And You must Command”. And while the gematria value of Tetzaveh is 501, the same as Barack Hussein Obama, and the value of the second word (v’atah) is the same as Be’it, (house or Temple, 412), the value of both words is 913, the same as Bereshit, “In the Beginning).

It is a new beginning. It’s up to us to build the right house.

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River of Life

The longest word in the Torah has 10 letters (VBMShERVTYC) and was used just once.  Innocuously enough, it means kneading troughs, where the Egyptians made their bread and where the frogs of the 2nd plague jumped into. Any time something in the Torah singularly stands out there’s a reason for it, a reason that it was meant to be noticed. In this case, the first 4 letters of the word (VBMShERVTYC) are the initials of “And the Mem-Bet Shemot, the 42-Letter Name) and the ordinal value of these same 4 letters is also 42. And while the ordinal value of the rest of the letters is 70, as in the 70 Nations, etc,the remaining 6 letters can be broken down into (ERV) a permutation of the word for Light, Ohr (EVR) and (TYC) of numerical value 430, the same as nefesh, soul, and the number of years the Israelites were in exile in Egypt.

But even the location of this potently packed word is  significant as it’s at Shmot 7:28,  a  quick reference back to the Torah’s first verse Bereshit 1:1 of 7 words and 28 letters, where the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) hails from.  So what is the Torah telling us?

Let’s see: If the 10 letters refer to the 10 sefirot of the Tree-of-life, as do the 10 plagues where we found them, then it could be telling us that the foundation of our sustenance (bread) is found in the Shem Mem-Bet (42-Letter Name) and that the Light spreads from there to the 70 branches of the Tree-of-life to nourish our nefeshs (souls).  And this interpretation is strengthened in the placement of the 10-letter word in the 2nd plague, which the Arizal tells us is analogous to and a cleansing or correction of the  sefira of Yesod through which all the Light of sustenance flows into our world and lives.  And moreover, Moses lists 10 places the frogs will wind up, and the kneading bowls were the 2nd from last, in other words, yesod of yesod.

But there’s more we can glean from this one well place word (VBMShERVTYC) , since if we permute the last 6 letters we can form both CTR (Keter, the highest crowning sefira) and/or YEVR (river), which hints to us about the river of life-sustaining Light (energy) that flows from Keter through the Shem Mem-Bet, which is Zeir Anpin, or at least how we can consciously access it, and this is further hinted at in the vav (symbol of Zeir Anpin) that begins the unique 10-letter word.

Now, there are 4240 letter nuns (of numerical value 50 each) in the Torah through this point, and 4240 = 424 x 10 and 424 is the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David. And considering everything that we know about the the Israelites being before the 50th gate of negativity and having to switch their consciousness to the tree-of-life consciousness to instead enter the 50th Gate of Binah (understanding), it’s apparent that this simple innocuous 10-letter word is mapping out for us how to bring  Moshiach Ben David. (To learn more about that and how to utilize the Shem Mem-Bet properly to access the tree-of-life, please read The Genesis Prayer)

And since we know from The Divine Calendar that all the key Biblical dates and events have dates ending in 8 and that the number 8 plays an integral part of G-d’s divine plan for Moshaich, it may or may not be coincidence that there are also 2009 letter chet’s (of numerical value 8) through this unique 10-letter word. And in 2009, when we’ve just  sworn in without a Bible the 44th  President of the USA, we have 8 years to go before–the 8 years that chazal has advised correspond to the 8 years of darkness preceding the brit of H’Moshaich–in 5778 (end 20172018) as prophesied by the tzaddikim.

Frogs, as noted in our previous blogs, has the gematria of 444, making it an extension of the first plague, dam (blood), of numerical value 44.  So yes, the connection to the year 2009 is relevant ,and yes the unique 10-letter word was meant for us as a gift of knowledge, a helping hand  for us to bring H’Mashiach and for us to achieve the the tree-of-life reality in time to attend the brit.

