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Parshat Bereisheit Lech Lecha

Genesis 12.1 - 17.27


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Bereisheit Lech Lecha

Genesis 12.1 - 17.27


Gematria In Genesis -  Meez Bay Ach  /  The Altar


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Genesis 12.7

וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה


Dear Friends, Perhaps the greatest association in Abraham's life was The Altar to The Lord. We are going to consider Mysticism of several Scriptures in This Parshat.


Genesis 12.7

And The Lord Spiritually Appeared to Abram, and said, 'To your seed will I give this land; and there [Abram] וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה built an altar to The Lord, who appeared to him.


Genesis 12.8

And he moved from there to a mountain in the east of Beth-El, and pitched his tent, having Beth-El on the west, and Hai on the east; and there [Abram]  וַיִּבֶן־שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהֹוָה built an altar to The Lord, וַיִּקְרָא בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה and called in The Name Lord.


Genesis 13.3 - 4

And he went on his journeys from the Negev to Beth-El, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-El and Hai; אֶל־מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ To the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first;

וַיִּקְרָא שָׁם אַבְרָם בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה and there Abram called in The Name Lord.


Genesis 13.8

Then Abram removed his tent, and came and lived in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and וַיִּבֶן־שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה built there an altar to The Lord.

There are several Word we want to consider. Please notice the individual Letters in the screened row. They are the true first Letter of Each Word. Mystically the First Letters combine to spell בָּשֹמִי Baw Sa Mee meaning fragrance. So when Abram built an Altar to The Lord, Mystically it was for the purpose of honoring The Lord with a Pleasing aroma a special fragrance that would rise into The Heavens. Noah did this in Genesis 8.21. The Gematria for  בָּשֹמִי Baw Sa Mee is 352. The Gematria for קָרְבָּן Qaw Rih Bawn / Karbon / meaning Offering is also 352. We are beginning to see the Spiritual Revelation of 'Abraham Built an Altar to The Lord.'


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בָּשֹמִי

Baw Sa Mee / Fragrance

ב2 ש300 מ40 י10  =352


קָרְבָּן

Qaw Rih Bawn / Karbon / Offering

ק100 ר200 ב2  ן50  =  352


Mystically we Observe that when Abram  וַיִּבֶן־שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה built there an altar to The Lord it was for the purpose of offering a קָרְבָּן An offering a sacrifice. The sacrifice Offering pleased The Lord. In Genesis 13.3 - 4 we read, אֶל־מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ To the place of the altar.  Notice the Words מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ Mih Qohm - Hah Mee Zih Bah Ach meaning 'place of the Altar'. The Gematria is 248. Is this interesting? In Genesis 17, The Lord Changes his name from Abram to Abraham. The Gemmatria of Abraham is 248. Mystically this is like The Lord is Saying to Abram because you build Altars to Me and because you come to the Place of the Altar to call in My Name I am going to change your name from Abram [Gematria 243] to Abraham [Gematria 248]. You build the Altar to Me. You offer a Karbon. The fragrance rises into The Heavens.


מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ

Ha Mee Zih Bay Ach - Mih Qohm

The Place of The Altar

מ40  ק100 ו6  ם40       ה5 מ40 ז7  ב2  ח8  = 248


Genesis 17.5

Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be אַבְרָהָם Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you. 


אַבְרָהָם

Abraham

א1 ב2 ר200 ה5 ם40 = 248


אֶל־אַבְרָהָם

To Abraham

א1  ל30       א1  ב2  ר200 ה5  ם40  = 279


אֶל־מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ

To The Place of The Altar

א1 ל30     מ40  ק100  ו6  ם40     ה5 מ40  ז7  ב2  ח8  = 279


Mystically it's like The Lord God Changed Abraham's name to 'The Place of The Altar.


In Genesis 13.4 וַיִּקְרָא שָׁם אַבְרָם בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה and there Abram called in The Name Lord. I did not write 'In The Name of The Lord because The Text does not say this. Translators add this to The Scripture. It is important to note this. Abram called in The Name Lord. We do not know how to do this!! Abraham did NOT necessarily Say The Holy Name 'Lord'. He called in The Name Lord. His Intent was in the Name Lord. What he was saying was communicated in The Name Lord. Abraham was a Mystic. Abraham had a unique relationship with The Lord. We know that the only place where Abraham called in The Name Lord was 'There' at the altar. At this time, we are not going to discuss the method by which Abraham called in The Name Lord. 



