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Exodus 27.20 - 30.10


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Four times in this week's Parshat we read the Word עוֹלָם Oh Lawm / Olam meaning Forever. עוֹלָם Olam ocurrs sixty times in Ha Torah and 218 times in The Holy Scriptures. The Hebrew Letter Samech is the Gematria Sixty. We teach The Samech is an eternal Letter because of it's design. The Samech is designed in a circle which has no beginning or end.

The מִספָּר Mispar הָכַרַךְ Haw Chah Rah Kih of  עוֹלָם Olam is 146. This points to the Gematria הַמִּצְוָה Hah Mee Tzih Vah meaning The Mitzvh which is the Gematria of 146. הַמִּצְוָה  Hah Mee Tzih Vah refers to all the Mitzvot.

Devarim 5.28  - KJV 5.31

וְאַתָּה פֹּה עֲמֹד עִמָּדִי וַאֲדַבְּרָה אֵלֶיךָ אֵת כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה וְהַחֻקִּים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר תְּלַמְּדֵם וְעָשׂוּ בָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לָהֶם לְרִשְׁתָּהּ:  ס

Deuteronomy 5.28  - KJV 5.31

And as for you who stand here by me, I will speak to you all The Commandments, and The Statutes, and The Judgments, that you shall teach them, that they may do them in The Land that I give you to possess.

We are to pay strict attention to The Words  אֵת כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה וְהַחֻקִּים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים which means Everything From Aleph to Tav of ALL The Commandments, And The Statutes and The Judgments. Every Observance is included. The Mitzvah, i.e. Mitzvot are stated as  אֵת כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה Ayt - Cawl -  Hah Mee Tzih Vah which in this Scripture is in reference to every Observance. No Observance is omitted. הַמִּצְוָה Hah Mee Tzih Vah is Mystically connected to  Oh Lawm / Olam meaning Forever. All Observances are forever. Eternal is written four times in our Parshat.  

Shemot 27.21

   בְּאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד מִחוּץ לַפָּרֹכֶת אֲשֶׁר עַל־הָעֵדֻת יַעֲרֹךְ אֹתוֹ אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו מֵעֶרֶב עַד־בֹּקֶר לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה חֻקַּת עוֹלָם לְדֹרֹתָם מֵאֵת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: ס

Exodus 27.21

In The Tent of Meeting outside The Veil, which is before The Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall arrange [for The Lamp to burn] from evening to morning before The Lord; This Observance shall be a חֻקַּת statute עוֹלָם for every generations from The People of Israel.

When The third Holy Temple is rebuilt The High Priest and The Priests that will light the Menorah each evening will be descendants ONLY from Aharon and Aharon's sons. 

Shemot 28.43

  וְהָיוּ עַל־אַהֲרֹן וְעַל־בָּנָיו בְּבֹאָם ׀ אֶל־אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד אוֹ בְגִשְׁתָּם אֶל־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ לְשָׁרֵת בַּקֹּדֶשׁ וְלֹא־יִשְׂאוּ עָוֹן וָמֵתוּ חֻקַּת עוֹלָם  לוֹ וּלְזַרְעוֹ אַחֲרָיו: ס

Exodus 28.43

All these [vestments] shall be worn by Aaron, and  his sons, whenever they enter The Tent of Meeting, or when they come near The altar to Minister in The Holy Place and not die. [Wearing The Holy Vestments while serving as a Priest] shall be a Statute Forever for him and his seed after him.

When The third Holy Temple is rebuilt The High Priest and The Priests will be required to wear The Holy Vestments as discussed in Ha Torah. How do we know this? Ha Torah Says, 'This shall be a Statute Forever for him and his seed after him.' No one else will be permitted to wear The Holy Vestments of Priesthood. Only Aharon and his descendants. Why is this written in Ha Torah. It is because other religions will make false and misleading claims about The High Priest and The Priests. This is a reminder to The People of Israel not to believe or follow religions making such claims.

Shemot 29.9

וְחָגַרְתָּ אֹתָם אַבְנֵט אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו וְחָבַשְׁתָּ לָהֶם מִגְבָּעֹת וְהָיְתָה לָהֶם כְּהֻנָּה לְחֻקַּת עוֹלָם  וּמִלֵּאתָ יַד־אַהֲרֹן וְיַד־בָּנָיו:  ס

Exodus 29.9

And you shall gird them with a sash, Aaron and his sons, and wrap the Turbans on them; [after consecrating them the responsibility of] The Priesthood and the authority shall be in Aharon's hand and in the hands of his sons. This is an Eternal Statute.

Even though other religons teach differently, Ha Torah States that The responsibility and authority for The Priesthood is exclusively for the descendants of Aharon and his sons.

