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Parshat Devarim Ha'azinu

Deuteronomy 32.1 - 52


Time And Gematria:

A Time of Justice, Righteousness And Security

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Time & Gematria: A Time of Justice And Security

At The End of Days


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In the previous Chapter, we discussed A Time of Rebellion at The End of Days. Parshat Vayeilech concludes with The Words:


Deuteronomy 31.27 - 30

For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck; behold, while I am still alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death! Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to witness against them. For I know that after my death you will completely corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way that I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands. And Moses spoke in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this poem until they were ended.


We are informed in Ha'azinu that The People of Israel will be judged for their rebellion. 


Devarim 32.36

כִּי־יָדִין יְהוָֹה עַמּוֹ וְעַל־עֲבָדָיו יִתְנֶחָם כִּי יִרְאֶה כִּי־אָזְלַת יָד וְאֶפֶס עָצוּר וְעָזוּב:  לז


Deuteronomy 32.36

For The Lord Shall Render Justice for His People, and later He will [out of Kindness] Reconsider his servants, when He Sees the power of [their enemies] surging, and none are structured or fortified.


Notice the Second Word  יָדִין Yaw Deen meaning Judgment or Justice. The root Word is  דִין Deen meaning to Judge. However, we notice that an extra Letter is added to the beginning of The Word  דִין Deen. The Letter י Yod is added to The Word דִין Deen. Why is this? What is the purpose for adding The Letter י Yod? 


The Letter י Yod is One of The Letters in The Holy Name of The Lord. Adding The Letter י Yod brings strength to an already strong Word. The Letter י Yod adds both strength and harmony. Rabbi Michael Munk The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet Mesorah Publications, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1990), p. 131.  The Letter י Yod is the smallest of all The Hebrew Aleph Bet.  The Yod is small like a dot. The Letter י Yod represents the power of creating. The Talmud Relates that The Lord Used The Letters of His Name Yaw י ה to Create this world and the World to come. 'This world was created with The Letter ה Hey and the future world was created with The Letter י Yod.' 


The left leg of The Letter ה Hey is suspended. The left leg is not connected to the rest of The Letter. Notice the opening at the Top of The Letter ה Hey. The opening is an entrance for those desiring to repent. When we sin... When we rebel, it is like we leave the path. The opening in the Letter ה Hey allows us to rejoin The Path. Menachos 29b


Notice The Letter Yod appears Twice Within the First Seven Words of The Torah. The Yod appears in The Word בְּרֵאשִׁית 'In the beginning and The Word הַשָּׁמַיִם The Heavens.' The Yod also appears in The Word צַדִּיק Righteous. We see a common thread. It takes strength to be a righteous person. We are taught that our world exists because of the Lamed-Vav Tzadikim, i.e. Thirty-Six Righteous. Abaye Said: 'The world must contain not less than Thirty-Six Righteous men in each generation who are granted sight of The Shechinah's Countenance. Isaiah Wrote, 'Blessed are all they that לוֹ 'wait' for him. The numerical value of לוֹ 'loh / wait' is Thirty-Six. Sanhedrin 97b and Sukkah 45b.


Bereisheit 1.1

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ:  ב

We see the י Yod being connected to The Lord, to creating, to The Heavens and to The Righteous. The Heavens are where the Righteous go to reside. It is for this reason the future world was created with the Letter י Yod? It is because there are only a few righteous men in the world to come.


As noted before The Word  דִין Deen has a Second י Yod added for a purpose. The Second י Yod represents extra strength, extra emphasis in Justice and Righteousness. David informs us that 'The Judgments of The Lord are True and Righteous altogether,' Psalms 19.10.


Deuteronomy 32 informs us that the Lord Shall Render Justice for His People. Later, because of His Lovingkindness He will Reconsider His servants, when He Sees the power of [their enemies] surging, and none [of The People of Israel] is structured or fortified. It is then, at The End of Days The Lord God will bring Justice for The Land of Israel and The People of Israel. This is why there is a Second Yod. Justice must be balanced. On Rosh HaShanah, The Lord issues his Judgment. On Yom Kippur, He shows benevolence to His Servants. 


Deuteronomy 32.15 - 26 Speaks of the many failings of The People of Israel. We have a long history of failing The Lord. Each Yom Kippur we keep coming to The Lord with our failings without improving. Our insincere repentance becomes old. We are going through the motions. There is a short period where The Lord God of Israel turns His Face away from His People. This Yud of Justice is represented by The Yud in  דִין Deen. Between Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur are Ten Days. The Letter Yud is the Gematria of Ten. Moshiach Ben Yoseif comes to lead the armies of Israel. He is defeated and killed. All hope seems gone for The People of Israel. However on Yom Kippur Moshiach Ben David comes after The Lord Brings Justice on the enemies of His People and The Land of Israel. 


