The gematria of Bo (בֹּא), this week’s parshat is 3. Let’s unravel the mystery of the “3” other than the obvious connection with the last 3 plagues.
Our current “exile” is a state of consciousness that disconnects the “mind” from the “heart”.
The intellects distance themselves from emotional expressions, and the emotional people don’t care to understand the intellectual mind.
Generally speaking the Christians are emotional. They “know” the Mashiach from the emotional perspective. Their prayers are free flowing style and their songs are filled with tears.
On the other hand, the Jewish people are intellectual. They “know” the Mashiach from the 70 layers of Torah study which is an intellectual pursuit. Inasmuch as their prayers are also heartfelt emotional connections with God, their tefilah (prayers) are structured seders which were intellectually organized by the sages.
On the individual level, there are believers who study the inner dimensions of Torah and are intellectual, there are also believers who are emotional and spend most of their times in prayers and songs.
The “exile” is the disconnection of the two, and the “redemption” is the unification (Echad) of the two.
The mind resides in the “head”, the emotions are from the “heart”. The two are separated by the “neck” by divine design.
The neck is the “narrow strait” as compared to the body, which is exactly what Egypt means in Hebrew מִצְרָיִם.
As it is written in Psalm 118:5: I called Yah from the narrow strait…
מִן-הַמֵּצַר, קָרָאתִי יָּהּ
The name of Pharaoh פַרְעֹה can be permuted to mean: the neck הַעֹרֶף.
The mind gives instruction (Torah) to the heart, so that we will not follow the desires of the heart. As it is written in Num 15:39: “…that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes…”
In turn, the heart teaches the mind about the spirit of the law, so that the Torah can be written in the heart, instead of an intellectual pursuit without the heart.
The exile in Egypt represents our current state of mind being “disconnected” from the heart because of the neck.
There are 3 channels through which the head “feeds” the body through the neck:
1) the gullet
2) the jugular vein
3) the windpipe
We can parallel them with the three chief officers that work under Pharaoh which is the neck.
1) The chief baker שַׂר הָאוֹפִים, the gematria is 642
2) The chief butler שַׂר הַמַּשְׁקִים, the gematria is 995
3) The chief guard שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים, the gematria is 574
The gematria of the three officers combined is 2211, which is exactly the triangle number of 66.
The chief baker parallels the gullet as they’re related to food;
The chief butler parallels the jugular vein, as they’re related to wine which is the “parable” for blood in Torah;
The chief guard parallels the windpipe as they’re related to the spirit which is wind in Hebrew. Why?
To explain: Only the chief guard’s name was revealed as Potiphar, פוֹטִיפַר, the gematria is 385, which is the same gematria of Shechinah שכינה , the Divine Presence, commonly understood as the Holy Spirit.
385 is also 7 times the gematria of the bride (55), which in Hebrew is Kalah כַּלָּה.
Let’s now develop further the parallel:
1) The chief baker – bread – Torah Study – intellect – the mind;
2) The chief butler – wine / blood - ?
3) The chief guard – spirit – emotions – the heart.
The chief baker was killed. While it can mean the death of the Mashiach as the bread of life, let’s develop it from another perspective to fit into our model today.
If we interpret the “bread” or “chief baker” or the “gullet” to mean the mind, the intellectual pursuit on Torah study, then the “chief guard” or the “windpipe” obviously parallels the emotional expressions of that knowledge through the working of the spirit in the heart.
We have a question mark for the chief butler who parallels the wine or the blood which needs to be analyzed further. The wine and the blood could be polar opposites but can also be harmonized. The “wine” in Hebrew is yayin יַיִן having the same gematria as “secret” sod סּוֹד, hence the wine alludes to the inner dimensions of the Torah. The blood on the other hand carries the Nefesh נֶפֶשׁ (Lev 17:11) which is the lowest level of the soul that supplies the energy for the physical drives.
So why was the chief baker killed but the chief butler was left to live?
True the Mashiach has to die, so Torah can be dissected and digested, and the believers are expected to grow from the physical drives, the blood, to the inner dimensions of the Torah which is the wine.
Hence when the people were redeemed from Egypt, the Torah goes out of her way to say:
And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth … (Ex 12:37)
Rameses in Hebrew is רַעְמְסֵס, the gematria is 430, exactly the gematria of Nefesh נֶפֶשׁ, the physical drives.
Succoth obviously alludes to the ultimate “connection with God” as God dwells within the earthly tabernacle which is the body of the believers. The feast of Sukot culminates on the 8th day, the Simcha Torah which is the joy (old wine) from studying the inner dimensions of Torah.
Let’s now return to the 3 chief officers. Their combined gematria is 2211, which when divided by 3 is exactly 737 representing the average number for each of the three midot: the mind, the heart and the fruit of the labor which is the arrival at “wine” from the “blood”.
737 is exactly the gematria of: “…with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deut 6:5) .
בְּכָל לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל נַפְשְׁךָ וּבְכָל מְאֹדֶךָ
The last word “your might” or “your strength” is not clear from the word itself, as it literally means “very much” me’od. There is an opinion from the Rabbis that this means to go over and above the limitation of the “heart” and the “soul”.
This touches on our model of the chief butler which parallels the soul, the Nefesh, and the chief guard which parallels the heart, the Ruach. We’re missing the part about the mind, the Neshamah, our chief baker that was killed.
Yeshua supplied the “missing link” in Mark 12:30 where he expounded:
…with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength (might)…
Yeshua emphasized on the “mind” aspect which was interpreted by the scribe (Mark 12:32) as the “understanding”, or the Binah aspect of Torah study.
Binah in Hebrew is בִּינָה, the gematria is 67, times 33 which represents the inner dimensions of the Torah as explained elsewhere, we have exactly: 67 x 33 = 2211, back to the 3 “connections” between the mind and the heart.
