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Parshat Bereisheit Noach

Genesis 6.9 - 11.32

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From Their Faces / Their Countenance

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The Lessons We Learn From Adam And Eve

There are Two Words are Two Words I would like us to   consider. They are מִפְּנֵיהֶם Mee Pih Nay Hehm and From Countenance  הַנְּפִילִים  Hah Nih Fee Leem meaning The Fallen.

Genesis 6.13

And God Said to Noah, 'The end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence מִפְּנֵיהֶם because of them [From Their Faces]; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.'

When The Torah Says, 'because of them, The Torah is Making reference to Two fallen angels, Shamchazai [also know as Chazai or Hazai] and Azael, and their offspring. Giants resulted from physical relations with the daughters of men. These were unholy unions. These were forbidden unions. In another discussion, I share about Forbidden Unions!

'When the Holy One, blessed be He, sought to create man, He took counsel with the ministering angels. He said to them: 'Let us make man in our image' (Gen. I, 26). 

The Angels responded, 'What is man, that You are mindful of him' (Ps. VIII, 5)? 

The Creator Answered, 'The man whom I desire to create will possess wisdom that shall exceed yours.' Then The Creator Assembled all the cattle, beasts, and fowl. He Had them pass before the Angels. Then The Lord God inquired, 'What are their names?' The Angels did not know.

However, after He Created Adam & Eve He had the animals, beasts and fowl pass before him. The Creator asked Adam, 'What are the names of these?'

Adam replied: 'This should fittingly be called an ox and that a lion; that a horse; that an ass; that a camel, and that an eagle.' This is inferred from the text, 'And the man gave names to all cattle, etc. (Gen. II, 20).

Then The Creator asked Adam, 'And you, what shall be your name?'

He answered: 'Adam.' 

The Creator questioned, 'Why? call yourself Adam'

He replied, 'Because I have been created from the ground (adamah).' 

The Holy One, blessed be He, asked Adam ' And I, what is My name?'

Said said, ' Lord.'

The Creator inquired, 'Why?'

Adam said, 'Because You are The Lord over all created beings.' Hence it is written, I Am The Lord, that is My Name (Isa. XLII, 8). It means: That is The Name by which Adam called Me; it is the name which I have accepted for Myself; and it is The Name on which I have agreed with My creatures. Midrash BaMidbar 19.3

In Genesis when we read The Lord deploring the wickedness of man, two angels Shamchazai and Azel, arose before Him and argued, 'Master of the Universe, didn't we tell you before the creation of man that he would be unworthy and should rather not be created?'

The Creator Responded to them, 'If not for man, what purpose does the universe serve?'

They replied, 'We, the angels, are sufficient reason for its existence.'

The Creator Said, 'I know that if you were to dwell on earth and possess evil impulses as men do, you would be even worse than they are!'

Shamchazai and Azel requested, 'Grant us permission to live among mortals and You will witness how we sanctify Your name!' 

The Creator Replied, 'Descend and do as you suggest.' [They were given free will to live as humans]. Shamchazzi and Azel lived on earth as human beings.  When they beheld the beauty of human women, they could not resist the temptation to sin with them.  These [sinful] unions gave rise to giants of the generation before the flood. [Their descendants] committed the sins of murder, adultery, and robbery, [i.e. kidnapping etc.] Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 79, 80

Sihon and Og were brothers,'Sihon and Og were the sons of Ahijah the son of Shamhazai', - The fallen angels are referred to in Gen. 6.2 and 4, as 'sons of God' or 'Nephilim', meaning the fallen. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Beraishis (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 92 and 98.

Numbers 13.33

And there we saw הַנְּפִילִים the Nefilim, the sons of Anak, who come from the Nefilim, i.e. the fallen, the giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so were we in their sight.

Mystically we see the bridge with   מִפְּנֵיהֶם 'because of them' / Their Faces / Their Countenance with הַנְּפִילִים 'The Fallen. The Gematria of each Word is 225.


Meet Pih Nah Hehm / because of them / Their faces / Their countenance

מ40  פ80  נ50  י10  ה5  ם40  = 225


Hah Nih Fee Leem / The Fallen The Giants

ה5  נ50  פ80  י10  ל30  י10  ם40  = 225

The Torah is teaching us that our face reveals our intentions. Watch the face!

Genesis 31.5

'And said to them, I see everything from Aleph to Tav of your father's פְּנֵי countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me.'

Mystically we see the faces of the fallen are related.

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 19

Genesis 19.1 - 38

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And They Came, Two Angels To Sedom

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Dear Reader, what happens when an Angel comes to visit? It depends. What will the Angel see? What will the Angel Observe? Our discussion begins with two Angels visiting Sedom.

