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Devarim Devarim

Deuteronomy 1.1 - 3.20

Time And Gematria:

עֵת - Time

Lesson One


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Dear Ones, our goal in this discussion, is to help us make a connection with The Letter מ Mem [normal] ם [final] to learning. The Mem is a middle Letter of The Aleph Bet. The normal sign [Gematria] of The Letter Mem is 40. The final sign of The Mem is 600. The only time the final Mem may be used is when The Mem is the final Letter in a Word. The Letter Mem is one of two Hebrew Letters that makes a complete 360-degree circle. When the final Letter Mem was written in the Two Tablets by The Lord The Mem was suspended in air without touching or connecting to the Two Tablets. The Lord Made The Mem stood in place without falling. The Letter Mem is an eternal Letter. The Mem does not have a beginning or end. In addition to the Words we are going to study מֹשֶׁה Moses and מְשִׁיחַ Moshiach / Messiah each begin with The Letter Mem.

In addition to learning about the Letter Mem and associated Gematrias, we will God Willing consider elements of time-related to Moses our Teacher and The People of Israel. We will Observe the wisdom in Time. It is written. We will Observe perhaps one or two picture frames in the movie of Time. King Solomon wrote, 'To everything there is a season and time to every purpose under the heaven.' We will examine several points in time that are woven together into a special purpose.

Deuteronomy 1.1 - 3

These are the words which Moses shared with all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite the Red Sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.

There are eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-Barnea.

And it happened in Year Forty in Month Eleven, in Day One to the Month that Moses shared with the people of Israel, about every Command that The Lord Said to him with them.

The People of Israel left Egypt in the year 2448 FC in Month One in Day Fifteen. That was a long time ago. Ha Torah Says it was almost Forty complete years. The People of Israel had not completed Year Forty. There were 30 days left in Month Eleven and 29 Days left in Month Twelve. They were 59 days from completing Year Forty.

Moses was 37 Days away from turning 120 years of age. Moses would die in 37 Days on his Birthday. Our Sages Teach that Moses was in Mitzrim 40 years, In Midian 40 years and in the Midbar 40 Years.

Mitzrim / Egypt


מ40 צ90 ר200 י10 נם40 = 380



מ40 ד4 י10 ן50 = 104



מ40 ד4 ב2 ר200 = 246

Our Sages Teach that Moses spent 40 Years in Mitzrim, 40 Years in Midian and 40 Years in Midbar. 120 = 40 + 40 + 40

The 2016 Bible Journeys Calendar will be released God Willing soon. In the calendar, I share about Moses simultaneous three Forty Day and Night fasts. Moses fasts from the Day he receives Ha Torah, The Commandments and The Covenant to Yom Kipper, which is the day of atonement. . Moses fasted three forty day periods one after the other plus the day before and the in between days. Our Sages Teach this is a total of between 122 to 123 days. The Seventh of Sivan is not counted. This is the Day Moses climbed Mt Sinai to receive the Commandments. The Day Moses prepares the second set of Tablets was 29 Av. This Day was not included in the fast days. So how can 122 days be 123 days? The question is, did Moses Fast on 6 Sivan, the preparation Day? Our Sages Teach Moses was very busy helping The People prepare to receive Ha Torah. Did Moses eat a Sabbath meal that night? It is not likely given Moses understanding of purity. It is likely that Moses fasted to be in a state of readiness to receive Ha Torah. Why is this such an important question?

Numbers 33.39

And Aaron was a hundred and twenty-three years old when he died in Mount Hor.

One-Hundred-Twenty-Three Days ties Aharon, The High Priest to Shavuot and Yom Kippur. In other Words The High Priest that makes atonement is a bridge spanning between receiving Ha Torah to the Day he seeks forgiveness for The People of Israel.

