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Naso – the mystery of the priestly blessing

The priestly blessing can be found in Number 6:24-26:

יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ

יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ

יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם

Adonai bless you and keep you;

Adonai makes his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

Adonai lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

 

Some basic characteristics of these blessings are:

  • Exactly 15 words

  • Exactly 60 letters

  • Exactly 13 times the letter Yod (י) appeared

  • Exactly 13 unique letters

As this is the only priestly blessing explicitly commanded by God, let’s delve into it and see if we can reveal some of the deeper secrets.

 

First of all, at the geometry level, in the case of an equilateral triangle, if the two sides are 13, corresponding to 13 times Yod (י) and 13 unique letters, and the bottom side is 10, corresponding to the gematria of Yod (י), the area of the triangle is exactly 60, corresponding to the number of letters, and accidentally, the height of the triangle is exactly 12, corresponding to the 12 tribes of Israel for the blessing.

 

What is the connection between the 15 words and 60 letters?

 

It obviously alludes to the Hebrew letter Samech ס, being the 15th letter in the alphabet with a gematria of 60.

 

The letter Samech  ס can be spelled out as סמך, which is called its filling. In other word, two letters Mem (מ) and Chaf (ך) are hidden in the letter Samech (ס), or put it another way, letter Samech (ס) is “pregnant” with letter Mem (מ) and Chaf (ך).

 

Mem has a gematria of 40, and Chaf has a gematria of 20, adding up to 60, the gematria of Samech, hence letter Samech is “pregnant” with herself, as it were.

 

The form of Samech ס is that of a circle, alluding to the timeless cycle, or put in another way, the end is enwedged in the beginning.

 

Hence the full spelling of letter Samech (סמך) has a gematria of 60 + 60 = 120. Astonishingly, 120 is exactly the triangle number of 15:

 

1 + 2 + 3 + … + 13 + 14 + 15 = 120

 

Hence the connection between the number 15 and the letter Samech סמך is reinforced.

 

The first time the 3-letter spelling סָמַךְ appeared in the Torah can be found in Deut 34:9, the last chapter of Deuteronomy:

 

וִיהוֹשֻׁעַ בִּן-נוּן, מָלֵא רוּחַ חָכְמָה כִּי-סָמַךְ מֹשֶׁה אֶת-יָדָיו, עָלָיו

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him…

 

It is significant that the word Samach (סָמַךְ) here means the “laying on of hands”, which is intrinsically connected with the priestly blessing which involves the lifting of hands of the priest with certain hand signs according to Jewish tradition.

 

Thus the 13 appearances of the letter Yod (י) is connected with the “hand”, as hand in Hebrew is Yad (יַד) , which is cognate to  (יוד), the filling of the letter Yod (י). To use the same parable for letter Samech, the letter Yod is “pregnant” with herself, as the gematra of letter Yod is 10, and the gematria of her spelling is 20, hence Yod is “pregnant” with herself, same as letter Samech.

The letter Yod, being the first letter of the most holy name YKVK (יהוה) has within it the deepest secret about blessing.

 

The secret of blessing is all about channeling. The infinite grace of God from the spiritual realm must be channeled down to the physical realm to bestow blessing. This is beautifully illustrated by the letter Yod and her spelling (יוד).

 

From the geometry perspective, these three letters represent the progression from 0-dimension, to 1-dimension, to 2-dimenisons.

 

A point is 0-dimension, or dimensionless, which represents infinite potential, the origin of all things, this is the first letter Yod, its form is a point (י).

 

A line is the descending of the point, with the infinite potential becoming finite, as defined or rather, limited by a line. This is the second letter Vav (ו) which is a vertical line in form, representing 1 dimensional line.

 

A plane is a further limitation of the potential of a line, as it further descends into a plane, which is defined by two lines at 90 degree angle, as in the form of the third letter Dalet (ד), representing the 2 dimensional plane.

 

Hence the lifting of the hands in the priestly blessing with the 13 appearances of the Yod (יוד) is the secret of the “channeling” of divine blessings from the 0-dimension which is the spiritual realm to the 3-dimensional physical world in which we live.

 

The 3-dimensional world is best illustrated by a simple cube, which is made up of:

 

 

8 points (י);

12 lines (ו);

6 planes (ד);

 

The 3 numbers add up to exactly 26, the gematria of the most holy name YKVK (יהוה).