Bereisheit 19.1

וַיָּבֹאוּ שְׁנֵי הַמַּלְאָכִים סְדֹמָה בָּעֶרֶב

וְלוֹט יֹשֵׁב בְּשַׁעַר־סְדֹם וַיַּרְא־לוֹט

וַיָּקָם לִקְרָאתָם וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אַפַּיִם אָרְצָה1:1

Genesis 19.1

And they came, the two Malachim to Sedom in the evening and Lot sat in [the] Gate [of judgment] [in] Sedom and he Lot saw and he arose and he called to them and he bowed his face [anger] to the ground.


The Word Malachim is one of three occurrences in Ha Torah. Malachim means Angels. The Letter ה Hey which is before Malachim represents an article meaning The Malachim. Which Angels? You know, 'The Angels'. This is like everyone knows them. They are the Angels that guarded Yaakov. See Bereisheit 32.7 Regarding the Malachim, Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 628

One Angel was Michael who was sent to inform of Sarah's conception, Gavriel to Judge Sedom and Raphael to heal Avraham. Raphael would be assigned another mission after completing his. He was sent to save Lot.


The Angels came in the evening. It was near the time for a new day to begin... Twilight. The end of one day and the beginning of another.

סְדֹמָה בָּעֶרֶב

As the sun set, a new day was approaching in Sedom. The way of living in Sedom was going to change with the onset of a new day...

וְלוֹט יֹשֵׁב בְּשַׁעַר־סְדֹם

And Lot sat in [the] Gate [of judgment] [in] Sedom

This was Lot's first day as a Judge according to our Sages. Sedom has a righteous judge one day and Divine Judgment Descends upon their sinfulness. Notice the second Word, ישב meaning 'sat'. Yoh Shayv normally is spelled with the Letter ו Vav יושב. When Yoh Shayv is spelled correctly, i.e. with the Letter Vav added the meaning changes to 'was sitting'. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 677

וַיָּבֹאוּ שְׁנֵי הַמַּלְאָכִים סְדֹמָה

And they came, the two Malachim to Sedom

Notice the Gematria.

ו6 י10 ב2 א1 ו6

ש300 נ50 י10ו6

ה5 מ40 ל30 א1 כ20 י10 ם40

ס60 ד4 מ40 ה5 = 640

Shemot 22.8

עַל־כָּל־דְּבַר־פֶּשַׁע עַל־שׁוֹר עַל־חֲמוֹר עַל־שֶׂה עַל־שַׂלְמָה עַל־כָּל־אֲבֵדָה אֲשֶׁר יֹאמַר כִּי־הוּא זֶה עַד הָאֱלֹהִים יָבֹא דְּבַר־שְׁנֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר יַרְשִׁיעֻן אֱלֹהִים יְשַׁלֵּם שְׁנַיִם לְרֵעֵהוּ1:1

Exodus 22.8

For every kind of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for garment, or for any kind of lost thing, which another challenges to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double to his neighbor.

Why did the two Angels come to Sedom? To condemn their evil acts of sin and to bring justice / Judgment...


Shall Condemn

י10 ר200 ש300 י10 ע70 ן50 = 640

The people of Sedom were Noachides who were rebellious to the Seven Laws of Ha Torah. They were wayward. They were unruly. They were mutinous.

Shemot 23.21

הִשָּׁמֶר מִפָּנָיו וּשְׁמַע בְּקֹלוֹ אַל־תַּמֵּר בּוֹ כִּי לֹא יִשָּׂא לְפִשְׁעֲכֶם כִּי שְׁמִי בְּקִרְבּוֹ1:1

Exodus 23.21

Take heed of him, and obey his voice, Do not rebel; for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My Name is in him.

The people of Sedom were rebellious towards God.


To Rebel

ת400 מ40 ר200 = 640

Devarim 12.29

כִּי־יַכְרִית יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶת־הַגּוֹיִם

אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה בָא־שָׁמָּה לָרֶשֶׁת אוֹתָם

מִפָּנֶיךָ וְיָרַשְׁתָּ אֹתָם וְיָשַׁבְתָּ בְּאַרְצָם1:1

Deuteronomy 12.29

For The Lord your God Shall cut off, i.e. eliminate the nations from before you, where you go to dispossess them, and live in their land;

The sins of Sedom were great. There were no righteous people left after Lot's relatives were removed. These perverse Noachides were removed.


To Eliminate

י10 כ20 ר200 י10 ת400 = 640

What is the point? Mystically the first four Words Speak of the coming Judgment for the sinful people and speak of their rebellion of the judgment and of their elimination...

וַיָּבֹאוּ שְׁנֵי הַמַּלְאָכִים סְדֹמָה

And they came, the two Malachim to Sedom

Tehillim 91.11:

כִּי מַלְאָכָיו יְצַוֶּה־לָּךְ לִשְׁמָרְךָ

1:1 בְּכָל־דְּרָכֶיךָ

Psalms 91.11

For his angels Have Command to go to guard you in all your ways. This means the Angels have the Orders, the Commands, to do whatever is necessary to guard us, to correct us if our way is wrong.

