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Bereisheit Vayishlach - 8

Genesis 32.4 - 36.43

Mystical Struggles

A Taste Of Torah 

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Bereisheit Vayishlach

Genesis 32.4 - 36.43

Jacob's Mystical Staff

Bereisheit 32.11

קָטֹנְתִּי מִכֹּל הַחֲסָדִים וּמִכָּל־הָאֱמֶת אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָ אֶת־עַבְדֶּךָ כִּי בְמַקְלִי עָבַרְתִּי אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה וְעַתָּה הָיִיתִי לִשְׁנֵי מַחֲנוֹת:  יב 

Genesis 32.11

I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which you have shown to your servant; for with my stick... my rod... my staff... I passed over this Jordan; and now I have become two bands. 

The Gematria of  בְמַקְלִי  with my stick... rod... staff... is 182. The Gematria of  יַעֲקֹב Yaakov / Jacob is 182.   מַקַּל Mah Qahl means stick, rod or staff.


Vih Mah Qih Lee / Stick... Rod... Staff

ב2 מ40 ק100 ל30 י 10 = 182


Yaakov / Jacob

י10 ע70 ק100 ב2 = 182

Genesis 27.30-45 expresses how Esau felt after Isaac Blessed Jacob.

And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.  And he also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that your soul may bless me.  And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, your firstborn Esau. And Isaac trembled very much, and said, Who then is he who hunted venison, and brought it to me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? moreover, he shall be blessed. And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and very bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me, me also, O my father. And he said, Your brother came with cunning, and has taken away your blessing.  And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted me these two times; he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me?   And Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers have I given to him for servants; and with grain and wine have I sustained him; and what shall I do now to you, my son?  And Esau said to his father, Have you but one blessing, my father? bless me, me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.  And Isaac his father answered and said to him, Behold, your dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;  And by your sword shall you live, and shall serve your brother; and it shall come to pass when you shall have the dominion, that you shall break his yoke from off your neck.  And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him; and Esau said in his heart, When the days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.  And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah; and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself by planning to kill you. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee to Laban my brother to Haran;  And remain with him a few days, until your brother's fury turns away;  Until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send, and fetch you from there; why should I be deprived of both of you in one day?

Esau sent his oldest son to murder his brother, Jacob. However Elifaz did not want to murder Jacob because of his love and closeness to his Grandfather Isaac who raised him. In addition he had a fondness for Jacob who was often present with his grandfather studying... Jacob learned at the school of Shem, i.e. Melchizedek and Eber which was close to the home of Isaac and Rebekah. After each days learning Jacob would visit with his father. Isaac would test Jacob. They would discuss Ha Torah together. So how could Elifaz murder his uncle Jacob? Yet, he needed to obey his father, Esau. What was Elifaz to do? Elifaz was conflicted!  Elifaz over took Jacob left his parents with great wealth. His caravan traveled slow because he had servants and cattle and much wealth given to him by Isaac and Rebekah. Elifaz over took his caravan. Elifaz discussed his problem with his uncle Jacob. 

Jacob explained to his nephew Elifaz that a man who didn't have wealth was like a dead man. Jacob said take my wealth then you can tell your father what you have done. He will understand that I am poor and without resources and like a dead man. Elifaz did this. Genesis 32.11 is a reflection of what Elifaz did. Yet the Blessing of Isaac was with Jacob. What Blessing?

Genesis 28.1 -

And Isaac called Jacob, and Blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people; 4  And give the blessing of Abraham to you, and to your seed with you; that you may inherit the land where you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.

So now we look at this מַקַּל Mah Qahl this stick, this rod, this staff in Jacob's hand. Ha Torah Tells us that Jacob to this stick this rod this staff and placed it in the waters where

Bereisheit 30.37 - 43

 וַיִּקַּח־לוֹ יַעֲקֹב מַקַּל לִבְנֶה לַח וְלוּז וְעַרְמוֹן וַיְפַצֵּל בָּהֵן פְּצָלוֹת לְבָנוֹת מַחְשׂף הַלָּבָן אֲשֶׁר עַל־הַמַּקְלוֹת:  וַיַּצֵּג אֶת־הַמַּקְלוֹת אֲשֶׁר פִּצֵּל בָּרְהָטִים בְּשִׁקֲתוֹת הַמָּיִם אֲשֶׁר תָּבֹאןָ הַצֹּאן לִשְׁתּוֹת לְנֹכַח הַצֹּאן וַיֵּחַמְנָה בְּבֹאָן לִשְׁתּוֹת:  וַיֶּחֱמוּ הַצֹּאן אֶל־הַמַּקְלוֹת וַתֵּלַדְןָ הַצֹּאן עֲקֻדִּים נְקֻדִּים וּטְלֻאִים:  וְהַכְּשָׂבִים הִפְרִיד יַעֲקֹב וַיִּתֵּן פְּנֵי הַצֹּאן אֶל־עָקֹד וְכָל־חוּם בְּצֹאן לָבָן וַיָּשֶׁת לוֹ עֲדָרִים לְבַדּוֹ וְלֹא שָׁתָם עַל־צֹאן לָבָן:  וְהָיָה בְּכָל־יַחֵם הַצֹּאן הַמְקֻשָּׁרוֹת וְשָׂם יַעֲקֹב אֶת־הַמַּקְלוֹת לְעֵינֵי הַצֹּאן בָּרְהָטִים לְיַחֲמֶנָּה בַּ וֹת:  מב וּבְהַעֲטִיף הַצֹּאן לֹא יָשִׂים וְהָיָה הָעֲטֻפִים לְלָבָן וְהַקְּשֻׁרִים לְיַעֲקֹב:  מג וַיִּפְרֹץ הָאִישׁ מְאֹד מְאֹד וַיְהִי־לוֹ צֹאן רַבּוֹת וּשְׁפָחוֹת וַעֲבָדִים וּגְמַלִּים וַחֲמֹרִים:

Genesis 30.37 - 43

And Jacob took rods of green poplar, and of the almond and plane tree; and peeled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38  And he set everything from Aleph to Tav of the rods which he had peeled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. 39  And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle striped, speckled, and spotted. 40  And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not among Laban's cattle. 41  And it came to pass, whenever the stronger cattle conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. 42  But when the cattle were weak, he did not put them in; so the weaker were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. 43  And the man [Jacob] increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.


Mah Qihl / Stick... Rod... Staff

מ40 ק100 ל30 = 170

So we see how this stick when used correctly increased Jacob's cattle in size and strength... We Mystically see the Jacob's Mystical Rod... What we Observe is the Blessing... Even a stick brings forth... like a fountain

Vayikrah  11.36

אַךְ מַעְיָן וּבוֹר מִקְוֵה־מַיִם יִהְיֶה טָהוֹר וְנֹגֵעַ בְּנִבְלָתָם יִטְמָא:  לז 


Mah Ih Yawn / A Fountain

מ40 ע70 י10 ן50 = 170

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Genesis 8.1 - 22

The Raven and The Dove

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 8

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Genesis 8.7

And he sent forth everything from aleph to Tav of 'the raven', which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

The Sages Teach three sinned by copulating on the Tava the Raven, The Dog and Chum. Noach was dis satisfied with the Rave so he sent hime out. The Raven is an unclean bird. His mate was left to fend for the little ones... The Raven complained, What will happen if I die? Who will care for my mate and the little ones. How will the world be repopulated with us? 

What does all this Gematria concerning the Raven mean?  The Raven who is the most intelligent of  species aside from humans who is black sinned at night by copulating. We see the Raven's sin in the Gematria 277. The Raven 277 gave seed 277 and the Raven sinned 277.

The Raven and Crow are called by the same name.


The Raven

ה5 ע70 ר200 ב2 = 277



ז7 ר200 ע70 = 277


Aw Vih Raw, Meaning Sin

ע70 ב2 ר200 ה5  = 277


Aizer - Helper

ע70 ז7 ר200 = 277

The Dove


Ha Yoh Naw, [Jonah] meaning The Dove 

ה5 י10 ו6 נ50 ה5 = 76


Eh Vehd, meaning Servant

ע70 ב2 ד4 = 76

The dove is humble and willing to serve where as the Raven is a predator. The Dove is the symbol of the Spirit of purity and serving. The Raven is the symbol of darkness and sin. The Raven has the potential to help as when the Ravens fed the great Novie Prophet bread. The point to this discussion is the Raven was put out because of his sin. The Dove was asked to serve because of his willingness to purify. The Dove circled the Tava. The Doves action represent the world was purified from sin. The Dove returned with an Olive twig. This is a symbol of Holiness and purity and peace. The flood was the purification. The Raven was sent out first. This is like the night is black with sin. Later the Dove was sent out. This is like the world is cleansed, i.e. purified and has again retuned to spirituality.

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Bereisheit Vayeishev - 9

Genesis 37.1 - 40.23

Realizing Our Creator In Every Action - 9

A Taste Of Torah 

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Bereisheit 39.2

וַיְהִי יְהוָֹה אֶת־יוֹסֵף וַיְהִי אִישׁ מַצְלִיחַ וַיְהִי בְּבֵית אֲדֹנָיו הַמִּצְרִי:  ג

Genesis 39.2

And the He, The Lord Existed in everything from Aleph to Tav with Joseph, and he was a successful man and he prevailed in the house of his master the Egyptian.

There are three connecting Letters used in this eleven Word sentence. What Letters are the connecting Letters? There three connecting Words. Identify the connecting Words. The connecting Words are spelled the same. What are the three Words? Each connecting Word makes an important statement.

The Letter ו Vav is the connecting Letter.  וַיְהִי Vah Yih Hee is the connecting Word.