 

And of course, the YKVK name itself is made of three unique letters, which from right to left are: י-ו-ה

 

The first letter Yod is the infinite potential;

 

The second letter Vav is the vertical line that channels down the blessings, or the connector between heaven and earth, as the letter ו first appeared in Torah exactly between the first mentioning of heaven and earth.

 

The third letter Hey ה, which in form, is basically the letter Dalet ד pregnant with the original Yod י. Letter Hey represents the physical world as we know it.

 

Hence in Jewish tradition, it is taught that God created this world with the letter Hey, but the next world is created with the letter Yod. The secret is that this world of Hey is permeated with the infinite Yod which is the next world. In simple term, this physical world is pregnant with the spiritual world, or rather, the spiritual world is concealed within the physical world, as encoded in the letter Hey ה.

 

Most astonishingly, if we convert the 8 points, 12 lines, and 6 planes into gematria, the result is 176, exactly the midpoint of the triangle number of 26.

 

To illustrate:

 

The gematria of Yod is 10, hence 8 points = 80;

The gematria of Vav is 6, hence 12 lines = 72;

The gematria of Dalet is 4, hence 6 planes = 24;

 

80 + 72 + 24 = 176

 

The triangle number of 26 = 351, and 176 is exactly the midpoint from 1 to 351.

 

Incidentally, if there is such a concept in Torah, the priestly blessing appears in Torah portion Naso, which in Hebrew is נָשֹׂא (Num 4:22), the gematria is 351, which is the triangle number of 26.

 

Most astonishingly, this Torah portion has exactly 176 verses (1st paragraph of the following link).

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naso_(parsha)

 

Going back to the word Samach (סָמַךְ) and the association with Joshua the son of Nun, if we look at this verse a little closer, some astonishing secret can be revealed. Let’s focus on the first 6 words:

 

וִיהוֹשֻׁעַ בִּן-נוּן, מָלֵא רוּחַ חָכְמָה

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom…Deut 34:9

 

Joshua, or Yehoshua in Hebrew is commonly understood as the prototype of Yeshua the Mashiach in the Messianic circle. This is actually encoded in this verse.

 

The gematria of this verse is 913, exactly the gematria of the first word in the Torah: In the beginning, which in Hebrew is: בְּרֵאשִׁית, the gematria is 913.

 

Hence the verse: I am the beginning, I am the end…

 

The first three words of the verse, And Yehoshua ben Nun וִיהוֹשֻׁעַ בִּן-נוּן, has a gematria of 555. This is quite significant as discussed previously on the progression of the triple numbers:

 

Gematria

Hebrew Word

Meaning / Concept

111

אַלֻף

The word means: chief, this alludes to God the father, the origin of all things, the first letter Alef א

222

בְּכֹר

The word means: first born son, this alludes to Yeshua, the first born, the 2nd letter Beit ב

333

נֵר חֲנֻכָּה

The word means: The light of Chanukah, this alludes to the feast of the Chanukah and “light to the nations” is the theme, alluding to preaching the good news to the entire nations, alluding to the 3rd letter Gimal ג, which means: to give.

444

מִקְדָּשׁ

The word means: temple, tabernacle. This is the fruit of the labor, God dwells within each one of us, alluding to the 4th letter Dalet ד, which means door.

555

מָּשִׁיחַ עִמָּנוּ אֵל


 

The word means: Mashiach is God be with us (Imanu-El). Imanu-El is also the name of Yeshua the Mashiach. This comes to teach us that Mashiach whose name is Imanu-El is God with us.

 

It is only fitting that the gematria of “And Yehoshua ben-Nun” has the same gematria as Mashiach Imanu-El, connecting the dots as illustrated above.

 

Astonishingly, the balance of the gematria of the verse is exactly 358, the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ.

 

913 – 555 = 358

 

Hence the verse: “full of the spirit of wisdom” מָלֵא רוּחַ חָכְמָה has the same gematria as Mashiach, alluding to the verse in Isaiah 11:2: And the spirit of Adonai shall rest upon him…

 

It is now clear that the priestly blessing has within it the spirit of Mashaich, which is the secret of Samech, the number 60.

 

To further understand the secret of number 60, we have to first familiarize ourselves with the secret of the 5 levels of soul.