Mystically we observe the fate of the people of Sedom. They rebelled. They were condemned. They were eliminated. This means their names were removed from the Book of Life. They will be remembered no more. May each of us be careful to walk in the path that does not require this type of correction.

All of Lot's children and grand children were lost... destroyed except his two youngest daughters. A pillar of salt marks the area outside of Sedom where his wife turned to look back. One has to ask, what mother would not look back for one final view of where her children and grand children lived?

Salt is placed upon raw meet to draw out the blood. Salt is a preservative. Salt is a seasoning that enhances the flavor of meat, bread and other foods. When our Holy Temple stood we had a Meez Beach/ a Holy Altar. We salted our sacrifices when we placed them on the Holy Altar. Today our Shulcan / Dinning Table is the Holy Altar in the Jewish home. We place salt on the table just like we did on the Holy Altar. We pray at our Table. We share The Torah Portion of the Bible at our Table.

Lot prepared unleavened bread, i.e. Matzah. This is bread without leaven. The Torah makes it very clear that Lot prepared Matzah. This is to inform us that Lot was Observant of Avraham's Teachings of kindness to strangers and of removing the chometz, i.e. the leaven during Passover.

Genesis 19.1-4

And there came two angels to Sodom at evening; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face to the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I beseech you, to your servant's house, and remain all night, and wash your feet, and you shall rise up early, and go on your way. And they said, No; we will stay in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in to him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

This was the night of Passover. Lot was honoring this night even though Passover would not happen for many years in the future. A fierce quarrel broke out over the salt, for he [Lot] said to his wife, 'Give our guests a little salt,' to which she replied, 'Do you want to introduce that evil practice here also?' Br R 50.4 We have no salt. She went to borrow salt from the neighbors. She gossiped about Lot. When Lot did not have salt for the Passover meal she went from house to house... She announced 'We have Guests' and Lot needs salt for the feast he is preparing them. Br. R 51.5

One of our Sages taught, 'Lot's wife, Eeris turned into salt because she was stingy towards the needy. Lot himself was a generous person, always inviting guests. Eeris resented guests and discouraged them. One trick of hers was not to provide salt, a small thing which makes a big difference to guests. Therefore, she was punished by means of salt, measure for measure.

Salt is a preservative that was missing in Lot's home. Salt was missing because of a rebellious wife. Eeris was condemned and eliminated for her actions. She embraced wickedness! She was not participating in the elimination of chametz / leaven from their home. She was not assisting with the Passover meal. She understood the custom of Passover from living near Abraham and his followers. Still she spoke out against Lot among her neighbors. Eeris considered the custom of offering salt with bread evil. The Midrash Says Eeris looked back because of her two older daughters and as a punishment she was turned into a pillar of salt. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p 177

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Genesis 6.1 - 26

What's In A Name? What's In A Word?

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 6 

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What's In A Name? What's In A Word?

Bnai Elohim / Sons of God

In our textbook we discus The Lord God and the angels Shamchazzi and Azael discussing man.  Angels are required to do exactly as the Creator Wishes. On the other hand, humankind has free will and chooses either to do the Wishes of the Lord God or to do something else. Shamchazzi and Azael were saying how easy it was for humankind. They wanted to prove they could live as humans and not sin... At their request the Lord God Granted that they  could have Free Will and that they could live on earth with humankind. In the Gematria for this chapter we Observe how they failed...

Psalms 8.5 - 7

What is man, that you are mindful of him? And the son of man, that you visit him?  For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor.   You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet; 

Bereisheit 6.1,2

 א וַיְהִי כִּי־הֵחֵל הָאָדָם לָרֹב עַל־פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה וּבָנוֹת יֻלְּדוּ לָהֶם:  ב וַיִּרְאוּ בְנֵי־הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת־בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם כִּי טֹבֹת הֵנָּה וַיִּקְחוּ לָהֶם נָשִׁים מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר בָּחָרוּ:  ג

Genesis 6.1,2

 And it came to pass, [the descendants of] Ha Adam sexually profaned, to increase [their way] on the face of the earth, daughters were born to them. And they the sons of God [Shamchazzi and Azael] saw everything from Aleph to Tav of the daughters of  [the descendants of] Ha Adam For they were good; and they took for themselves as wives from all they chose.


Bih Nay   Haw Elokim

ב2 נ50 י10  ה5 א1 ל30 ה5 י10 ם40 = 153


Vih  Heh Eh Vee Nu

To do iniquity

ו6 ה5 ע70 ו6 י10 נ50 ו6 = 153

First the descendants of Ha Adam, i.e. the children of Adam and Eve did evil. They sexually profaned.

Second, the sons of God, i.e.  the angels Shamchazzi and Azael took human wives and and sinned with them. They mixed angelic seed with human seed. Strange children were born. And in so doing they brought destruction upon the entire earth.


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