וַיְהִי יְהוָֹה אֶת־יוֹסֵף

And the He, The Lord Existed in everything from Aleph to Tav with Joseph...

 וַיְהִי אִישׁ מַצְלִיחַ

and he was a successful man 

We see the prevailing in the Hebrew.

 וַיְהִי בְּבֵית אֲדֹנָיו הַמִּצְרִי:  ג

and he prevailed in the house of his master the Egyptian.

How do we know Joseph prevailed?  The Word  וַיְהִי was used three times. This is a sign. This is not by mere chance. Normally  וַיְהִי means 'And it happened'  or 'And it was. When ever we read this Word look for the hand of The Lord. Nothing just happens by chance.  Notice that  וַיְהִי has the Letter י Yud at the beginning and end of the Word. The Letter ו Vav is a connecting Letter. The Letters of וַיְהִי when rearranged spell the Name of The Lord.

The Letter י Yud is the smallest Letter in the Aleph Bet. Yet, the Letter י Yud represents strength. Anytime one Observes the Letter י Yud twice in a Word this indicates great strength.  The Letter י Yud is used to refer to the Name of The Lord, i.e. יי  The Gematria of  וַיְהִי is 31. In וַיְהִי we see God. 


And it happened... And it was...

ו6 י10 ה5 י10 = 31



א1 ל30 = 31

3 x 31 = 93


Maw Gayn / Shield

מ40 ג3 ן50 = 93 

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The full Gematria of  וַיְהִי is

ו = וו  = ו6 ו6 = 12

י = יוד  י10 ו6 ד4 = 20

ה = הא  = ה5 א1 = 6

י = יוד  = י10 ו6 ד4 = 20

58 = 20 + 6 + 20 + 12


Chayn / Grace... Beauty

ח8 ן50 = 58

The ה Hey, the ו Vav, and the י Yud are the three Hebrew Letters with the lowest numerical values. Yet, these three Letters are very great! These are the three Letters the Creator choose to spell His Name. When we are small we are great.  When we are like Joseph we are at our greatest potential. Joseph was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery. Yet, Joseph came from a wealthy home. He had many fine things.  Joseph is the great grandson of Sarah and Abraham.

Joseph's brothers betrayed him. He was sold into slavery. While in slavery Joseph was accused of Sexual misconduct. Joseph was innocent yet he was imprisoned. Through all this The Lord God was with him. In Genesis 50.20 Joseph said to his brother, You thought was to do evil against me; but God meant your actions to be  good... There are many who maybe against us. They make try to do evil to us. Yet God can make everything they try to turn out good. 

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Genesis 9.1 - 28

Vegetarians Until 1657 From Creation

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 9

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Spiritual sensitivity is important in each of our lives. This sensitivity is especially noted in in the food we eat. What foods do we eat? How is the food prepared? During the first 1,657 years humans were vegetarians. Meat, poultry and fish were not part of our diet. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, roots and grasses were our diet. Humans cared for livestock to enjoy cream, milk, cheese and eggs. People lived hundreds of years. People did not age. Yet, when our spirituality should have been at the highest peek it was the worst time on earth. Humankind were extremely sinful. After this generation perished in the Noah Flood The Lord God permitted humans to eat meet, poultry and fish with certain exceptions. There are clean animals, birds, fish and crawling things and there are unclean animals, birds, fish and crawling things.

Genesis 7.2 - 3

Of every clean beast you shall take to you seven pairs, the male and his female; and of beasts that are not clean one pair, the male and his female. 3  Of birds also of the air by seven pairs, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 

From these Instructions we can see things were about to change. Before the flood humans and animals had a relationship of harmony. After the flood this relationship changed when The Lord God permitted humans to consume meet, poultry and fish life. Now animals could be killed and eaten. The animals that were killed and eaten were clean animals.

Genesis 9.2 - 3

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the air, upon all that moves upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; to your hand are they delivered. 3  Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 

Genesis 9.5 - 6

And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God he made man.

Our Creator Instructs Noah and his sons not to consume blood.

Genesis 9.

But flesh with its life, which is its blood, you shall not eat. 

Last week when we discussed the Raven and the Dove I mentioned that martial relations were suspended while on the ark. 

Genesis 7.5 - 7

And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

Genesis 8.16

Go out from the ark, you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives with you.

We know who went into the Ark so why did our Creator Say to Noah  you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives? Our Sages Teach the purpose is to show marital relations on the Ark were interdicted. After leaving the Ark God Blessed Noach and his sons and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, Genesis 9.1... Cohabitation had been forbidden, Sanhedrin - Notes 108b.

Genesis 9.1

God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 

Genesis 9.7

And you, be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply in it. 

