Friday, January 3, 2014


In this post on Parashah Bo, we will look at a number of references to Gods Explicit Name and its abbreviated forms; with a particular focus on the number three and groups of threes and applicable fractal patterns. We'll also see sets of numbers that define the number of elements in several two-dimensional magen davids; the sevens and eights of calendar related halachah; and other sets of numbers that allude to the geometric characteristics of the luchot. Some of these parallel similar groups and patterns in other portions of Torah, especially last week’s parashah, since both deal with the plagues. Finally, we'll look at the patterns established by the missing letters that contain so many secrets.

In this week’s Parashah, the sets of 3s once again reflect the triad nature of Gods Explicit Name. In 10:6, the locusts will fill 3 types of houses: 

    1) [Pharaoh’s] houses; 
        2) the houses of all your servants; and 
           3) the houses of all Egypt

In 10:13, an East Wind carries the locust-swarm to Egypt and it takes 3 time-periods for it to blow them there: 

    1) all that day; 
        2) all that night; and 
           3) it became morning [the next day] (and they arrived). 

In 10:22 there is darkness for 3 days. 
In 10:23, “no man could see his brother nor could
                anyone rise from his place for 3 days.” 

In 12:8, the Israelites are commanded to eat 3 things on the Pesach night: 

    1) The meat of the Pascal Lamb; 
        2) Matzah; and 
            3) bitter herbs. 

In 12:11, the Israelites are commanded to eat the pesach-offering in a specific manner: 

    1) your loins girded; 
        2) your shoes on your feet; and 
            3) your staff in your hand. 

The last example was actually a "pair" of 3s, or 3 opposite 3, where each of the three parts of the body had to have its counterpart (in the three items mentioned) so they would be ready to leave in a hurry. 

In 12:30, 3 categories of people rose up and there was a great outcry: 

    1) Pharaoh; 
        2) all his servants; and 
            3) all of Egypt

In 12:37 the Israelites journey from Rameses to Succoth. In 12:38, 3 categories went along with them: 

    1) a mixed multitude; and...
          very much livestock consisting of 
               2) flocks; and 
                   3) cattle. 

Here, there are 3 groups of 3 (or 3 x = 9): The 3 time-periods that the East Wind blew to bring the locust-swarm, and 3 days of darkness opposite 3 days of tangible darkness (1 group). Then there were/are the 3 things the Israelites ate on the Pesach night, and the 3 opposite 3 of the limbs and their belongings, that were ready to go, while they consumed the 3 different foods (the 2nd group). And finally there are the 3 types of houses that the locust-swarm invaded, the 3 types of people that rose up on the night of the plague of the firstborn, and the 3 additional things that left with the Israelites (the 3rd group). Thus there are a total of 9 mentions of 3 things. This alludes to the Explicit Name (after the letters are permuted into triplets) when they are written as 9 triplets on 8 lines (as seen in the post on VaEra). It is also found in the geometric nature of the 9 triangular corners on the 8 large faces of a star tetrahedron (we will see where the 8s are in the historical narrative in a moment). It should also be noted that when the 216 letters are viewed as "cubic handbreadths" in the combined cubic form of the luchot, they are found as 9 lines of 3 in the 8 dimensions of what is commonly referred to to as Euclidean space.

Geometrically, 9 is found in the star tetrahedron as “3 within 3 within 3,” like the patterns of fractal geometry. It is important to understand that the 9 threes on 8, seen in all of the above examples, originate with the letters of the Name. These letters in turn define the geometric characteristics of the luchot (in terms of its 216 elements corresponding to the letters). When these elements are mapped in terms of the 8 dimensions of Euclidean space (which is the result of dividing the combined cubic form of the luchot in all 3 dimensions) the result is the 9 x 3 elements in each of 8 quadrants or dimensions previously mentioned. A more thorough explanation will be available soon as an "advanced construct" at the Sapphire Magen David blog.  

As you know, God’s Explicit Name has 216 letters. The luchot which came from the sapphire block contains 5 internal constructs. One of the constructs within the cube is the star tetrahedron, with its 216 elements that correspond to God’s Explicit Name with 216 letters. The star tetrahedron casts a two-dimensional shadow known classically as the magen david. The star is comprised on 8 faces having 9 triangular corners. The three things we've been talking about are all interconnected, the letters of the Name, the combined cubic form of the luchot, and the star tetrahedron within which is part of the geometry defined by the 5 mathematic constructs. You will see a shadow of this star as we proceed to examine the numbers and sets of numbers that characterize the patterns in this week's parashah.

In 10:23, “No man could see his brother nor could anyone rise from his place … but for all the Children of Israel there was light in their dwellings.” In the Plague of Darkness, there were 2 aspects pertaining to the Egyptians (they couldn’t see and they couldn’t move) but the Israelites had light during the plague of darkness. There are a total of 3, but notice that 1 is different from the other 2. This is like any given two-dimensional face of the star tetrahedron (a triangle) where 1 point is above the other 2 in the next dimension. 

