The deeper the secrets, the more important they are. The Shema Israel prayer is the most well known and widely recited Jewish prayer, yet most people recite it without a clue to its many secrets and the power that these can unleash. In this series, we hope to change that and fulfill my teacher’s wishes that we make them available to everything in order to help bring about the tree-of-life reality, the world beyond illusion.
In Part II we’d like to continuing revealing the secrets about the initial 6 word refrain that begins the prayer.
“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One” — is perhaps the most famous of all Jewish sayings.
For a fuller introduction to the prayer see the article by Aisha Torah on the Shema Yisrael , as we’re going to jump right in. You can find Part I of the Shema and Moshiach Ben David, here.
Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One
The last word of the 6 word verse is Echad (EChD) of numerical value 13, the same as the word Ahava (love) and connected to the 13 attributes of G-d. It means One, as in the indivisible number 1, as in unity for all Israel (Col Ysrael), and most importantly, as in Oneness with G-d and the universe.
The importance of the last attribute mentioned above is further strengthened by the knowledge that the ordinal value of Echad is also 13, making the complete value of the word Echad(One) 26, the same as the Tetragrammaton (YHVH), ineffable name of G-d. The Lord is One; the Lord is YHVH.
Please notice that the 18 words of the 13 attributes of G-d begin with the double YHVH, matching the twin YHVH’s found in the Shema’s initial 6 word verse.
This is no coincidence. So if we consider they complete value of the word Echad as that of the YHVH, fully 1/2 of the this verse is the unpronounceable Name: YHVH.
And if we sum their standard gematria value (YHVH, YHVH and Echad) we get 26 + 26 + 13 = 65, the numerical value of Adonai, the pronounceable aspect (counterpart) of the YHVH, thus completing the all-important unification of Zeir Anpin and Malchut (Heaven and Earth if you will) and/or of G-d and the Shechina, the make and female aspects of G-d.
This is the spiritual unification, which if injected into out lives and our daily dealings will help bring about the end of exile and the final redemption.
This is why the complete (ordinal plus standard gematria) value of the initials of all 6 words is 385, the numerical value of the Shechina, the female or earthly (divine presence) aspect of G-d. It is also one of the reasons why the Shema verse begins with the letter Shin from Shechina (ShCYNH) and ends with Dalet or numerical value 4, kabbalistically signifying the 4 letters of the YHVH. Yet another reasons is that their ordinal value (Sh, 21 and D, 4) is 25, representing the 25 letters of the verse, and the exact 4th root of the number of Words, Verses, and Letters of the Torah, 58 or 390, 625. (see The Genesis Prayer for details).
Also, 390,625 is the numerical ultimate unification of G-d as 390 is the value of H’ShCYNH and 625 is the value H’CTR or “the Shechina” and “the Keter (Crown, or Crowning dimension of G-d).”
Please note further that it is also not a coincidence that YHVH, YHVH and Echad) or 26 + 26 + 13 parallels the end-of-days prophecies of Daniel: Times Time and half a Time.
By the way, it’s also no coincidence that the initials of the 13 attributes (not the 18 words) add up to exactly 358, the numerical value of Moshiach, the Messiah.
There are no coincidences in the Torah, only blessings. But we have to choose to see them. Once we do, we’ll also be able to see past the illusions of our world and that it do is comprised only of blessings. This will bring about the transition into the tree-of-life.
B”H, May we all be open to receive the blessings,
The first day in the Torah is called Echad, אחד, meaning one, instead of rishon, ראשון which would have paralleled the other 6 days of creation. Rishon, numerically could be said to equate to Moshiach but we weren’t meant to start off with Moshiach. We were meant to earn it. And as we pass the date 1/1/11 we begin anew with Echad, counting through the final 7 years, mimicking Creation. If you look for signs you will find them; if you look within you will find G-d. Be One.