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Genesis 10.1 - 28

Speaking Through The Generations

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 10

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The world tdol]woT] {Toh Lih Dot} meaning 'generations' speaks to each of us. The Gematria is 840. The Torah Says, These are the generations of Noah, Shem, Ham and Japhet. How does the generations of Ham speak to us? How does the generations of Japhet speak to us? The fact is that The Torah for the most part follows the generations of Shem. It is the generations of Shem that speak to us. The generations of Ham and Japhet are mentioned here through Chapter 11. At the conclusion of Chapter 11 Avram and Sarai are introduced. So it is important to understand that The Torah for the most part covers the descendants of Shem. It is Shem that is the chosen.

Why then does The Torah Say these are the descendants of Noah if for the most part only the descendants of Shem are discussed? The Torah focuses on the hope for humankind. The Torah is clearly Saying the hope for humankind comes through the descendants of Shem.

In Leviticus 1.2 we see a similar approach. The Torah Records, 

laer...c]yI ynEB]Ala, rBeDæ {Dah Bayr - Ehl Bih Nay - Yees Raw Ayl} meaning Speak to [the] children of Israel. Why is this passage similar? The Gematria is also 840. Leviticus focuses on offerings. There is Israel, Levites and Priests. The function of the Priests is offerings and blessings etc. It is the Kohan (Priest) that is the chosen.


Toh Lih Dot / Generations

ת400 ו6 ל30 ד4 ת400 = 840 

laer...c]yI ynEB]Ala, rBeD

Dah Bayr - Ehl Bih Nay - Yees Raw Ayl

Speak To The People Of Israel

840 = t400 r200 l30 d4 t400

840 = l30 a1 r200 c300 y10 - y10 n50 b2 - l30 a1 - r200 b2 d4

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Bereisheit Mikeitz - 10

Genesis 41.1 - 44.17

Asnot A Praiseworthy Wife

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Osnat, A Praiseworthy Woman of Yaakov's House

Chapter 10

Bereisheit Mikeitz

Bereisheit / Genesis 41.1 - 44.17

 Bereisheit 41.45

וַיִּקְרָא פַרְעֹה שֵׁם־יוֹסֵף צָפְנַת פַּעְנֵחַ וַיִּתֶּן־לוֹ אֶת־אָסְנַת בַּת־פּוֹטִי פֶרַע כֹּהֵן אֹן לְאִשָּׁה וַיֵּצֵא יוֹסֵף עַל־אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם:

And he, Pharaoh proclaimed Yoseif's [Egyptian] name Tzaw Pih Nat - Paheh Nay Ach and he gave everything from Aleph to Tav of Awsnat daughter of Poti Phera, Priest of On, for a wife, and He, Yoseif, emerged over the land of Mitzriam.   Bereisheit 41.45

In Parshas Mikeitz an interesting name surfaces. The name is אסנת Osnat, wife of Yoseif.  When we think of אסנת Osnat we should immediately think of אשרי Ahsh Ray... We should think of her as an individual who is praiseworthy.  We should also think of תקוה Teek Vaw...  We should think of Osnat as a woman of hope and expectation.

As a child Osnat was driven from Yaakov's house by her uncles according to Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer. This was because her uncles were concerned that people would speak of licentiousness in their tents.  They were concerned that people would think that they were morally perverse.  As a result Yaakov engraved a metal plate and put it around Osnat' neck to protect her.  The metal plate was engraved with words to the effect that Osnat' parents were Shechem and Deenah and that whoever married her would be marrying a relative of Yaakov's family.  

At this point Osnat was placed under a bush in a field and left.  Her name is a derivative of the word Si Neh {thorn bush}.  Through providence a Malach {messenger} took Osnat from under the thorn bush to the house of Potifer in Mitzriam.  He and his wife raised her as their own daughter.  Twenty-two years later Pharaoh ordered that Osnat marry Yoseif to vindicate Yoseif from any guilt brought on by the false accusation of her foster mother, Potifer's wife.  Potifer's wife accused Yoseif of sexual assault.  It is at this point that we make mention of the fact that the Midrash points out that at every birth of Yaakov's sons a twin daughter was born.  The purpose was so that the sons could marry sisters as wives.  However when Yoseif was born without a twin sister this was a sign that Yoseif would marry someone else, Osnat.  See Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(b) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), pp 1800, 1801; Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) - Midrash Rabbah writes, Tamar was the daughter of Shem. p 829

From the inscription on the plate around her neck left under a bush she knew that she was a descendant of Yaakov as was Yoseif.  Somehow this surfaced.   

We know that Yoseif would not have married outside of his household.  So we know at some point this connection had to be revealed to both of them.  Mystically the greatness is noted in Osnat.  The Gematria of her name is 511.  This is the same Gematria as that of Ahsh Ray {praiseworthy} and Teek Vaw {expectation}.  Osnat is praiseworthy for rejecting the lies of Zulaicha. Osnat is praiseworthy for returning to Judaism and she is praiseworthy for raising her children by Yoseif's tradition instead of her own.   Her praiseworthiness is so great that all Judaism blesses their children as Yaakov blessed Ephraim and Menasheh.