Shemot 29.28

וְהָיָה לְאַהֲרֹן וּלְבָנָיו לְחָק־עוֹלָם  מֵאֵת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי תְרוּמָה הוּא וּתְרוּמָה יִהְיֶה מֵאֵת בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִזִּבְחֵי שַׁלְמֵיהֶם תְּרוּמָתָם לַיהוָֹה: ס

Exodus 29.28

And it shall be [that the breast and thigh from The Raised Offering] are for Aaron's and for his sons by a statute forever from The People of Israel; for it is A Raised Offering; and it shall be A Raised Offering from The People of Israel of the sacrifice of their peace offerings, and their Raised Offering to The Lord.

Despite what others teach the Third Holy Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem at The Place The Lord God Has Designated. The Priesthood will be restored. The Priests will wear Holy Vestments as described in Ha Torah. Temple Sacrifice and Offerings will resume. The Priests will receive a portion from the Offerings. The Priests will be from the descendants of Aharon and his sons. These are Eternal Statutes. One purpose for these Eternal Statutes is to bless us.


Lih - Chawk - Olam / For Eternal Statue

ל30 ח8 ק100      ע70 ו6  ל30  ם40  = 284


Vih Nee Vih Rih Coo / And 

ו6  נ50  ב2  ר200  כ20  ו6  284

Bereisheit 12.3

  וַאֲבָרְכָה מְבָרֲכֶיךָ וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ אָאֹר וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה: ס

Genesis 12.3

And I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you; and will bless through you all families of the earth.

Mystically we Observe that The Blessing of Abraham flows through The Eternal Statute of giving a portion of The Raised Offering to The Officiating Priest.

Isaiah 56.7

Even them will I bring to My Holy mountain, and make them joyful in My House of Prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

וַהֲבִיאוֹתִים אֶל־הַר קָדְשִׁי וְשִׂמַּחְתִּים בְּבֵית תְּפִלָּתִי עוֹלֹתֵיהֶם וְזִבְחֵיהֶם  לְרָצוֹן עַל־מִזְבְּחִי כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית־תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל־הָעַמִּים: ס

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Gematria Shemot

Shemot / Exodus Pekudei

Exodus 38.1 - 40.38

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In the parshat this week, our attention is drawn to those who are not the planners of the Mishkon or the contractors or even the laborers. Yet, they are there. They are very important and their contribution is also important.

Frequently we receive mail from readers. Ocassionally a reader writes about feeling left out because they are not Jewish. And as a result, God Willing, I have written two Books entitled Would You Like To Be Jewish and the other is entitled God's Plan From the Beginning. I am excited! Kaw Naw Nah Hah Raw! They help each of us better connect with Judaism regardless of our background.

On one occasion a lady wrote in an E-mail that even the gentiles are God's Children and that God Created them also. This is certainly true. The world we live in does have many members and many religions. Her note was an excellent reminder for to be considerate, mindful and careful of others. We are not to blind ourselves of our neighbors or their important contribution. Yet, one should understand that, and are Jewish websites with the goal of assisting those who are Jewish. However we also have - B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC and which are designed for everyone to be a part.

In this Parshat we learn that the offerings given to build the Mishkon were requested of B'nei Israel, the Nation of the Covenant. These were offerings were from people who were commanded to be 'Shomar Sabbath', meaning people who guard the Sabbath. This they sanctified the Sabbath. They set aside Sabbath as Commanded in the Torah. They did their work on the other six days. Now it was from these people that The Lord commanded Moses to request the Terumah offering. What that meant was that God wanted the Mishkon, His future dwelling place, to be built from contributions by His people, B'nei Israel, who were COMMANDED TO BE separated from the rest of the world. That does not imply that the rest of the world is not important. Yet, on the other hand, it does draw a very straight line.

There is a difference between Jewish beliefs and beliefs of other 730 religions with some 35,000 splinter religions of the present world. In Judaism we, the Jewish people, are Commanded by God to follow the Torah. MSome of us do not. Gentiles are commanded by God to observe a portion of the Torah, I.e. the Seven Commandments which expand into many more Commands. Some observe these Commands and other do not know they exist.

Now if you're building a house, who do you want to build it? Do you want people who are observant to your Commandments or people who don't know they exist? Do you want people who identify with your ideology or people who object? Do you want people who live Judaism second by second or people who are acquainted with it? The issue here is simple, God chose B'nei Israel to build his Mishkon because they were separated to Him.

Originally God offered His Torah to the other sixty-nine nations of the world. They rejected His Torah. Only Kal Israel wholeheartedly accepted The Lord's Torah. So why would The Lord include nations that rejected Him in the building of his Mishkon?

Dear Reader, the fact is that you and many besides you want to be Jewish is for a reason. You relate to the Commands. You relate to the call. Chances are you will convert. Chances are you will be Jewish. Chances are you were called from before the beginning to be Jewish.

On the other hand, the fact is that often Jews feel somewhat left out, too. We are not the Levium who work in close contact with the Mishkon or the coming Beit Ha Mikdosh. We do not set it up or take it down. We do not work in the courtyards. Yet the fact is that even the Levium who have this close contact may also feel somewhat left out because the Kohanim are the ones who offer the blessings, light the Menorah and offer sacrifices. Yet the Kohanim could feel a little left out because only one of them can be the Kohen Godal, the High Priest.