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Parshat Bereisheit Bereisheit

Genesis 1.1 - 6.8


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The Heavens


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(Conclusion of The Torah Cycle)


First את

Genesis 1.1

אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם

Last את

Deuteronomy 34.9

צִוָּה יְהוָֹה אֶת־מֹשֶׁה



Dear Friends this lesson is from two excerpts from my Book entitled, God's Plan for Man From The Beginning that is to be released soon.


During the course of this book, I will point to Scriptures where the Hebrew is entirely omitted in English translations. Where the Hebrew meaning is changed in English Translations and where the entire Hebrew meaning is not translated into English. This may sound like a conspiracy, but it isn't. Translation is not an easy task. There are areas where misunderstandings occur. I think perhaps many of these misunderstandings result from a failure to maintain a clear path of continuity in translation. Continuity is extremely difficult to maintain. Every possible situation should be considered when translating to give the very best possible translation. One must sweat and struggle when translating. Translations should not omit, cut corners or determine that some details are not necessary to relate to the reader. Let's consider an example from the first Scripture of the Bible that we began discussing in Chapter Four. 'Most English versions of the Bible omit two VERY IMPORTANT WORDS in their translations. They omit the Words אֵת Eht.'


Bereisheit 1.1

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ: ב


Genesis 1.1

In the beginning, God Created the heavens and the earth.


This is the standard translation for Genesis 1.1 This is a good translation yet it fails to drive home the entirety of The Lord God's Creating. Most English versions of the Bible omit two VERY IMPORTANT WORDS in their translations. They omit the Words אֵת Eht. The Bible says, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם , Eht Hah Shaw Mah Yeem, meaning everything from the first Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Aleph, to the last Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Tav, of the Heavens וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ , everything from the first Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Aleph, to the last Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Tav, of the earth.


The First Letter of the Hebrew Aleph Bet is the Letter א Aleph. The last Letter of the Hebrew Aleph Bet is the Letter ת Tav. Please look at them below. Remember Hebrew is read from Right to Left.


ת Tav - Aleph א

א - ת

א ב ג ד ה ו ז ח ט י כ ל מ נ ס ע פ צ ק ר ש ת


Again, the Word אֵת Eht means 'everything from the first Letter of The Aleph Bet, The Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph Bet the Tav. The Word אֵת Eht is used to emphasize entirety. It is all inclusive! Nothing is excluded! All is included. This is an absolute way of saying that The Lord God Created everything in the Heavens, Spiritual and unspiritual, matter and nonmatter. NOTHING is omitted! The same is true for The Earth. This is an absolute way of saying The Lord God Created everything in the Earth Spiritual and unspiritual, matter and nonmatter. NOTHING is omitted! Aryeh Kaplan The Bahir ( Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) 1st edition, 2004 pp 108 - 109


The Aleph Represents The Lord God. The Tav represents Truth.

אֶת

Eht Everything From Aleph to Tav

א1 ת400 = 401


תָּא

Taw / ' Cell / Little

ת400 א1 = 401


At B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC we translate Genesis 1.1 as:


Genesis 1.1

In the Beginning God Created everything from the first Letter of The Aleph Bet, The Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Tav of the Heavens and everything from the first Letter of The Aleph Bet, The Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Tav of the Earth.


This is much longer than simply saying, In the beginning God Created the heavens and the earth.


Once a reader understands the meaning of the Word אֵת Eht we modify it to:


In the Beginning God Created everything from The Aleph to the Tav of the Heavens and everything from The Aleph to the Tav of the Earth.


The problem translating Genesis 1.1 as In the beginning God Created the heavens and the earth. Is that it does not stress the entirety of Creation, i.e. all the inclusiveness of Creation! The clear understanding that nothing in Creating the Heavens or the Earth was excluded is very important. Everything is included. When this translation is clearly understood many religious teachings about life after death are exposed as false or misleading. Now we take this a step further. We discuss how this impacts each of us. Regardless of our individual concept of Heaven, we know Heaven is complete wherever Heaven is. Remember, the Lord God Created everything from Aleph to Tav of the Heavens. Do you know what this means?