Aws Nays / Aws Nayt{daughter of Deenah}

א1ס60 נ50 ת400 = 511

Ahsh Ray {Praiseworthy}

אש300 ר200 י10 = 511

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Bereisheit Vayigash - 11

Genesis 44.18 - 47.27

The Gematria Footsteps Of Joseph

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Bereisheit 45.19

וְאַתָּה צֻוֵּיתָה זֹאת עֲשׂוּ קְחוּ־לָכֶם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם עֲגָלוֹת לְטַפְּכֶם וְלִנְשֵׁיכֶם וּנְשָׂאתֶם אֶת־אֲבִיכֶם וּבָאתֶם1:1

And you are commanded [to have your brothers do] this work. [Each of] you, take wagons from the land of Mitzriam to your children and to your wives everything from the letter Aleph to the letter Tav to your father and bring them [to Mitzriam]. Bereisheit 45.19

In Parshat Mikeitz we discussed the Gematria 511 and the relationships to Osnat, Yoseif's wife, and her praiseworthiness and her hope of meeting her grandfather Yaakov, who placed a special inscription around her neck that saved her life. That hope, that praise is realized in this week's parshat. And in addition to this, we realize other important Gematrias. Ha Torah states that when Pharaoh heard of Yoseif's brothers and father, he צֻוֵּיתָה Tzu Vay Taw {commanded}... Pharaoh commanded that they take wagons from Mitzriam to transport Yoseif's relatives to Canaan and back to Mitzriam. He commanded that Yoseif's relatives should not be concerned with their belongings. He commanded that the best of Mitzriam be provided for Yoseif's relatives.

Tzu Vay Taw {Commanded}

צ90 ו6 י10 ת400 ה5 = 511

Holy reader, we observe Pharaoh reacting to his appreciation for Yoseif. We observe Pharaoh reacting to the painful separation between Yoseif and his family. We observe Pharaoh sharing in Yoseif's joy and in Osnat's joy.

Pharaoh gives the command that we began with, we observe the result of that command. Ha Torah states that the sons of Yisroel transported everything from Aleph to Tav of their father Yaakov and everything from Aleph to Tav of their children and everything from Aleph to Tav of their wives בָּעֲגָלוֹת Baw Ah Gaw Loht {in wagons}. Bereisheit 46.6 Baw Ah Gaw Loht has the Gematria 511.

Bereisheit 46.6

וַיָּקָם יַעֲקֹב מִבְּאֵר שָׁבַע וַיִּשְׂאוּ בְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת־יַעֲקֹב אֲבִיהֶם וְאֶת־טַפָּם וְאֶת־נְשֵׁיהֶם בָּעֲגָלוֹת אֲשֶׁר־שָׁלַח פַּרְעֹה לָשֵׂאת אֹתוֹ1:1

And Arose, Yaakov from Beer Sheva, and the sons of Yisroel transported everything from Aleph to Tav of him, Yaakov their father, and everything from Aleph to Tav of the children, and everything from Aleph to Tav of their wives in wagons that Pharaoh sent to carry them [to Mitzriam].

Baw Ah Gaw Loht {in wagons}

ב2 ע70 ג3 ל30 ו6 ת400 = 511

511 = Tav 400 Vav 6 Lamid 30 Gimmel 3 Ayin 70 Bet 2

In the last chapter we observed this holy connection in relation to Osnat. In this chapter we observe this holy connection surrounding Yoseif and his dreams. In both instances we mystically observe the Gematria footprints of Yoseif and Osnat and Divine providence guiding... directing at difficult places in their lives through the Gematria of 511.

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Genesis 11.1 - 32

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 11

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In Chapter 11 our discussion is not just about our Creator confusing the language but about our Creator confusing the meanings of words. We were created with the ability to ORIGINALLY communicate perfectly but God Confused the languages and the words of each language. This is why relationships have communication issues. One's spouse can say one thing and mean one specific thing and it can be received in an entirely different way. This is the result of the languages and words being confused. This is different from how it used to be. Pirkei Avot 5.1 Says, with ten Divine Utterances was the world created... Think of this. With just Ten exact precise utterances God Created everything that exists... This tells us of the strength and exact explicit detailed meticulous meaning one Word used to convey.

When we speak of misunderstandings we are speaking about a failure to understand a communication correctly, i.e. as it was intended. Misunderstandings happen about every second in our world somewhere. They can be pretty challenging to avoid.

Bereisheit 11.1

וַיְהִי כָל־הָאָרֶץ שָׂפָה אֶחָת וּדְבָרִים אֲחָדִים:1

Genesis 11.1

And it was, all the earth was one lip / language {Hebrew} and [all their] words [were] one.

One could also say, And it was, all the earth was all calm... plain... smooth because[all their] words [were] one.

