Gematria Vayikra Metzoro
Leviticus 14.1 - 15.33
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וְאִם־יָשׁוּב הַנֶּגַע וּפָרַח בַּבַּיִת אַחַר חִלֵּץ אֶת־הָאֲבָנִים וְאַחֲרֵי הִקְצוֹת אֶת־הַבַּיִת וְאַחֲרֵי הִטּוֹחַ: וּבָא הַכֹּהֵן וְרָאָה וְהִנֵּה פָּשָׂה הַנֶּגַע בַּבָּיִת צָרַעַת מַמְאֶרֶת הִוא בַּבַּיִת טָמֵא הוּא: וְנָתַץ אֶת־הַבַּיִת אֶת־אֲבָנָיו וְאֶת־עֵצָיו וְאֵת כָּל־עֲפַר הַבָּיִת וְהוֹצִיא אֶל־מִחוּץ לָעִיר אֶל־מָקוֹם טָמֵא: מו
And if the disease comes again, and break out in the house, after he has taken away the stones, and after he has scraped the house, and after it is plastered; Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the disease has spread in the house, it is a malignant leprosy in the house; it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, its stones, and its timber, and all the mortar of the house; and he shall carry them out of the city into an unclean place.
A while back, in a separate discussion not in this book, in Shemot Shemot we discussed Shuvah / Repentance. At that time I stated many of the world's population were preparing to turn over a new leaf in the secular new year. Then a few weeks later while studying in Parshat Beshalach I stated, 'We have entered our fourth week from Parshat Shemot / January 2000.' Already many who made a determination to alter their poor or improper actions, to do shuvah / repentance to be free from habits... from bondage... and from problems have fallen. During the past three weeks we discussed the monsters that bring us down, that help us fall and that help us to fail.'
Well, Dear Reader, we are now 13 plus years from that date where many made a determination to change. That being the situation, we must assess where we aret. Have we returned to the bondage we so desperately attempted to escape from? Have old habits / addictions crept back? Have we fallen?
If the answer is perhaps or yes please do not become discouraged. There is HOPE!! There is a Spiritual Season for Freedom. There is a festival for freedom, a special time that The Lord God Created for us to deal with those issues that have bound us. It is during this time frame that we can deal with everything about our nature, our shortcomings, our failures and our struggles more than we could ever. imagine. This is one reason why The Lord stated in Parshat Metzozo
Vayikra 14.35, 26
וּבָא אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ הַבַּיִת וְהִגִּיד לַכֹּהֵן לֵאמֹר כְּנֶגַע נִרְאָה לִי בַּבָּיִת: וְצִוָּה הַכֹּהֵן וּפִנּוּ אֶת־הַבַּיִת בְּטֶרֶם יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן לִרְאוֹת אֶת־הַנֶּגַע וְלֹא יִטְמָא כָּל־אֲשֶׁר בַּבָּיִת וְאַחַר כֵּן יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן לִרְאוֹת אֶת־הַבָּיִת: לז
Leviticus 14.35 - 45
And he who owns the house shall come to the priest, tell him, saying, It seems like there is a disease in the house. Then the priest shall command that they empty everything from Aleph to Tav of the house before the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease, so that all that is in the house not be made unclean; and afterwards the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the house.
Notice the Words אֶת־הַנֶּגַע Eht Ha Naw Gah meaning everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease. There are several connections that we must make here.
First, The owner of the house calls the Kohein / The Priest. Why does the owner call The Priest? It is because נֶּגַע Naw Gah, i.e. this disease is not a medical issue. נֶּגַע Naw Gah is a Spiritual issue. Dear reader many of the problems that we have are spiritual in nature. These issues must be brought before The Lord God. Our Sages Teach we are discussing a disease that results from speaking Loshon Hora, i.e speaking evil... gossiping...
Second, the owner of the house must go to the Priest. The owner must take the initiative for help. The one who owns the house has the problem. The one who has the problem must come to the realization that he / she has the problem and seek the assistance of the Priest. Note Ha Torah Does NOT Say a Rabbi. The Priest is set aside. The Priest is anointed. The Priest has a special High Level of Holiness. This is not a slam against Rabbi's. This is simply explaining why one must go to a Priest. Aharon was the High Priest as well as a Rabbi!
Third the owner who has this problem must express to The Priest that he has a potential problem and request help from The Priest.
Fourth The Priest becomes involved. The Priest has everything not attached to the house removed. The items are carried outside for all the neighbors to see. This now becomes an embarrassing humbling acknowledgement for the owner to his / her neighbors that he / she has a problem. This is an opportunity for all neighbors to come together to be loving, kind, understanding and to reach out to their fallen brother / sister and to offer to help. This is NOT a time to judge!! This is a time to be compassionate! This is a time to restore if one has fallen. Now I say 'IF' because this is not certain. The Word used in Ha Torah is כְּנֶגַע Kih Neg Gah meaning 'Like a disease'. The determination has not yet been made. This only appears like a disease. So all the Jewish Community MUST be very careful NOT to judge during this examination or after even if this is found to be a disease!!
Fifth after all items in the house have been removed The Priest enters the house to examine,
אֶת־הַנֶּגַע '...the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease...'
The Gematria for אֶת־הַנֶּגַע is 529. Mystically we are Informed that the purpose of the Priest's examination, For The Priest הַיְדַעְתֶּם Hah Yih Dah Tehm to know without any doubt that this is נֶּגַע. The Gematria for הַיְדַעְתֶּם Hah Yih Dah Tehm. is 529.
Eht Ha Neg Gah
'...Everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease...'
א1 ת400 ה5 נ50 ג3 ע70 = 529
Hah Yih Dah Tehm
ה5 י10 ד4 ע70 ת400 ם40 = 529
Sixth, The Priest, i.e. a Righteous man... a Spiritual man... He examines the possible issue. He must ascertain what the issue is. This is NOT left up to conjecture! This is NOT open to speculation. He will know!!
Seventh, He will offer the guidelines for treating the issue. Much of this is done in the view of the community. This is painful! It is shameful! It is now easy for the one desiring freedom. Yet this is the path for this specific remedy. The path for each remedy must be completely followed.
My hope and prayer is for each of us to use the Seasons of Freedom to free ourselves of issues and to better serve our Creator by Observing His Commands.