Deuteronomy 32.27 begins a Second Yud of Justice.


Our Sages Teach that the Nations of the world plan to exceed reasonable punishment for The People of Israel. The Leaders of these countries will claim they successfully wiped Israel off the face of the earth. The Lord God Will not permit this. The enemy nations will not understand why One from the Army of Israel can no longer pursue a Thousand or why Two from the Army of Israel can no longer pursue and defeat Ten Thousand. They will claim Israel's ruin was do to their strength. If the pursuit were changed, and One Thousand from the Army of Israel were to flee before One of their  enemies, and Ten Thousand of the Army of Israel were to flee before two of their enemies, the conquering nations would not understand! Their success would ONLY do to The Lord God turning away from His People. The enemy nations would not acknowledge God's Hand in their victory. The enemy nations would take all the credit for defeating the armies of Israel. Moses Prophesies, The Lord God Will not permit this to happen. Rabbi Menachem M. Scheerson, Torah Chumash Shemot Kehot Publication Society (Brooklyn, NY 2006) pp 199 - 207


The Prophet Ezekiel 39 Speaks of The Lord's Judgment and destruction of the enemy nations. Seven months will be required to bury all the dead. Seven Years will be required to burn all the weapons.


Ezekiel 39.21 - 29

And I will set My Glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see My Judgment that I Have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.  And The House of Israel shall know that I am The Lord their God from that Day forward. And the nations shall know that The House of Israel went into exile for their iniquity; because they dealt treacherously against me. Therefore, I Hid My Face from them and Gave them to the hand of their enemies; so they all fell by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done to them, and I Hid My Face from them. Therefore, Thus Says The Lord God: 'Now will I bring back the exile of Jacob, and Have Mercy upon the entire House of Israel, and Will Be Zealous for My Holy Name. They shall forget their shame, and all their faithlessness in which they have faithless to Me when they dwelt securely in their land, and none made them afraid. After I Have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and Am Sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I Am The Lord their God, Who Caused them to be led into exile among the nations; but I Have Gathered them to their land and have left there none of them any more. And I Will Not Hide My Face any more from them; for I Have Poured Out My Spirit Upon The House of Israel, Says The Lord God.


The prophecy in Joel 4.10 - 21 bares witness of what is to come. In the Christian Bible see Joel 3.10 - 21. Mystically within the Word יָדִין  we Observe a Time of appointment with the Word  יָסַד Yaw Sahd meaning Appoint or Set up. That Time of appointment is when The power of the enemies of Israel begins surging with the intent to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and to annihilate all The People of Israel, God Forbid!! We see the formations for this surging beginning to take shape today, 5776 From Creation,  with Iran and the nations of the world. America is giving money to Iran. What is the purpose for giving money to Iran? The structure and fortification America offered Israel seems to be evaporating!! What is happening here? 


יָדִין

Yaw Deen / To Judge - Justice

י10  ד4  י10  ן50 = 74


יָסַד 

Yaw Sahd / Appoint - Set up

י10  ס60 מ ד4  = 74


עֵד

Ayd / Witness

ע70 ד4 = 74


Deuteronomy 32.43

Rejoice, O you nations, with his people; for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will make expiation for the land of his people.


Moses prophesies that the Nations will rejoice with Israel after The Lord Renders Justice to the offending countries. This Justice is representative of the Second Yod. The Second Yud represents the Time The Lord Renders Judgment against the offending nations. The World will עֵד witness what The Lord Does to the Nations. And the Nations will join Israel in praising The Lord for His Glorious Works. Moshiach Ben David begins his rule.


The Prophet Isaiah speaks of this time of rejoicing.


Isaiah 2.1 - 5

The Word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it will happen in the End of Days, that the mountain of the Temple of The Lord shall be firmly established as the head of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many peoples shall go and say, 'Come, and let us go up to The Mountain of The Lord, to The Temple of the God of Jacob; and [Moshiach] will Teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths; for from Zion shall The Torah come forth, and The Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.' And [Moshiach] Shall Judge among the nations, and settle arguments of many people. They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they study warfare any more.


Dear Ones the subjects of Jewish exile and return, destruction and exultation, major war defeat and victory and Moshiach establishing peace throughout the world are difficult to understand. I don't pretend to be an expert on The End of Days. No one is. We see little bits and pieces that seem to make sense at the time then it changes. I have offered my opinion based upon what I see. 