This means when the Heavens were completed and The Lord God Rested from His Creating, each of our names were written in the Book of life. This means the Lord God has a place prepared for each of us in The Heavens. There is nothing more required. NOTHING was omitted in Creating The Heavens. No further preparation is necessary. It is done! Heaven is complete. Dear Ones, this also includes our salvation, our redemption from sin and eternal life in Heaven. Yet, unfortunately, everyone will not go to Heaven. We know the generations in Noah's Time were blotted out. They did not want to improve. Their hearts were continually evil. We will discuss this in Chapter Twenty-Five, Sin.


It is the Truth; God Has a special place prepared from creation for each of us. It has ALWAYS been this way. Who can describe the beauty and spender of The Heavens? We know the Heavens are so wonderfully prepared and arranged. Every detail was handcrafted by The Master Builder. Total purity and righteousness are in every street and home. Not a dot of sin exists. Suffering, discomfort and deformities are unknown. The Holy Place Heaven is arrayed by materials finer than a man can imagine. There is always a light on. Your mansion or Teepee or Igloo or cabin is prepared and awaiting your arrival. All that I am trying to say is when our day arrives everything is ready for our arrival.


In the Christian New Testament, we read a quote attributed to Rabbi Jesus, 'Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, also believe in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may also be. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.'


Again, our place with our name plaque on the entrance gate and the mansion doors, in The Heavens has already been prepared from the beginning of creation. Heaven is entirely perfect wonderful and complete. There is nothing anyone can add to this wonderful, perfect place. There is no need for anyone to go and prepare a place that has existed since the creation of the world.

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 20

Genesis 20.1 - 18

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Where Torah Does Not Exist


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Chapter 20 - Where Torah does Not Exist


Bereisheit 20.1 - 18


Dear Reader, have you asked yourself one of the following questions?


Am I normal?


Do I see things differently than others?


Am I different?


What makes me different?


Do my co-workers see me as being strange or odd?


Awhile back I chose to become part of a 501 c 3 organization that helps the community. This was not a religious organization. They are known for doing a lot of good yet it is a crusty place to visit... It smells awful. My first visit was uncomfortable. They do a lot of things I have no interest in. I looked around. It was clear I was different. What made me different? Why did I feel uncomfortable? Why did this organization that has helped so many down through the years make me feel entirely out of place?


Reader can you identify?


Do you work in a place that is not comfortable? Do you attend a school that is not comfortable? Do you live in a home which is not comfortable?


My wife, Revi arrived home after school one afternoon to find her clothes in a single box on the front porch. Can we imagine what it must of felt like for a sixteen year old woman to be tossed out of the family home. How did the most precious of places become such a place of pain?


Dear Reader, we look at our home as a place of safety from the world where those around us tenderly love us, support us, nurture us and encourage us. Our home is supposed to be a safety net, God Willing, a place where we can get away from the world. Unfortunately one's home can be changed into a very undesirable place quickly.


It was 8:00 am in the morning. It was time to report to work. I was a little early. Shortly after entering the large manufacturing building while walking towards the time clock a fellow worker cut me off. He got in front of me. He said what are you doing here?


I responded, I'am preparing to punch my time card and begin working.


He said, You don't work here any more.


I inquired, Why?


He said something like, We don't want any dirty Jews around here!!


Shortly after the conversation began about a dozen men from that company surrounded me. I was in the center of a circle that formed. They began terrorizing me. It happened so fast. It felt like they were about to hurt me when the owner of the company came rushing out of his office ordering them to halt. He took me back into the office and said, You cannot work here! File a law suit if you will. I will pay it but you cannot work here. File for unemployment, I will pay it but you cannot work here. What happened? They found out I was Jewish...



Dear Ones there may be times throughout our lives where we will be forced to operate in areas where we may feel uncomfortable. Will we be required to interact outside of our comfort zone?

Avraham was placed in a situation where he was forced to interact and associate with the people of Gerar. He was new to the area. Things got off to a rugged start. It was very uncomfortable for he and Sarah and their followers. Lets define why it was challenging. Our Sages say that Avraham moved because He saw the cities of Sedom were destroyed and travelers ceased from passing by. In addition, Avraham chose to distance himself from Lot who had acquired a bad reputation because he was incestuous with his daughters.


Genesis 20.1-9

And Abraham journeyed from there toward the Negev, and lived between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister; and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. But God Came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife. But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you slay also a righteous nation? Said he not to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother; in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. And God Said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart; for I also kept you from sinning against me; therefore I did not let you touch her. Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a Prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live; and if you restore her not, know you that you shall surely die, you, and all who are yours. Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears; and the men were very afraid. Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, What have you done to us? And in what have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.