My dear readers, our responsibilities are different, our positions of service are different, but we all are important to The Lord. Listen, originally from the beginning Adam was the High Priest. Adam was the ruler. Noach was a High Priest. Shem also known as Malki Zedek / King of Righteousness was High Priest. Later the priesthood was the responsibility of the tribal heads. It was because of the failings by the tribal leaders of B'nai Israel at the golden calf incident. That The Lord Separated the tribe of Levi unto Him and the house of Aaron as the Kohanim and Aaron himself as the Kohen Godal.

The tribal leaders {the former priests} had feelings about this matter, yet they understood that the tribe of Levi and the house of Aaron stood out in their righteousness. On the other hand, there were some righteous malcontents, so to speak, in Parshat Korach who were unhappy with The Lord's selections of Moses and Aaron, etc.

So what is the point to all of this? God has not left any of us out. There is a place for each of us!!We may feel left out but that is only our perception. We can connect to each other. We can connect to the Torah. We can connect to The Lord. Even though millions of names are not included in the building of the Mishkon, they are not left out. This being the situation, we do not read of anyone feeling left out during the building of the Mishkon. We do not read of contention. We do not hear of ego problems. B'nei Israel was focused on constructing the Mishkon built 100 percent right the first time around. There was a positive attitude that existed.

Rabbi Eli Munk discusses the importance of everyone. He asks,

"Why was a special accounting given for the silver hooks for the pillars {in Exodus 38:28}? Would not one total figure for all the silver used in the Tabernacle have sufficed? According to the Midrash, when Moses initially rendered his accounts to the people, he left out 1,775 shekels used in making the hooks for the pillars, for they were not visible. It was only after he became concerned that the Israelites might suspect him of wrong doing about the accounts, that with The Lord's help he happened to look at the pillars and was reminded of the hooks.

"This Midrash, explains Chasam Sofer, is referring to the fact that although the core of the nation of Israel comprised 600,000 righteous men, there were many worthy Israelites outside of this core, including women, children, and converts {over two and one half million}. Moses was concerned about how he would inspire holiness in those who did not belong to this nucleus {of 600,000}. The Lord then drew his attention to the deeper meaning of the hooks of the pillars, to show him that those who are not part of the core are to be hooked firmly onto the pillars, i.e., to the righteous, who form its inner core.

Vaw Veem, means hooks. The Letter ו Vav appears twice in the word Vaw Veem, hooks, and is shaped like a hook; similarly, the Letter ו Vav often serves as a coordinating conjunction / a connecting letter, in which case it attaches two Words etc.

The hooks signify "EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT." Those in the center of the core, those outside the core and those who are not Jewish. Everyone is important! Yet that does not mean everyone is the same. The hooks also symbolize a future time spoken of by the Novie Zechariah.

Zechariah 8:23

Thus said The Lord, Master of Legions: In those days it will happen that ten men, of all [different] languages of the nations, will take hold, they will take hold of the corner of the garment of a Jewish man, saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard God is with you.

Non Jews will take hold of the tzitzit on the corner of a Jewish man's tallit. Zechariah Teaches us that Jews will be clearly distinguished as Jews. Part of that distinguishing factor will be our tallit, our clothing... Non Jews will latch on... will hook on... will connect with the 'RIGHTEOUS JEW.' Many of us have a ways to go to reach that point.... If we continue to try we will eventually get there.

The Gematria for Vaw Vem is 62. This is also the Gematria of Bayn, meaning between.


Vaw Veem - hooks

ו6 ו6 י10 ם40 = 62


Bayn - Divided

ב2 י10 ן50 = 62

Genesis 1:4

'God, divided / separated between the light and the darkness...'

Genesis 17:7

'I will establish my covenant between Me and you and between your descendants after you throughout their generations for an eternal covenant, to be a God to you, and to your descendants after you.'

Exodus 31:12,13

'B'nei Israel shall guard {preserve} the Sabbath, to maintain the Sabbath for their generations {including the 21st century} as an everlasting covenant 
between Me and between B'nei Israel it is an everlasting sign; for in six days The Lord Made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day, He abstained from work and He rested.'

So on one hand Bayn separates between light and dark and on the other hand Bayn connects between The Lord and B'nei Israel.

Let's notice how the Letter Vav connects the Holy Scriptures together.

The Gematria Mispar Godal of Vaw Veem is 622 which is the Gematria for
Bih Ree Tee, meaning "Covenant" and also for Ber Chot, meaning blessing. Those of the Covenant who contributed out of the generosity of their heart to the products for the construction of the Mishkon even though they were not of the central core received their special blessing.

Exodus 39:43

'...and Moses Blessed them.'


Vaw Veem - hooks

ו6 ו6 י10 ם600 = 622


Bih Ree Tee - My Covenant

ב2 ר200 י10 ת400 י10 = 622


Bee Rih Caht - Blessing

ב2 ר200 כ20 ת400 = 622

The righteous core received their blessing... and those connected to them received their blessing and those connected to them received their blessing.... etc. {this connection is NOT through intermarriage}

The connection comes from The Lord.

