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Gematria Vayikra Behar

Leviticus 25.1 - 26.2

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Gematria 570 - 9


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Vayikra 25.10

וְקִדַּשְׁתֶּם אֵת שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ לְכָל־יֹשְׁבֶיהָ יוֹבֵל הִוא תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם וְשַׁבְתֶּם אִישׁ אֶל־אֲחֻזָּתוֹ וְאִישׁ אֶל־מִשְׁפַּחְתּוֹ תָּשֻׁבוּ:  יא


Leviticus 25.10

And you shall hallow 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.


The Gematria of 570 is among one of my favorites.  From early in the days when I returned to Yiddishkeit I have deeply cherished its special message.  


In the Shema we {the Jewish men from thirteen years and up} are Commanded by God in Ha Torah, 'Place these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul; bind them for a sign upon your arm and let them be Tefillin between your eyes...'


In our daily prayer Siddurs Artscroll translates the word לְטוֹטָפֹת Lih Toh Taw Poht meaning frontlets as  תְּפִלִּין Tefillin. Rabbi Menachem Davis, Editor, The Shottenstein Edition Siddur for Weekdays, (Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, Ltd., First Edition, 2002), p 134 

The Gematria of  לְטוֹטָפֹת is 534. 


Each morning at the time of prayer, Shacharit, we don our Tefillin with special blessings.  It is a routine, a good routine.  It is a habit, a good habit.  But wearing Tefillin is more than that.  I don't suppose that those who wear Tefillin have ever felt the HEAVY WEIGHT of the obligation of fulfilling the mitzvah. Wearing Tefillin is a sign.  It is a sign of the generations passed from Father to son to grandson.  It is a sign of responsibility!  It is a sign of maturity.  It is a sign of one's Jewishness.  It is also a sign of Gematria.  


The Gematria of Tefillin is 570.


תְּפִלִּין

Tefillin

ת400 פ80 ל30 י10 נ50 = 570


One should note that any challenge to not wear their Tefillin comes from Yetzer Raw, meaning  evil inclination.  I do not designate or preface evil inclination with the letter ה 'Hey' meaning 'the',  as some do, because using the letter in front of Yetzer Raw designates the word with a definite article.  Having the Yetzer Raw / Evil inclination is difficult enough. Why would any of us want to lay the royal carpet in front of the Yetzer Raw. Why classify the evil inclination with a  definite article? My Rabbi argues with my 'grammar' here. With due respect of this objection, there are many variations in Hebrew Letters and Words and I think this should be one of them.   Why should the word Yetzer Raw receive the same honor given to other names and titles?  Why should my personal tester - my יצר רע Yetzer Raw / Evil inclination receive the Letter Hey if front of it? I argue,  It should NOT!  The Gematria for Yetzer Raw is 570.


יצר רע 

Yetzer Raw / Evil inclination

י10 צ90 ר200   ר200 ע70 = 570


In the Midrash evil inclination is written often as / יצר רע Yetzer Raw. We should also note that the God given responsibility of Yetzer Raw is to test us.  Our father Avraham Aveinu was tested Yeh Sehr meaning "Ten" {times}  He passed each test, thank God!  The Gematria for ten is 570.


Unfortunately there are times in life where we are forced to face an evil man, an evil person.  To say they are unpleasant to deal with does not come close to the level of frustration they attempt to invoke.  That individual is  NOT Yetzer Raw.  That person is Raw Shaw, meaning evil / wicked.  There is a difference between the two.  One is a tester sent to test and strengthen us, the other is a destroyer sent to ruin us, God Forbid!    We deal with both in the same manner.  We don our royal crown.  We don our Tefillin.  Our Tefillin is the sign that we are obedient to our King, The Lord, and His Commands and His Torah.  We wrap our weaker hand and arm with Tefillin as a form of "SPIRITUAL ARMOR" and by fulfilling the Commandment of Tefillin we defeat Yetzer Raw and Raw Shaw, thank God.  The Gematria for Raw Shaw is 570.


רָשָׁע

Raw Shaw

ר200 ש300 ט70 = 570


Vayikra 25.10

וְקִדַּשְׁתֶּם אֵת שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ לְכָל־יֹשְׁבֶיהָ יוֹבֵל הִוא תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם וְשַׁבְתֶּם אִישׁ אֶל־אֲחֻזָּתוֹ וְאִישׁ אֶל־מִשְׁפַּחְתּוֹ תָּשֻׁבוּ:  יא


Leviticus 25.10

And you shall hallow 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.


יוֹבֵל הִוא תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם

Law Chem Yoh Vayl Hee Tee Hih Yeh

It shall be for you a Jubilee

י10 ו6 ב2 ל30    ה5 ו6 א1 = 60

ת400 ה5 י10 ה5   ל30 כ20 ם40 = 510

570 = 60 + 510


Now there is much, much more to the Gematria 570 including but not limited to Yoh Vahl  Hee   Tee Yeh  Law Chem, meaning 'It shall be for you a Jubilee.' Leviticus 25.10.  In other words, wearing Tefillin is an expression of freedom.   Observing the mitzvah of putting the Tefillin on, which is like the accumulation of seven Sabbatical years {7 x 7 = 49} in that it is approaching the fiftieth year, the year of Jubilee, just as wearing Tefillin is a spiritual act whereby one elevates towards the fiftieth level.  Wearing Tefillin is an expression of our superiority over Yetzer Raw and Raw Shaw. 


There are many other expressions that reinforce the powerful sign of donning Tefillin and reciting the Shema and Shemoneh Esrei.  This is a very deep subject! 