The river that flows through the tree-of-life, flows for us.  We don’t want it to turn to blood as it it did for our ancestors,  ancient and near, so we really need to grasp what the Torah is trying to tell us.   With the deepening financial crisis we need to learn how to get the frogs our of the bread baskets.

…To be continued, as we explore how the river of the unique 10-letter word and the tree-of-life connects and guides us through the 10 songs of the Tanakh and the 151 times the river is mentioned in the Tanakh and first time one is sung at Shmot 15:1, paragraph 42….

The Hidden Message in the 10 Plagues

The 44th President of the United States has just been sworn in (twice, the second time without the Bible), about 66.6 jubilee years (Biblical 50-year interval) years after the 10 plagues and 8 years shy of the year 5778 when the tzaddikim have prophesied Moshiach and the geula (final redemption) will come.

It’s mandatory to celebrate Passover (Pesach) every year and recount the story of the exodus, including the explicit listing of the 10 plagues. Why? Is it just so we don’t forget? Wouldn’t it be better to instead concentrate on the 10 miracles G-d performed for the Israelites on their way to receiving the 10 Commandments and the Torah in 2448?

A most common form of Torah analysis performed by the sages is to examine the first letters of key word groupings, phrases, or verses. And for what it’s worth, the sum of the nominal value of the initials of our 44th President, Barak Hussein Obama (B,Ch,E) is 11, but certainly more significant is the sum of the nominal value of the initials of the 11 words that comprise the 10 plagues, which is 541, the numerical value of the name Israel.

Israel is not only the last word in the Torah, but Israel was arguably formed out of the end of the exile immediately precipitated by the 10 plagues, especially the last plague, the killing of the firstborn, whose initials are Mem-Bet.

Mem-Bet is not only the Name of the 42-Letter Name of G-d, profoundly associated with the time of redemption, but it is named justly because it has the numerical value of 42, as in the 42 places the Israelites traveled through on their way out of Egypt to the Promised Land. And according to chazal, including the Baal Shem Tov, as in the steps our souls make on their way to redemption.

It’s very important to note that the 10 plagues were executed just as much to wake up the Israelites as the Egyptians. The Egyptians had to let got of their physical belongings, but the Israelites had to embrace the spiritual, a step that is just as hard. The 10 plagues were signs for them, just as we are receiving signs ourselves today

That said, the first letter of the 40 letters in the 10 plagues is dalet, with the numerical value of 4, as in the number of letters in Tetragrammaton (YHVH) and in the Name of G-d, Ehyeh, the Name used in “I am that I am.”

I am” was what President Obama answered when sworn in for the 2nd time–when he wasn’t using a Bible. When the fuller progressive form of Ehyeh is calculated “I am” has a numerical value of 44. And by the way, Asher (EShR) as in “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” (I am that I am”) has the same numerical value as Barak Hussein Obama (בּרק חוסיין אובּאמה) which is also the same as the initials of the 10 plagues if the last one is considered a single letter (דצ”ך עד”ש באח”ב).

Is this all coincidence?

The first plague, dam, blood, is spelled dalet-mem, which is numerically 4 plus 40 or 44.

The deeper secret is in the blood. The first plague is Dam (dalet-mem), whose first letter is dalet. The first letter of the last plague is Mem, thus the whole 10 plagues can be collapsed in abbreviated form into dam, the first plague. Not only does mem, complete the word dam, but it in effect encompasses and represents the full 40 letters in the 10 plagues. Please note that that means that there are an exact average of 40/10 = 4 letters per plague, the numerical value of dalet.

We use the word encompasses here because the final mem is not only shaped like a closed womb, but according to the sages it is supposed to represent one as well, and if we subtract the numerical value of dam (blood) from that of Da’at, we get 474 – 44 equals 430, both the numerical value of nefesh, (the animalistic or lower part of the soul), which the sages tell us is housed in the blood, and the number of years the Jews were in exile through the end of the 10 plagues in 2448.