As we complete this time of Parshot study together my prayer is that we each are enriched and will desire to share what we have learned with others and to learn together in another book or course.

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Exodus 27.20 - 30.10

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Exodus 28.3

וְאַתָּה תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־כָּל־חַכְמֵי־לֵב אֲשֶׁר מִלֵּאתִיו רוּחַ חָכְמָה וְעָשׂוּ אֶת־בִּגְדֵי אַהֲרֹן לְקַדְּשׁוֹ לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִי1:1

And you speak to all wise of heart Them that are completely filled with the Spirit of Wisdom And they shall make everything from Aleph to Tav of the clothes for Aaron To sanctify [to serve] as a Priest to Me.

Shemot / Exodus 19.6

וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ־לִי מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים

וְגוֹי קָדוֹשׁ אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר

תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל1:1

And you shall be to Me a Kingdom of Priests And a sanctified nation These are the Words that you shall say to B'nei Israel.

The purpose for comparing is to point out that just as the Kohan Gadol and the Kohanim are sanctified through clothing as stated in Shemot 28.3 so is every Jew because we are a kingdom of Priests to the entire world. There are several points to consider.

First is that Kal Israel is sanctified through clothing just as the Kohan Gadol and the Kohanim are. Our sanctified clothing is different from theirs.

Second is the concept of making sanctified clothing. Ha Torah Says, 'And they shall make everything from Aleph to Tav of the clothes for Aaron'. What does this mean? It means there is a plan, a pattern to follow and there is a goal. How does this apply to us? Are we to wear clothing like the Kohan Gadol or the Kohanim? What is the point?

The point is clothing is sanctified. Marriage is sanctified. Israel is sanctified. The Kohanim are sanctified. The Kohan Gadol is sanctified. Each of these are sanctified through clothing. One of the keys is 'speak to all wise of heart'. It is important to have direction with the clothes we cover ourselves with. Another point is that ONLY those who are completely filled with the Spirit of Wisdom can be selected to make this sanctified clothing. Making sanctified clothing require Chochmah / Wisdom and being over flowing with the Spirit of Wisdom... How many clothing designers and manufactures meet these requirements? Why are these important requirements?

Think about the importance of making Holy / Sanctified clothing. Only few have the wisdom to qualify. Why is wisdom so important? It is because those of us who are not as enlightened may make the wrong pattern or may select the wrong material. Remember we are forbidden to mix Shaatines, i.e. mix wool and linen within the same garment...

Why Jewish men should wear a Kippah and women should not...

Why Jewish men should wear a Tallit with Tzitzit and women should not...

Why our Sages Teach ladies should follow the custom of wearing a head covering... What types of head coverings...

Why our Sages Teach ladies should not wear mens clothing... What is the definition of men's clothing?

There is a point. I think the wise of heart can discuss and fully answer all questions regarding these issues. The Wise of heart are 'OVERFLOWING' with all that is necessary to answer our questions in these areas. Their answers are compelling.

Clothing is a material thing with a Spiritual purpose. When HaTorah Says these are the clothes you shall make we can begin to understand material things are sanctified for holy purposes...

Exodus 28.4

And these, the Clothes that he shall make:

Breast plate

and a Eiphod

and a robe

and a checkered undershirt

a turban

a sash-belt

And make sanctified garments For Aharon you brother And for the sons to serve Me as Priests.

Exodus 31.10

And everything from Aleph to Tav of the clothing of the service And everything from Aleph to Tav of the sanctified clothing for Aharon the Priest And everything from Aleph to Tav of the clothing the sons for Priests

Shemot / Exodus 28.5

And he, Moses went down from the Mountain To the people [B'nei Israel] And sanctified everything from Aleph to Tav of the people And they immersed [themselves] and their clothing

Bereisheit / Genesis 35.2

And Jacob said to his household And to all the people with him Get rid of everything from Aleph to Tav of these the foreign gods in your midst Purify yourselves and change your garments.

Yisaiah / Isaiah 61.3

To appoint to them that mourn in Tzion To give to them Beauty instead of dust / ashes Oil for Joy instead of mourning The Garment Mantel of Praise instead of the spirit of heaviness And to call themselves Leaders of the Righteousness who are planted by The Lord for Beauty / Glory.

בֶגֶד Beged, meaning Garment has the exact same letters as בָּגָד bagad, meaning to betray, to deceive. The difference is how clothing is designed and how clothing is worn.

My wife Brachah Rivkah says,

There is a physical function of clothing and a spiritual function of clothing.

Clothing can be a distraction.

Clothing is intended to be Spiritual.

Our clothes show how we Honor and Glorify The Lord.

Our clothing communicates messages to the world.

What message am I sending?

Marriage Clothing

A wife gives her husband a Tallit to wear during prayers this is a special sign that to many means he is married. This depends upon the custom. However the point is he covers himself with the cloth garment his wife has prepared or purchased for him. He secludes himself within the Tallit. He communes with the Creator within the Tallit. It is like the tallit is a garment that wraps around their marriage.

