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A Taste Of Torah - Parshat - 5775
Bereisheit Lech Lecha 12.1 - 17.27
How are we Influenced By The Letter כ ך Chof ?
By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
Dean of Jewish Studies at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC
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The normal Letter כ Chof looks like a reversed letter c in English. The Final Letter Chof looks like and upside down capital letter L from English. The Gematria of Chof is 20. When the Letter Chof is at the end of a Word the Gematria maybe either 20 or 500.
Bereisheit 12.1 -
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם לֶךְ־לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ: ב
And He, The Lord Said to Avram, Go! Get Out! from your land and from your relatives and from your Father's House to go to the Land that I will show you.
This is like saying 'Go to a land that I will show you and Get away from your land and from your relatives and from your Father's House. This was a Message to Avram and to Sarai.
And Terah lived seventy years, and fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
It would appear like Abram, Nahor, and Haran were triplets. We know Avram was born in 1948 F. C. [From Creation]. Our Sages Teach Avram left Charan for the first time at the age of 70. Genesis 15 took place when Avraham was 70 years old. Five years later Avram left Charan the second time at the age of 75. This means when Avram left Charan at the age of 75 his Father would have been 145 years of age. So when Ha Torah Says Terach died at the age of 205 this would have been 60 years from When Avraham left his land, his relatives and his Father's house.
And the days of Terach were two hundred and five years; and Terach died in Haran.
So Abram departed, as the Lord Had [Previously] spoken to him; and Lot went with him; and Abram was seventy five years old when he departed from Charan.
Terach lived 60 years after Avram departed Charan. Yet, at the time Avram left his Father it was like he was a dead man. This is the message we are given when Ha Torah says Terach lived to 205 years then died. Yet, we know In Genesis 15 Avram received a prophecy that when he would live to advanced in years and then he would go to be with his Fathers. Our Sages Say this included Terach who use to be an Idol maker. Terach repented before his death The Letter כ Chof had the power to reverse Terach life style.
And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
We Mystically Observe the influence of the Chof in the following three Words.
ך = 20
ך = 20
ך = 20
The Word הַהֹלֵךְ Ha Hoh Laych means 'To Go' The Gematria is 60. In addition we know this is in relationship to Avram beause Genesis 13.5 Says.
Ha Hoh Laych / To Go
ה5 ה5 ל30 ך20 = 60
וְגַם־לְלוֹט הַהֹלֵךְ אֶת־אַבְרָם הָיָה צֹאן־וּבָקָר וְאֹהָלִים: ו
And Lot also, went to go with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
Lih Loht / To Lot or Also Lot
ל30 ל30 ו6 ט9 = 75
75 is the age Avram left Charan.
Mystically we see many interesting nuggets. We Observe that the Letter Chof would change Avram. In Avot, i.e. Ethics of our Fathers we read, Rav Yehudah Said, Be careful in study for an error in study amounts to presumption. Rav Shimon Said, there are three Crowns. There is the Crown of Ha Torah, the Crown of the Priesthood and the crown of Royalty. However the Crown of a good name excels them all, Avot 4.13.
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing;
We know The Lord God Changed Avram's name in Genesis 17.
Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I Made you. And I Will Make you exceedingly fruitful, and I Will Make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you. And I Will Establish My Covenant between Me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you, and to your seed after you.