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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?


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