Adam and Chavah were enwrapped by the Glory of our Creator. This means they were in the center of Tiferet / Beauty. Adam was not on the left and Chavah was not on the right. They were in the exact center. This is the Spiritual place for marriage. This is correct. Spiritual attraction is the greatest. Physical attraction may draw us to an individual. Spiritual attraction is what keeps spouses engaged and in love with each other. Adam and Chavah were in the center of God's Glory. When they departed the center of God Glory is when each sinned. When they sinned they were outside of Tiferet...

The clothing of the kohanim and kohen gadol are called begadim.

The kohen gadol's primary function was to provide atonement. Each piece of his clothing provided atonement for specific sins. [See Exodus 28.4]

Only Aaron's garments are composed of blue, purple, scarlet, gold and twined thread. These are the same materials that comprise the curtains of the Mishkan.

On the Kohen Gadol's forehead was a plate engraved saying Holy to the Almighty. Ramban Says that the commandment to dress the High Priest in garments for glory (kavod) and splendor (tiferet) is not only to enhance the status of the priest himself, but also to enhance the Glory of God.


Lee Chah Hah No - Lee - To Be A Priest to Me

To Serve Me

ל30 כ20 ה5 נ50 ו6 ל30 י10 = 151


Aw Keem - I will Establish

א1 ק100 י10 ם = 151

These Words are rare. לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִי Lee Chah Hah No - Lee, - To Be A Priest to Me To Serve Me occurs only three times in the Torah Portion of the Bible. אָקִים Aw Keem, - I will Establish occurs only twice in the Torah portion of the Bible. In the first, לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִי our Creator is Saying the office of High Priest is for the purpose of serving Me. In the second Word, אָקִים the Creator 'Established' the Covenant with Yitzchok / Isaac and the Office of Prophet.

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Exodus 21.1 - 24.18

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Exodus 21.1

וְאֵלֶּה הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר

11: תָּשִׂים לִפְנֵיהֶם 

And these, the Laws that set before them.

Dear Ones a while back I had the special opportunity to visit a new congregation which is just a few months old. This is the second time Revi and I visited. The first time we visited a man in the Congregation gave us his Chumash / The Five Book of Moses. Chumash means five. At that time the Congregation did not own any Chumashim.  This touched us.  As a result B'nai Noach Torah Institute gave 14 full size Stone Chumashim to the Congregation from our Seforim Fund.

Last Shabbat we visited again. It was good to see the Seforim in use. 

This Congregation was a split off another local congregation. I attempted to bring the two groups together. Both groups were challenging. They eventually worked through their differences. The end results were that wounds were healed and they came back together. However, at the time I wrote this Parshat they were still divided. 

At that time I wrote a number of Letters, spoke on the phone with each group and invited both groups to our home to discuss the matter.  These were very special individuals with different ideas about what was best for the congregation. The division was a great deal about the future of the congregation. There was a load of love and pain on both sides. Thank God over time differences were worked out.  Individuals were trying from many sides to help. Eventually several leaders from each group were able to span broken bridges, encourage trust and issues began to get resolved. 

On one of those snowy days I took my lunch break to visit their Sunday School  It was wonderful.  There were classes for the infant / preschool children up through adult. Scattered throughout the study room in the home were the Chumashim.  What a blessing.

During the visit  it was a privilege to spend about ten minutes in two classes and about twenty in another.  A board member informed me that the older children were making a Book on Rabbi Akiva.  The books were about 18" wide and 24" long.  This is a great lesson for all involved. The love and work placed into the home spun books will last for years and be used by many younger children. They are being assembled with much attention to detail.  I was impressed. Rabbi Akiva was the great Torah Sage I wrote of in the Dedication of Gematria And Mysticism IN Genesis.

In another class the Teacher informed the students that this Parshat had the most Mitzvot of all the Parshat in Ha Torah.  She used several vivid examples to convey an important meaning to her students.  She told the students, that what they already possess, is worth more than if they won a great deal of money from the lottery... and she brought her point home with more examples...

The infant / preschool children were joined by several parents.  It is especially pleasing to see parents involved  taking an interest in their child's education.  When the parent is involved it tells the child the message is important.  The children were learning the Aleph Bet and saying the names of different clothing in Hebrew. 

Dear Ones it was real good to see this start up congregation in action. It was even better when all the differences were worked out between the two groups and everyone united in Love.

This brings to the forefront an important message.  When ever congregations do not agree, or families do not agree, or husbands and wives do not agree Ha Torah still requires obedience and conformity. There is great reward in obedience!!

God Willing we are going to examine the Mysticism of Shemot 21.1.

וְאֵלֶּה הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר

11: תָּשִׂים לִפְנֵיהֶם 

And these, the Laws that are set before them.

The Sages Say it's like preparing a banquet of many excellent foods that will entice one to eat.  The purpose of learning these Laws is to Observe them. 