Ha Torah is informing us that the earth was one language. People and animals and other beings did not know what it was like to have diversity of language. So sometime after the flood of Noach but before the birth of Avraham, God confused the language. The descendants of the Tava / Ark observed the transformation of the world from one language to seventy languages. However, it wasn't just the language that was transformed it was the meaning of words. Words were confused! So our discussion in part is about introducing misunderstandings.

The use of the Word שָׂפָה Saw Fawh is interesting for a number of reasons. This is the first usage of Saw Fawh in Ha Torah. We have nothing prior to compare it with. Saw Fawh means calm plain smooth. This is in reference to the language.

The Letters ofשָׂפָה1 Saw Fawh represent power and corruption, mouth and anger, superiority and preciseness. שָׂפָה1 Saw Fawh means [a language that is calm plain smooth and the lip surrounding an opening.


Saw Fawh

ש300 פ80 ה5 =385


Haw Raw Kee Ah

Haw Raw Kee Ah meaning Firmament.

ה5 ר200 ק100 י10 ע70 = 385

Their goal was to build a tower to reach into the heavens. They wanted to break through the הָרָקִיעַ Haw Raw Kee Ah, meaning Firmament that the Lord God Created to divide the waters in the Heavens from the waters in the Earth. They wanted to break through the Firmament God Established. So what did God do? God confused the languages. God changed what was smooth and calm into confusion. God authored the confusion among words we use. In other words our misunderstandings date back to Babel when God confused the language and the words we use. 

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Bereisheit Vayechi - 12

Genesis 47.28 - 50.26

Learning to Live with Adversity

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Bereisheit 47.28

וַיְחִי יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם שְׁבַע עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה וַיְהִי יְמֵי־יַעֲקֹב שְׁנֵי חַיָּיו שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וְאַרְבָּעִים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה1:1

And he, Yaakov lived in [the] land of Mitzriam / Egypt seventeen years. And the days of Yaakov, the years of his life were one hundred forty seven years. Bereisheit 47.28

Our parshat begins with the words, 'And lived He, Yaakov in the land of Mitzriam for seventeen years...' Bereisheit 47.28

Did Yaakov want to live outside of Eretz Canaan? No! Is Mitzriam where Yaakov wanted to live? No! Did Yaakov want to die in Mitzriam? No! Dear reader, our sages teach that when Yaakov journeyed to Mitzriam, the remaining five years of the famine immediately ended, upon his entrance into Mitzriam. That being the situation one may wonder / question, 'Then why did Yaakov stay in Mitzriam until his death?' Holy reader, the point is not complex. Even Yaakov the great tzaddik could not just leave Mitzriam and return to Eretz Canaan as he desired. The timing was not right. He had to remain in Mitzriam until his death.

The lesson here is that even though there are Jews who would desire to live in Eretz Yisroel, it may not be possible for them. And even though there are Jews who may strongly desire to live in an observant Jewish Community, it may not be possible for them. There are times that it is necessary to live just where we are. Then there are times that it may be necessary for one to actually move away from the land of Yisroel as Yaakov did. It may be necessary to move away from an observant Jewish community. One may wonder why. It may be for any number of reasons. However our point in this discussion is not to explore the why. Our point is to simply observe the words, Yaakov lived. Even though Yaakov preferred to live in Eretz Canaan he lived in Mitzriam. Even though Yaakov preferred to die in Eretz Canaan he lived in Mitzriam, knowing that he would die there.

Holy reader, there is a message in the words "Yaakov lived"! Yaakov was LIVING where he did not want to be. Yaakov was prospering in Mitzriam. Yaakov's children were greatly prospering in Mitzriam. They were not in Eretz Canaan. They were in Mitzriam. This is the point! Yaakov and his descendants lived and prospered in a place other than where they desired to be. This is the message to many of us. Do you think that Yoseif would have rather remained in Mitzriam or returned to Eretz Canaan immediately? It is obvious what Yoseif would have rather done. Yet he remained in Mitzriam. This is a message to those who would rather work somewhere other than where they are. This is a message to those who would rather reside somewhere else. Yaakov lived!

For many it is not possible to work in the position they desire. For many it is not possible to work in the location they desire. For many it is not possible to live in the country or city they would choose. For many they cannot live in the house they may dream of living in. For many we cannot attend the day school, high school, Bais Yaakov, Yeshiva, prep school, institution, college or university that we truly desire to attend. Yet even when all of these no's exist... when all of these impossibilities exist, understand this: Yaakov lived! We must gravitate to Yaakov's level. We must join Yaakov in living. We must exploit the area of life to the fullest regardless of where we are, where we work or what school we learn in. This is the introduction to Parshat Vayechi. Yaakov Lived!

Even if we lose our position... even if we lose our business or place of employment... even if we lose our family home... even if we lose our children, WE MUST LEARN TO CONTINUE LIVING!

