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Genesis 10


תּוֹלְדֹת

Speaking Through the Generations 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Bereisheit [Genesis] 10


The world תּוֹלְדֹת {Toh Lih Dot} meaning 'generations' speaks to each of us.  The Gematria is 840.  Ha Torah Says, These are the generations of Noach, Sheim, Cham and Yafet.  How does the generations of Cham speak to us?  How does the generations of Yafet speak to us?  The fact is that Ha Torah for the most part follows the generations of Sheim.  It is the generations of Sheim that speaks to us.  The generations of Cham and Yafet are mentioned her through Perek 11.  At the conclusion of Perek 11 Avram and Sarai are introduced.  So it is important to understand that Ha Torah for the most part covers the descendants of Sheim.  It is Sheim that is the chosen.


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


In Vayikra 1.2 we see a similar approach.  Ha Torah Records, דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל {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. Vayikra / Leviticus focuses on offerings. There is Yisroel, Levim and Kohanim.  The function of the Kohanim is offerings and blessings etc.  It is the Kohan that is the chosen.


840 = t400 r200 l30 d4 t400

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


So Ha Torah includes everyone.  We all are the descendants of Noach.   We all enter through the same Tav of Toh Lih Dot.  The Letter Tav represents Truth.  Each soul comes from the original soul, Ha Adam.  Each soul experiences the Tav, Truth.  The Tav also represents perfection.  We entered this world Perfect through Ha Adam Reshon and Chavah Reshonah {the first man and the first woman}.  We will exit this world through the perfection of mashiach.


Toh Li Doht it is like a house with both a front and rear door. That is to say one enters the front and passes through the back as from generation to generation...  So even though we maybe come discourage because we are not from Sheim we are still part of the generations of Noach. One may feel let out because they are not the Kohan, a priest, yet we are B'nei Yisroel. ALL OF US came through the same door.  We will all exit through the same door!

Hashem Spoke through the descendants of Sheim.  Hashem Spoke through B'nei Yisroel.  We all benefit!  

In a way if we receive a blessing does it matter who the blessing comes through?  Being blessed is the issue. May Hashem Bless each of us through Sheim and through B'nei Yisroel!  May we receive a blessing!

Blessing, Love and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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