Vih Ay Lehh - And These

ו6 א1 ל30 ה5 = 42 


Ha Meesh Paw Teem

The Laws / Judgments

ה5 מ40 ש300 פ80 ט9 י10 ם40 = 484


42 + 484 = 526

These are the Laws that came to our father Abraham in a Vision.

Genesis 15.1

 אַחַר ׀ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם בַּמַּחֲזֶה לֵאמֹר אַל־תִּירָא אַבְרָם אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ

11: שְׂכָרְךָ הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד

Genesis 15.1

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a Vision, saying, Fear not, Abram; I am your shield, and your reward will be great.

הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם

the word of the Lord came to Abram

ה5 י10 ה5 = 20

ד4 ב2 ר200 = 206 

26 =

א1 ל30 = 31

א1 ב2 ר200 ם40 = 243

Total is 20 + 206 + 26 + 31 + 243 = 526

When one observes the Laws of Ha Torah the obedience to the Laws have a reward... They have a blessing.

וַאֲבָרְכָה מְבָרֲכֶיךָ

Vah Ah Vaw Rih Chaw

Mih Vaw Rah Cheh Chaw

And I will Bless from Your Blessing

ו6  א1  ב2  ר200 כ20  ה 5 = 234

מ40  ב2  ר200  כ20  י10 ך20  = 292

Total is 234 + 292 = 526

ב ' ח

Gematria Shemot Yitro 5

Exodus 18.1 - 20.23

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Shemot 18.1

וַיִּשְׁמַע יִתְרוֹ כֹהֵן מִדְיָן חֹתֵן מֹשֶׁה

אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה אֱלֹהִים לְמֹשֶׁה

וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵל עַמּוֹ כִּי־הוֹצִיא יְהוָֹה

אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרָיִם: ב

Exodus 18.1

When Yitro / Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the Lord had brought everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of Israel out of Egypt...

Our Sages say that Parshat Yitro was added in honor of Moses's father-in-law. This parshat was named after Yitro. It expresses his wisdom and powerful contribution to our system of justice in the Torah. Yitro was a man who understood government, politics and justice. He was Priest of Midian. He was a consultant to Pharaoh. And then he was an advisor to Moses our teacher. Yitro was a convert to Judaism. He was a spiritual leader of Midian. It is for these reasons and others that this week's Parshat was named after him. In fact within our Torah there are only a few Parshot named after people: Noach, Chayei Sarah, Yitro, Korach, Balak and Pinchas. As a result we should begin to sense how very special Yitro is.

We are informed that Yitro had seven names: Re'uel, Yesser, Yitro, Chovev, Chever, Keini and Putiel.

The letter ו Vav represents a connection from Yeter to Yitro to the Torah! The ו Vav also represents a connection that a non Jew makes when he / she converts to Judaism. The non Jew receives a Hebrew name. The letter ו Vav is added to Yeter after his conversion thus becoming Yitro. In other words, it is somewhat comparable to adding the letter ה Hey to Torah. When we add the letter ה Hey to Torah it represents an article. So Torah becomes "The Torah." We now compare the Gematria of Yitro with "The Torah." Both are the Gematria 616.



י10 ת400 ר200 ו6 = 616



ה5 ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 616


Dee Bah Rih Tee / To say... To speak

ד4 ב2 ר200 ת400 י10 = 616

The Gematria 616 expresses the full acceptance of "The Torah" by Yitro. How fitting for the man who contributed to our system of justice in The Torah!

In addition to this, the Gematria 616 is 'MYSTICAL' in the sense that it represents acceleration, the increase, the uplifting of one's day. We see this in the Gematria Godal of Yom, meaning 'Day'. The normal Gematria of day is 56 but when we use the Gematria Miluy Godal, we so to speak elevate the day, i.e the normal Gematria transcends to Gematria Godal 616! Our day takes on a 'GREATNESS'. Can one think of a higher form of elevation than the day one converts or returns to Torah observance?

Holy reader, B'nei Israel had fallen to the 49th level while they were slaves in Egypt. They were only one level from the very lowest level.  Our Sages Say there were three reasons they did not fall to the lowest level which may have prevented their return. One of those reasons was that they kept their Hebrew names. They used their Hebrew identity! It is our Hebrew Name that has essence. It is our Hebrew Name that is scribed in the book of Life. When Yeter converted to Judaism his name was changed to Yitro. Can we imagine what it is like to have a name that shares the Gematria with Ha Torah?

ב ' ח

Gematria Shemot Bo 3

Exodus 10.1 - 13.16

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Shemot 10.1-2

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה בֹּא אֶל־פַּרְעֹה כִּי־אֲנִי הִכְבַּדְתִּי אֶת־לִבּוֹ וְאֶת־לֵב עֲבָדָיו לְמַעַן שִׁתִי אֹתֹתַי אֵלֶּה בְּקִרְבּוֹ:  ב 

וּלְמַעַן תְּסַפֵּר בְּאָזְנֵי בִנְךָ וּבֶן־בִּנְךָ אֵת אֲשֶׁר הִתְעַלַּלְתִּי בְּמִצְרַיִם וְאֶת־אֹתֹתַי אֲשֶׁר־שַׂמְתִּי בָם וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָֹה:  ג 

Exodus 10.1-2

And He, The Lord Said to Moses, Go to Pharaoh; for I have Strengthened Everything From The Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of his heart, and Everything from The Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of the heart of his 

servants, that I might show these My Signs before him; 

And that you may relate [tell in book format] in the ears of your son, and of your grandson, what things I have done in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that you may know that I am the Lord.