Fast One

Exodus 24.16 - Fast one from Sivan 7 to 17 Tammuz. The 17th of Tammuz is when the Roman soldiers breached the Holy City in their conquest to destroy our Second Holy Temple in 3830 FC. Rabbi Nachman Zakon, The Jewish Experience 2,000 Years Shaar Press (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 2003), p 11

Exodus 32.15 - 19

And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tablets of The Testimony were in his hand; the tablets were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And The Tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved upon The Tablets. And when Joshua heard the noise of The People as they shouted, he said to Moses, There is a sound like war in the camp. And He Said, It is not the voice of those who shout for mastery, nor is it the voice of those who cry for being overcome; but the sound of those who sing do I hear. And it came to pass, as soon as He came near to the camp, that He Saw the calf, and the dancing; and Moses' anger burned hot, and he threw The Tablets from his hands, and broke them beneath the mount.

Fast Two

Exodus 32.29 - 35

For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, every man against his son, and against his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day. And it came to pass on the next day, that Moses said to the people, You have sinned a great sin, and now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I shall make an atonement for your sin. And Moses returned to the Lord and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Now, if you will forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I beg you, from your book that you have written. And the Lord said to Moses, Whoever has sinned against me, him will I blot from my book. Therefore now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold, my Angel shall go before you; nevertheless in the day when I punish I will punish their sin upon them. And the Lord plagued the people because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

How do we know this second fast was for 40 days? Deuteronomy 9. 12- 18

We know this because in Verse twelve Moses received The Tablets when The Lord Informed him of The People's sin. Then he went down to them. Then he broke the Tablets. Then the next Day He returns to pray on Mt Sinai.

Deuteronomy 9.11 - 12

And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that The Lord Gave me The Two Tablets of Stone, The Tablets of The Covenant. And The Lord Said to me, Arise, get down quickly from here; for your people, which you have brought out of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside from the way which I Commanded them; they have made themselves a molten image.

How do we know Moses second Fast followed the first? How do we know the second Fast was also for Forty Days and Nights?

Deuteronomy 9.15 - 19

So I turned and came down from The Mount, and The Mount Burned with fire; and The Two Tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. And I looked, and, behold, you had sinned against the Lord your God, and had made yourselves a molten calf; you had turned aside quickly from the way which the Lord Had Commanded you. And I took The Two Tablets, and threw them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes. And I fell down before the Lord, as at the first, forty days and forty nights; I did not eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which you sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, with which the Lord was angry with you to destroy you. But the Lord listened to me at that time also.

The Third 40 Day and Night fast follow the first two fasts.

Deuteronomy 10.10 - 11

And I stayed in the mount, according to the first time, forty days and forty nights; and the Lord listened to me at that time also, and the Lord would not destroy you.   And the Lord said to me, Arise, go on your journey before the people, that they may go in and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers to give to them.

120 Days and Nights = 40 Days and Nights + 40 Days and Night + 40 Days and Nights

Within the Community of The People of Israel, there are some who pray each day each morning, afternoon and night. Some also pray at the mid of Night. The morning prayers maybe thirty minutes or longer on average. Afternoon prayers are perhaps fifteen minutes. Evening prayers are about twenty minutes. These are on normal Days. The Elul, Month leading up to Rosh HaShannah prayer time increases significantly. Then on Rosh HaShannah morning prayers may last from eight am to three in the afternoon. On Yom Kippur, we fast from one night to the next night that is about twenty-six hours. On Erev Yom Kippur at Kol Nidre about three hours. On Yom Kippur, we pray from early morning to night. It is understandable that one might be a little weary.

What about Moses. He did not just fast One Day and Night. Moses fasted for about 123 Days and Nights. Moses bowed down, prayed and interceded for The People of Israel during the middle Forty Days and Nights. The greatness of Moses is a challenging connection for us. I can relate to a tiny portion of what Moses experienced. What about you?

When we say 'In the Wilderness' the Word is Bamidbar.


ב2 מ40 ד4 ב2 ר200 = 248

The positive Observances of Ha Torah are 248. The organs in our body are 248.

We see a relationship between the being in the wilderness, the positive Commands of Ha Torah and the organs of our body.

Devarim 1.3 is informing us that the wilderness experience is coming to an end in 59 days. Moses Leadership and hands on Teaching is coming to an end in 37 Days. The Lord Has Moses revisit the Observances with The People of Israel. Think of how that felt for Moses. He would die. He would not enter the Land with his people. The people who were taught Ha Torah at Moses' feet were already feeling the loss of their Great Teacher.