Rev Shlomo Carlebach related the following story at the Lubavitcher Rebbe's funeral. He said that there was no distance between the Rebbe and every other Jew in the world. He said when one would come before the Rebbe  that the Rebbe knows you. He knows you in this life or in a previous life. Rebbe Shlomo said that while doing a concert in Israel a non religious Yid came up to him. They talked.  He was becoming reform. Shlomo asked him a question. What turned you on? 


He said, I got divorced. My children don't talk to me. I feel very lonely. I have children. Then one morning there's a bang on his door. He opens the door and two Yidden with beards are standing outside. 


They said to him, We are coming to you in the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He wants you to put on the Tefilin. 


The man says,  What? The Lubavitcher Rebbe wants me to put on Tefilin. He thinks, Hummmm... There is a Yid in the world that cares so much for me that he wants me to put on Tefillin.  Dear Reader the Lubavitcher Rebbe knew the power of wearing Tefillin.


Yid I would really appreciate it if you would join with me by sharing in the mitzvah of putting on Tefilin...



Gematria Vayikra Kedoshim

Leviticus 19.1 - 20.27

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Vayikra 19.3

 אִישׁ אִמּוֹ וְאָבִיו תִּירָאוּ וְאֶת־שַׁבְּתֹתַי תִּשְׁמֹרוּ אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם:  ד

Leviticus 19.3

Man shall fear his Mother and his Father  and everything from Aleph to Tav of keeping My Sabbaths; I am the Lord your God.

Why did our Creator place Sabbath alongside honoring one's Mother and Father? Are they connected? How are they connected? God Willing we are going to begin a gentle climb up to the answers over the entirety of this chapter.


Each of us are Children. This Chapter is about us. It is about our Parents who are children and their parents who are children and if we have children then our children who God Willing will have children. . In one way or another this is about everyone.


Our Creator allows many challenges. Sometimes the challenges seem insurmountable like climbing a great mountain, a 14,000 foot high mountain. Yet every mountain has a trail blazed to the top that can be conquered by steady, faithful diligence. In our Parshat this week we are considering the responsibility of honoring one's parents. Each of us has parents that we should honor. The Lord God places the Mitzvot / Observance  of honoring parents as perhaps one of the most important Commandments written in Ha Torah.  If an employer knew that the individual who they are considering for employment was disrespectful to her or his parents  would that make a difference? SHOULD RESPECTING ONE'S PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO AN EMPLOYER? If an institute were considering an application for a potential student should they be concerned if he or she was rude or impolite to his or her parents? SHOULD RESPECTING ONE'S PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING? If a business owner were uncivil or insolent to the Mother or Father that labored to bring this child into the world and to provide for the child the best he or she could should this make a difference to his or her clients? SHOULD RESPECTING ONE'S PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO CLIENTS OF THIS BUSINESS?

Let's consider these questions. Our country is governed by politicians who believe respect of parents is IMPORTANT!  How do we know this? The news media zooms in on the lives of ones parents. The news media shows parents and family members sitting in the audience and on  stage with their political daughter / son or relative. Why is it so important that the politician have the noticeable support of parents, spouse, family and relatives?  This is supposed to send us a message of family unity and of parental approval of the child. Why do  politicians speak of the labors of their fathers and mothers in their speeches? Well, if a  politician cursed his or her parents or was rude or impolite to his or her parents how would this play out in the media?   Politicians are fired by their supporters for marital infidelity all the time. So how well do you think political supporters would respond to parental abuse? Is it odd that so many Americans do not give high approval ratings to Congress or many political leaders? Many voters consider politicians to be liars...  deceptive... dishonest... whether they are or not. Yet the men and women who run for office feel the need to show the world how much their parents support and believe in them.  Are they trying to make a statement with us? Are they saying to the voters because my parents are in the audience and on the stage etc., you should trust me and you should vote for me because I am a good kid? I love and respect my parents. What is the message they are trying to convey?  

If a man does not respect his mother will he respect his wife? If a woman does not respect her father will she respect her husband? If a man has issues with his parents will he have issues with his children? If a woman has issues with her parents will she have issues with her children? 

CAN WE SEE HOW ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS RELATE?

If a man divorces his wife... if a woman divorces her husband... The children will be greatly impacted!! The husband / father will be impacted the wife / mother will be impacted each set of parents and relatives will be impacted. 

EVERYTHING we have mentioned in this chapter thus far comes down to respect for parents. 

All religions come together on this point. All beliefs teach RESPECT FOR PARENTS! This is a fundamental principle. Respect for parents is the foundation stone for every religion. 

Having lived in the world before Torah Observance and then in the World after Torah Observance I saw the difference. I learned the difference. The difference is very great. 

A man or woman that does not honor... esteem... hold in high regards his or her parents is an individual that is in serious trouble!! 

Before we delve into the degree of trouble a child is in who does not respect both her or his mother and father  we need to discuss the influence on a child from a divorced home. Sometimes a child is NOT at fault entirely. When the husband and wife divorce often children become victims of their parents and relatives revenge and rage. There is a story that is supposed to be humorous that helps to better explain this.

Two Jewish women were sitting next to each other under hair dryers at the hairdresser.

The first lady says, 'How's your family?'


The second lady responds, 'Just fine. It couldn't be better! She was so happy as she went on to share about her daughter.  My daughter is married to the most wonderful man. She never has to cook, he always takes her out. She never has to clean, he got her a housekeeper. She never has to work, he's got such a good job. She never has to worry about the children, he got her a nanny. Life couldn't be any better for her.'