Gematria Motel

[Regular Gematria + the number of total Letters]

וּלְמַעַן תְּסַפֵּר

Voo Lih Mah Ahn - Tih Sah Payr

And to Teach / Relate from a Book

ו6 ל30 מ40 ע70 ן50   -   ת400 ס60 פ80 ר200 = 936

945 = 935 + 9 Holy Letters [ולמען תספר]

Shemot 10.20

וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה וְלֹא שִׁלַּח אֶת־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: פ 

Exodus 10.20

And The Lord Strengthened everything from Aleph to Tav of Pharaoh's heart, and he did not send out anything from The Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of the people of Israel.

וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה

וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה

Vih Yih Chah Zayk HaShem

And He, The Lord Strengthened

ו6 י10 ח8 ז7 ק100  -  י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 157

אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה

Eht Lahv Pharaoh

Everything From The Letter Aleph To The Letter Tav

Of Pharaoh's Heart

א1 ת400 ל30 ב2  -  פ80 ר200 ע70 ה5 =  788

945 = 157 + 788

Deuteronomy 6.12

Beware lest you forget The Lord, who Brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

Pharaoh was steeped in hard denial. Not only was he unwilling to acknowledge his sin of oppressing B'nei Israel, he increased the level of oppression. Pharaoh also denied the existence of God. 

Throughout this parshat we are constantly reminded that Pharaoh's heart was hard, that his heart remained set in preventing B'nei Israel from worshipping The Lord! His denial was a public denial! It was a sin against The Lord and against His people. B'nei Israel! 

He ordered his officers to afflict B'nei Israel! At each turn in the course of events, The Lord Tells Moses to remind Pharaoh and the people of Egypt.

'...that I am The Lord...' Exodus 7:5 

'By this you will know that I am The Lord...' Exodus 7:17 

'...You will know that there is none like The Lord, our G-d..' Exodus 8:6

 '...You will know that I am The Lord in the midst of the earth...' Exodus 8:18

'This is what The Lord The God of the Hebrews has said...' Exodus 9:1

' that you may KNOW that there is none like Me in all the earth.'  Exodus 9:14 

' that My Name will be declared throughout the earth.' Exodus 9:16

Long before this point, the end of the fifth plague, Pharaoh knew! Yet, he continued in his ways of sinful disobedience of The Lord's Commands. There are those who know what The Lord has Commanded yet in outright denial they continue in their pattern of sin. Their conclusion will be like that of Pharaoh and Egypt. They will cross the line as Pharaoh did. Pharaoh reached a place where he was no longer was able to control his own heart... his thoughts... his actions... The Torah tells us that God took control of them. God hardened his heart!  When Pharaoh had a choice he chose to oppress B'nei Israel. He chose to continue in his pattern of disobedience. He chose to continue his denial of The Lord. He crossed the line that no one should cross. He could not return. This is the danger of the one hardened in denial of The Lord and His Commands!!

Holy reader, a staff member at JewishPath posed this question: Can't a Jew return from wherever they are, from however far they have fallen? Isn't the Jewish light an eternal light? Well, the answer is Yes and No! Yes in the sense that it is possible. Yes in the sense that The Lord can draw anyone to him. However in the practical sense, No! Don't be fooled! When a tree is young it is flexible but when it is old the flexibility is gone. If it bends too much it will break. This should serve as a caution to us not to live on the outer perimeters of Judaism where God forbid, one's lifestyle may prevent one from repentance...

One may think that eventually they may change their mind, BUT that is not necessarily true.  Those like Pharaoh, who cross the line, or those who live on the outer perimeters may go to far. It is a very scary, dangerous place to dangle with one's life! I don't like this type of teeter.

When I was a child my Father, may he rest in peace, would give an illustration to the children at youth camp. He had a bundle of sticks that were smooth and dried out. He picked these sticks up along a beach in the San Francisco Area. He also had several freshly cut Aspen branches. Daddy showed the children how flexible the young Aspen branches were.  He would bend them in every direction with out breaking a branch. He show how stiff and how unforgiving the smooth dried sticks, he found along the ocean were. He could not bend them at all. Daddy made the comparison.  Daddy explained that when we are young we can go in many directions.  Then he taught, when we are older, we will be hardened. We will not be able to go in many directions.  He explained that now was the time to let God shape our lives. Then, again reminding us many years later it would be difficult, and possible impossible, because we would be to set in out ways. 

Ecclesiastes 7.13

Consider the work of God; for who can make that straight, what He Has Made crooked?

Each of us should remember The Lord Who delivered us from Egypt and be careful to walk in His ways...

