Monday, January 19, 2009

Ramazei DiOraysa: Hints in the Torah Volume 1 Issue 13

רמזי דאורייתא
Ramazei DiOraysa: Hints in the Torah
Volume 1 Issue 13

It is said (Shemos 1:1) eis Yaakov ish uveiso bau, with Yaakov, each man and his household came. The first letters of the words eis Yaakov ish equal in gematria 12 and this alludes to the idea that the twelve tribes descended with Yaakov to Egypt.

It is said (Shemos 1:11) es Pisom vies Raamses, Pisom and Raamses. The word Pisom can be read as pey tam, alluding to the idea that when Moshe was eighty years old, the exile ceased (tam means to end). Furthermore, the word Raamses equals in gematria 430, alluding to the idea that from the Bris bein HaBesarim until the Jewish People left Egypt was 430 years.

It is said (Shemos 1:13) vayaavidu Mitzrayim es Binei Yisroel bifarech, Egypt enslaved the Children of Israel with crushing hardness. The word bifarech in at bash is shin vav gimmel lamed, which equals in gematria 339. 339 in mispar katan equals 15 and this alludes to the numerous references of 15 in the Hagadah Shel Pesach (15 steps from Kadesh until Nirtzah; 15 steps in Dayeinu) and to the month of Nissan, which is referred to as Aviv, which equals in gematria 15.

It is said (Shemos 1:17) vilo asu kaasher diber aleihen melech Mitzrayim, and they did not do as the king of Egypt spoke to them. The Gemara (Sota 11b) states that Pharaoh attempted to seduce the midwives to engage in immorality, and they desisted. The words diber aleihen equal in gematria the word laavor (302), to transgress (see Baal HaTurim in a similar vein.)

It is said (Shemos 1:19) ki chayos heinah, for they are experts. Rashi writes in one explanation that this means that the Jewish People are akin to wild animals that do not require midwives. An example of this is that it is said regarding Yehudah (Bereishis 49:9) gur aryeh Yehudah, a lion cub is Yehudah. The word chayos equals in gematria the words gur aryeh. Additionally, the words ki chayos heinah equal in gematria the word kihameyaldos, like the midwives (meaning that the Jewish women are like the wild animals that do not require midwives to deliver their babies, so in a sense the birthing mothers are midwives themselves.)

It is said (Shemos 2:4) lideiah mah yeiaseh lo, to know what would be done with him. The words mah yeiaseh contains the letters Moshe and the remaining letters equal in gematria the word milah (85), alluding to the fact that Moshe was born circumcised.

It is said (Shemos 2:9) heilichi es hayeled hazeh, take this boy. The word heilichi equals in gematria the word milah (85), alluding to the idea that Rashi writes that the daughter of Pharaoh unknowingly prophesized that the child belonged to Yocheved. This gematria alludes to this, as if the daughter of Pharaoh was saying to Yocheved that the child is clearly a Jewish child because he is circumcised.

It is said (Shemos 2:12) vayar ki ain ish, and (he - Moshe) saw that there was no man. Rashi writes that Moshe saw that this Egyptian would not have any descendants who would convert to Judaism. The words ain ish equal in gematria ain ger yotzeir, no convert will come out.

It is said (Shemos 3:5) al tikrav halom, do not come closer to here. The Medrash (Shemos Rabbah 2:6 – see Ibid that the word halom actually alludes to kingship) states that Moshe was seeking to be a Kohen and HaShem refused his request. The word halom equals in gematria the word Kohen.

It is said (Shemos 3:12) taavdun es HaElokim al hahar hazeh, you will serve G-d on this mountain. It is noteworthy that the word hahar equals in gematria 210. The Jewish People were enslaved in Egypt for 210 years, so they exchanged slavery to Pharaoh and Egypt for subjugation to HaShem by receiving the Torah at Har Sinai.

The neelam (literally hidden letters – an example is the word aleph, the hidden letters are the lamed and pay) of the name Aharon are lamed pay aleph yud shin vav nun, and those letters (477) equal in gematria the words kohen vioheiv shalom (476), Kohen and lover of peace, a reference to Aharon HaKohen.

Ramazei DiOraysa: Hints in the Torah
Volume 1 Issue 13

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