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1.Solomon wrote, 'There is a time to every purpose under the heaven.' Exploring to learn the purpose is a deep Torah adventure. One point in this lesson is to teach us to search for the purpose related to time and seasons. Do we stop to consider the great significance of points in Time within The Holy Scriptures?

2. How is The Festival Season of Shavuot in which Ha Torah, the Commandments, and the covenant were given to the People connected through Moses to Yom Kipper, the Season for Atonement?

3. How is the Letter Mem related to Moses Life?

4. What is the importance of the number 123?

5. What happened on 17 Tammuz?

Gematria Vayikra Bechukotai

Leviticus 25.1 - 26.2

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Remember My Holy Land!

Chapter 10

Parshat Bechukosai

Leviticus 26.3 - 27.34

Vayikra 26.43

וְהָאָרֶץ תֵּעָזֵב מֵהֶם וְתִרֶץ אֶת־שַׁבְּתֹתֶיהָ בָּהְשַׁמָּה מֵהֶם וְהֵם יִרְצוּ אֶת־עֲוֹנָם יַעַן וּבְיַעַן בְּמִשְׁפָּטַי מָאָסוּ וְאֶת־חֻקֹּתַי גָּעֲלָה נַפְשָׁם:  מד

Leviticus 26.43

The land, being bereft of them, will be appeased for its Sabbaths, during the time of its desolation from them and their iniquities will then be appeased {forgiven} since what certainly caused {this} is that they despised My laws and their soul loathed {rejected} My statutes.  

The Lord made these Comments in reference to His faithfulness to His Covenant with The People of Israel. Yet, we failed to keep the Sabbatical year and Sabbaths because we despised His Laws. 

In this week's Parshat we read The Lord's Words, 'I Will Remember.'  We also read, 'and I Will Remember the land.' Leviticus 26.42 

Holy reader, why is the land of Israel called the Holy Land?  Israel is Holy, because The Lord God Separated this parcel of Land from all other lands. We read that The Lord Instructed Avram, '...Go to The Land that I will show you...' in Genesis 12.1 We read, 'Avram...set out to go to the Land of Canaan...' in Genesis 12.5.  This is chronologically followed by Genesis Chapter 15. In Genesis 15.7 Avram chronologically was  in the land of Eretz Canaan for the first time at the age of seventy. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Shemot (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 142 Also Note: 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 514

The Lord God Said in Genesis 15 , 'I Am The Lord Who Brought you out of Ur Kasdim to Give to you this land as an inheritance.'  Chronologically this occurs before Genesis Chapter 12.6 - 14.24.

Genesis 15.18 - 21

In the same day The Lord Made a covenant from Aleph to Tav with Abram, Saying, To your seed have I Given everything from Aleph to Tav of This Land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates; Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Kennith, and Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Kenazites, and Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Kadmonites, And Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Hittites, and Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Perizzites, and Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Rephaim, And Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ]the Amorites, and Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Canaanites, and Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Girgashites, and Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Jebusites.

About 429 years later Moshe climbs Mt Horeb / Sinai to observe the Burning Bush. The deliverance of the People of Israel from slavery in Egypt took place the next year. The People of Yisroel  were delivered in 2448 F.C.

Exodus 3.5 

And He Said, Do not come any closer; take off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you stand is Holy Ground. 

Where was this place? This was Mount Horeb. This is Mt Sinai. This is 'The Place' הַמָּקוֹם Hah Maw Kohm where the ladder extended into the heavens. Yaakov Said, This was the Gateway to Heaven.

While Moshe is their at 'The Place' The Lord God Tells Moshe that He Will bring the People of Israel out of Mitzrim.

Exodus 3.16, 17

Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt; And I have said, I will bring you out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey. 

