A Taste Of Torah
By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
Dean of Jewish Studies
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC
The Creator's Revealed Light
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ: וְהָאָרֶץ הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְחשֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵי תְהוֹם וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל־פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם: וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי־אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר: וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאוֹר כִּי־טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ1:1
In the beginning God Created everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of the Heavens and everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And a wind from God Moved upon the face of the waters. And God Said, Let [My] Light; [be revealed] and there was Light. And God Saw the Light, that it was good; and God divided the Light from the Darkness.
This is the first four Verses of Ha Torah.
The Jewish understanding of the Ten Utterances in Creation mentioned in Pirkei Avot 5.1.
1. In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth. In other Words:
God Said, Let there be Heavens and Earth, - Genesis 1.1.
2. The Ruach... The Spirit of God hovered on the face of the waters. In other Words:
God Said... God Spoke... God Breathed and the waters moved, - Genesis 1.2.
3. God Said, Let My Light be Revealed and there was the Light [of the Torah... the 613 Commands of the Torah], Genesis 1.3. In the Original Text the Words אֶת־הָאוֹר Eht - Ha - Ohr have a very strong mystically meaning. 'this includes everything from the first Letter of the Aleph Bet, the Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph Bet, the Tav of the REVEALED Light. The Light... the Illumination came from God. It is true that the Light the Illumination are Words. However these Words of Illumination are written. They are the 613 Commands written in the Torah. The Original language is Mystical in that each Letter has a numerical value. The Numerical value for Eht - Ha Ohr is 613. The 613 is representative of the 613 Commands God wrote in Ha Torah. They have nothing to do with Jesus.
The enlightenment we receive flows from The Torah. We talk about the order of the Letter and how they point to God as First and only source of enlightenment.
We explain that the Words אֶת־הָאוֹר Eht Ha Ohr mean more than everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav. They speak of the method by which God Revealed His Light through the Torah. Eht Ha Ohr is the Gematria of 613. In The Torah God Reveals 613 Commands that all Creation is to follow. The textbook discusses this in greater detail. All the Bible flows from the 613 Commands of the Torah. Nothing exists without The Torah. The 613 Commands tells us what God Wants from us. They tell us what our Creator Expects.
Eht Haw Ohr
א1 ת 400 ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613
We examine the relationship of The Torah and the number 613. We discover that the 'Light', written of in Genesis 1.1-4 is the Revelation of God as disseminated through 613 Commands. It is not the sun or the moon which were created on day four. We learn that the 613 Commands flow out from the Words God Spoke, 'Let My Light Be Revealed.' We learn of the great importance of the 613 Commands for each of us.
Some Commands are just for B'nei Yisroel / The Children of Israel. Other Commands are for every humans on this earth. Come Commands are just for women. Some Commands are just for men. Some Commands are for the Kohan Gadol / the High Priest. Some Commands are for Commands are for just the Priests. Some Commands are just for the Levites. Some Commands are for just farmers. Some Commands are just for children. The point is there are 613 Revelations of G-d's Light to us. No one Observes all 613 Commands. Yet each of us are suppose to Observe some of our Creator's Commands.
All that we have flows from the light we have received.
We view the Commands differently based upon our revelation. That is O. K. None of us has the golden key that unlocks the complete intent for each Command from our Creator. G-d Willing we go forward with this understanding.
א ת Eht means Everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of הָאוֹר the Revelation of Light. I discuss this in more length in Chapter One of my book entitled: Mysterious Signs OF THE TORAH IN GENESIS.