Monday, December 21, 2009

How Long is This Galut?

If I knew the answer to that question, I certainly wouldn't tell you. However, let's take a look at a gematria I found. I know, I know, לבא לפומא לא גליא, but I still don't consider it an exercise in futility. You never know...

In Parshat Miketz, the verse says:

וַיֹּאמֶר--הִנֵּה שָׁמַעְתִּי, כִּי יֶשׁ-שֶׁבֶר בְּמִצְרָיִם; רְדוּ-שָׁמָּה וְשִׁבְרוּ-לָנוּ מִשָּׁם, וְנִחְיֶה וְלֹא נָמוּת

We know that the 210 years that the Israelites spent in Egypt are alluded to by the word רדו, with its gematria being 210.

OK, but let's take the gematria of the remainder of the verse:

שמה ושברו לנו משם ונחיה ולא נמות

שמה = 345
ושברו = 514
לנו = 86
משם = 380
ונחיה = 79
ולא = 37
נמות = 496
345 + 514 + 86 + 380 + 79 + 37 + 496 = 1937

Assuming the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash was in the year 68 CE, 1937 years later would have been the year 2005 CE or 5765.

Oh well, so much for that.

But wait! If we use the כוללים of these words, we can add 7, which would bring us to 2012 CE or 5772.

One may ask how we can use כוללים if we didn't use it for the gematria of רדו to make 211.

One answer that I can possibly give is that the Exodus was בחפזון - in haste - so Hashem couldn't wait for the כולל, whereas the future redemption will not be in haste, as it says: כִּי לֹא בְחִפָּזוֹן תֵּצֵאוּ "For ye shall not go out in haste". This would mean, according to this gematria, that any time between now and 5772 is the appointed time.

(Disclaimer: I certainly don't believe and nor should anyone believe that 5772 is a final deadline that one should give up if he doesn't come by then. חס ושלום! This is merely one scenario that I came up with. Many other scenarios could exist.)

May we merit Mashiah's arrival today!


At Mon Dec 21, 05:51:00 AM 2009, Blogger Devorah said...

Sounds good to me.

At Mon Dec 21, 09:42:00 AM 2009, Blogger N said...

If not today, then 2010 sounds good too. I appreciated how you qualified the use of the words themselves.

At Tue Dec 22, 01:00:00 PM 2009, Blogger Neshama said...

Ok, now tie in the prophecy from Yalkut, Yesh 60, when R' Yitzchak says" (abbrev.) "In the year that Moshiach comes, the King of Paras will provoke the King of Arabia, and the King of Arabia will turn to Edom (U.S.) - there will be much provocation between countries"

We can see this happening NOW, in Yemen, the forces of Paras are waring and have provoked S Arabia, and S Arabia is very nervous. A meeting (low level now) between Egypt, Israel, Jordan (and Arabia?) is/was/will be taking place in Jordan; I would propose to discuss the above 'provocation'. It has spilled into Bavli too. (U.S. drones were used from Arabia into Yemen) An oilfield was 'taken' then 'retaken' = this involves the entire ME.

At Tue Dec 22, 03:21:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Gematria Scholar said...

Some very interesting ideas about Hebrew Gematria in this passage, thanks! We'll see what happens. It's important to think about the Gematria and be prepared.

At Wed Dec 23, 12:16:00 AM 2009, Blogger גילוי said...

It is worth considering the expression from Chazal:

גימטראיות פרפראות לחכמה

כלומר לא החכמה עצמה

At Thu Dec 24, 02:57:00 AM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might find it interesting to know that this Gematria for this Posuk is actually a Machlokes bet two Tannnamim, mentioned in the Zohar. The machloekis is as to how many years will Tichas Hamaysim take. One tanna says it will take 210 years because of this Gematria. Rabbi Winston's whole Moshiach movement is also based on this Zohar.

At Thu Dec 24, 09:36:00 AM 2009, Blogger yaak said...

Thank you - I didn't know that.
Where is this Zohar?

At Thu Dec 24, 10:48:00 AM 2009, Blogger גילוי said...

He's referring to this Zohar:

At Fri Dec 25, 07:08:00 AM 2009, Blogger yaak said...

Thanks, Gilui.
I didn't notice this pasuk mentioned in this zohar though. Is it there in the Aramaic?


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