In 10:24 Pharaoh summoned Moshe and told him, “Go – serve God, only your flocks and cattle shall remain behind; even your children may go with you.” Again, we have 2 with 1 that is different. Combine this with the “triangle” above, and they create the magen david, or two-dimensional shadow of a star tetrahedron. 

In 11:5, Moshe tells Pharaoh, “Every firstborn in the Land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, to the firstborn of the maidservant who is behind the millstone and all the firstborn animals.” Here the structure is like a complete magen. There is every firstborn (1 category), then specifics are given: the firstborn of Pharaoh that sits on his throne (notice this then falls into 2 categories, the person and the object) and so we have 1 + 2 or the first triangle. Then there is the firstborn of the maidservant who is behind the millstone, so again the description falls into categories, the person and the object, and finally, then all the firstborn animals (another category) . The two references taken together have a subtle connection to the geometry of the magen david. 

In 12:7, God tells Moshe to tell the Israelites to take some of the blood of the Pascal Lamb and place it on the 2 doorposts and the lintel, and so again, the three references are characterized as 2 of one and 1 of another, and when you connect the points at which the blood was applied, it formed a triangle in the doorway (see below). The blood was a sign (12:13) and their houses were protected. But in 12:12 God says, “I shall strike every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from man to beast; and against all the gods of Egypt shall I mete out punishment” which is again 2 + 1. Are all these triangular allusions a coincidence? One or two might be just that, but the overwhelming number in combination with the fact that 2 are together or similar, and the other separate and distinct, like the multidimensional aspects of triangular geometry (in three dimensions, 1 is different from the other 3) makes it impossible to seem coincidental. The numbers describing who the plague will effect and the numbers corresponding to who the blood will protect result in another two-dimensional shadow of a star tetrahedron. The blood on the lintel and doorposts created the points of a triangle, and the 2 corners that connected the lintel to the doorposts, with the third point of the head of a person in the doorway, actually created a magen david. The Magen David has 6 points, and the blood in the doorway came of course from the Pascal Lamb. The word שֶׂה (lamb or kid) is mentioned 6 times in this week’s Parashah (12:3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 13:13), and corresponds to the 6 points of the Magen David that was created in the doorway with its blood. The Magen David of course is the 2D shadow of the star tetrahedron that with its 216 elements corresponds to God’s Explicit Name with 216 letters. God protected those houses that had this symbol, as it was a shadow of the 3D construct (star tetrahedron) that corresponds to God’s Explicit Name. 

The Blood Symbol that Protected the Israelites
(read from left to right)

(click to enlarge)

In 12:9, the Israelites are commanded to prepare the Pesach-offering in a specific way: “You shall not eat it partially roasted or cooked in water; only roasted in fire...”, which is 2 + 1. And specifically how to roast it: “...its head, its legs, with its innards,” again the structural dynamic of the language is in the form of 2 + 1, and the two together cast yet another shadow of a magen david. In 12:22, Moshe tells the Israelites to touch the lintel and 2 doorposts with some blood, and in 12:23, he says that when God sees the blood on the lintel and 2 doorposts, God will not permit the Destroyer from entering your homes. Here we see the same pattern, where 1 + 2 is opposite another 1 + 2, and yet another shadow. In 12:29, “God smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne, to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and every firstborn animal.This is the same linguistic pattern we saw above, where initial reference is to every firstborn (1 category), but then the firstborn of Pharaoh that sits on his throne divides into another 2 categories, the person and the object, and here again, we have the 1 + 2 (points) of the first triangle. Then there is the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon (2 categories, the person and the object), and all the firstborn animals (another category). When the first 2 + 1 is merged with the second, we see another allusion to the 2D shadow (magen david) of the star tetrahedron. In 12:46 the Israelites are given specific instructions how to eat the Pesach-offering: “In one house shall it be eaten; you shall not remove (any of the meat) the outside, and you shall not break a bone in it.” Here again, there are two requirements for the one (house) or 1 + 2 of the first half of a magen. To find the second triangle, we must look in 11:3, where, “Moshe was very great in the land of Egypt, in the eyes of the servants of Pharaoh and in the eyes of the people.” Here we have Moshe above, like the top point of the triangle (above the other two) and the servants and the people as the 2 points below. When this triangle and the one with specific instructions on how to eat the Pesach-offering are merged, they create another magen david.

If you count the above, you will find a total of 7 magen davids in this section (and we will see more below). The 7s of course are a facet of tetrahedral geometry and connected to calendar related halachah, which is what some of the narratives (above) giving rise to the numbers alluding to the magen davids were about: the actual halachah of how to eat the pesach-offering, for example, and the act of putting the blood on the doorposts, etc.