Dear readers, many years ago I lost my position. I lost the family business'. I lost the family home. Then I lost my children and many relatives for awhile. I have been there. I was destitute. I was penniless, I was homeless. I was without transportation. It was not easy! Yet, I needed to learn how Yaakov Lived!

Noach lived during the flood. It was not easy! Avraham was tossed into the fiery furnace. It was not easy! Yitzchok / Isaac offered himself as the willing sacrifice. It was not easy! Yaakov lived with his evil father-in-law for twenty years. It was not easy! God, Please help us all!

When so much does not go the way we desire, we must learn how to live with adversity, affliction, bad luck, calamity, difficulty, distress, hardship, life's misfortunes, misery, pain, sorrow, suffering, trouble, tribulation. We must learn how to live without things we need or desire. Now, I am not saying we cannot have these things. If God Wills, we can have them. Yet, there may be times that we will be required to learn how to live with issues. Again, God please help us all!

When our country is attacked... when peace fails... when our business fails... when we face adversity we must learn how to live! This is what Yaakov taught us! This is what Yoseif taught us. This is what B'nei Yisroel taught us while living as slaves in Mitzriam.

The absolute importance of us understanding the first two words of Parshat Vayechi, 'Yaakov Lived' is so important to us living and thriving. Even though Yaakov did not want to reside in the land of Mitzriam, Yaakov Lived! Even though Yaakov did not care to expire in Mitzriam, for seventeen years Yaakov Lived. Yaakov taught us the importance of living in whatever situation we find ourselves. The Gematria of Vayechi Yaakov {Yaakov Lived} is 216.

Vayechi Yaakov {Yaakov Lived}

ו6 י10 ח8 י10 י10 ע70 ק100 ב2 = 216

Now, holy reader, the point to Vayechi Yaakov {Yaakov Lived} is not just the fact that Yaakov lived but HOW Yaakov lived. Mystically we observe that Yaakov had a special peace about himself. Yaakov had a special place of peace within himself that he withdrew to for renewal, and to receive encouragement, strength, guidance and assistance. One could say that Yaakov lived within a protected place. This protective place is revealed to us in Bereisheit 35.7 where Ha Torah says, וַיִּקְרָא לַמָּקוֹם and he called to [the] place אֵל בֵּית־אֵל God is [the] House of God, i.e. There is a Spiritual place which is called the House of God. God dwells there. It is a Spiritual place. It is not a physical house. So Mystically through  בְּרוּחַ the Spirit we reach out לַמָּקוֹם to the Place Where God Dwells in Spirit.


Bih Ru Ach  - In Spirit / Through Spirit

ב 2 ר200 ו6 ח8 = 216

Bereisheit 35.7

וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ וַיִּקְרָא לַמָּקוֹם אֵל בֵּית־אֵל כִּי שָׁם נִגְלוּ אֵלָיו הָאֱלֹהִים בְּבָרְחוֹ מִפְּנֵי אָחִיו1:1

And He built [בנה] there [שם] an altar and he called to [the] place, God, House of God, for their God was revealed [נגלה] to him when he fled from his brother.

The point that is necessary to make here is that Yaakov's life frequently faced adversity, affliction, calamity, difficulty, distress, hardship, life's misfortunes, misery, pain, sorrow, suffering, trouble, tribulation... EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN.

Ha Torah records the difficulty Yaakov faced from the moment of conception until his departing. When Yaakov spoke with Pharaoh he said, '...few and troublesome have been the days of my life...,' Bereisheit 47.9.

Lah Maw Kohm {to the place}

ל30 מ40 ק100 ו6 ם40 = 216

Ha Torah credits Yaakov and Yoseif as men who lived amidst great adversity. We observe this in two ways.

First, Vayechi {lived} refers to both Yaakov and to Yoseif. Yoseif was seventeen when sold into slavery, Bereisheit 37.2. That means Yoseif lived all but seventeen years of his life in the land of Mitzriam. Yaakov lived in the land of Mitzriam, which would become the land of slavery, for seventeen years, Bereisheit 47.9,28.

Vayechi {Lived}

ו6 י10 ח8 י10 = 34

34 = Yaakov lived 17 years in Mitzriam, Yoseif lived 17 outside of Mitzriam. Together they represent 34.

So we see through this that Yoseif was the one sent to prepare the way for the survival of his family. Dear one, this may be your destiny in life. Maybe HaShem will use you to bring back those that you love to God. Maybe HaShem will choose you to be the one to return to an observant life in advance of other family members. You may be disowned like Yoseif. You may be sold into slavery. You may suffer for a while. Your resources may be limited for a while. You may lose your position, business, place of employment, family home and even your children for a while. If this were to happen, God Forbid, try to take Yaakov and Yoseif's directive. WE MUST LEARN TO CONTINUE LIVING!

