Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sharon, Bassi, and now Halutz

In last week’s Perasha, Parshat Shemot, we read that Moshe Rabbeinu is sent by Hashem to redeem the Jewish people. The very last statement Moshe is told before he leaves is:

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה בְּמִדְיָן, לֵךְ שֻׁב מִצְרָיִם: כִּי-מֵתוּ, כָּל-הָאֲנָשִׁים, הַמְבַקְשִׁים, אֶת-נַפְשֶׁךָ.

And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian: 'Go, return into Egypt; for all the men are dead that sought thy life.'

The gematria of כָּל-הָאֲנָשִׁים, הַמְבַקְשִׁים, אֶת-נַפְשֶׁךָ (lit. all the men that sought your soul) is 1804.

כל האנשים המבקשים את נפשך = 50 + 406 + 497 + 401 + 450 = 1804

Datan and Aviram, the Gemara in Nedarim 64b tells us, didn't die. They did, however, lose their possesions - the wording of the gemara is "שירדו מנכסיהן".

Who are the ones who are responsible for the Disengagement?

Among others: Ariel Sharon, Dan Halutz, and Yonatan Bassi. Let's take a look at the gematrias of their names.

דן חלוץ = 54 + 134 = 188
אריאל שרון = 242 + 556 = 798
יונתן בשיא = 516 + 313 = 829

188 + 798 + 829 = 1815

If you add up their names, you get 1815. Not quite 1804.

However, if we do a bit of maneuvering, we can come up with something. Let's remove the י from אריאל, which is not unprecendented (see Shemuel Bet 23:20) and remove the א from בשיא (since it's unused - as we do with חטא and אגוז on Rosh Hashana), that will give us 1804.

דן חלוץ = 54 + 134 = 188
אראל שרון = 232 + 556 = 788
יונתן בשי = 516 + 312 = 828

188 + 788 + 828 = 1804

What happened to these 3 people?

Ariel Sharon is in a coma, Yonatan Bassi was forced to leave his home, and Dan Halutz was forced to resign.

I think שירדו מנכסיהן applies to all three, don't you?


At Thu Jan 18, 03:30:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is pretty amazing.. did you figure out the gematriyas?

At Thu Jan 18, 04:42:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


That's like shooting an arrow and then painting a target around it!

P.S. You are a genius.

At Thu Jan 18, 06:30:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful connection - chazak u baruch.

At Thu Jan 18, 07:55:00 AM 2007, Anonymous shaya g said...

cool beans, dude!

At Thu Jan 18, 10:08:00 AM 2007, Blogger yaak said...

Yes, but it took a while. Thanks for the link.

OK, but it's cool anyways.



At Thu Jan 18, 10:49:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The very last statement to Moshiach before he embarks on his mission. Nice. It may be deeper, then. What is Moshiach afraid of? That they will kill him, like they killed Moshiach ben Yosef. Says HaShem: They will not kill you. I have "eliminated" those who sought your life.

At Thu Jan 18, 11:24:00 PM 2007, Blogger yaak said...

Yes, anonymous. I had the Moshe/Mashiah comparison in mind when I wrote it too.
Your idea is interesting, assuming Rav Kahane, Z"L, is MBY.

At Fri Jan 19, 03:42:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not my idea that Moshiach is afraid to be killed. I was citing the Midrash.

At Fri Jan 19, 04:30:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

תהלים כ'א: ה

חיים שאל ממך נתתה לו אורך ימים עולם ועד

מצודת דוד

אמרו רנותינו ז''ל כאשר יראה משיח בן דוד שנהרג משיח בן יוסף ישאל אז על ההיים וה' יבטיחו עליו

At Fri Jan 19, 10:25:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Or said...

Why are you talking about the death of MBY????? CHAS VECHALILA!!!!

Tefilla (prayer) to prevent the death of Moshiach Ben Yosef and enable him entrance into Heichal Ken HaTzippor:
בספר תפילות לרמחל תפילה לז" 37

בעלות מלך המשיח לדרגת קן ציפור יעלו עמו כל תקוני ישראל
אל אחד יחיד ומיוחד
הרי מלך המשיח ממתין לקן ציפור להתעלות שם
שבו כי יקרא קן צפור לפניך
ומיד לא תיקח האם על הבנים
שהרי בשעה שיעלה שם - יעלה עמו כח כל התקונים
שתיקנו ישראל בגלות שנאמר בהם הזרעים בדימעה
ומיד שיגיע לשם מיד תהיה השכינה שורה על כולם - על כל אחד כפי עבודתו.
באותו הזמן והאם רבצת על האפרוחים ותוקף הכל על אותם הבנים.
לא תיקח האם על הבנים ודאי.
שהם אותם שמשתדלים ליחד יחוד שלך באמת.
שנאמר בהם קרוב השם לכל קוראיו לכל אשר יקראוהו באמת
גלה אמתך למיחלים לך - גם כל קויך לא יבושו לדעת שבאמת בטחו.
ולא יכזב מצד שקר של ס"מ הרשע וגם נצח ישראל לא ישקר.
לישועתך קויתי השם.

At Fri Jan 19, 12:15:00 PM 2007, Blogger yaak said...


Thank you for posting the Tefilla from the Ramha"l. We also pray for MBY not to get killed by Aramilus Harasha in the blessing for rebuilding Yerushalayim in the Amidah.

However, there are those who feel that MBY has already died. See here and footnote #9 here.

At Sat Jan 20, 03:35:00 PM 2007, Blogger Batya said...


At Sat Jan 20, 05:09:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your original calclation was 11 too high. If you had used Arik rather than Ariel (Sharon) - he is generally known as Arik - substituting a Kaf (20) for an aleph and lamed (31) you would have been spot on at first shot.


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