There is another shadow in 12:15, and one that is quite specific: “from the first day to the seventh day.” This is a direct numeric reference to 1 and 7, or a full week from beginning to end. This is the simplest way of describing calendar related halachah, that takes form in cycles of 7 (days/weeks/years) but it also corresponds to the 7 elements in 1 triangle that is half of the magen david that reflects the mathematic characteristics of the letters in God's Explicit Name. Where is the other half? In the next verse (12:16) it says, “On the first day shall be a holy convocation and on the seventh day shall be a holy convocation for you.” Together, these numbers form the shadow of a star tetrahedron. So now all together, there are 8 two-dimensional magen davids in this week’s parashah. The number 8 is the simplest number that represents the next level of calendar related halachah, or the start of the next week. However, in the beginning of this post when we were examining the threes, we found the corresponding 9 (like the 9 triplets) but the 8 lines/faces (letters/geometry) were missing from the reflection. 

As if to confirm (or emphasize) all of the above, we see an unusual flashback to the complete geometry. In 12:15, it says: For a seven-day period shall you eat matzos, but on the first day you shall nullify the leaven from your homes.” Here, the “first” day cannot possibly mean the first day of Pesach, as all leaven must have already been removed on the first day. Therefore, the “first” day here actually means the “previous” day, i.e. 1 day in the previous week. This is calendar related halachah in reverse: for 1 day of the week you must “nullify all leaven”, and then the next 7 days of the next week “you shall eat matzos”. This is why the above two-dimensional shadow had to be expressed as 7 elements in 1 triangle, hinting to the 7 and 1, or the 1 day of the previous week and the 7 days of the next week. Indeed in the practical sense, after removing and nullifying all leaven on the 1 previous day of the week, and then moving into the next week of 7 days when we eat matzos, is actually where we transcend to the higher level (the 8) and indeed the 8th day counting from the previous 1 day of the previous week, is the 7th day of the next week and “on the seventh day shall be a holy convocation for you,” a transcendent higher day that moves above and beyond, as it is really the 8th day. Thus there are 7 + 1 or 8 two-dimensional shadows of the star tetrahedron cast in this week’s parashah that also correspond to the 7s and 8s of calendar related halachah. Having found the 8s, we now have all the numbers that correspond to the Explicit Name that (after permutation) is written as 9 triplets on 8 lines, and is found in the geometric nature of the 9 triangular corners on the 8 large faces of a star tetrahedron. With the 9 threes above and the 8s here, we have a rather brilliant reflection of the Explicit Name with 216 letters, that (after permutation) is written as 9 triplets on 8 lines.

After seeing many two-dimensional shadows, we now come to numbers and sets of numbers that conform to the properties of a three-dimensional star tetrahedron. In 12:6, God tells Moshe to instruct the Israelites that the Pascal Lamb, “shall be yours for an examination until the 14th of this month;” and in 12:18, the Israelites are commanded, “on the 14th day of the month … shall you eat matzos.” If you've read the "essential constructs" at the Sapphire Magen David, then you already know that there are 14 elements in a tetrahedron (one of the 5 internal constructs in the combined cubic form of the 2 luchot) and when 2 opposing tetrahedrons merge (14 opposite 14) they create the star tetrahedron, with 216 geometric elements corresponding to the letters in God’s Explicit Name. In 12:19 it says, “For 7 days, leaven may not be found in your houses,” and in 13:6 it says, “For 7 days shall you eat matzos.” Then in 13:6 it says, “on the 7th day there shall be a festival to God” and in 13:7 it says, “Matzos shall be eaten throughout the 7 days.” We would normally consider pairs of 7s as a two-dimensional reflection except that in this case its immediately followed by another 7 opposite 7 and so the first 7 + 7 (14) stand opposite the second 7 + 7 (14) and the sets together are three-dimensional in scope. 

If on the other hand, we treat the above references as two two-dimensional shadows (as 7 opposite 7 twice) then we have a total of 10 magen davids which allude to the 10 commandments on the 2 luchot that would soon be received. All of this brings to mind the Mandelbrot Set (fractals). When we "zoom into" the geometry of the text pertaining to the 10 magens we see sets of numbers connecting to 7s. Its like the star tetrahedron inside the combined cubic form of the luchot. The outside is characterized by "10," but the internal tetrahedral geometry is characterized by pairs of 7s that ultimately result in 72 triangular corners corresponding to the 216 letters. Both patterns are part of a larger pattern. Zoom in and you see one aspect. Zoom out and you see another. 

Moving forward, the next section deals with entirely different subject matter, and so we see additional reflections but in a different context. In 13:9 it says that the Tefillin, “shall be for you a sign on your arm and a reminder between your eyes – so that God’s Torah may be in your mouth.” This is another case of 2 + 1 opposite 2 + 1 and we begin another set of shadows related to tetrahedral geometry and the magen david. This however, relates to Tefillin which will be discussed more fully, God willing, in a future post.