Now, we learn in Parshat Behar Leviticus 25.1 - 26.2) that The Land of Yisroel is required to Have a Sabbath of Rest.  What place in the world outside of Yisroel does the Creator of the universe require The People of the land to have a Sabbath of Rest?  Does this include ALL the lands Given to The People of Israel by The Lord God?  Perhaps... since the את Eht does not proceed the the Mitzvot here, there maybe room for other possibilities. I am saying that the Mitzvot here could be more absolute. Absolute would be

the inclusion of  את Eht in Verse one and in verse four. A much greater authority must make that decision.

Leviticus 25.1 - 5

And the Lord Spoke to Moses in Mount Sinai, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath to the Lord. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in its fruit; But in the Seventh Year shall be a Sabbath of rest to the land, a Sabbath for the Lord; you shall not sow your field, nor prune your vineyard. That which grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, nor gather the grapes of your vine undressed; for it is a year of rest to the land.

The Lord God Establishes Mitzvot regarding the Land of Israel.  The Observances the Lord God Established was ONLY for the Land of Israel. In doing this The Lord God Separated the Land of Israel from all other lands. Rabbi A. Y. Kahan The Taryag Mitzvot (Brooklyn, N.Y. Keser Torah Publications 1987, 1988) pp 201 - 202

Then the year of Jubilee is based on the Seventh year of Rest. 

Leviticus 25.8 - 13

And you shall count Seven Sabbaths of years to you, seven times seven years; and the space of the Seven Sabbaths of years shall be to you forty and nine years. Then shall you cause the shofar to sound on the tenth day of the Seventh Month, in the Day of Atonement shall you sound the Shofar throughout all your land. And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants of it; it shall be a Jubilee to you; and you shall return every man to his possession, and you shall return every man to his family. A Jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; you shall not sow, nor reap that which grows of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of your vine undressed. For it is the Jubilee; it shall be Holy to you; you shall eat the produce of it out of the field. In the year of this Jubilee you shall return every man to his possession.

Leviticus 27.30

And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's; it is Holy to the Lord.

The Creator, Takes great offense at the desecration of the laws pertaining to the Land of Yisroel and of the Sabbatical year and our Sabbaths. In fact, our Beit HaMikdosh is destroyed and most of us are scattered throughout the world because we failed as Jews to properly elevate the Sabbatical year and the Sabbaths.  

Holy reader, The Lord took offense at our loathing for His laws.  That is why we are so scattered throughout the world!  Now believing in Jesus will not reunite Israel or restore the Divine Blessings.

Vayikra 26.42

וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקוֹב וְאַף אֶת־בְּרִיתִי יִצְחָק וְאַף אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אַבְרָהָם אֶזְכֹּר וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר מג

The Lord Remembers. The Lord Forgives. The Lord Blesses!! The Lord Said, אֶזְכֹּר Ehz Cor / 'I will remember'.  When The Lord remembers Oo Vah Rayk / He Blesses.  The Gematria for both Ehz Cor  and  Oo Vah Rayk are 228. Shemot 23.25 reminds us that when we serve The Lord He Blesses us...

Shemot 23.25

וַעֲבַדְתֶּם אֵת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וּבֵרַךְ אֶת־לַחְמְךָ וְאֶת־מֵימֶיךָ וַהֲסִרֹתִי מַחֲלָה מִקִּרְבֶּךָ:  כו

Exodus 23.25

And you shall serve Everything from the Aleph to the Tav of the Lord your God, and He Shall Bless Everything from the Aleph to the Tav of your bread, and Everything from the Aleph to the Tav of your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you.


Ehz Cor / [The Lord Says], I Will Remember!

א1 ז7 כ20 ר200 = 228


Oo Vah Rayk /  and He Shall Bless

ו6 ב2 ר200 ך20 = 228

When The Lord Said, וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר Vih Haw Aw Rehzt   Ehz Cor / And I will remember the land we see the connection with שָׁב / Shawv meaning Return, Repent, Restore.   While the Gematria for וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר Vih Haw Aw Rehzt - Ehz Cor is 530 the Gematria for  אֶזְכֹּר Vih Haw Aw Rehzt meaning 'And the land' is only 302. This is the same Gematria relationship with שָׁב / Shawv meaning Return, Repent, Restore.

So when we fulfill our areas of responsibilities The Lord will Remember us and He Will Bless us.

When Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach was a young 'timid man' even though that is difficult to imagine. The way he tells stories which just reach out and touch the soul of anyone who listens... it hard to think he was ever timid, Blessed by the Lubavitcher Rebbe and how it changed his life forever. Reb Shlomo was learning in Lakewood. While studying Ha Torah in Lakewood he approached outreach at a distance. He didn't like getting up close and personal with individuals.

Reb Shlomo Said, he had the great privilege of sitting next to the Rebbe and learning with the Rebbe.  'It was Gan Eden'. This means it was like being in Heaven with the Creator. One day while learning together the Rebbe said to him, 'God Gave you Talent to talk to Yidden. You have to talk to Yidden. 'Right now, the world needs you to talk to Yidden'.  

Reb said, I want you to know the Rebbe gave me a new Neshama. That day after leaving the Rebbe's presence he felt different.  After receiving the new soul he wanted to talk to other Yidden up close.  He related suddenly He wanted to tell every Yid he saw there's a great Rebbe. He wanted to stand on his own two feet when talking to individuals up close when he was away from the Rebbe. He said that He would not leave the subway unless he had talked to at least one Yid. He would travel back and forth on the subway searching for a Yid to share with. He would say I'm not leaving until least I talk to Yid. 

Back when he was a young man Reb Shlomo said it was the night before Erev Shavuot . At that time Erev Shavuot and Sabbath were Observed together since the were on the same day. After learning he needed to travel home. It was late at night. He wasn't a rich schlepper and didn't have the chutzpah  meaning he was not particularly audacious or that he didn't have the guts to borrow money so he took the subway instead of riding in a cab.  While taking the subway sitting opposite of him was a young man maybe 20 or 22 years old. He was glowing. He appeared to be Jewish.   Rev Shlomo said to him,  'Hey brother I see you're so happy. What's the occasion?  

The Young Man Said, Well, I'm Jewish.  I'm so proud to tell you I'm getting married at a [Christian] Church to a non-Jewish girl in the Bronx on the Sabbath. It's a very special weekend for me.

Reb Shlomo related that  he knew it was a very special weekend for him. He said there is only one way of talking to him.  Shlomo said, listen to me.  I appreciate it! It is very very special that you're getting married but I feel you should get a blessing from a very holy man before you go to the chupah.  Just two stations back is this very holy man. I think our meeting here is providence. Let's go back just two stations and I'll bring you to Rebbe. 

Reb Shlomo said, I'll never forget it. By that time it was 4:30 am of Erev Shavuot.  They went to Rebbe's home. He knocked on the door. The Lubavitcher Rebbe opened the door. How many people have the privilege of Lubavitcher Rebbe, this holy righteous man opening the door for them?  Reb Shlomo had his arms around this young man. He spoke to the Rebbe in Yiddish because the young man could not understand.

The Rebbe asked, What did you bring me?

Reb Shlomo said, The young man needs a little teaching.  He's getting married in church on Sabbath.

The Rebbe said to Reb Shlomo wait outside.  He waited until about 7:30 am very close to the door while saying Tehillim. He asked, Do you know what the Rebbe was doing?  He was washing out his Neshama / his soul.  This was not just a little dust. The Rebbe had to do plastic surgery on his neshama.  He had to cut very deep. The Rebbe opens the door. The Young man steps out.  The young man's  eyes were flooded with tears. The  Rebbe said to Reb Shlomo,  Take this young man to the mikvah. The Mikvah was very crowed because that evening was both Shavuot and Sabbath. The 'Rebbe said, Then put Tefilin on with him... The young man returned to Judaism. 

Can you imagine what it would be like if you were me and if you were standing in a check out line in a local store in the Jewish Community and Reb Shlomo Carlebach came up and stood in line behind you and began sharing about Judaism? Wouldn't that be wonderful?


Leviticus 27.34

These are the Commandments, which the Lord Commanded Moshe for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.

