Trump, Sanders, Clinton, and Cruz Gematrias
The Ben Ish Hai ZTVK"L, in the beginning of Parshat Devarim in year 1 (Hebrew | English), notes that there are 212 hours in the first 9 days of Av that are meant to be bad for the Jewish people. Although the 9 days contain 216 hours, the final 4 hours of Tish'a Be'av day are sweetened since that is when Mashiah is to be (or was to have been) born. He also notes that the months of Tamuz and Av were given to Edom and are to be returned to the Jewish people in the future.
The 2 winners of the New Hampshire Primary are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
The gematria of Donald Trump (דונלד טראמפ) is 424, or 212 x 2.
The gematria of Bernie Sanders (ברני סנדרס) is 636, or 212 x 3.
A Donald Trump presidency will therefore be doubly bad for the Jewish people while a Bernie Sanders presidency will be triply bad for the Jewish people (לא עלינו).
But in the future, the Ben Ish Hai writes, even these 212 hours will turn around in our favor since 212 is the gematria of אורה - as in the verse ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר.
In the same vain, we can take a look at the verse וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר, יוֹם חֲמִישִׁי. [And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.]
We know that the 5th day represents the fifth millennium, which was entirely made up of troubles for the Jewish people, as it was the only millennium in its entirety where we, as a Jewish nation, were left in exile and without the presence of the Shechina in a centralized location. It is also the millennium where the nation of Edom was at its strongest. The sages say it is represented by the verse כָּל-הַיּוֹם דָּוָה [He hath made me desolate and faint all the day.]
It is understandable, therefore, that ויהי ערב ויהי בקר is the gematria of 636 - that of Bernie Sanders. And יום חמישי is the gematria of 424 - that of Donald Trump.
We know, however, that the sixth millennium, which we are currently in, will contain the long-awaited Redemption.
More gematrias for Donald Trump (words in bold equal 424):
His sharp tongue is snake-like.שָׁנְנוּ לְשׁוֹנָם, כְּמוֹ-נָחָשׁ: חֲמַת עַכְשׁוּב--תַּחַת שְׂפָתֵימוֹ סֶלָהThey have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; vipers' venom is under their lips. Selah
This member of the meraglim, from the tribe of Dan (similar to Donald) also spoke evil.לְמַטֵּה דָן, עַמִּיאֵל בֶּן-גְּמַלִּיOf the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.
No comment needed.לֹא יֶאֱהַב-לֵץ, הוֹכֵחַ לוֹ; אֶל-חֲכָמִים, לֹא יֵלֵךְA scorner loveth not to be reproved; he will not go unto the wise.
Then again, 424 is also the gematria of משיח בן דוד [Mashiah ben David], so if he becomes president, we hope his presidency will herald in the new era of Mashiah.
More gematrias for Bernie Sanders (words in bold equal 636):
Bernie not acknowledging his faith and espousing the vanity of anti-Torah liberalism and socialism provokes Hashem. Under his presidency, the no-people, i.e., the Palestinians, and the vile nation, i.e., the Iranians, will (לא עלינו) continue to provoke the Jewish people with terrorism.הֵם קִנְאוּנִי בְלֹא-אֵל, כִּעֲסוּנִי בְּהַבְלֵיהֶם; וַאֲנִי אַקְנִיאֵם בְּלֹא-עָם, בְּגוֹי נָבָל אַכְעִיסֵםThey have roused Me to jealousy with a no-god; they have provoked Me with their vanities; and I will rouse them to jealousy with a no-people; I will provoke them with a vile nation.
Bernie promotes the other gods of his agenda and has brought along many followers, including many Jews, who have forsaken Hashem and His Torah.וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם, עַל אֲשֶׁר-עָזְבוּ אֲבוֹתֵיכֶם אוֹתִי נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וַיֵּלְכוּ אַחֲרֵי אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים, וַיַּעַבְדוּם וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ לָהֶם; וְאֹתִי עָזָבוּ, וְאֶת-תּוֹרָתִי לֹא שָׁמָרוּthen shalt thou say unto them: 'Because your fathers have forsaken Me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken Me, and have not kept My law;
Then again, 636 is the gematria of Yeshaya 60:22:
We hope that his potential presidency will herald in the time not when a Jew leads a mighty nation, but when the Jewish people will become a mighty nation.הַקָּטֹן יִהְיֶה לָאֶלֶף, וְהַצָּעִיר לְגוֹי עָצוּם; אֲנִי יְהוָה, בְּעִתָּהּ אֲחִישֶׁנָּהThe smallest shall become a thousand, and the least a mighty nation; I the LORD will hasten it in its time.
Hillary Clinton (הילרי קלינטון) has the gematria of 510. Interestingly, she shares that gematria with a few interesting Geula-related verses that signify that her presidency shows the downfall of Edom and Yishmael and an impending Redemption (the words in bold equal 510):
כִּי בֵן, מְנַבֵּל אָב, בַּת קָמָה בְאִמָּהּ, כַּלָּה בַּחֲמֹתָהּ: אֹיְבֵי אִישׁ, אַנְשֵׁי בֵיתוֹ
For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יֵצְאוּ מַיִם-חַיִּים מִירוּשָׁלִַם, חֶצְיָם אֶל-הַיָּם הַקַּדְמוֹנִי, וְחֶצְיָם אֶל-הַיָּם הָאַחֲרוֹן: בַּקַּיִץ וּבָחֹרֶף, יִהְיֶהAnd it shall come to pass in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem: half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea; in summer and in winter shall it be.
חָזֵה הֲוֵית--בֵּאדַיִן מִן-קָל מִלַּיָּא רַבְרְבָתָא, דִּי קַרְנָא מְמַלֱּלָה; חָזֵה הֲוֵית עַד דִּי קְטִילַת חֵיוְתָא, וְהוּבַד גִּשְׁמַהּ, וִיהִיבַת, לִיקֵדַת אֶשָּׁאI beheld at that time because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke, I beheld even till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed, and it was given to be burned with fire.
This verse tells us how long we have until we are released from the hand of Edom, while according to the Malbim, from the hand of Yishmael.וּמִלִּין, לְצַד עליא (עִלָּאָה) יְמַלִּל, וּלְקַדִּישֵׁי עֶלְיוֹנִין, יְבַלֵּא; וְיִסְבַּר, לְהַשְׁנָיָה זִמְנִין וְדָת, וְיִתְיַהֲבוּן בִּידֵהּ, עַד-עִדָּן וְעִדָּנִין וּפְלַג עִדָּןAnd he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change the seasons and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time.
Ted Cruz (טד כרוז), being a man of the right, has the same gematria (246) as לֵב חָכָם לִימִינוֹ, from the verse לֵב חָכָם לִימִינוֹ, וְלֵב כְּסִיל לִשְׂמֹאלוֹ [A wise man's understanding is at his right hand; but a fool's understanding at his left].
Nevertheless, we vote in elections only to do Hishtadlut - not to put our trust in politicians. We say every day אַל-תִּבְטְחוּ בִנְדִיבִים-- בְּבֶן-אָדָם, שֶׁאֵין לוֹ תְשׁוּעָה [Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help]. Rather, our trust should be only in Hashem.
May Hashem send His Mashiah speedily so we won't need to worry who the next POTUS will be any longer.