I see the war beginning after The Judgment on Rosh HaShanah. The Lord Hides His Face from The People of Israel. War begins. This is at the conclusion of a Shmittah Year. It appears like we, The People of Israel are going to be annihilated. After Yom Kippur The Lord Bring Justice on the enemy nations. Moshiach kingdom begins ruling from Jerusalem. The Third Holy Temple is Established. The People of Israel that were scattered by The Lord God are now Gathered back to Israel by Him.


Some who are living today may see the Great Hand of The Lord in the events discussed in this chapter. We are close to the Time know as The End of Days.


Jeremiah 9.22 - 23

Thus Says The Lord, 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, nor let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I Am The Lord Who Exercises Lovingkindness, Justice, and Righteousness, in the earth; for in these things I Delight, Says The Lord.'


So even though we desire to know The End of Days we should even more so desire to understand and know The Lord.


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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 18

Genesis 18.1 - 33

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While reading Genesis 18 one Word really caught my attention this time through on our learning expedition. Please notice the seventh Word of Genesis 18.19.


Bereisheit 18.19

כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו

וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה

לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא

יְהוָֹה עַל־אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר עָלָיו1:1


Genesis 18.19 '

For I know him, that he will command everything from Aleph to Tav of his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.


Why did the Word בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv, meaning children catch my attention? First it is because at that time in history Avraham's ONLY child was Yishmael. Yet Ha Torah Records The Lord as Using the Word, בָּנָיו Baw Nawv, 'children.' Baw Nawv occurs five times before Genesis 18.19. Baw Nawv occurs in Genesis 7.7, 13; 8.18; 9.1 and 9.8. Each occurrence means children. The Word Baw Nawv is common. Baw Nawv occurs in 230 Passukim / Verses of Ha Tenach. The first Letter of Baw Nawv is ב / Bet, meaning house. Bet is the second Letter of the Aleph Bet [Hebrew Alpha Bet]. The Letter Bet Represents בית Bah Yeet, meaning House; בראשית / Bereisheit / means in the beginning. ברוך / Baw Rook, means blessings. ברא Baw Raw means to create. בן / Ben means Son and בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv, means children. This is just a very small sampling of what the Letter ב Bet Represents. Mystically we observe the connection to parenting and children. We observe that a good parent tries to build a house from the beginning creating the correct atmosphere for blessings of their children.


Why did The Lord Use the Word בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv? Well.,we cannot second guess the Creator. However we do know that בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv can represent children and grandchildren. בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv can also represent sons. We know that Avraham had eight sons, Yishmael, Yitzchok, Zimran, Yokshon, Medan, Midian, Yishbok and Shuach. Only Yitzchok was the son of the Covenant בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv represents Yitzchok and his children and grandchildren etc. and בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv represents all eight of Avraham's sons. It should not be difficult for us to understand Ha Torah's Intention in the use of the Word בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv. It is clear that The Lord Made direct reference to both Yishmael and Yitzchok and indirect references to the other sons of Avraham. Ha Torah Takes us further than this. Ha Torah Says, אֶת־בָּנָיו / Eht Baw Nawv, meaning everything from Aleph to Tav of Avraham's children and grandchildren. The Word Eht makes this all inclusive. The meaning is all Avraham's sons and their children and their grand children. Baw Nawv is the Gematria 68. Eht - Baw Nawv is the Gematria 469. Yih Tzah Veh - Eht - Baw Nawv is the Gematria of 580. Each Gematria has important associations as all Gematria does.


Now we observe the phrase יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו / Yih Tzah Veh - Eht - Baw Nawv, meaning [Avraham] commanded his children. This phrase brings everything back into focus. The Word, יְצַוֶּה Yih Tzah Veh, meaning he [Avraham] commanded expresses much. We have already discussed this. What did Avraham command his children? Remember back in Genesis 13 entitled Traveling Towards the Altar. There we set the foundation for this discussion. Avraham was a Teacher. Avraham taught his family to observe. In a few chapters we are going to learn how Avraham dealt with children who were rebellious.


Bereisheit 18.19

כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו

וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה

לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא

יְהוָֹה עַל־אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר עָלָיו1:1

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For I know him, that he will command everything from Aleph to Tav of his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.


For every individual who is not of the bloodline of Avraham these three Words are real important. Remember back in Genesis 13 where we expanded upon the 318 servants that were born in Avraham's household? These were Noachides. They were NOT Jewish. Yet they follow observances like Avraham did.


וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו / Vih Eht - Bay Toh - Ah Chah Rawv, meaning, and everything from Aleph to Tav of the household of [Avraham]. Why is this so important? It is real important because these three Words include people from all walks of life and of all descents. Ha Torah Recorded that Avraham commanded his household after him.