Bereisheit 20.10

וַיֹּאמֶר אֲבִימֶלֶךְ אֶל־אַבְרָהָם מָה רָאִיתָ כִּי עָשִׂיתָ אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה1:1


And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see, that you have done this thing?


Bereisheit 20.11

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם כִּי אָמַרְתִּי רַק אֵין־יִרְאַת אֱלֹהִים בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה וַהֲרָגוּנִי עַל־דְּבַר אִשְׁתִּי1:1


And Abraham Said, Because I Said, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.


Within our world we do business with and interact with people we may choose not to associate with. Abraham was placed in a situation like this when the King of Gerar took his wife, Sarah. What would you do if placed in the same situation?


Let's first remember that Avraham was a Prophet. This means Avraham had Visions and Dreams. This means Avraham spoke Words from God. We read in Ha Torah that Avraham Said.

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם כִּי אָמַרְתִּי

Many translations use the Word 'thought' as in I thought Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.


However Avraham was a Prophet. Avraham didn't just think the Fear of God is not in this place. Avraham Saw through a Vision that the Fear of God was not in this place. The Word אָמַרְתִּי normally means to say. One must ask was Avraham attempting to be politically correct here, when he spoke with King Abimelech? I don't think so! Avraham condemned the king because as a Prophet he Saw the Fear of God was absent. He took actions because of his Vision. Sarah did like wise. Sarah agreed with her husbands Vision. Sarah had a Vision. Sarah could see what an evil man Abimelech was. Our Sages reveal a discussion between our Creator and Abimelech which is not mentioned in Ha Torah.


After the destruction of Sedom, Abraham again changed his residence, moving his tent from Chevron to the Philistine city of Gerar. For what reasons did Abraham leave Charon?

1, Abraham was forced to forsake his old neighborhood because rumors of Lot's actions with his daughters were circulating. Lot's bad reputation also reflected in Avraham who was Lot's uncle. Avraham, afraid of a Chiluil The Lord, [profanation of the Divine Name] decided therefore to settle in a different place. 141

2. [Abraham's] overwhelming desire to perform kindness made him seek guests constantly. After the destruction of Sedom the roads in that area were deserted. Avraham consequently returned to Gerar where there would be wayfarers for him to serve.142


Avraham knew the people living in Gerar were not God fearing. As a result for safety reasons, he called himself Sarah's brother, like he did in Egypt. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 180


The Midrash informs us that once Sarah was forcibly taken to Abimelech's palace she told him, 'I am a married woman!' Avimelech ignored Sarah but the Lord sent the Angel Michael to protect her. He could not even approach Sarah.


The Lord Spoke to Abimelech in a dream Saying, 'The woman you took to your palace is married! As a result you deserve to die according to the Seven Noachide Laws. Avimelech objected. He claimed to be righteous.


The All Seeing Eternal Judge Said, Your claim to righteousness is not justified, since it was I who Prevented you from touching her... You are deserving of death! You kidnapped Sarah! Stealing is a prohibition of the Noachide Law of 'robbery' in the Ha Torah. Now, return this woman to her husband at once! Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 180 - 181


וַיֹּאמֶר אֲבִימֶלֶךְ אֶל־אַבְרָהָם מָה רָאִית כִּי עָשִׂיתָ אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה


[What Do You] See?

רָאִיתָ

ר200 א1 י10 ת400 ‫=611


As a Prophet Avraham Saw an absence of Torah Observances. Avraham Saw an absence of righteousness. When the Observances of Ha Torah are absent from our world our world is NOT the place our Creator Intended it to be!! 


The Words Avimelech asked Abraham are 'What do you see?' Mystically the Words ask, 'Do you see Torah? Do you see [anyone] Observing the Torah?' The answer is no!


Torah

תוֹרָה

ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 611


Each of us are required to Observe various Commands within Ha Torah. It does not matter if we are Jewish or not. Why? Our Creator Established His Will and His Rule for this World, He Created it. His Will and His Rule remains the same today as when He Created this Universe. His Will includes joining Him in Heaven after our life on this earth is concluded. His Will is for us to IMPROVE as individuals.