We will now look at the numbers having to do with the luchot, that is, there were 2 sets of 2 luchot; 2 survived and 2 didn’t. In 10:5, the locust-swarm will cover the land and [the Egyptians] won’t be able to see the land; it will consume the remaining stuff from the hail, and will consume the trees. The structure of the language takes the form of 2 and 2, where the locust-swarm effects the environment in 2 ways, and then 2 things they destroy. This is like the 2 luchot that survived intact and the 2 that were destroyed. The land and people of Egypt survived (2) but everything on the land or belonging to the Egyptians did not (2). In 10:15, there is a description of what the locust-swarm ate: it ate all the grass and all the leftover fruit; no greenery was left on the trees or the grass of the field. No greenery was left, but there were some trees and grass. The words again take the form of 2 and 2 or the 2 luchot that were destroyed and the 2 luchot that were not. In 13:15, Moshe instructs the Israelites to inform their children that ‘God killed every firstborn man and animal, therefore I offer every firstborn issue of the womb (of an animal) and redeem firstborn sons.’ Again the structure of the narrative takes the form of 2 destroyed, while 2 are not (in this case those that were redeemed). Did you notice that there were 3 instances where we find this "2 and 2" structure? This alludes to the two 4-letter abbreviations: 2 + 2 = 4 (the Tetragrammaton and the Havaya of Adnoot) that become the 4 letters of Ekeyeh, but the 3 instances reflect the nature of the 12 letter abbreviation (of the Explicit Name) or Tri-Tetra-Grammaton alluding to the marriage of the letters that three times become 4 letters, all being abbreviations of the 216 letters.

There are also 3 times that it mentions 2 by itself, like the 2 luchot that survived intact. In 10:25, Moshe tells Pharaoh, “Even you will place in our hands feast-offerings and burnt-offerings,”. This is like the 2 luchot. In 13:2, God tells Moshe, “Sanctify to Me every firstborn, … of man and beast,” again 2 like the 2 luchot. In 13:16, the Tefillin, “shall be a sign upon your arm and an ornament between your eyes,” also 2, and the 2 Tefillin are like the 2 luchot (and will be God willing, more fully explained in a future post). We say here, that they allude to the luchot, but it must be understood that the division of the luchot into 2, is in reality the male-female nature of the universe. Since the Torah is a reflection of this blueprint, it reflects these characteristics in the structure of its language.

The most basic geometry of duality (a male-female reality) is seen in the 2 luchot that while halves of a whole are nevertheless 1 "half" opposite 1 "half," the 2 halves equating to 216 (keep in mind that the gematria of the word "halfis 108, which is half of 216). This one-to-one ratio is also seen in this week’s parashah. In 12:9-10, the Pascal Lamb must be roasted in fire, but if there is any leftover, it must be burnt in fire (the language being like the 2 distinct opposing halves of an equation). This is like the division of the luchot into 1 opposite 1. The meat of the Pascal Lamb was roasted in fire and then eaten, but if there was leftover, then part would be eaten and (the leftover) part would be burnt. This same reflection is seen in 12:20, where the Israelites are commanded to not eat any leavening and to eat matzah (again 2 distinct opposing halves of an equation). The redundancy must be built into the language, otherwise the equation is unbalanced. The 1 half must always oppose the other 1 half, like the luchot, which define the male/female polar opposite nature of the universe, and so this is a negative commandment opposite a positive commandment. Notice that we see this mathematic reflection twice, as 1 opposite 1? Naturally! There were two sets of luchot brought down twice

Of course, even though there were 2 luchot, they were nevertheless 1 cosmic blueprint, and so we see a reflection of this in 12:49, where it says, “One law shall there be for the native and the proselyte.” The 2 types of people have 1 Torah, and the Torah is 1 although it is made up of 2 (the Written Torah and the Oral Law).

We've mentioned the 5 internal mathematic constructs and their polar opposites, that are found in the combined cubic form of the luchot many times, in both 72 Reflections and the Sapphire Magen David. Their reflection is also seen in this week’s parashah. In 12:34-35, for example, after the Egyptians pressured the Israelites to leave, the Israelites picked up their dough before it could rise, their leftovers bound up in their garments, and they got silver and gold vessels and garments from the Egyptians. Thus they left with 5 things. In 13:5, only 5 of the Canaanite nations are mentioned (not 7). Thus, once again, in the unusual language and sequence of the text, we have a reflection of the "5 opposite 5" that correspond to the 5 internal constructs and their polar opposites, and ultimately the 5 external constructs and their opposites in the commandments on the luchot.