Yoseif and Yaakov are our examples of how to live. Both left home with nothing. Both were separated from those they loved. Both became wealthy over 22 years. Thank God! When we face adversity lets try to live as best as we can like Yaakov and his son, Yoseif. May HaShem be blessed forever!

Dear readers, when so much does not go the way we desire we must learn how to live with adversity!

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Genesis 12.1 - 20

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Avram's Father, Terach

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Terach's business was the sale of idols, and the young Avram did his best to convince people not to buy them. Once it happened that his father had to go on a trip and left Avram in charge of his store. His instructions to his son were, "The bigger the god, the higher the price you charge. If an important person comes in, offer him a big idol; to a lesser customer, give a smaller one." Terach left.

An impressive looking broad shouldered man entered the store. "Give me a big idol as befits my status!" he pompously addressed the boy Avram. Avram handed him the largest idol he could find on the shelves and the man drew a substantial amount of money from his pocket.

"How old are you?" Avram questioned him.

"I am fifty years old."

"And you are not ashamed to worship a god that is only one day old?" Avram asked. "My father just made this one yesterday!" Confused, the man put the money back in his pocket and left.

An old woman entered. She told Avram that thieves had invaded her house during the previous night and stolen her gods.

"Is that so?" Avram asked. "If your gods were unable to protect themselves from the robbers, how do you expect them to protect you?"

"You are right," the woman admitted. "But whom shall we serve?"

"The Greater of heaven and earth who made me and you," Avraham answered. The woman left without buying a god.

Another woman came with a bowl full of flour as an offering for the gods. Avram took an axe and smashed all the idols except the biggest. He placed the axe leaning against the big idol. When Terach returned and saw the havoc in the house, he screamed angrily, "What happened here?"
"Why shall I conceal the truth from you? While you were away, a woman brought some flour as an offering. Each god exclaimed that he wanted to be the first to have it. The biggest was insulted, so he seized an axe and broke all the others!"

"What nonsense is this?" shouted Terach. "You know very well that they neither speak nor move around."

"Is that so?" Avram retorted. "Pray think about what you just admitted. Why then do you serve them?' '

One day it was Terach's turn to conduct the services before the gods in Nimrod's royal palace. Terach took Avram along to the capital. They arrived in Nimrod's palace and found it to contain a large exhibition of gods in gold, silver, copper, wood, and stone.

Terach brought bread and wine and offered them to the gods. "Take them, eat, and drink," Avram said to the idols, "and be appeased." None of the idols moved or answered with a sound.

"You see, they are not worth anything," Avram remarked.

He threw all the idols and shoved them together in a pile. Then he set fire to them and hurriedly fled from the palace.

This could not be ignored any longer. Terach himself, a loyal subject of King Nimrod, reported his son's misdemeanor to the king.

Avram had successfully passed the first trial. He had applied his mind to recognize his Creator and had rejected idol worship.

After reading this conversation it is understandable why the Creator of the Universe Instructed Abraham to leave his place of birth, his relatives and his father.

Dear Ones our discussion begins with our Creator Instructing Avram to leave his place of birth, his relatives and his father house.

Bereisheit 12.1

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם לֶךְ־לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ1:1

Genesis 12.1

And He, The Lord had said to Abram, Go! Get out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you...

Why does the Bible Say Terach died 60 years before he died?  The Midrash informs us Terach manufactured idols. He stopped manufacturing idols before he died. He eventually returns to The Lord God.

 לֶךְ Lehk means 'Go' and לְךָ Lih Kah means get out! When we drop the zeros of לֶךְ Lehk the Gematria numbers is ה Hey which equals 5.

The 5 represents the Five Books of Moses, i.e. The Torah.

ל30 ך20 = 50 - drop the zeros

ל3 ך2 = 5

I have been placing a strong emphasis upon the number 5. Why? When Abram was Abram, i.e. the Gematria 243 he was not the Father of nations. The Promise from the Creator seemed impossible. However 1 year before the birth of Isaac the Creator changed Abram's name to Abraham. Our Creator added the Letter Hey to Abraham's name. Our Creator added 5 to 243 to equal 248. 248 represents the organs in the body. One could say the Creator healed or added organs that may have been missing or not working correctly.



א1 ב2 ר200 ם40 = 243



א2 ב2 ר200 ה5 ם40 = 248

We note another Promise of our Creator to Abram.

Genesis 15.15

You will join your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age.

Rashi Says this verse Teaches that Terach repented from his idol making. It also Teaches that Abraham would die five years before his appointed time. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 150

The Gematria of Terach is 608 תֶּרַח .

ת400 ר200 ח8 = 608.

What happens when the Letter ה Hey is added to Terach' Name? The Gematria changes to 613. What does 613 represent? 613 represents all the Commands of the Creator. So we see that if the Letter Hey were added to Terach his name would equal 613. And perhaps we would see Terach observing All the Commands including the ones that he formerly violated.


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