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Parshat Vayikra Vayikra

Gematria:  The Letter Tav as the Front Door and as the Back Door ©

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        By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Our study is in the loving memory of the Horvat Mishpacha that died in the Holocaust.  May they rest in peace.

I am again drawn to the words {And when a soul draws near with a meal offering to Hashem}, Vayikra 2.1

(Leviticus). when studying Parshat Vayikra Vayikra.

byrIq]tæ  Tah-Kih-Reet to draw near [with an offering...]

712 = b2 y10 r200 q100 t400

tv,by"  Yihv-Sheht [the earth /sin] dried up / Yih-Ba-Sheht his shame [left]

712 = t400 v300 b2 y10

Notice the third word of the Original Text. The Tav is in black.  The Kuf, Reish, Yod and Bet are in blue. Even though the Letter Tav is part of the word Tah-Kih-Reet in HaTorah the Letter Tav is added.  The Tav is normally not part of the word. Why?  The Letter Tav is the last letter in the word twOa Oht means sign. Frequently throughout Ha Torah the Letter Tav is added to the beginning of a word to draw our attention to the fact that we should stop.  Pay attention!  Mine here!  Examine here!  This is one of many purposes for the Tav being added to a word.  Another reason is to change the Gematria of a word. Normally Kih-Reet would be the Gematria 312 but because the Tav is added the Gematria changes to 712.  

In Bereisheit 8.7 (Genesis) we notice the first word in Ha Torah with the Gematria of 712. Yihv-Sheht which means to dry up. Ha Torah Tells us Noach sent the raven out of the Tava {Ark} in search of dry land.  The raven returned to the Tava because he could not find any dry land.  There is a similarity between Tah-Kih-Reet (to draw near) and Yihv-Sheht (to dry up). The similarity depends upon the intent of the first Letter of Yihv-Sheht. If we were to isolate the Letter Yud the root word would be Ba-Sheht meaning shame. The meaning would then represent his shame in reference to the raven's shame.  Then the meaning of HaTorah in Bereisheit 8.7 would be, He sent out the raven and it went out, going to and fro until the water [removed] his shame.  Now we know the raven experienced shame because the raven was one of three who copulated on the Tava.[1]  The three were Chawm, the dog and the raven.  In addition we know that water represents Ha Torah.  This being the situation the meaning of HaTorah in Bereisheit 8.7 would be, He sent out the raven and it went out, going to and fro until [Ha Torah removed] his shame.  Remember Ha Torah Has the power to restore the soul.  So the connection I see is that the Letter Tav is at the front of Tah-Kih-Reet standing like a door open to teshuva {repentance}.  The Tav is at the end of Yihv-Sheht which we are now translating as Yih-Ba-Sheht meaning his shame. When Ha Torah Works in the life of a sinner it's like his shame leaves through the back door.  Now if one were to choose not to agree with this mystical interpretation that is fine.  One could still say that the water / Ha Torah which washed away the sinners of the first world was absorbed into the earth.  In other words, the end result is the same.  Sin was dried up. The point is that the one who draws near to the altar with a meal offering for their sins has the comfort of knowing his shame is absorbed in the fire offering. His sin is dried up.  The raven was looking for a place of shelter from the judgment brought upon the world due to sin (dry land). Drawing near the Meez-Bayach {altar} with a meal offering for sin brings about that shelter.

byrIq]tæ  Tah-Kih-Reet to draw near [with an offering...]

712 = b2 y10 r200 q100 t400

tv,by"  Yihv-Sheht [the earth /sin] dried up / Yih-Ba-Sheht his shame [left]

712 = t400 v300 b2 y10

When Ha Torah uses the word  vp,n≤ Neh-Fehsh one should remember the At Bash is bwOf Tov which means good, agreeable.  From earth the soul of the poor, the destitute draws near the altar. Our Sages teach that the significance of bringing a meal offering is like offering one's own soul.  

There is a ladder that stretches from earth to Ha Shemayim (the Heavens). We call this At Bash. It's a transformation of letters from earth to Heaven and from Heaven to earth. On earth it is the soul of the poor, the destitute. However, as one climbs each rung of the ladder toward HaShemayim (the Heavens), the word changes from Nefesh to Tov. It's like saying this is good, this is agreeable. What is good? What is agreeable? The meal offering.  The word Tov is a blessing from the Creator like dew descending upon the soul of the one who brings the meal offering.  the offering from the Heavenly ladder that extends to earth the Neh-Fesh (the soul) that draws near the altar with a meal offering it is good!

vpn Neh-Fehsh {Soul} - AT BASH - v = p = n = f  bwf Tov {Good Agreeable}

Authors note: To any Christians who might be reading this discussion I was surprised to notice the KJV translators used the word meat instead of meal for hj;n"mi .  I believe this was a deliberate misrepresentation of the Truth.  It would be worthwhile to investigate why they did this?  NIV and other Christian translations got it right.  I also noticed that Strong's Concordance does not give a reference number for this word.   Hum!  I wonder why?

[1] Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 97


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Blessings and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel 


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       By Dr. Akiva Gamliel

There are assets, wealth, net wealth and capital gains etc. 