The second lady ask the first lady, 'So how about you? How is your son these days?'


The first lady says, 'Awful. It couldn't be worse... My son is married to such a witch of a woman. She makes him take her out to dinner every night. She never sets a foot in their new kitchen.  She made Sam get her a housekeeper, God Forbid that she should vacuum a carpet or clean one of their five bathrooms.  He has to work so long and hard.  Why? Because that little princess will not get a job. With all her bridge parties she never takes the time to care for their children.  She demanded that my son hire a butler and a nanny. They live in the servants quarters at the back of the house. Life is horrible for him. Life could not be any worse for my son...'

Then they got from underneath their hair dryers and realized that...


Even though this couple was married and living together we see the same story as told from two completely different positions. The stories are so different it is difficult to believe they were speaking of the same two  people. Divorce can be somewhat like this. It can be challenging for children from relationshipls like this.  Poor relationships muddie the waters.


Years of non Jewish learning muddies the waters. Much sorting out has to be done. It takes weeks, months, years and possibly a lifetime to work through all the conflicts! Yet for the Jew who reestablishes Sabbath Observance there is a break in the conflict! There is a path to follow!




Gematria Vayikra Acharei Mot

Leviticus 16.1 - 18.30

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Guarding Against Sin - 6


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Vayikra 18.30

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־מִשְׁמַרְתִּי לְבִלְתִּי עֲשׂוֹת מֵחֻקּוֹת הַתּוֹעֵבֹת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשׂוּ לִפְנֵיכֶם וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם: פ פ פ

Leviticus 18.30

And You shall guard everything from Aleph to Tav of My Charge to you, to not do any of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am The Lord your God.


In the previous Chapter we concluded with a caution to stay on the Path of Ha Torah.  Staying on the Path of Ha Torah can be a challenge. 

For example: It easy to become angry and say and do the wrong things. It is easy to let one's mind, thoughts eyes stray from the path of Ha Torah... How do we face these challenges?  Facing challenges is not new to our people. In the past we have been surrounded by abominations intended to attract us to sinfulness like when The People of Israel were surrounded by abominations while living in the BaMidbar / Wilderness.  There were nations intent on drawing us into there abominable customs. We had to draw together like eaglets drawn to the protection of their mother and covered by her wings.  The sin that was all around us could not be permitted in Eretz Canaan.  The People of Israel had to separate from these iniquities.  The People of Israel had to live by a higher standard.  


People who have not taken the time to carefully study The First Five Books of The Bible and who may not understand or know anything about The 613 Mitzvot / Commands from The Lord God written in The First Five Books of The Bible may take the position that the 613 Observances of Ha Torah are done away with. Many have been indoctrinated from conception to beliefs taught by their parents, their parents customs, traditions, religions just as we who Observe Ha Torah are supposed to do with our children. They believe they are correct. We believe we are correct. Many of them are zealous just as many of us are zealous. Only The Lord God knows the Truth!  Only the Lord God Knows how we will each come together in peace at some point in the future. I am saying that today as it was in the days of Moshe people who have been raised differently than us. They have different understandings of The Lord God than we have. Some try to persuade us to act like them, believe them etc. We MUST have a great deal of resolve to be understanding with them and to show kindness. Still we must remain committed to the Observances of Ha Torah. Dear Reader, lets think about this. We are supposed to be the Holy People. We are supposed to be the example.  This means we CANNOT act as they do. Our actions must follow the Path of Ha Torah. If they curse at us we MUST follow the Path of Ha Torah. If they are mean to us we MUST follow Ha Torah.  If they try to entice us we MUST follow the Path of Ha Torah. We MUST NOT ACT LIKE THEM!! 


Just as The Lord God charged The People of Israel then, we are charged now! The Lord God Said, 


Leviticus 18.30

And You [The People of Israel] shall guard everything from Aleph to Tav of My Charge to you, to not do any of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am The Lord your God.


Now we are back to the question, How are we to do this?  Well, simply put, we stand guard over our lives, over our family, over our neighbor, over our house, over our block, over our community, over our city and over our nation...


The point is that we are our keeper and we are our brother's keeper.


When I was single my next door neighbor's were  the Kohn's. I lived in the basement of the house next door. They were very very special neighbors. They were like parents to me. Rabbi Kohn was always checking on me. If I did not daven / pray as part of the morning minyan at our congregation the Rabbi would ask me the next time we met where I davened that morning. A Minyan is group of ten Jewish men above the age of twelve.  When one davens they pray. 


On Sabbath, I would hear this tapping on my basement window. It was my neighbor, Rabbi Kohn.  I could hear him saying, 'Akiva!  Akiva! It's time to walk to shul for morning prayers.'  He wanted to make sure I was up and about.  He wanted to make sure I was going to be at the congregation for morning prayers. 


On one Erev Sabbath he was on his way to services. I just pulled up to my apartment in my old brown truck. He was going to wait for me to get ready so we could walk to congregation together. I said, I need to go to the store quickly.


He said, 'What for?'

I said, 'I need a few things?'

Rabbi Kohn said, 'What do you need? It is almost time for Sabbath to begin?'


I said,  'A few groceries and some whiskey. 

 

Rabbi Khon was a short man but that did not get in his way.  He reached up to me with both hands and firmly took hold of my lapels and pulled me down right in front of his face and firmly but kindly said, 'Akiva listen to me! You come eat a my house this Sabbath. You drink all the whiskey you want at my house. Now, park your truck. Empty your pockets. Let's walk together. It's time to Observe Sabbath.'