Keep in mind that 1 of these mathematic constructs (the tetrahedron) is different from the other 4, in that it is its own polar opposite, and so the reflection in the text mirrors this particular characteristic of the cosmic blueprint. In 12:31-32, for example, Pharaoh tells Moshe and Aaron, “go out,

1) even you;
2) even the Israelites;
3) take even your flocks; and
4) even your cattle;
5) and bless me, as well!”

Notice that 1 statement is different from the other 4. Its polar opposite can be found in 12:22, where the Israelites are instructed to take a bundle of hyssop (אֵזוֹב). They were actually commanded to take a specific type of hyssop; namely one that did not have an adjective attached to it, specifically:

1) Greek hyssop;
2) Roman hyssop;
3) blue variety hyssop;
4) Desert hyssop; [and]
5) any other hyssop with a qualifying description.

Again 1 is distinctly different from the other 4. Moreover, we also have the 5 polar opposites to the 5 above. 

The following list of references refer to other portions of the Torah, and some we saw last week since VaEra and Bo, that both deal with the Plagues, that when paired together, reveal many hidden things.

  • In 10:4, Moshe and Aaron tell Pharaoh, “Send out My people so that they may serve Me!” This was the 6th time they said this to Pharaoh. See the post on VaEra to explore the significance.
  • In 10:9, Moshe tells Pharaoh, “with our youngsters and elders shall we go; with our sons and daughters, with our flocks and cattle shall we go.” These three 2s are seen in such posts as VaYera on the Sapphire Magen David blog, where they ultimately are seen as a facet of 6 x 6 x 6 = 216.
  • In 11:7, no dog will bark against man or beast proving that, “God will have differentiated between Egypt and Israel.” This is like the distinction we saw in VaEra between the Egyptians and the Israelites in other plagues (see that post for a full explanation). In this week’s Parashah, there was a distinction made during the Plague of the Firstborn (seen here) and as we saw above, during the Plague of Darkness there also was light for the Israelites while darkness for the Egyptians. The 2 times distinction is mentioned in this week’s Parashah is like the 2 times (both sets of) the luchot were divided. The division of the luchot resulted in 6 x 6 x 3 for both halves, and see the post on VaEra for the allusion to that.
  • In 11:2, God tells Moshe, “Let each man request of his fellow and each woman of her fellow, silver vessels and gold vessels.” This is 4 opposite 4, as an Israelite man  requested from and Egyptian man silver and gold vessels (altogether 4) and its polar opposite is found in the women: an Israelite woman requested from and Egyptian woman silver and gold vessels (altogether 4). This is like the 4 opposite 4 of the luchot when divided in all 3 dimensions and is like the 8 dimensions in Euclidean space (also in the post on VaEra).
  • In 12:3, God tells Moshe to “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel,”. The word “assembly” (עֲדַת) is gematria 474, and see the post on VaYishlach on the Sapphire Magen David blog for the explanation on how the number alludes to the all 3 of the 4 letter abbreviations of the Explicit Name.
  • In 12:11, the Israelites are commanded to eat the Pesach-offering in haste. The word “haste” (חִפָּזוֹן) is gematria 801, and like we saw in VaYechi (see there for a full explanation of 801), by being in a rush, they were moving into the next level (8) and they were keeping a commandment that would result in transcending to a higher level of consciousness. They were eating this as if they were free already, and took it on faith that they would leave Egypt any minute, therefore the added 1; they behaved as if they were already free, they already were in the next level, they already transcended to the higher level, being Jews, and they were keeping halachah by performing the commandment. As Jews, they would receive the Torah on the 50th day (Shavuot) which is the next level, and since they were doing something that was in the Torah, they were keeping a commandment before the Torah was given, acting as if they had already reached the higher level, that would be attained when the Torah was given after 50 days, and they transcended themselves into the next level, even though at this point they still had not yet reached this place. Their “hastiness” (801) hinted to their state of being at this moment, as if they already achieved what would happen 50 days later, and already were involved in the next, higher, transcendent level. 
  • In 11:3 and 12:36, it says that God gave “favor” (חֵן) to the Israelites in the eyes of the Egyptians. See the post Every Second Counts on the Sapphire Magen David blog for an explanation of “CHeN” (grace) חֵן.
  • Moshe and Aaron are mentioned together 9 times in this week’s parashah1. If we combine them with the number of times they were mentioned in last week’s Parashah VaEra (as VaEra and Bo both deal with the Plagues and Moshe and Aaron both go to talk to Pharaoh), they are mentioned a total of 22 times (in both VaEra and Bo). This is like the 22 letters and their various permutations that essentially emerge from the cosmic blueprint (see the post on VaEra for many other 22s).