 

As discussed previously, the 5 levels of souls with their gematriot are as follows:

 

Gematria

Hebrew

Pronunciation

Explanation

37

יְחִידָה

Yehida

Meaning: the singular one, the highest level of the soul, literally part of God

23

חַיָּה

Chaiya

Meaning: the living one, one level lower than Yehida, that which hovers over the human head

395

נְשָׁמָה

Neshama

Meaning: the mind, one level lower, the highest level that dwells within the physical body that manifests in the head, the intellectual attribute of man

214

רוּחַ

Ruach

Meaning:  the spirit, one level lower, that which fills the physical body, manifested primarily in the heart, the emotional attribute of man

430

נֶפֶשׁ

Nefesh

Meaning: the soul, or the psyche, the lowest level of the soul, manifests in the blood as the physical drives in man

1099

 

 

 

 

As a general rule, the lower 3 levels dwell within the human body and constitute the consciousness of human experience. The 4th level, Chaiya, literally means the living one is the composite of the 3 lower levels of soul. The 5th level is the super-consciousness of the human experience, the connection with God that can never be severed.

 

The secret of the 5 levels of soul is hidden in King David’s Psalms where the following verse is repeated exactly “5” times in Psalm 103:1, 2, 22, 104:1, 35,

בָּרְכִי נַפְשִׁי, אֶת-יְהוָה

Bless Adonai, O my soul.

The gematria of this verse is 1109, exactly the combined gematriot of the 5 levels of souls as tabulated above. The fact that this verse is repeated exactly 5 times hints to the 5 levels of soul praising God.

 

As explained before, the 5 levels of soul parallel the 4 friends in the story of Job, as follows:

 

English

Hebrew

Gematria

Explanation

Elihu son of Barachel

אֱלִיהוּא בֶן-בַּרַכְאֵל

358

358 is the gematria of Mashiach (מָּשִׁיחַ), the intermediate between God and man, the singular one, the head of the church, as it were, the 1st level Yehida

Job

אִיּוֹב

19

19 is the gematria of Eve (חַוָּה), the first woman, the prototype of the bride, the composite of the 3 lower souls, the 2nd level Chaiya

Zophar

צוֹפַר

376

376 is the gematria of peace (שָׁלוֹם), the peace within man by the knowledge of God corresponding to the 3rd level, Neshama, the intellectual mind

Bildad

בִלְדַּד

40

40 alludes to the 40 days and nights, or 40 years in the wilderness, the experience of the spirit, the 4th level, Ruach, the emotional heart

Elipahaz

אֱלִיפַז

128

128 is the gematria of intermediate (בֵּינוֹנִי). Nefesh being the lowest of the spiritual is the intermediate that connects to the highest of the physical through blood, as in Lev 17:11…Nefesh is in the blood…this is Nefesh, the 5th level

 

 

921

 

 

The secret of Job’s experience is that of the human soul. The three friends are the three lower levels of the soul: the physical, the emotional and the intellectual aspects of man. Job himself is the composite of the three lower levels representing each and every one of us, which from God’s perspective is the bride that is beloved, hence the same gematria as Eve, the first bride. The mysterious young man is the Mashiach, or the groom, that reconciles the relationship between man and God, which is why his name has the same gematria as that of Mashiach. This comes to teach us that the spirit of Mashiach is part and parcel of each individual soul, and manifests himself as the highest level of our soul, or the head of the church, as in Christian terminology. Indeed, Mashiach is the part of us that connects to God and the bond will never be severed through life or death.

 

The total gematriot is 921, exactly the gematria of “Going out of Egypt” יָצָאתָ מִמִּצְרָיִם. The entire human experience is summarized in one phrase: going out of Egypt.

Interestingly, the gematria of Yehida יְחִידָה, the 5th level of the soul, the Mashiach, is 37, which is a common multiplicand for all 9 triple numbers as follows:

111

37

3

222

37

6

333

37

9

444

37

12

555

37

15

666

37

18

777

37

21

888

37

24

999

37

27

 

By focusing on the first line, 111 = 37 x 3, is this alluding to the paradox that the “3” are actually “1”?

 

To go off at a tangent, the Hebrew phrase “these three are one”  שְׁלֹשַָׁה דְבָרִים יַחַד has a gematria of 913, exactly the gematria of Bereshit בְּרֵאשִׁית, in the beginning, the first word of Torah. The acronym of this phrase is: שַׁדַי, the name of God Shaddai, meaning Almighty.