What could I say? I did as instructed. I ate all three meals with the Kohn's. It was real special. That Sabbath Rabbi Kohn invited a guest to come dine with us after Evening Prayers. He invited a Chassidic Rabbi from Israel, may he rest in peace.  Dear Ones, we MUST care about each other. We must be like the soldiers whose motto is not to leave anyone behind.  Then in addition to us caring about our own we MUST show gentle loving care and be kind to all humans, i.e. the Noachide. 


The Lord Chose us, the Jewish people, as His people.  The Lord Chooses Eretz Yisroel as the earthly location for His Dwelling place, the Bet HaMikdosh, the Holy Temple.  When I say Holy I am saying 'SEPARATED'. The OBSERVANCES of The Mitzvot of Ha Torah Make The People of Israel Holy, Make the Temple Holy, Make the City of Jerusalem Holy, Make the Land of Yisroel Holy. Our Creator Say's They are Holy. Our Creator Gave us guidelines to make sure this Holiness remains. The Lord God Has Selected each of these to be Holy. It is our duty as the Jewish People to keep these important Observances.  We are the ones who follow the directives that separate The Holy Things.

WHY is this important?

The Lord God Set a standard between The People of Israel and the other nations and beliefs of the world.  The Lord God Set a standard between The People of Israel  and the Levium.  The Lord God Set a standard between the Levium and the Kohenim! Each standard requires a greater degree of separation, Holiness.  The standard begins with being born Jewish and continues from this point onward. This standard cannot be achieved through any other means.  No amount of learning or number of degrees will achieve the standard set down in the Torah by The Lord God!  No amount of Holiness will achieve that standard set down by The Lord God in Ha Torah!


Some religions teach the Observances written in Ha Torah, i.e. the standards set by The Lord God  have been discarded. Some teach that they have been eliminated. Some teach they have been superseded. It is for these very reasons and others that The Lord God Said to The People of Yisroel: 


Vayikra 18.30

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־מִשְׁמַרְתִּי לְבִלְתִּי עֲשׂוֹת

מֵחֻקּוֹת הַתּוֹעֵבֹת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשׂוּ לִפְנֵיכֶם

וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם1:1

Leviticus 18.30

And You shall guard everything from Aleph to Tav of My Charge to you, to not do any of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am The Lord your God.


This is why we we, The People of Yisroel REJECT ANY NOTION THAT HA TORAH IS FULFILLED, THAT THE TORAH IS COMPLETED, THAT THE TORAH IS SUPERSEDED!  It is our responsibility to guard every Observance of Ha Torah with all that we have! The Gematria for  וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם Vih Loh Tee Tah Mihoo Baw Hehm, meaning 'and you shall not defile yourselves through them' {any of the abominable customs...},  is 540.


וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם 

Vih Loh Tee Tah Mihoo  Baw  Hehm

'and you shall not defile yourselves through them'

ו6 ל30 א1  ת400 ט9 מ40 א1 ו6  ב2 ה5 ם40 = 540


שָׁמֹר

Shaw Mohr /Guard / Keep / Observe

ש300 מ40 ר200 = 540


Gematria Vayikra Metzoro

Leviticus 14.1 - 15.33

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Vayikra 14.43

וְאִם־יָשׁוּב הַנֶּגַע וּפָרַח בַּבַּיִת אַחַר חִלֵּץ אֶת־הָאֲבָנִים וְאַחֲרֵי הִקְצוֹת אֶת־הַבַּיִת וְאַחֲרֵי הִטּוֹחַ:   וּבָא הַכֹּהֵן וְרָאָה וְהִנֵּה פָּשָׂה הַנֶּגַע בַּבָּיִת צָרַעַת מַמְאֶרֶת הִוא בַּבַּיִת טָמֵא הוּאוְנָתַץ אֶת־הַבַּיִת אֶת־אֲבָנָיו וְאֶת־עֵצָיו וְאֵת כָּל־עֲפַר הַבָּיִת וְהוֹצִיא אֶל־מִחוּץ לָעִיר אֶל־מָקוֹם טָמֵא:  מו


Leviticus 14.43

And if the disease comes again, and break out in the house, after he has taken away the stones, and after he has scraped the house, and after it is plastered; Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the disease has spread in the house, it is a malignant leprosy in the house; it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, its stones, and its timber, and all the mortar of the house; and he shall carry them out of the city into an unclean place. 


A while back, in a separate discussion not in this book, in Shemot Shemot we discussed Shuvah / Repentance. At that time I stated  many of the world's population were preparing to turn over a new leaf in the secular new year.   Then a few weeks later while studying in Parshat Beshalach I stated, 'We have entered our fourth week from Parshat Shemot / January 2000.' Already many who made a determination to alter their poor or improper actions, to do shuvah / repentance to be free from habits... from bondage... and from problems have fallen. During the past three weeks we discussed the monsters that bring us down, that help us fall and that help us to fail.'


Well, Dear Reader, we are now 13 plus years from that date where many made a determination to change.  That being the situation, we must assess where we aret.  Have we returned to the bondage we so desperately attempted to escape from?  Have old habits / addictions crept back?  Have we fallen?