  • In 12:38, it says, “And also a mixed multitude went up with them.” The words “mixed multitude” (עֵרֶב רַב) have a gematria of 474, a number we’ve seen many times before in the patterns associated with the text. The number alludes to the 4 opposite 4 nature of the abbreviations and to the Tri-Tetra-Grammaton (see the post on VaYishlach on the Sapphire Magen David blog for a complete explanation). This hints to the verse in Genesis 46:4, where God says, “I shall surely bring you up.” When the Israelites went down to Egypt, God went with them as seen in the Addendum to VaYigash (though it might still be under construction). Here, when the Israelites leave Egypt, the עֵרֶב רַב (gematria 474) is also seen as a reflection of the Name, as God also went out of Egypt with them.
  • In 12:37, it says, “The Children of Israel journeyed from Ramases to Succoth, about 600,000 men on foot.” Ramases (רַעְמְסֵס) is gematria 430, the same number in 12:40-41, where it says, “at the end of 430 years … the [Israelites] left the land of Egypt.” And so in 12:37 it says they left Ramases (430). Both hint to the 4 letter name of Ekeyeh which is the 3rd iteration in the sequence of abbreviations related to the Tri-Tetra-Grammaton (when created by the merger of previous 2 abbreviations corresponding to the male and female counterparts of the letters). It was this Name that took the Israelites out of Egypt (see the post on Shemoth) and it is times 10 for the 10 commandments that would soon be given. As for the 600,000 men that left, see below and the post on BeHa’alothekha on the Sapphire Magen David blog for an explanation.
  • In the portion that deals with the redemption of the future firstborn, in 13:2, 12, & 15 is the word “womb” (רֶחֶם), which is gematria 248. In 13:13 it says, “Every first-issue donkey you shall redeem…”, and “donkey” (חַמֹר) is also gematria 248. The word “donkey” (chamor/248) means “natural” as in the process of birth (womb/248). Maschiah will come “riding a donkey,” i.e. the natural order of things, with knowledge of the Name: the two 4-letter Names whose 8 letters will be “married.” This unification will result by his presence in the world, as the world becomes aware of God's real Name and its significance (think quantum mechanics and string theory). In 13:14, we see the word “tomorrow” (מָחָר), which is yet again gematria 248 (although the word doesn’t mean tomorrow, but rather some future time) as this unification will take place when Mashiach comes and knowledge of these things becomes common place. The 248 (a reflection of the image of the letters in God’s Name) of course is the number of limbs in the body (man being made in the image of God) and also the 248 positive commandments, required of every man (Jew). Since it pertains to the letters in Gods Name, it is also one of the primary geometric properties of the combined cubic form of the luchot where its division in all three dimensions results in the 8 dimensions of Euclidean space where each "half" (2) is 4. This dynamic is ONLY a function of the cubic form when it is measured by the 216 letters (6 x 6 x 6). Any other measure would cause the structure to fall apart. For purpose of clarification, the number 248  is a sequence describing the progression of dividing the luchot in 1, 2, and 3 dimensions (as seen in the posts on VaYechi and VaEra) where it goes from 2 elements, to 4 elements, to 8 elements. It is mentioned in 3 permutations of the letters, 5 times, hinting to the 5 internal constructs in the combined cubic form of the luchot. All of this must be contemplated in order to more fully appreciate the significance. But be forewarned, that contemplating the letters of God’s Name, especially mathematically and geometrically, can cause heightened states of consciousness. 
  • In last week’s Parashah VaEra, Pharaoh hardened his heart. There were 2 words used to describe this: כָּבֵד and חָזַק. These words are mentioned in this week’s Parashah as well, as the plagues continue. The word כָּבֵד is mentioned 3 times (in 10:1, 14 & 12:38). It was mentioned 9 times in last week’s Parashah, and since כָּבֵד has a gematria of 26, the 4 letters of the Tetragrammaton (with a gematria of 26) were hinted to in the 4 additional triangles created by default in the blank space between the other 9 in the second iteration of the Sierpinski Gasket. The Sierpinski Gasket is a fractal progression and, as we saw above, these fractals (all of the most basic) are 3 within 3 within 3. The 3 times כָּבֵד is mentioned in this week’s Parashah takes us deeper into the geometry of the Name (and its reflection in the magen) that can be seen in the geometry of the Sierpinski Gasket, if you look at the 4th iteration in the graphic in VaEra, and start from the top-most black triangle, you will see the 3 within 3 within 3 within 3 (a reflection of all 4 dimensions of time and space) or another level of fractals that is mathematically infinite like God Who is infinite.
  • The other word for Pharaoh “strengthened” (חָזַק) his heart, was mentioned 5 times in last week’s Parashah VaEra. In this week’s Parashah it is also mentioned 5 times (in 10:19, 20, 27, 11:10, 12:33) and is opposite the 5 in last week’s Parashah. This is (again) like the 5 opposite 5 commandments on the luchot.