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And from the womb flows both the blood of judgment unto the Egyptians and the mercy to the Jews in the birth of the Israel. Please note that the bleeding or menstruating womb is considered the height of serious judgment, according to the Zohar (Shemot). The bleeding womb also refers to the death of the first born.

We know from the sages (chazal) that the Passover passage out of Egypt was about Da’at, the serifa (dimension) of balance and knowledge, and that it was represented in the dalet of dam, the first letter of the first plague. Furthermore, dalet, when spelled out, has the numerical value of 434, while da’at has the numerical value of 474, leaving a difference of 40, between them, the numerical value of mem, showing us that the full word dam, blood, is included in Da’at.

It’s all about Four (4)

While many of the significant mandated elements of Pesach (Passover) including the 4 questions, the 4 cups of wine, the 4 sons, the 4 aspects of the Tetragrammaton and the 4 letters in it, and also in the name Eyheh, we been told by the sages that they correspond to the 4 exiles, which are finally coming to a close, the last one after 1948 years.

The first plague, blood (dam), is spelled dalet-mem, with the first letter having the numerical value of 4, and the next letter having the value of 40, or 10 x 4. Meanwhile, not only does the first letter of the last plague, the killing of the first born, also have the value of 40, but there are 40 letters in the 10 plagues, making 4 the exact average number of letters per plague. And while the final letter of the 10 plagues is 400 or 10 x 40, the second plague, frogs, has a numerical value of 444, or 4 x 111, the numerical value of Alef, the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet and Ehyeh, (and in Obama for that matter).

Moreover, as mentioned earlier, the 4 letters of the Name Ehyeh, (EHYH)—the Name revealed to Moses just prior to the plagues–can be expanded to 10 letters through progressive method– sometimes called squaring–to (E, EH, EHY, EHYH), which is numerically equivalent to 44, the same as dam, blood, the first plague.

The connection to 4 for Pesach and the 10 plagues at the end of the 1st exile is interesting because 10 is an extension both numerically and spiritually of 4. Numerically, the 4th triangular number has a value of 10, just as 10 is the sum of the first 4 integers, as in 1+2+3+4 = 10.

Spiritually, both the 4 letters of the Tetragrammaton and of the Name Eyheh when expanded by spelling them out have 10 letters each. Moreover, as we mentioned earlier, Passover is about da’at, which begins with the letter dalet, of numerical value 4, while da’at is a sefira or dimension that combines the dimensions of Chochma and Binah, whose numerical values of its initials (Bet and Chet) 8 and 2 add up to 10. And which also happens to be the initials of Barak Hussein (Bet and Chet).

So in a sense we see the 10 plagues extending throughout the 4 exiles, for a total of 40, as in the 40 letters in the 10 plagues., yet another reason it’s mandated we read the haggada and review all the plagues, etc every year throughout the various exiles.

The plagues didn’t just happen 66.6 jubilee years ago, they’ve been reoccurring continually throughout the 4 exiles in one form or another. Just witness the example of the first plague, dam, blood, there have been many times in these past 3330 years when tens and even hundreds of thousands have died and rivers of blood have flowed.

The 10 Plagues were Planned at the Beginning of Time.

While the 11 words of the 10 plagues correspond to the 11 unique letters in the first verse of the Torah, the first 4 letters of the Torah have an ordinal value of 44, the same as Dam, the first plague. It’s broken down to 2 for the first letter, Bet (2) and 42 for the next 3 letters (Resh, Alef, Shin), which spells Asher yet again, as in the 42-letter Name.

The next 2 letters, completing the entire first word of the Torah, Bereshit, “In the Beginning” have an ordinal value of 32, as in the value of the 4 components of the letter Alef, connecting, as we’ve discussed in other blogs, to the 32 Paths of Wisdom that define the structure of the universe and that house the 10 sefirot (dimensions).

When we add them together, we get numerically 76, square root of 5778, and the value of the fully expanded Tetragrammaton at the highest level of Av (chochma), but alphabetically they spell out Alef-Dalet-Mem, or Adam.