If the answer is perhaps or yes please do not become discouraged. There is HOPE!! There is a Spiritual Season for Freedom. There is a  festival for freedom, a special time that  The Lord God Created for us to deal with those issues that have bound us. It is during this time frame that we can deal with everything about our nature, our shortcomings, our failures and our struggles more than we could ever. imagine.   This is one reason why The Lord stated in Parshat Metzozo


Vayikra 14.35, 26

וּבָא אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ הַבַּיִת וְהִגִּיד לַכֹּהֵן לֵאמֹר כְּנֶגַע נִרְאָה לִי בַּבָּיִתוְצִוָּה הַכֹּהֵן וּפִנּוּ אֶת־הַבַּיִת בְּטֶרֶם יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן לִרְאוֹת אֶת־הַנֶּגַע וְלֹא יִטְמָא כָּל־אֲשֶׁר בַּבָּיִת וְאַחַר כֵּן יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן לִרְאוֹת אֶת־הַבָּיִת:  לז


Leviticus 14.35 - 45

And he who owns the house shall come to the priest, tell him, saying, It seems like there is a disease in the house. Then the priest shall command that they empty everything from Aleph to Tav of the house before the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease, so that all that is in the house not be made unclean; and afterwards the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the house.


Notice the Words  אֶת־הַנֶּגַע Eht Ha Naw Gah meaning everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease. There are several connections that we must make here. 


First, The owner of the house calls the Kohein / The Priest. Why does the owner call The Priest?  It is because  נֶּגַע Naw Gah, i.e. this disease is not a medical issue.  נֶּגַע Naw Gah is a Spiritual issue. Dear reader many of the problems that we have are spiritual in nature. These issues must be brought before The Lord God. Our Sages Teach we are discussing a disease that results from speaking Loshon Hora, i.e speaking evil... gossiping... 


Second, the owner of the house must go to the Priest. The owner must take the initiative for help. The one who owns the house has the problem. The one who has the problem must come to the realization that he / she has the problem and seek the assistance of the Priest. Note Ha Torah Does NOT Say a Rabbi. The Priest is set aside. The Priest is anointed. The Priest has a special High Level of Holiness. This is not a slam against Rabbi's. This is simply explaining why one must go to a Priest. Aharon was the High Priest as well as a Rabbi! 


Third the owner who has this problem must express to The Priest that he has a potential problem and request help from The Priest.


Fourth The Priest becomes involved. The Priest has everything not attached to the house removed. The items are carried outside for all the neighbors to see. This now becomes an embarrassing humbling acknowledgement for the owner to his / her neighbors that he / she has a problem. This is an opportunity for all neighbors to come together to be loving, kind, understanding and to reach out to their fallen brother / sister and to offer to help. This is NOT a time to judge!! This is a time to be compassionate! This is a time to restore if one has fallen.  Now I say 'IF' because this is not certain. The Word used in Ha Torah is   כְּנֶגַע Kih Neg Gah meaning 'Like a disease'. The determination has not yet been made. This only appears like a disease. So all the Jewish Community MUST be very careful NOT to judge during this examination or after even if this is found to be a disease!!


Fifth after all items in the house have been removed The Priest enters the house to examine,

אֶת־הַנֶּגַע '...the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease...'


The Gematria for  אֶת־הַנֶּגַע is 529.  Mystically we are Informed that the purpose of the Priest's examination, For The Priest הַיְדַעְתֶּם Hah Yih Dah Tehm to know without any doubt that this is נֶּגַע.  The Gematria for  הַיְדַעְתֶּם Hah Yih Dah Tehm. is 529.


אֶת־הַנֶּגַע 

Eht Ha Neg Gah 

'...Everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease...'

א1 ת400   ה5 נ50 ג3 ע70 = 529


הַיְדַעְתֶּם 

Hah Yih Dah Tehm 

The Knowledge

ה5 י10 ד4 ע70 ת400 ם40 = 529


Sixth, The Priest, i.e. a Righteous man... a Spiritual man... He examines the possible issue. He must ascertain what the issue is. This is NOT left up to conjecture! This is NOT open to speculation. He will know!!


Seventh, He will offer the guidelines for treating the issue. Much of this is done in the view of the community. This is painful! It is shameful! It is now easy for the one desiring  freedom. Yet this is the path for this specific remedy. The path for each remedy must be completely followed. 


My hope and prayer is for each of us to use the Seasons of Freedom to free ourselves of issues and to better serve our Creator by Observing His Commands.


Gematria Vayikra Tazria

Leviticus 12.1 - 13.59

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Chapter Four


Parshat Tazria

Leviticus 12.1 -13.59


Vayikra 13.13

וְרָאָה הַכֹּהֵן וְהִנֵּה כִסְּתָה הַצָּרַעַת אֶת־כָּל־בְּשָׂרוֹ וְטִהַר אֶת־הַנָּגַע כֻּלּוֹ הָפַךְ לָבָן טָהוֹר הוּא יד

Leviticus 13.13

Then the priest shall consider; and, behold, if the leprosy has covered everything from Aleph to Tav of all his flesh, he shall pronounce him everything from Aleph to Tav clean, he who has the disease; it is all turned white; he is clean.


There are individuals with sin rooted deep within them. Then there are individuals like this poor leper with all his sin exposed for the entire world to see. His sin is obvious to all who come in contact with him. His error remains for a short while then new skin is generated by his body replaces the old white skin with leprosy. He is clean. He is  טָהוֹר הוּא. He / She returns to the Jewish Community as a changed man / woman.