The word חזק is also seen in this week’s Parashah when describing how God took the Israelites out of Egypt, as in, with a “strong hand” (חוֹזֵק יָד). Here it is mentioned 4 times (in 13:3, 9, 14, 16) and “hand” (יָד) is gematria 14. For the 4 times it is mentioned we have 14 opposite 14 and another 14 opposite 14 or 2 star tetrahedrons that with their 216 elements correspond to the 216 letters of God’s Explicit Name (seen here twice like their internal form within 2 sets of luchot).

Another place in this week’s parashah where the Signature of the Architect is seen is in 12:24, where it says, “You shall observe this matter as a decree for yourself and for your children forever.” The word “decree” (חָק) is gematria 108 and “for yourself and for your children”, the 2 categories that would observe this matter together is 108 + 108 or 216 cubic handbreadths of the luchot and the number of letters in God’s Explicit Name, that are forever.Let that sink in for a moment before you proceed. 

In 12:48 and in 12:49, there is also a word “native” (אֶזְרַח) which has a gematria of 216. It is mentioned twice, like the 2 luchot that were/are each 216 cubic handbreadths.

There are a very specific number of letters missing in this week’s Parashah, and in these letters we also see the Signature of the Architect that is so well hidden from the casual observer.

In 10:1, the word “I can put” is missing a yud. In 10:29, the word, I shall not “add” is missing a yud. In 11:6, the word “be again” is missing a yud. And in 12:15, the word “the seventh” is missing a yud. Yud is gematria 10, and the 4 times it is missing is 10 x 4 or 40, like the 40 years the Israelites would be in the Wilderness, all of which relates to our requirement to do what God has told us to do, or face the consequences, be they 40 years in the wilderness (forcible exile) or 40  days of rain (as when God destroyed the world). The significance of the number is the same.  

There are also many missing vavs in this week’s Parashah. In 10:1-2, both words, “my signs” are missing both vavs. In 10:25, the word, “burnt-offerings” is also missing both vavs. This is like what we saw in the post on VaEra, where the missing vavs are in a distinct set of two groups in 3 verses, and is an aspect of the twin nature of the luchot (6 x 6 x 6 divided in two two times 6 x 6 x 3) and can also be seen in the post on VaYera (3 twos) on the Sapphire Magen David blog. Since vav is gematria 6, the above verses break down into “three 6s or 6 x 6 x 6 = 216opposite the other “three 6s or 6 x 6 x 6 = 216.” Weve seen this exact same mathematic structure many times. Considering that the luchot, with these same dimensions were brought down twice, this should not be surprising. However, the pattern continues to repeat itself because the flow of “letters” to the people is ongoing. In 10:28, the word, “anymore” is missing a vav as is the word “add” in 10:29. In 11:4, the word, “about midnight” is also missing a vav, and since vav is gematria 6, we have another  6 x 6 x 6 = 216. In 11:6, the words “great” and “be again” are both missing vavs, as is the word “tongue” in 11:7, and so we have yet another 6 x 6 x 6 = 216. In 10:3, the word “to be humbled” is missing a vav, as is the word, “see” in 10:5. In 11:10, the word, “wonders” is missing a vav, and so together we again have 6 x 6 x 6 = 216. In 12:3, the words, “On the tenth” and “father’s” are missing vavs, as is the word, “people” in 12:4 also missing a vav, and so once again there is 6 x 6 x 6 = 216. In 12:8, the word, “bitter herbs” is missing a vav and in 12:10 the word, “and the leftover” is missing a vav. In 12:15, the word, “the first” is missing a vav and again together there is 6 x 6 x 6 = 216. In 12:13, the words, “for a sign” and “when I strike” are both missing vavs. In 12:18, the words, “In the first” and “matzos” are also both missing vavs. And in 12:29, the words, “from the firstborn” and “sitting” are also both missing vavs. This is like what we saw above, were there are groups of two in 3 verses and again “three 6s or 6 x 6 x 6 = 216opposite the other “three 6s or 6 x 6 x 6 = 216”. In 12:34, the word, “bound up” is missing a vav, as is the word, “and garments” in 12:35. In 12:39, the word, “cakes” is missing a vav, and together we again have 6 x 6 x 6 = 216. In 12:42, both words, “protection” are missing vavs, and in 12:51, the word, “their legions” is missing a vav, and again there is 6 x 6 x 6 = 216. And finally, in 13:6, the word, “matzos” is missing a vav, as is the word, “from the firstborn” in 13:15, and so is the word, “and an ornament” in 13:16 is also missing a vav, and again we have 6 x 6 x 6 = 216.

Is all of this a coincidence? Think carefully before you answer that question. Youll see quite clearly in just a moment, how sophisticated the mathematic and geometric character of the text is, with respect to its connection to Gods Name. 