Chazak - חזק

ב ' ח

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 24

Genesis 24.1 - 67

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The Blessing Of Abraham - 24

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Genesis 24

The Blessing Of Abraham

Of all the Chapters in Ha Torah, The Holy Scriptures Genesis Chapter 24 is perhaps my favorite. Chapter 24 follows Abraham's offering of Issac and the death of his beloved wife Sarah.  Abraham was a very important man. He cast a huge shadow. We observe the intoxicating presence of Abraham Chapter by Chapter.  He was very powerful. Yet, Abraham was a humble man. He was a kind man, a loving man, a caring man. He was a war tried veteran. He was a seasoned politician. He was an influential man. He was careful. He was the husband of two wives. At this time he was the father of two sons and a few years later many sons. He was a widower. He was extremely wealthy.  Abraham was an astrologer. And most important of all Abraham had an awareness of The Lord God beyond what we can imagine. Abraham's faith in the Lord God is a beacon of light for each of us. Abraham's devotion to the Lord God is unparalleled. His obedience to The Instruction and direction of The Lord God is  unapproachable. Abraham believed The Lord God. Abraham was a Novie / a Prophet. Yet His Wife Sarah was greater.  Abraham had the qualities of a Patriarch. Sarah had the qualities of a Matriarch. Soon Abraham would learn Sarah was gone. However, now, Abraham turned his attention to Isaac.

As Abraham and Isaac journey from their  experiences on Mount Moriah among the things that occur to Abraham was the  thought if Isaac had of died on Mount Moriah he would not have fulfilled the Mitzvah / the Observance of having children. It is God's Desire for us to father and mother children. The awareness of Isaac dying without children was interrupted by a revelation from the Lord God recorded in Genesis 21.20 - 24. The Lord God Informed Abraham that Isaac's Berschert, i.e. His God appointed mate Rebekah was born to his Brother, Nachor's eighth son Bethuel. 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 817.

At this time Abraham was 137 years of age, Sarah was 127 years of age. Issac was 37 years of age. Abraham was ten years older than Sarah.

Abraham was one hundred years of age when Isaac was born.

Genesis 21.5

And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born to him. 

In Chapter 23 we learned that Sarah died at 127 years of age.

Another area Abraham contemplated on as he and Isaac departed Mount Moriah was how he and Isaac looked like identical twins. Abraham was youthful. Up until this time people did not show or experience aging. All humans were youthful. The human body did not show age. Humans did not experience age as we know it today. Up until Abraham there was no old age, i.e. age did not mark a person. There were no wrinkles. There was no gray hair. The body did not experience the aches and pains of aging. Bones were not hard and brittle. The body remained youthful. Whoever wished to speak to Abraham would speak to Isaac, and the reverse would happen. Why because sons were identical looking as their fathers. Daughters were identical looking as their  mothers. Then Abraham prayed for distinction among people and old age came into existence, as it is written, 'And Abraham was old and well-stricken in age.' Bava Metzia 87a

As we begin Genesis 24 we are going to move away from discussing Isaac for a few pages to discuss Abraham's great and vast wealth.

Abraham Was Blessed As He Departed Haran.

Abram had substance and servants.

Bereisheit 24.1

אַבְרָהָם זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ אֶת־אַבְרָהָם בַּכֹּל:  ב

Genesis 24.1

Abraham was an Elder with many days and The Lord Blessed Everything from Aleph to Tav of Abraham in everything.

At this point in Abraham was only 140 years of age. He would live another 35 years. Is it strange for this statement to be located in this place?  Perhaps it is. Yet there is a purpose for everything. In Chapter 24 we are provided the opportunity to view a few weeks in Abraham's life.

Dear Reader, Chapter 24 follows with many,  many examples how HaShem Blessed Abraham in everything. The Gematria of  וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ  Vah HaShem Bay Rahk meaning And The Lord Blessed is the Gematria 254. דְּרָכֶיךָ Dih Raw Kheh Chaw neaning in your way is also the Gematria 254.

וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ  

Vah HaShem Bay Rahk

And The Lord Blessed

ו6 י10 ה5 ו6 ה5     ב2 ר200 ך20 = 254


Dih Raw Kheh Chaw

ד4 ר200 כ20 י10 ך20  =  254


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