 

One of the deepest secrets of soul is concealed in the “unit of numbers” in the Torah. It is taught that there is no greater unit of numbers mentioned in the Torah than ten-thousand (רְבָבָה). Anything over ten-thousands is not given a specific name in the Torah, but rather is referred to as a certain

amount of thousands or a certain amount of ten-thousands.

 

According to Jewish tradition, there are exactly 5 units of number in the Torah, paralleling the 5 levels of soul as follows:

 

Unit of Numbers

5 levels of soul

 

10,000

יְחִידָה

Yehida

Mashiach

1,000

חַיָּה

Chaiya

Man

100

נְשָׁמָה

Neshama

Brain / Intellect

10

רוּחַ

Ruach

Heart / Emotion

1

נֶפֶשׁ

Nefesh

Blood / Physical Drives

 

The revelation of God, therefore, descending through the 5 levels of soul, is a process of dilution, or diminishing, or, humbling, or in Kabbalah term, tzimtzum.

 

In human experience, when the emotion gets the upper hand, it is certainly without the assistance of a rational mind, as emotion receives only one tenth of the intellectual mind. In the same way a man acted carnally with a burning Nefesh needs only one tenth of the temptation from the heart.

 

With the above background in order, we can now understand the secret of the number 60.

 

When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, the recorded number is about 600,000 (Ex 12:37). In Jewish tradition, this is known as the 600,000 root souls from which all future generations branch out.

 

The Hebrew word for about 600,000 in Ex 12:37 is  כְּשֵׁשׁ-מֵאוֹת אֶלֶף, the gematria is 1178, this is exactly the gematria of: YKVK + Torah + Israel יְהוָה + תּוֹרָה + יִשְׂרָאֵל.

26 + 611 + 541 = 1178

According to Jewish tradition, YKVK, Torah and Israel, these three are one. This parallels the concept that God, Mashiach (Torah) and Israel (Bride) are one.

Hence the secret of the 600,000 is the union between God, Mashiach and the Bride.

 

600,000 is 60 ten-thousands.

 

It then follows that the 60 ten-thousand root souls at the level of Nefesh translate to number 60 at the level of Yehida, which is Mashiach.

 

This is the ascending of the collective soul (600,000) from bottom up through the 5 levels, with each level a further “condensing” by 10 times. The process is called self-negation, or self-nullification, or in Christian term: Now if we are dead with Christ, we believe we shall also live with him…

 

Incidentally, the combined gematriot of Yehida יְחִידָה and Chaiya חַיָּה is exactly 60. Yehida means “singular one”, this is the Mashiach the singular one; Chaiya means “living one”, this is we that live with Him.

 

In Halacha which means Jewish laws, 60 is the proportion (60:1) of kosher to non-kosher ingredients that can render an admixture kosher after the fact. Hence 60 is the number of nullification of the non-kosher. Nullification in this sense means a part is being nullified within a whole.

 

This, in Christian term, means the sinner (the unclean) is made clean in Mashiach, by the power of 60.

 

This Halacha can be illustrated by the word “nothingness” which in Hebrew is אֵין. The gamatria is 61. The first letter Alef has a gematria of 1, this is the individual. The last two letters have a gematria of 60, this is the community of Mashiach (Yehida + Chaiya). The 1 is thus being nullified by the number 60, alluding to the 60:1 ratio.

 

Number 1 is the individuality, the self-centeredness. This individuality must be nullified in the community of believers, to be part of one body, with Mashiach being the head, the Yehida.

 

It is now clear that the 60 letters of the priestly blessing correspond to Mashiach within each and every believer, being united in Mashiach with God.

 

The 60 letters in the form of 15 words is the secret between male and female, husband and wife, or groom and bride.

 

15 is the gmetria of Yah (יָהּ), the first two letters of YKVK.

 

Man in Hebrew is אִישׁ, and woman in Hebrew is אִשָּׁה, the two unique letters in man and woman are Yod (י) and Hey (ה), hence the union of man and woman in marriage completes the name of God, Yah, the gematria of 15.

Hence while the 60 letters in the Priestly Blessing is the secret of the 600,000 root-souls with Mashiach as the intermediate, and the 15 words in the Priestly Blessing is the secret of the union between Mashiach and the Bride. The 13 Yods and 13 unique letters complete the signature of YKVK which is 26.

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