Gematria Shemot - ONE God - 2


ב ' ח

Gematria Shemot Va'eira 2/2

Exodus 6.2 - 9.35

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Exodus 6.2

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה עַתָּה תִרְאֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶעֱשֶׂה לְפַרְעֹה כִּי בְיָד חֲזָקָה יְשַׁלְּחֵם וּבְיָד חֲזָקָה יְגָרֲשֵׁם מֵאַרְצוֹ1:1

And The Lord Said to Moses, soon you will see what [I will do to] Pharaoh. For with [My] strong hand [he will] send them out and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.

Exodus 6.3

וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי יְהוָֹה1:1

And He, God Spoke to Moses, And He Said to him, I am The Lord.

Exodus 6.4

וָאֵרָא אֶל־אַבְרָהָם אֶל־יִצְחָק וְאֶל־יַעֲקֹב בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי וּשְׁמִי יְהֹוָה לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם1:1

And [ I ] Appeared to Abraham, to Jacob and to Issac as God Almighty and not by My Name The Lord. [I] did not reveal to them.

The Word נוֹדַעְתִּי Noh Dah Tee means 'reveal'. The Gematria of נוֹדַעְתִּי Noh Dah Tee is 540


Noh Dah Tee

נ50 ו6 ד4 ע70 ת400 י 10 = 540


Shaw Mahr

To Guard

ש300 מ40 ר200 = 540

A revelation from God is very special. We must carefully guard revelations. We have to be careful not to loose what we have. We have to be careful to keep the rust off the revelations the Creator Gives us. His revelations are precious to us. My Rabbi once spoke to me. He said, 'Akiva, do you know how fortunate you are? You have heard the Voice of God at least four times. I have never heard the Voice of God. I envy you!! You are truly Blessed!' He is right!

Dear Reader the Torah portion of the Bible was given to Moses by the Voice of God. The Torah is a revelation of God! No other Book of the Bible was spoken to the Writer Word for Word. In this chapter we are going to review how God [singular] Spoke these Words.

The Name אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem is plural. אֱלֹהִים means gods when it is not used in reference to God as Judge or Creator. Even though the Name אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem is plural אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem is ALWAYS used as singular when reference is made to God as Creator. Why? אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem our Creator is One. The Name אֱלֹהִים is singular in Exodus 6,3. The Name אֱלֹהִים is always used with the singular intent when used in reference to God.

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Dear Ones over the years through thousands upon thousands of hours of study many very special Gematrias have been revealed to me over the decades. With the assistance of those who dearly love our Creator, I have compiled a number of gematries through the first 11 chapters of Exodus (& Genesis also). God Willing other books will be following...

What is Gematria? Gematria is a ancient study process used in interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures by computing and comparing the number values of a Letter, a Word or a group of Words and their relationships. Gematria is a Greek word that has come to be recognized as the study of Hebrew Letters, Numbers, Words and Phrases  in The Torah. 

This is the SECOND in a series of Five Books, God Willing.

Gematria is a unique beautiful key that when properly used can open doors to what is intentionally hidden in The Torah. Gematria is a form of Kabbalah, i.e Jewish Mysticism that allows some access to portions of the Scriptures we would like to know more about. Through diligent study and application of Gematria we are able to go deeper in to the hidden learn and more of what there is to discover about God, Angels, Humankind, Creation and much more. In this book we weave back and forth through the pages of the Torah exploring how to have a tranquil life.  The flood in Noahs age was not tranquil but it teaches us about tranquility. The world that then was not tranquil but we can sift through the pages of Hebrew for unique discoveries. 

The Bible is a Book of many mysteries for Christians, For Noachides and for Jews. Each will find my book to be exceptionally interesting as hidden truths are unwrapped and revealed for all to enjoy. 

Within the Bible are the Five Books of Ha Torah, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The conundrum within Ha Torah is different than within the rest of the Bible. Why? Besides what is hidden in Ha Torah there many quandaries. Within Ha Torah there is a system of Hebrew Letters which each have a numerical value. The numerical values can reveal many interesting, perplexing, bewildering and mystifying relationships within the Hebrew Letters, Words, Phrases etc. of Ha Torah that I discuss in this book. Some call this numerology. Others call this Gematria. I call this a study of Oh Toht / Signs.

When in daily study of the Five Books over the past decades various Oh Toht / Signs were unveiled to me as well as to other scholars of much greater stature. It is a special honor to share some of these signs in this book after years of preparation.

A great deal of Oh Toht is about relationships. Hebrew Letters share ties with numbers that unveil many principled secrets if one knows what to look for. No matter how much information is known about certain Hebrew Word or numbers only a small portion is known in comparison to the entire picture. I have been gathering, compiling and organizing for many years kah nah nah haw raw. Many years can pass between one discovery to another which forms a bridge between two discoveries. Revelations are the product of many bridges. Enclosed in this book are some of these special relationships. 

There is a special sweetness in sharing a Torah Gematria / Sign during a wonderful Shabbat or High Holy Day meal.


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