So if the home place does not Observe Torah the Home place is a scary place to be. If the Work place does not Observe Ha Torah the Work Place is a frightening place to be. God Teaches us Seven Laws to follow and to Observe that makes every place a good happy loving wonderful place to live.

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Bereisheit Vayechi - 12

Genesis 47.28 - 50.26

Learning to Live with Adversity


A Taste Of Torah 

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Bereisheit 47.28

וַיְחִי יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם שְׁבַע עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה וַיְהִי יְמֵי־יַעֲקֹב שְׁנֵי חַיָּיו שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וְאַרְבָּעִים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה1:1


And he, Yaakov lived in [the] land of Mitzriam / Egypt seventeen years. And the days of Yaakov, the years of his life were one hundred forty seven years. Bereisheit 47.28

Our parshat begins with the words, 'And lived He, Yaakov in the land of Mitzriam for seventeen years...' Bereisheit 47.28


Did Yaakov want to live outside of Eretz Canaan? No! Is Mitzriam where Yaakov wanted to live? No! Did Yaakov want to die in Mitzriam? No! Dear reader, our sages teach that when Yaakov journeyed to Mitzriam, the remaining five years of the famine immediately ended, upon his entrance into Mitzriam. That being the situation one may wonder / question, 'Then why did Yaakov stay in Mitzriam until his death?' Holy reader, the point is not complex. Even Yaakov the great tzaddik could not just leave Mitzriam and return to Eretz Canaan as he desired. The timing was not right. He had to remain in Mitzriam until his death.


The lesson here is that even though there are Jews who would desire to live in Eretz Yisroel, it may not be possible for them. And even though there are Jews who may strongly desire to live in an observant Jewish Community, it may not be possible for them. There are times that it is necessary to live just where we are. Then there are times that it may be necessary for one to actually move away from the land of Yisroel as Yaakov did. It may be necessary to move away from an observant Jewish community. One may wonder why. It may be for any number of reasons. However our point in this discussion is not to explore the why. Our point is to simply observe the words, Yaakov lived. Even though Yaakov preferred to live in Eretz Canaan he lived in Mitzriam. Even though Yaakov preferred to die in Eretz Canaan he lived in Mitzriam, knowing that he would die there.


Holy reader, there is a message in the words "Yaakov lived"! Yaakov was LIVING where he did not want to be. Yaakov was prospering in Mitzriam. Yaakov's children were greatly prospering in Mitzriam. They were not in Eretz Canaan. They were in Mitzriam. This is the point! Yaakov and his descendants lived and prospered in a place other than where they desired to be. This is the message to many of us. Do you think that Yoseif would have rather remained in Mitzriam or returned to Eretz Canaan immediately? It is obvious what Yoseif would have rather done. Yet he remained in Mitzriam. This is a message to those who would rather work somewhere other than where they are. This is a message to those who would rather reside somewhere else. Yaakov lived!


For many it is not possible to work in the position they desire. For many it is not possible to work in the location they desire. For many it is not possible to live in the country or city they would choose. For many they cannot live in the house they may dream of living in. For many we cannot attend the day school, high school, Bais Yaakov, Yeshiva, prep school, institution, college or university that we truly desire to attend. Yet even when all of these no's exist... when all of these impossibilities exist, understand this: Yaakov lived! We must gravitate to Yaakov's level. We must join Yaakov in living. We must exploit the area of life to the fullest regardless of where we are, where we work or what school we learn in. This is the introduction to Parshat Vayechi. Yaakov Lived!


Even if we lose our position... even if we lose our business or place of employment... even if we lose our family home... even if we lose our children, WE MUST LEARN TO CONTINUE LIVING!


Dear readers, many years ago I lost my position. I lost the family business'. I lost the family home. Then I lost my children and many relatives for awhile. I have been there. I was destitute. I was penniless, I was homeless. I was without transportation. It was not easy! Yet, I needed to learn how Yaakov Lived!


Noach lived during the flood. It was not easy! Avraham was tossed into the fiery furnace. It was not easy! Yitzchok / Isaac offered himself as the willing sacrifice. It was not easy! Yaakov lived with his evil father-in-law for twenty years. It was not easy! God, Please help us all!


When so much does not go the way we desire, we must learn how to live with adversity, affliction, bad luck, calamity, difficulty, distress, hardship, life's misfortunes, misery, pain, sorrow, suffering, trouble, tribulation. We must learn how to live without things we need or desire. Now, I am not saying we cannot have these things. If God Wills, we can have them. Yet, there may be times that we will be required to learn how to live with issues. Again, God please help us all!