Hence the partnership between the “mind” and the “heart” is the secret of the rectification of the bride.
This can be illustrated beautifully by the following triangle numbers. The formula for triangle number is: Tn = (n + 1)*n/2
Mind + Heart = 1 + 1 = 2
The triangle number of 2 is 3;
The triangle number of 3 is 6;
The triangle number of 6 is 21;
The triangle number of 66 is 2211;
The triangle number of 666 is 222111, and it can go on indefinitely as follows…
1 is the number of the father, 2 is the number of the son, 6 is the number of the man.
666 is the culmination of man which can either be a blessing or a curse, depends on how we use it. As a matter of fact, the gematria of both “blessing” and “curse” is exactly 666.
Blessing (Bracha) in Hebrew is בְּרָכָה , the gematria is 227;
Curse (Tochecha) in Hebrew is תּוֹכֵחָה, the gematria is 439;
227 + 439 = 666
Let’s now return to Potipher the chief guard which parallels the spirit.
According to Jewish traditions, the wife that was given to Yosef to marry is none other than the step daughter of Potipher.
So the daughter of the spirit is Osnat which in Hebrew is אָסְנַת (Gen 41:45), the gematria is 511.
If the wife of Yosef represents the believers when they first believed at Yeshua’s first coming (Mashiach ben Yosef), then the wife of David would represent the rectified believers at Yeshua’s second coming (Mashiach ben David).
The name of David’s wife is Michal, which is Hebrew is מִיכַל, the gematria is 100. The Rabbis have taught that had Michal be rectified to become the worthy wife of David, the Kingdom would have been established forever from that point on. Michal despised David in her “heart” due to David’s emotional expression of his “mind”.
How can we rectify the bride of Mashiach so that she becomes without spot or blemishes?
The answer is by the study of Torah (mind) as guided by the Holy Spirit (heart), the reconciliation of the Jewish method (Torah Study, the intellect) with the Christian method (the Holy Spirit, the emotions).
Hence the gematria of the two wives add up beautifully to represent the Torah as the ultimate tikkun:
Osnat אָסְנַת (511) + Michal מִיכַל (100) = Torah תּוֹרָה (611)
In this week’s Parshat, we have the first appearance of the concept of dog that didn’t move its tongue (Ex 11:7).
Men have for centuries been having dogs and cats for pets. What can we learn from this human consciousness from the Torah perspective? It has been taught by the Rabbis that the partnership between dogs and cats alludes to the secret of the coming of the Kingdom. Dogs are faithful to the point of being a simpleton, representing the heart of emotions, as compared to Cats that are known for craftiness, representing the mind of the intellect.
The Hebrew word for dog is כֶּלֶב, the gematria is 52.
The Hebrew word for cat is חָתוּל, the gematria of 444.
52 + 444 = 496
Exactly the gematria of the Kingdom, Malchut מַלְכוּת.
Interestingly the first “living creature” in the plagues is the frog צְפַרְדֵּעַ that have a gematria of 444.
And the last “living creature” after the plague is the dog כֶּלֶב, adding up to the gematria of Kingdom.
Yeshua taught about the partnership between doves and snakes. Harmless as doves is the heart of emotions, like the simple dog; and wise as serpents is the mind of intellect, like the crafty cat. The challenge lies in your understanding, or “Binah” to make the two polar opposites work.
The Hebrew word for dove is Yonah יוֹנָה, the gematria is 71;
The Hebrew word for serpent is Nachash נָּחָשׁ, the gematria is 385;
The Hebrew word for understanding is Binah בִּינָה, the gematria is 67;
71 + 385 + 67 = 496 מַלְכוּת Malchut, the Kingdom.
We can therefore say that the serpent is the chief baker representing the mind or the head, hence it is written that you will bruise the head of the serpent; and the dove is chief guard the heart or the spirit. As a matter of fact, the spirit is described as a descending dove. The binah is none other than the chief butler, whose job is to turn blood into wine, which requires understanding.
Lion is the wild cat, and wolf is the wild dog. Yehudah is the lion (Gen 49:9) and Binyamin is the wolf (Gen 49:27). There is some kind of affinity between the two: In Parshat Vayigash, Yehudah is willing to sacrifice himself in order to save Binyamin, so the intellectual cat has rectified himself by becoming an emotional cat, therefore worthy to be called the King. On the other hand, Binyamin combated his emotional ties to the Northern Kingdom which has fallen into idolatrous practices and returned to the Southern Kingdom which is Yehudah after the split, so the emotional dog has become an intellectual one in this rectification. The temple was built on the spot that connects the tribe of Yehudah the lion and the tribe of Binyamin the wolf attesting to the Echad (unification).
Yehudah is a lion’s whelp (Gen 49:9)
גּוּר אַרְיֵה יְהוּדָה
The gematria of this verse is 455.
Binyamin is a wolf that raventh (Gen 49:27)
בִּנְיָמִין זְאֵב יִטְרָף
The gematria of this verse is 471.
455 + 471 = 926
The average number between Yedudah and Binyamin is therefore 926 / 2 = 463.
463 is the 91st prime number, 91 is the gematria of Amen אָמֵן, the Echad of YKVKי-הוה (26) and Adonai אֲדֹנָי (65).
926 is 2 times the Kingdom (496) - 66.
Why do we have to subcontract 66?
The triangle number of 66 is 2211, back to the blockage of heart and mind by the neck portrayed as Pharaoh with his 3 officers.
The rectified “neck” with the rectified 3 “channels” therefore heralds in the coming of the Mashiach the final redemption.
The gematria of Pharaoh (פַרְעֹה) or the neck (הַעֹרֶף) is 355.
Adding 3 to 355 we have exactly 358, the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ.