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Devarim Devarim

Deuteronomy 1.1 - 3.20

Time And Gematria:

עֵת - Time

Lesson One


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

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

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

Deuteronomy 1.1 - 3

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

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

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

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

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

Mitzrim / Egypt


מ40 צ90 ר200 י10 נם40 = 380



מ40 ד4 י10 ן50 = 104



מ40 ד4 ב2 ר200 = 246

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

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

Numbers 33.39

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

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

Fast One

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

Exodus 32.15 - 19

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

Fast Two

Exodus 32.29 - 35

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

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

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

Deuteronomy 9.11 - 12

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

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

Deuteronomy 9.15 - 19

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

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

Deuteronomy 10.10 - 11

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

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

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

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

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


ב2 מ40 ד4 ב2 ר200 = 248

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

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

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

Here are five questions for reflection. Those seeking course credit, please post the answers or send answers to - SUBJECT BOX - Pasted ONLY these words in the subject box.

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

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

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

4. What is the importance of the number 123?

5. What happened on 17 Tammuz?


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