Vayikra 13.35, 36

וְאִם־פָּשׂה יִפְשֶׂה הַנֶּתֶק בָּעוֹר אַחֲרֵי טָהֳרָתוֹ: וְרָאָהוּ הַכֹּהֵן וְהִנֵּה פָּשָׂה הַנֶּתֶק בָּעוֹר לֹא־יְבַקֵּר הַכֹּהֵן לַשֵּׂעָר הַצָּהֹב טָמֵא הוּא לז


Leviticus 13.35,36

And if the patch did spread much over the skin after his cleansing;  Then the priest shall look on him; and, behold, if the patch has spread over the skin, the priest shall not seek for yellow hair; he is unclean.


This is an individual who sin is deeper than the surface of the skin. Originally He / She was declared clean because the leprosy appeared to be just on the surface. Later it becomes clear that the leprosy is deeper rooted than the surface.


In Parshat Tazria there are two unique words each of which begins with the same letter, the letter ט Tet.  The words areTaw Hoor {clean} and Taw May {not clean}.


טָהוֹר

Taw Hoor {clean}

ט9 ה5 ו6 ר200 = 220


Taw May {not clean}

ט9 מ40 א1 = 50


What did The Spirit of God do when Moving upon the void unformed desolate and dark waters in Genesis 1.2?


וְרוּחַ

Vih Ruach

And Spirit [moved]

ו6 ר200 ו6 ח8 = 220


Mystically the Spirit purges and cleanses.


Judges 3.20

Ehud came to him [King Eglon who was very obese] while he was sitting alone in his cool upper chamber.  Ehud said, 'I have a Word of God for you,'  [King Eglon ] stood up from his chair, [even though standing was extremely difficult for him].


This may seem insignificant until you know the rest of the story.  Our rabbium state that anyone who recites Kaddish should stand.  Why?  If this extremely wicked king of Moav stood to receive a Word from God we should do likewise.  As a result this wicked king has altered the world.  Now millions of Yidden stand for Kaddish because of his single solitary action.  Dear Reader, in a similar way we can change the world.  One action can give light... Thomas Edison.  One action can give instant communication... Alexander Graham Bell.  One action can change the world.


A number of years ago I took a break from business around lunchtime to take care of some errands.  Sometimes while running errands I included two very special little friends, my year and a half old twin beagles, Kalie and Dov.  They provided so much company!  As we were returning from an errand, Dovie looked up at me with those big brown, sad eyes, as if to say, 'Could we please go for a run? Please!'  We were close to an area they particularly loved to run in.  Any time we are close to that area, they begin whimpering.  I know what they want!  


We went to this area where they occasionally run.  Normally I let them out of the vehicle on a seldom used dirt road and they follow behind for aways.  Howeverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, on this occasion, Kalie picked up the scent of bighorn sheep and instead of running behind the vehicle he immediately turned to the left and began climbing this steep, rocky mountain like a billy goat.  It was absolutely phenomenal watching him go over rocks much larger than him, like a caterpillar with plungers on his feet.  Up and down and around and over the rocks he went with his heavy little brother behind him.  I stopped the vehicle, set the emergency break and jumped out, beckoning him to stop and to return to me.  It was as if Kalie was in a trance.  Nothing I said made any difference!   He was so concentrated and focused on following that scent that my words couldn't reach him.  Nose to the ground, tail waving in the air... then came the bellows, every third or fourth step, as only a beagle can do.  I knew he was gone and it seemed as if there was nothing I could do.  


Both he and his brother were climbing farther and farther up the mountain.  I called to his brother, 'Dov!  Come Tatty!'  Dov stopped. He turned to look at me.  I gave him a loving motion to come back to me.  He did.   With that one action, he chose me over his twin brother, over his powerful instinct to hunt and over his desire to have fun.  He came down the mountainside right to me.  And there is no way I can tell you how proud I was!  We went to the vehicle, he got in, poked his head out the window, and began calling his brother.  These boys love each other very much.  About ten years later when my former spouse chose a different direction in life she took these little boys. I could have fought for one but how could I separate these two brothers? They were now older guys. They had been together since being in the womb. Back to the story -  It is very difficult for them when they are separated. Kalie was near the top of the mountain.  Dov was in the truck with me.  Kalie climbed over a thousand feet up the mountain side. He was out of my voice range and almost out of my sight. Dov began to howl and cry. He heard his brother beckoning in that high pitched sound of his. He halted in his footsteps and immediately began his return to us.


Dear Reader, this is an example of how one very positive, dedicated action can alter a situation.  Had Dov not returned to me, the hunt, the following of the scent could have lasted for days.  And certainly hours.  In the same way,  we can use our influence with those we influence and they will influence others.  One act can change the world.  


That days the boys took off up the mountainside,  Interstate 70 was a few hundred feet away. The truck was parked on the dirt road and the mountain high mountain was next to it.  When the boys took off I immediately had visions of them chasing wildlife which is against the law and of them trying to cross this huge interstate with a four foot divider between east and west lanes. I was very worried this may be the last time I would see them alive.  I cried out to the Lord.  He Heard my desperate cry and somehow brought those two little beagle boys back to me.


Blessed be Hashem!

Gematria Vayikra Shemini

Leviticus 9.1 - 11.47

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Vayikra 9.1

וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי קָרָא מֹשֶׁה לְאַהֲרֹן וּלְבָנָיו וּלְזִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־אַהֲרֹן קַח־לְךָ עֵגֶל בֶּן־בָּקָר לְחַטָּאת וְאַיִל לְעֹלָה תְּמִימִם וְהַקְרֵב לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה: וְאֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל תְּדַבֵּר לֵאמֹר קְחוּ שְׂעִיר־עִזִּים לְחַטָּאת וְעֵגֶל וָכֶבֶשׂ בְּנֵי־

שָׁנָה תְּמִימִם לְעֹלָה:  ד


Leviticus 9.1

And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; And he said to Aaron, Take a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the Lord.