Contemplate this: There are a total of 36 missing vavs, or 12 sets of three 6s (216). The 36 vavs (with a gematria of 6) have a total gematria of 216

Then contemplate this: The 36 times a vav is missing is itself the square of 6. That is, 6 x 636. Since the vav has a gematria of 6, the 36 times (6 x 6) the vav (6) is missing is 6 x 6 x 6 or 216. The vav thats missing is 36 times or 3 and 6 which also reflects the nature of the three 6s, that are again 6 x 6 x 6 or 216. There are 36 hidden righteous individuals (lamed vav) in every generation, and the 36 missing (hidden) vavs in this week’s parashah correspond to these individuals. On Chanukah we light a total of 36 candles (a triangular matrix of 8) and Parashah Miketz (almost) always falls out as the week of Shabbat Chanukah. Parashah Bo, where there are 36 missing vavs, is 6 weeks later and again the (6 x 6 =) 36 (candles) x 6 (weeks later) = 216, the number of letters in Gods Explicit Name that permeates everything. If you multiply the 36 candles by the 36 missing vavs you get (36 x 36 = ) 12966 days are 6000 years, and if we divide 6000 years by the vav (6) we get 1000. Now if we multiply all the numbers, we get (36 x 36 x 1000) 1,296,000 arc seconds of 'space' that are used to locate any point on the earth's surface (see the post on Metzorah on the Sapphire Magen David blog to more fully understand this). 

The 36 missing vavs also correspond to the 3,600,000 or 36 (hundred thousand) people that left Egypt2. The actual breakdown of the demographics is the same. There were 600,000 Israelite men, 600,000 Israelite women and 600,000 Israelite children that left Egypt or 6 (hundred thousand) + 6 (hundred thousand) + 6 (hundred thousand) = 1,800,000 (or 18 hundred thousand). The gematria of life (חַי), is 18, and these Israelites survived Egypt and went free. There was also a mixed multitude of people from many different nationalities that also went up with the Israelites (12:38) and their count too, was 6 (hundred thousand) + 6 (hundred thousand) + 6 (hundred thousand) or 1,800,0002 (18 hundred thousand18 again being the gematria of life (חַי) as these people too, survived (the plagues of) Egypt and left. Together, the total count is 3,600,000 or 36 (hundred thousand), like the missing vavs in this week’s parashah. This number also contains within it the breakdown of those who left: 3,600,000 (which is also 3 600,000 or the count of the Israelites or the mixed multitude, and again 6 x 6 x 6 or 216). Notice the breakdown was 6 (hundred thousand) x 6 (hundred thousand) x 6 (hundred thousand) or simplified to 6 x 6 x 6 = 216, for the Israelites and 6 (hundred thousand) x 6 (hundred thousand) x 6 (hundred thousand) or simplified to 6 x 6 x 6 = 216, for the mixed multitude. In the Mekhilta, Rabbi Nathan actually gives the count as 360 (ten thousands) the same as 36 (hundred thousand). This though, hints to the verse in 12:2, where God tells Moshe, “This month shall be for you the beginning of the months, it shall be for you the first of the months of the year.” The word, the year” (הַשָׁנָה) is gematria 360, and directly corresponds to the actual number of days in the solar year during Moshes time (see the post on BeHa’alothekha on the Sapphire Magen David blog). The number 360 can also be expressed as 3 x 60 or 60 x 60 x 60 = 216,000 (the measure of the Holy of Holies in cubic handbreadths) and once again the number of letters in Gods Explicit Name (times a thousand). (More on where the Signature of the Architect can be seen throughout Time, will be discussed more fully God willing, in a future post or addendum.) The numerous ways of permuting the numbers of the count of who left  Egypt, all point back to the 36 missing vavs in this week’s Parashah and all point to the 6 x 6 x 6 = 216, the Signature of the Architect.

These patterns keep repeating themselves over and over again, because like the Mandelbrot fractal, whether you look at it from a distance, or whether you zoom in on one part, the pattern is the same. Since the outer dimensions of the luchot were 6 x 6 x = 216, the shadow of the blueprint can be seen deep within the text and in the world below.


Footnote 1 – In 10:3, 8, 16, 11:10, 12:1, 28, 31, 43, 50.

Footnote 2 - There is another opinion (Rabbi Akiva) that it was 600,000 men of Israel who left and 2,400,000 erev rav left with them. The ratio can be calculated either way with similar results, where 600,000 is 1/5th the total number, or more specifically, in the 5 opposite 5 (males and females) 1 segment (600,000) was different from the other 4 (4 x 600,000 = 2,400,000) and the total was 3,000,000. By understanding God's Name, and how the various sets of letters correspond to one another, it is possible to understand the opinions of the Sages, that are distilled from a knowledge of the 216 letters. In both cases (opinions) we see where the "5 opposite 5" of the nistar intersects with the 66 x 6 of the nigleh.

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