This past *erev Shabbat*, the father of a friend passed away. It was the *hillula* of 3 powerful *tzaddiks*, students of the Baal Shem Tov, so I knew something was up. I never knew his father, but from the moment I entered the synagogue I did. And one after another, first family, then friends, then strangers who no one else there new, gave heart warming speeches of the good actions this humble man did. Person after person listed what he did for them, very often anonymously, educations paid for, business help and advice, synagogues built by money and his own physical strength, homes (including his own) provided for people, all from very humble beginnings. This man, Mark Loren, Meyer Ben Dovid, may he have a quick ascent to the Garden of Eden, hailed from a prominent *chasidic *lineage, lived in a modern orthodox world, and lived the life of a true *tzaddik*. He never settled. He took actions. He confronted and conquered any evil inclinations he might have had and he prepared the world, more than most any of us, for the arrival of *Moshiach*.

Just listening to the eulogies everyone was inspired to do more and be better. The same lessons are encoded for us in the Torah. Some (very few) people are born awake; the rest of us have a lot more work to do on ourselves just to wake up and begin our life’s work. The encoding in the Torah helps us to awaken if we pay attention.

There are 4 Torah portions, where the story of Joseph is told: *Vayeshev (VYShB), Miketz (MKZ), Vayigesh (VYGSh), and Vayechi (VYChY)*. The saga begins with chapter **37** and the announcement that Joseph is **17** years old, has his dream, is thrown in the pit by his brothers, sold off, and separated from his father Jacob. It ends **13** chapters later with chapter **50**, when he died and was placed in a sarcophagus at the age of **110**, **37** years shy of the age attained by Jacob, who after entering Egypt at the age of **130**, lived his final **17** years at peace and in Egypt reunited with Joseph.

Why do we mention these numbers? Because the Torah does. Joseph and Jacob’s lives were so intertwined that Joseph died only **13 **verses after burying his father, even though he was only **55** at the time of his father’s death and lived another **55** years.

With the **21** years that Joseph spent separated from Jacob, and the total **17 + 17 = 34** years that Jacob and Joseph spent together and Joseph’s connection to Chanukah (numerical value **89**) through the value of his name (**156**) and the cumulative **156** total candles we light each Chanukah, we curiously have the numerical structural sequence of **13, 21, 34, 55, 89**, which, if you haven’t recognized it, has the pattern that the sum of the two previous numbers equals the subsequent one **(13+21 = 34; 21+34 = 55; 55+34 = 89** and then **55+89= 144** or **12 **squared, as in the **12 **tribes/brothers). It’s known as the famous Fibonacci sequence, the one based on the golden or **Phi** proportion that controls all harmonic spirally growth in the universe, and that spells out the date **5778** (as detailed in *The Divine Calendar*).

We should note for the skeptics that the first letters (**V**YShB, **M**KZ, **V**YGSh, **V**YChY) of the 4 portions total **58 **and have an ordinal value of **31**, giving them a complete value of **89**, so inserting** **this we get **5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89**.

As for the names of the **4** portions, which we know always contain the spiritual energy of the portions (VY**ShB, M**KZ, VYGSh, VYChY) we see the initials of the *Shem Mem-bet *(the **42**-Letter Name)* *concealed within the first two, as well as the word “and Mashiach (**V’MSHYCh**)” throughout all 4 (**V**YShB, **M**KZ, VYG**Sh**, V**YCh**Y). And if we take their total value plus **4** for the *kolel* **(318+230+319+34) + 4 = 905 **and subtracts “*V’Mashiach* (**V’MSHYCh**)” we get **905 – 364 = 541**, the numerical value of Israel, Jacob’s other appellation. Thus the **4** verses of Jacob and Joseph’s relationship collectively spell out “Israel and *Mashiach.*”

Is there truth in this? There must be, because the first letters of the **4** portions added up to **58** or** (100 – 42)** and the last letters of the **4 **portions add up to **402**, leaving the 7 middle letters to sum to **441**, the numerical value of* Emet *(truth), and an appellation of the *Shem mem-Bet.*

Now, while the total value of the 4 portions, **901** plus the *kolel* of 2 for Jacob and Joseph = **903**, which we know is the sum of all the positive integers through **42**, lets put the math and their obvious connection to the **42**-Letter Name, which *chazal* tells us will help us to bring *Moshiach*, aside and examine the spiritual component of the verses.

As for the number **901**, there are exactly **90,1**00 *yuds, heys*, and *vavs* in the Torah, making **14,028** Tetragrammatons (YHVH’s), which is significant for multiple reasons detailed in *The Genesis Prayer*, but for now, suffice to say that the sum of all the positive integers through **424 **(the value of *Mashiach Ben David*) is **90,100**, indicating once again the divine perfection of the Torah in its entirety and in all it’s details, and also G-d’s benevolent wishes for us to connect with the Messiah.

**V**YShB):

**And**He Settled …

**M**KZ): at the end of… (2 years)

**Sh**): and he approached…

**YCh**Y): and He lived…

*Vayeshev*plus 1 for the

*kolel*, is

**358**(

*Mashiach*), we can replace Jacob with

*Mashiach*to find the hidden (

*sod*) meaning, and moreover since the kabbalistic understanding of days (time) is also years, and thousands of years, so then if we’re talking about

*Mashiach*, than the

**4**portions are saying He waited until the end then approached us, and then He lived. The two years can refer to

*alefim*, the

**2000**years since the Temple stood in harmony, as hinted at in the

**8**th of the

**13**attributes “

*Notzer chesed l’alefim”*meaning

*“*He preserves kindness for

**2000**years” and

*which we know from the*

*Arizal*connects to Chanukah.

*Miketz*is

**280**(the sum of the

**5**final letters) it’s a hint that the end refers to the end of days, and of final judgment. And since the complete value (standard and ordinal) of

*Vayigash*is

**359**, as in Satan (the evil inclination), we know who approaches us in the final years/days, but also

**359**is the Aramaic gematria of

*Moshiach*, so the struggle is apparent both within us and beyond. And finally the complete value (standard and ordinal) of

*Vayechi*is

**68**that of

*Chaim*, life, as in

*, the tree-of-life, that my teacher tells me is hinted at in the*

**Y**z**Ch**aim**78**(

**) of**

*YCh***5778**, and which will be available to all who seek it wholeheartedly with their actions and deeds in that time frame.

**But what’s the spiritual message encoded here?**

*tov*) good years.

*Mashiach*. Judah (Yehuda) whose name is found

**42**times in the Torah, the prayer of action, took action, and approached Joseph ( who personifies

*Moshiach*, and also represented Judah’s dark side (his secret past, his anguish, guilt, etc, his evil inclination). Then good times/peace reigned for 17 years;

**2000 years + 17 years = 2017 CE, the start of 5778.**

**We must take action against our own evil inclinations if we want our dreams to be fulfilled. We must act like**

*tzaddikim*, like Joseph*H’Tzaddik. Work hard and make life about giving, not getting. And never settle.*