We know that there are times when Jews do what is righteous, pure, Holy and correct. The same can be said for the B'nai Noach. Then there are sometimes when Jews and non-Jews walk a too close to the edge. There is a gray area where the two sides meet. In the gray area there is a thin line between being pure, Holy and correct and from being evil, sinful and wrong. In the gray area one could easily drift from one side to the other if they were not careful. This is a difficulty of living in or near the gray area.  One can be shrewd in business and then quickly drift into improper business behavior. Therefore it is good to make a fence between the area we know to be pure, Holy and correct behavior from that of where the gray area begins. This way we are always careful to live in the pure, Holy and correct areas of life. 


There was a sharp young businessman. He, his parents and grandparents were pillars of the Jewish Community. He and his wife had just returned from living in Israel. He returned to operate the family business so his parents could move to Israel. They owned businesses in America and in Israel. They were successful. They have a good name. The young couple rented a house in the community. After sometime the young man and a neighbor were talking. The neighbor indicated he would like to sell his home. The young man inquired how much he wanted for his home. The price was considerably lower than its actual value. The young man made the deal. Some of us might call this an awesome business deal. Others might say he swindled the neighbor. I don't know. After the deal was made the neighbor learned what the value of his property was worth and became angry. 


So we must inquire, Was the young businessman responsible for educating the neighbor on the value of property in the area? Was the neighbor careless and reckless and just looking for someone to blame. I don't know! I don't know the entire story. This may have been an issue for the Community Rav to settle or the Bet Din / Jewish Court to settle. Did this young man break any local, county, state or government laws. I am not aware of any local, county, state or government laws that were broken. Yet, I ask, 'What is so different from grabbing the best deal possible from an unlearned, poor neighbor'  Wouldn't most people of the world rush down to their attorney and have a deal drawn up as quickly as possible before the neighbor learned of the true value?  Unfortunately yes!  So why are we discussing this? It is because, God Has His own Law that we are compelled to abide by. So the next question is did this young man break God's law? 


Perhaps... We don't know the entire situation or the conversation between the parties. The matter was not brought before the Community Rav or a Jewish Bet Din. 


This goes back to chapters one and two where we made a case that we are our brother's keeper and that we have a moral and ethical obligation to our brother.  How far does this care and goodwill for a brother extend? To what degree are each of us responsible for our brother? We have Ha Torah, God's Law, we have Rabbinic Law and we have our own Law.  This is why we Examine ourselves and grade our level of Holiness. No matter how righteous we are if we walk a little too close to the edge we could get into trouble.


Dear Reader, in Judaism we teach that one should not dress as the nations of the world.  We teach that our clothes should be modest.  We teach that men should wear gentlemen's apparel and that women should wear ladies' apparel.   We go to great lengths to dress in a very modest fashion.  We do this because we are NOT supposed to be like the other nations of the world. This is a form of building a line of modesty and keeping it.  Our actions MUST correspond with our way of dressing.


As observant Jews we make so much out of the fact we changed our pattern of daily worship.  We no longer prostrate ourselves before God with the exceptions of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  WHY?  Why did we change our pattern of worship?   It was because the nations of the world prostrate themselves in their worship.  We changed because we are commanded to be different.  


The point is that Jews have a higher power that we give account to and that we must ALWAYS be aware of  and act accordingly!!  We are supposed to be righteous!  We are supposed to be honest in our business dealings.  We are supposed to be above reproach! IT IS NOT GOOD TO ACT DIFFERENT IN BUSINESS THAN IN PRAYER...   IT IS NOT GOOD TO DRESS THE PART OF A RIGHTEOUS JEW YET CONDUCT BUSINESS LIKE SUTAN (SATAN), God forbid!!  God calls ALL JEWS to a higher level of righteousness.  Unlike the nations of the world, we are chosen... we are separated... we are elected to righteousness!  WE MUST LIVE LIKE IT!


Dear Reader, there are only seven days of the week however in a few places of the Torah Portion of the Bible we read about the eighth day as we do here in this Parshat of Leviticus. This has special meaning.  It was on the eighth day, 1 Nisan, the Jewish new year, the beginning of months, that our Mishkon service... our Temple worship began... וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי equals the Gematria 504. Also there is a place in this weeks Parshat that is known as the center of The Torah portion of the Bible. The halfway point between the first half of the Torah and the second half of the Torah is marked by the words דָּרשׁ דָּרַשׁ Daw Rahsh  Daw Rahsh meaning to diligently inquire makes the center word of the Torah Inquiry! This is what our discussion is about. We are to  diligently inquire about our actions. 


וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי

And On the Eighth Day...

ו6 י10 ה5 י10    ב2 י10 ו6 ם40 

ה5 ש300 מ40 י10 נ50 י10 = 504


דָּרשׁ

Daw Rahsh

To Diligently Inquire

ד4 ר200 ש300 = 504


Vayikra 10.16 [The Center of Ha Torah]

 וְאֵת ׀ שְׂעִיר הַחַטָּאת דָּרשׁ דָּרַשׁ מֹשֶׁה וְהִנֵּה

 שׂרָף וַיִּקְצֹף עַל־אֶלְעָזָר וְעַל־אִיתָמ

בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַנּוֹתָרִם לֵאמֹר:  יז


Leviticus 10.16

And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burned; and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron, who were left alive, saying,


Few of us are anywhere near the level of the righteousness of Aharon's two sons who crossed the line a little. Crossing the line is serious, especially for a very righteous person, is quite serious. Yet we know,


Psalm 37.12,24

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord Will uphold him with his hand.