- The low income individuals and families have zero assets, wealth, net wealth and capital gains etc.

- 80% of Americans own only 16.1% of America's wealth.

- 20% of Americans own 83.9% of the wealth...

- The poor have no assets and no capital gains.liab

- The top 0.02% of Americans own 95% of America's assets

- The top 20% of Americans get 90% of Capital Gains Bush wants to eliminate capital gains taxes...

- 50% of Americans earn 80% of America's income


-The top 20% of Americans received almost 4 Trillion in tax breaks over 10 years while:

- Wages shrunk for 2 years

- Unemployment stagnated, Americans lost jobs for 3 years

- American borrowed from home equity and credit cards resulting in an increase of household debt to 110%

- Americans were forced to spend more dollars (weaker dollars) for gas, heat, food etc.

- Because of the Tax cuts The Federal Government was forced to begin borrowing money.  Today, according to Comptroller General David Walker, the chief auditor of our governments balance sheet, the Federal Government has over 50 Trillion in liabilities at the close of 2006. This is up 30 Trillion since Bush took office. 

This means every American own $170,000.00 of America debt. So now Middle and poor Americans are paying interest on interest....

The purchasing power of the dollar is much less than 20 years ago.  The poor and the middle class need serious relief.  He is the candidate that will bring this relief.  His position on the economy will become more and more evident as the campaign continue.

Americans are reeling from economic pressure.  Generally American's who earn less than $45,000.00 each year have hard pressed to the point they borrowed from home equity and credit cards resulting in an increase of household debt to 110%.

How do you feel about the tax breaks that were given to the wealthiest Americans?  Have you benefited from these tax breaks.  What would you like to see happen?  Would you like these tax breaks to continue?  What do you believe our Government should do regarding our difficult financial situation?

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Most Holy of Offerings ©

Parshat Vayikra Tzva

 By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


There are three words that tell us of the Great Holiness of the Minchah Offering. 

 בָּנָיו הַנּוֹתָרִים קְחוּ אֶת־הַמִּנְחָה הַנּוֹתֶרֶת מֵאִשֵּׁי יְהֹוָה וְאִכְלוּהָ מַצּוֹת אֵצֶל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ כִּי קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים הִוא:

In Vayikra {Leviticus} 6.9,10 Ha Torah Teaches there are three offerings that are Most Holy. They are:

They are:

The Meal Offering - Vayikra 2.3

The Sin Offering - Vayikra 6.18

The Guilt Offering - Vayikra 7.1

The Meal Offering is  a  קָרְבַּן  Karbon which is translated sacrifice.  So even though there is no blood shed with a Meal Karbon {Sacrifice} Ha Torah Does not separate the Meal Karbon from that of the Sin or Guilt.  Notice Vayikra 1.2

Each are described as This is the Law of...the Meal Offering, the Sin Offering and the Guilt Offering.  Other offerings are also described with these words.  However only the Meal Offering, the Sin Offering and the Guilt Offering are described as Most Holy!! This is very significant.  The Meal Offering has the same status as the Sin Offering and as the Guilt Offering.  In other words the Meal Offering is like a Sin-Offering. - Rashi

What is the intent when bring an offering?  Intent is everything!

If there was there was no repentance of the heart the offering in and of its self will not bring about forgiveness. Zevachim 7b  Proverbs 21.27 says, The offering of the wicked is an abomination...

The offering is a Gift to G-d brought after receiving repentance.

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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Parshat Tazria: Closeness to Hashem ©

Parshat Tazria

By Leah

This parshat study is dedicated to the loving memory of Sue Elder, may she rest in peace and her memory be for good.

Perek 12, passuk 8 states: 

But if she cannot afford a sheep, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young doves, one for an      elevation-offering and one for a sin-offering; and the Kohen shall provide atonement for her and she    shall become purified. The Stone Edition The Chumash, ArtScroll Series; Rabbi Nosson Scherman/Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, General Editors (Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Third Edition) p 609.

The commentary offered by the Stone Chumash on the phrase one for an elevation-offering is as follows:

Although the service of the sin-offering is performed first, the Torah Mentions the elevation-offering first, because it symbolizes the goal of the entire service: to achieve closeness to [G-d] and become dedicated to Him. Ibid.

The goal of the entire service is to achieve closeness to G-d. Our offerings also have the goal of achieving closeness to Hashem. What are our offerings? Repentance is one. A friend pointed out that davening (prayer) is an offering. Meditation is another. When I see a beautiful sight in nature, sometimes an offering of gratitude wells up from within my heart and I feel a certain closeness to Hashem. There are moments in prayer and meditation that I experience a closeness to Hashem. Baruch Hashem. I am so grateful for those moments! 

Do you ever experience a kind of closeness to G-d? Would you share it with us?

A side note, you may have noticed that I bracketed  [-] Hashem's Name in the above quote. That's because the Stone Chumash, like other siddurim and seforim, spell out the Name of G-d because the author and publisher have the expectation that the publication will be a permanent part of a library, not something the purchaser would ever throw away; something to be passed on, not destroyed.

Thank you for reading my thoughts. I hope you will join the discussion with questions and/or comments.

Blessings and Peace,



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