Adam (Alef-dam) represents the first flesh and blood incarnation of the Jewish soul, the source of which, as we’ve written about in other articles, is in the primordial Alef that exists before the Torah, and dam, or blood, represents both the flesh and the flow of the lower soul (nefesh) throughout time, throughout the generations.

With Alef as the source, we can note that the 11 initials of the 10 plagues have an ordinal value of 100 and if we add 11 as the kolel to 100 we get 111, the numerical value of the name of the letter Alef. And once again, we have the union or fusion of the primordial Alef as the head of the Dam, just like ADAM.

Another analogy to the connection between the Alef, whose sum total of its 4 components letters is 32, and the 10 plagues and moreover to the initials of the final plague, Mem-Bet, is provided by Rabbi Chaim Vittal of blessed Memory. The eminent sage explained that the 10 sefirot (dimensions) plus the 32 Paths of Wisdom that link them together form the structure of the greater universe and together they comprise the 42-Letters of the 42-Letter Name, the Shem Mem-Bet.

As explained in detail in The Genesis Prayer, the first verse of the Torah is where the Shem Mem-Bet, or the 42-Letter Name of G-d, is derived from, and if we take the sum of the numerical values of the first letter of each of the 7 words of that first verse, 22—obviously representative of the 22 normal letters of the Hebrew alphabet—and add it to the ordinal value of those same 7 letters, 22, we get 22 + 22 = 44, once again, the value of the first plague, dam, blood.

Incidentally, and again as discussed in detail in The Genesis Prayer, the first verse of the Torah is integrally connected in multiple ways to both the numerical value of Mashiach, the Messiah, 358 and to the mathematical constant PI to an astounding precision. One of the simplest ways is through the average value of those 7 letters, 22/7 or 3.14.

Now, if we think this is coincidence we need only examine the full first 10 letters of the Torah and see that the sum of their ordinal values also equals 100 (keter, the crowning highest dimension), the exact same 100 as the sum of the ordinal values of the first letters of the 10 plagues. And since the 10 plagues has 11 first letters, yet another connection to the Torah’s first verse is found in that amongst the 28 letters of that verse, also an average of exactly 28/7 = 4 letters per word, there are only 11 unique (non-recurring) letters.

Moreover, as mentioned earlier, the sum of the nominal value of those same 11 letters is 541, the numerical value of the name Israel, the last word in the Torah.

The process of gematria computation allows us to subtract the kolel as well as add it and though I rarely use that approach, in this case if we subtract the ordinal value from the initial letters of the plagues from their standard numerical values they are equal to (541100) = 441, which is the numerical value of emet, truth, an allusion to the Torah, to the 42-Letter Name of G-d, and to the Tree-of-life structure of the universe with its 32 paths and 10 sefirot.

Moreover, 441 = 212, or as pointed out by chazal, is the square of the numerical value of the higher Name of G-d, Ehyeh. And the sum of the two Ehyeh that form Emet and that form “I am that I am” Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” add up to 21 + 21 = 42.

Since the first letters of the final plague are Mem-bet and since the sum of all the first letters of all 10 plagues (11 words) is 541, the numerical value of Israel, one interpretation is that the 10 plagues and 42 places lead to Israel.

Another is that it will take 10 plagues, corresponding to the 10 sefirot (dimensions), the existence of Israel, and the understanding of the Shem Mem-Bet (Ana B’koach) to reach the geula (final redemption), as chazal has suggested.

The 10 plagues today have as much significance for us today as they had for the Israelites 66.6 jubilee years ago and the signs around the 44th Presidency are just that: signs. We’re not suggesting anything sinister (G-d forbid) we’re saying that they are signs to help us take notice that immense pressures and changes our coming, and if history Bible are our guides they will come in increasing waves.

Let’s read the signs and be prepared. As we did 3330 years ago, we need to let go and embrace the spiritual. To be continued, as we see what the 10 plagues mean for us today with the 44th President and how they connect to the year 5778 (2018 CE), the year the Covenant of Abraham gets fulfilled.