When our country is attacked... when peace fails... when our business fails... when we face adversity we must learn how to live! This is what Yaakov taught us! This is what Yoseif taught us. This is what B'nei Yisroel taught us while living as slaves in Mitzriam.

The absolute importance of us understanding the first two words of Parshat Vayechi, 'Yaakov Lived' is so important to us living and thriving. Even though Yaakov did not want to reside in the land of Mitzriam, Yaakov Lived! Even though Yaakov did not care to expire in Mitzriam, for seventeen years Yaakov Lived. Yaakov taught us the importance of living in whatever situation we find ourselves. The Gematria of Vayechi Yaakov {Yaakov Lived} is 216.


Vayechi Yaakov {Yaakov Lived}

ו6 י10 ח8 י10 י10 ע70 ק100 ב2 = 216


Now, holy reader, the point to Vayechi Yaakov {Yaakov Lived} is not just the fact that Yaakov lived but HOW Yaakov lived. Mystically we observe that Yaakov had a special peace about himself. Yaakov had a special place of peace within himself that he withdrew to for renewal, and to receive encouragement, strength, guidance and assistance. One could say that Yaakov lived within a protected place. This protective place is revealed to us in Bereisheit 35.7 where Ha Torah says, וַיִּקְרָא לַמָּקוֹם and he called to [the] place אֵל בֵּית־אֵל God is [the] House of God, i.e. There is a Spiritual place which is called the House of God. God dwells there. It is a Spiritual place. It is not a physical house. So Mystically through  בְּרוּחַ the Spirit we reach out לַמָּקוֹם to the Place Where God Dwells in Spirit.


 בְּרוּחַ 

Bih Ru Ach  - In Spirit / Through Spirit

ב 2 ר200 ו6 ח8 = 216


Bereisheit 35.7

וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ וַיִּקְרָא לַמָּקוֹם אֵל בֵּית־אֵל כִּי שָׁם נִגְלוּ אֵלָיו הָאֱלֹהִים בְּבָרְחוֹ מִפְּנֵי אָחִיו1:1

And He built [בנה] there [שם] an altar and he called to [the] place, God, House of God, for their God was revealed [נגלה] to him when he fled from his brother.


The point that is necessary to make here is that Yaakov's life frequently faced adversity, affliction, calamity, difficulty, distress, hardship, life's misfortunes, misery, pain, sorrow, suffering, trouble, tribulation... EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN.


Ha Torah records the difficulty Yaakov faced from the moment of conception until his departing. When Yaakov spoke with Pharaoh he said, '...few and troublesome have been the days of my life...,' Bereisheit 47.9.


Lah Maw Kohm {to the place}

ל30 מ40 ק100 ו6 ם40 = 216


Ha Torah credits Yaakov and Yoseif as men who lived amidst great adversity. We observe this in two ways.


First, Vayechi {lived} refers to both Yaakov and to Yoseif. Yoseif was seventeen when sold into slavery, Bereisheit 37.2. That means Yoseif lived all but seventeen years of his life in the land of Mitzriam. Yaakov lived in the land of Mitzriam, which would become the land of slavery, for seventeen years, Bereisheit 47.9,28.


Vayechi {Lived}

ו6 י10 ח8 י10 = 34


34 = Yaakov lived 17 years in Mitzriam, Yoseif lived 17 outside of Mitzriam. Together they represent 34.


So we see through this that Yoseif was the one sent to prepare the way for the survival of his family. Dear one, this may be your destiny in life. Maybe HaShem will use you to bring back those that you love to God. Maybe HaShem will choose you to be the one to return to an observant life in advance of other family members. You may be disowned like Yoseif. You may be sold into slavery. You may suffer for a while. Your resources may be limited for a while. You may lose your position, business, place of employment, family home and even your children for a while. If this were to happen, God Forbid, try to take Yaakov and Yoseif's directive. WE MUST LEARN TO CONTINUE LIVING!


Yoseif and Yaakov are our examples of how to live. Both left home with nothing. Both were separated from those they loved. Both became wealthy over 22 years. Thank God! When we face adversity lets try to live as best as we can like Yaakov and his son, Yoseif. May HaShem be blessed forever!


Dear readers, when so much does not go the way we desire we must learn how to live with adversity!

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