As noted above many translate 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:' However the correct translation is The Steps of the Strong are Ordered by The Lord and He Delights in His Way. 


Judging and correcting one actions takes great strength. One must be just with their self. One must not be to strict or to lenient. This is a fine line to walk.


This is why we inquire about our actions.


Many years ago while sitting in a packed auditorium as a Junior High student at Morey Middle School in Denver, Colorado, I heard Principle George E. Mathes relate the following story.  Principle Mathes said, There was a little boy named Billie who was about twelve years. Billie worked for the local drugstore as a delivery boy.  He would ride all over town on his shiny red bike with chrome fenders. 


One day Billie came into the local Ice Cream store which was located a block or so down the street from the drug store where he worked. He climbed up on the stool, sat down and ordered a ice cream shake. After ordering the ice cream shake he asked the owner, Mr. Fisher if it would be alright for him to use his phone for a local call.  Mr. Fisher said, Sure. Billie went to the end of the counter and made his call. Mr. Fisher over heard the following conversation. 


Billie said, Hello, could I speak with the owner of Smith's Drug Store.


Mr. Smith answered, Yes! This is Mr Smith.


Billie inquired, Mr. Smith, I hear you are looking for a delivery boy.


Mr. Smith said, No! We have a delivery boy.

Billie said, I hear he is not doing a good job.  Are you sure you don't need a new delivery boy.


Mr Smith said, Our delivery boy is Billie Jones. He is johnny on the spot. He is polite to our customers.  He is quick to make his deliveries. We are very pleased with him.  You must be thinking about another delivery boy somewhere else.


Billie hung the phone up. His Ice Cream Shake was just about ready.  As Billie sat there enjoying his Ice Cream Soda. Mr Fisher asked Billie a question.


Billie I thought you were the delivery boy for Mr. Smith's Drug Store down on the corner.


Billie said, I am.


Mr Fisher asked, Can I ask why you called to see if Mr. Smith needed a delivery boy? 


Billie said, Yes!  I was just checking up on myself.  I want to make sure Mr. Smith is pleased with my delivery service.


This is the type of attitude I am trying to draw out in this discussion. We need to check on ourselves. We also need to remember that when a strong man or woman fails the Lord Will help them back up again. 


Gematria Vayikra Tzav

Vayikra / Leviticus Tzav

Leviticus 6.1 - 8.36

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Vayikra 8.1-6

וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר1:1

קַח אֶת־אַהֲרֹן וְאֶת־בָּנָיו אִתּוֹ וְאֵת הַבְּגָדִים וְאֵת שֶׁמֶן הַמִּשְׁחָה וְאֵת ׀ פַּר הַחַטָּאת וְאֵת שְׁנֵי הָאֵילִים וְאֵת סַל הַמַּצּוֹת1:1

וְאֵת כָּל־הָעֵדָה הַקְהֵל אֶל־פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד:1

וַיַּעַשׂ מֹשֶׁה כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָֹה אֹתוֹ וַתִּקָּהֵל

הָעֵדָה אֶל־פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד:  ה

וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל־הָעֵדָה זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהוָֹה לַעֲשׂוֹת:  ו

וַיַּקְרֵב מֹשֶׁה אֶת־אַהֲרֹן וְאֶת־בָּנָיו וַיִּרְחַץ

אֹתָם בַּמָּיִם1:1


Leviticus 8.1-6

And the Lord Spoke to Moses, Saying, Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and a bull for the sin offering, and two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread; And gather all the Congregation together to the door of the Tent of Meeting / Tabernacle. And Moses did as the Lord Commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together to the door of the Tent of Meeting. And Moses Said to the congregation, This is the thing which the Lord Commanded to be done And he, Moses brought Everything from Aleph to Tav of Aharon and everything from Aleph to Tav of his sons and bathed them in water.


The word  וַיַּקְרֵב Vah Yah Kih Rayv means to draw, to bring inward or to bring into the midst.  The Congregation was assembled at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. Then Moshe brought inward everything from Aleph to Tav of Aharon and everything from Aleph to Tav of the sons of Aharon.  What we are reading is, Moshe SEPARATED Aharon and his sons from The People of Israel / from The People of Israel on the outside of the Tabernacle.   He drew them into the midst of the Tent of Meeting.  The Presence of the Creator was there.  All Yisroel was focused on the entrance to the Tabernacle. This is represented by the Gematria 318.


וַיַּקְרֵב 

Vah Yah Kih Rayv

To draw, To bring inward, To bring into the midst

ו6 י10 ק100 ר200 ב2 = 318


שׁוּבִי

Shoo Vee

To return to Torah Observance

To Obey the Commands of Ha Torah

ש300 ו6 ב2 י10 = 318


In Chapter one we discussed the Holiness ' purity required for the soul of the one that would bring flour as an offering for sin. The power of purity and the power of Holiness had to be representative of the one who brought the flour. I stated it had to be from one's heart. Bringing the offering of flour had to be more that a formality.  Our discussion in this Parshat is about the process for the High Priest and the Priests being drawn out from The People of Israel and into service in the Tent of Meeting. They had to be on a high level of Holiness to serve the Holy Soul that brings the offerings.


Feeling drawn into the midst of the Holy Tabernacle is not enough. One must Shoo Vee, i.e., Spiritually return. The Gematria for  שׁוּבִי is 318.


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