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Monday, August 08, 2005


People have strong opinions on the use of Gematria. Some argue that anyone can make up whatever they want and get a Gematria to fit into their theme to prove its validity. Some therefore abondon their use altogether. Others would say to only use Gematria to add spice to an idea that stands on its own. Still others would build a whole concept based on a Gematria. The article about Rav Yoel Schwartz (mentioned previously) agrees with this third view.
In addition, the article says (translated):
Rav Schwarts himself was originally skeptical about the subject of Gematrias, and like everyone, he thought of it as a sarcastic "Big deal". The Vilna Gaon says that within a person's name, his/her purpose in life is hinted to, and when Rav Schwartz checked different variations of Gematria of his name, he found a number relating to his books and to the Nahal Hareidi [which he founded] - 2 of the rabbi's most important tasks at-hand. "From the time of the Gulf War, I started to pay attention to Gematrias, and I was actually astonished. When you start to get accustomed to doing Gematrias, they actually jump right across your eyes [at you]. I have no need for a computer. When there's something true, I'll find it even without a computer, and when there isn't, even a computer won't help."

I'm mentioning this because someone asked me to translate more of Rav Schwartz's gematrias from that same article:

The verse says: הנצנים נראו בארץ עת הזמיר הגיע וקול התור נשמע בארצנו and the Vilan Gaon says that this verse hints to the entire order of Geula. Rav Schwartz says that every word also has to do with Gush Katif:
  • (Neve Dekalim) הנצנים = 245 = נוה דקלים

  • (Kefar Darom) נראו בארץ = 550 = כפר דרום

  • (Yasser Arafat)נראו בארץ עת = 1020 = יסר ערפת

  • (Yitzhak Rabin)עת = 470 = יצחק רבין

  • (Kassam Rockets) טילי קסאם +2 = (Atzmonah)הזמיר = 262 = 1+ עצמונה

  • (Oslo Agreements) הסכם אוסלו +2 =  הגיע וקול = 230

  • (The year of the Oslo Agreement signing) וקול התור = 753 = תשנ"ג

  • (Shimon Peres) נשמע = 460 = כתֹם = שמעֹן

All three signers of the Oslo Agreements are hinted to in this verse. This teaches us that since this verse speaks of the signs of redemption, all of these people and ideas are part of the subject of redemption.

A couple more pertinent Gematrias not in that article:


At Mon Aug 08, 12:57:00 PM 2005, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

some how all gematrias blow my mind

At Mon Aug 08, 01:25:00 PM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a new book out, "And All This Is Truth" by Dr. Alexander Rotenberg that discusses the Torah Codes that is fascinating. It can be purchased at Lavi P. Enterprises, Ltd. in Jerusalem. I saw it recommended on Rabbi Pinchas Winston's website.

At Sun Sep 25, 07:21:00 PM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Yaak,

Hey! Abba showed me your website and it is very interesting!(especially when procrastinating on homework). Therefore I decided to post a comment. So speaking of gematria and other intersesting numeral connections, I was wondering what your thoughts on this one was....I don't really remember the exact number, but it's something like the number of Americans in the whole U.S. divided by the number of the people in New Orleans is the same number as some section of their police force, or something of the sort. Have you heard this one? If so, do you think it's even relavent? lol. I was thinking it's just another 9/11-911 type of's scary to think about, but i don't know if it means anything. Share your thoughts please, i will have homework for the next millenium, so i will be checking for your response:) Have a good one.

At Mon Sep 26, 12:24:00 PM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Hey, Neham! Perhaps what you meant was this?


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