Bereisheit 18.19

כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו

וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה

לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא

יְהוָֹה עַל־אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר עָלָיו1:1

Genesis 18.19 '

For I know him, that he will command everything from Aleph to Tav of his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.


Avraham commanded his children and his household after him, וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה / Vih Shaw Mih Roo, meaning to guard... to keep; דֶּרֶךְ / Deh Rehk, meaning the path... the way... יְהֹוָה / The Lord, meaning of The Lord. How were they to guard the path of The Lord? Remember back a few pages when we discussed Avraham as having 8 sons? Again, there is Yishmael, Yitzchok, Zimran, Yokshon, Medan, Midian, Yishbok and Shuach. Only Yitzchok was the son of the Covenant. There is a point to this. The point is None of Avraham Sons were Jewish. Yet we know that Avraham taught those 318 trained in his own house, Ha Torah. Avraham taught his 8 sons and his two grandsons Ha Torah. He taught them the Way of the Lord. The Sages may differ as to whether Avraham received all 613 Mitzvot of Ha Torah or just the Seven Laws. Yet this Passuk lays a firm foundation for ALL to learn Ha Torah just as Avraham taught others!


Bereisheit 18.19

כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו

וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה

לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא

יְהוָֹה עַל־אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר עָלָיו1:1


Genesis 18.19 '

For I know him, that he will command everything from Aleph to Tav of his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do kindness and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.


לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט meaning to do justice and judgment; לַעֲשׂוֹת / Lah Ah Soht, meaning to do the work of צְדָקָה / Tzih Daw Kawh Tzedakah meaning charity and וּמִשְׁפָּט / Oov Mee Shi Pawt, meaning Justice. So He, Avraham, Commanded his children and his household after him that they guard the path of The Lord by doing the work of Tzedakah / Kindness and Charity and Justice... Avraham taught Noachides Ha Torah! Did Avraham Teach Noachides the entire Torah? I don't know! Yet, we know Avraham taught Torah!


What is the meaning here? There are children of the bloodline of Avraham who do not 'guard the path of The Lord by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice...' and there are disciples of Avraham who do 'guard the path of The Lord by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice...' One is born of the bloodline of Avraham the other is born of the Spirituality of Avraham. Both are very important!!


The point is that Avraham was known for doing Kindness, Charity and Justice. Our Sages Teach that Yitzchok looked exactly like Avraham. People could not tell them apart from their looks or from their actions of Kindness, Charity and Justice. Yishmael was unruly. Yishmael was a thief. Yishmael was hated by those around him. See Genesis 16.12. Yishmael may have been from Avraham's bloodline but he did not do the actions of Kindness, Charity and Justice at first. On the other hand Eisov did the Commands at first then rebelled. Remember He [Avraham] commanded his children. As parents and grandparents we know that all of our children may not follow our instructions. It is our responsibility to command, i.e. teach them in the path of The Lord. It is their individual responsibility to Observe these Commands. At first Yishmael did not Observe these commands. Eisov did not Observe these commands after the age of 15. We can only Teach the path of The Lord. We cannot force our children to follow the Path of The Lord. So while they are all our children there is a difference!


Gematria Miluy

בָּנָיו

Baw Nawv, Children

בָּנָיו

בית = 412

בָּנָיו

נ50 ו6 ן50 = 106

בָּנָיו

י10 ו6 ד4 = 20

בָּנָיו

ו6 ו6 = 12


550 = 412+ 106 + 20 + 12


Gematria Regal

שֹׁמְרֵי

Sh Mih Ray

the Guardians

ש300 מ40 ר200 י10 = 550


The fullness of children is the Gematria Miluy 550. The Gematria Regal of שֹׁמְרֵי Sh Mih Ray, meaning the Guardians completes this Passuk. Even though the Word used is מִשְׁפָּט Meesh Pawt meaning Justice or Judgment it is the guardians that preform this Observance. He, Avraham commanded his children and his household after him that they guard the path of The Lord by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice in order to bring upon Avraham everything from Aleph to Tav of that which The Lord Had [Spoken] upon him.

In other words Avraham's children are commanded to guard how they live in order to preserve the promises of The Lord Given to Avraham. Avraham's children are commanded to be guardians or to be just like Avraham. This tells us that Avraham was a proper example for his children. Our goal is to raise guardians of Ha Torah.


When a parent is not a proper example for their children what do they do? One begins from where they are. Try to begin repairing poor behavior. Try building on good traits.



A good parent builds a house from the beginning creating the correct atmosphere for blessings in their children. 

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