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  1. Regarding what you wrote:

    “On May 23rd, I noticed that there were several large earthquakes, all between 4.2-5.6 on the Richter scale and all at exactly 10K in depth… all in a straight line (same latitude) around the planet from Indonesia to Venezuela to Panama to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge… There would be more such quakes that day, about 23 in total, all around the globe, all within those dimensions and at that same 10K depth, yet most of the rest were no longer in that tight ring around the planet that had occurred within a couple hours of each other.”

    It would be helpful if a source could be provided for this. Also it is unclear why you limited the earthquakes to between 4.2-5.6 on the Richter scale which seems arbitrary. The other thing is why you focused on May 23, which seemingly has no connection to anything (other than perhaps the number of earthquakes you cited, “about 23 in total”). This also seems odd because you started the blog post by discussing Lag B’Omer on May 3, not on May 23. Is there some mistake here?

    Anyway, when I searched I found different data reported. For example, see this website where there is also a world map showing earthquakes above magnitude 3 during the 24 hours on 23 May 2018, and in summary it says there were 39 quakes M3+, 10 quakes M4+, 4 quakes M5+ (53 total).

    The data for May 3, 2018 also did not match, as the same website reports for that day there were 31 quakes M3+, 21 quakes M4+, 2 quakes M5+ (54 total).

    Please explain as this is an interesting subject.

  2. Regarding the number 23, which came up here in this post, and was also mentioned in your previous post as the 2nd number of “The Final Sequence,” and about which I commented on that post and in my recent comments about Tzitzis on the “Auspicious Dates” post:

    By Hashgacha Protis, in this week’s Parsha Pinchus it is written in the Torah (Numbers 26:62), “Counting every male over one month old, the tally of [the Levites] was 23,000.”

    It is interesting that in the previous census of the Levi’im (Numbers 3:39) there were exactly 22,000, so in this second census there are exactly 1,000 more, and obviously these numbers are significant.

  3. May 23rd was just the day I happened to spot the odd trend. Everything has meaning but we need not try to create meaning where it is not relevant. No doubt the 23rd held meaning, but from my perspective it was coincidental–from G-d’s perspective it was part of a plan. Here are the requested quake data for that date–I’ve included a time period before and after because it wasn’t the 23rd everywhere on the planet during the 24 hour time span. And I did not limit the quake size, either G-d did or whoever else caused them to occur. I only noted the ones at 10K depth and they all fell into that range–you can count them yourself–the exact number is completely irrelevant; its the enormous number of similar quakes that stirs the pot

    Shabbat Shalom. Thank you for all the great work on eh Shema etc. We should set up a separate page for the Shema and post all relevant articles and comments there to make it easier for people to find them collectively. Let me know what you think.
    5.6
    Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
    2018-05-24 23:11:47 (UTC)
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    284km WNW of Bandon, Oregon
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    10.0 km
    4.0
    187km SW of Vostok, Russia
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    403.1 km
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    75km SSW of Pirgos, Greece
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    73km SSW of Pirgos, Greece
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    28km ESE of Port-Olry, Vanuatu
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    106km NNW of Sola, Vanuatu
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    100km N of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
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    Kuril Islands
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    128km WSW of Itoman, Japan
    2018-05-24 19:15:09 (UTC)
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    38km NNE of Gueiria, Venezuela
    2018-05-24 18:53:18 (UTC)
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    86km S of `Ohonua, Tonga
    2018-05-24 17:06:21 (UTC)
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    5.0
    266km NNE of Amsterdam Island, France
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    86km SE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
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    267km SE of Kodiak, Alaska
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    253km NNW of Pubu, China
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    266km SE of Kodiak, Alaska
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    25km SSW of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala
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    79km NNW of Khorixas, Namibia
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    28km SSW of Jarm, Afghanistan
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    242.1 km
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    127km NNW of Nago, Japan
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    South of the Fiji Islands
    2018-05-24 10:22:30 (UTC)
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    73km NNW of Khorixas, Namibia
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    261km ESE of Lambasa, Fiji
    2018-05-24 05:07:18 (UTC)
    577.0 km
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    Volcanic Eruption 5km WSW of Volcano, Hawaii
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    70km ENE of Sorong, Indonesia
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    37km E of Pamandzi, Mayotte
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    10.0 km
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    116km SSW of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia
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    187km S of Abepura, Indonesia
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    114km NNE of Calca, Peru
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    117km NNE of Calca, Peru
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    32km E of Pamandzi, Mayotte
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    43km NNW of Ishkashim, Tajikistan
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    24km NNW of Piru, Indonesia
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    48.6 km
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    54km NE of Tadine, New Caledonia
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    63km SW of Mendoza, Argentina
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    253km NE of Santa Cruz das Flores, Portugal
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    10km WNW of Hizan, Turkey
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    88km WSW of Kiska Volcano, Alaska
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    51km NNE of Norsup, Vanuatu
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    36km SSW of Mendi, Papua New Guinea
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    90km W of Lata, Solomon Islands
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    205km S of Sigave, Wallis and Futuna
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    32km E of Pamandzi, Mayotte
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    36km ESE of Pamandzi, Mayotte
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    131km W of Neiafu, Tonga
    2018-05-23 16:03:43 (UTC)
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    210km NE of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea
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    117km NE of Amsterdam Island, France
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    109km ESE of Iquique, Chile
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    112km NNE of Calama, Chile
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    73km SSE of Punta de Burica, Panama
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    10.0 km
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    95km SSW of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia
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    35.0 km
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    7km N of San Diego, Venezuela
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    10.0 km
    4.8
    Off the west coast of northern Sumatra
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    10.0 km
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    Papua region, Indonesia
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    148km WSW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia
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    10.0 km
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    86km E of Rio Claro, Trinidad and Tobago
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    Volcanic Eruption 5km WSW of Volcano, Hawaii
    2018-05-23 07:58:46 (UTC)
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    Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
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    5km N of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea
    2018-05-23 03:34:59 (UTC)
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    292km SSW of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
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    110km SSW of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia
    2018-05-23 01:37:45 (UTC)
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    14km S of Puerto San Jose, Guatemala
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    149km SE of Ishigaki, Japan
    2018-05-22 23:34:22 (UTC)
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    43km NE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
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    164km SW of Santiago de Cao, Peru
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    Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
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    99km ESE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
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    120km NE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
    2018-05-22 20:55:25 (UTC)
    496.8 km
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    160km SW of Sukorejo, Indonesia
    2018-05-22 20:12:38 (UTC)
    57.0 km
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    47km N of Kizukuri, Japan
    2018-05-22 20:11:02 (UTC)
    151.9 km
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    272km ESE of Lambasa, Fiji
    2018-05-22 20:09:28 (UTC)
    439.1 km
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    131km SW of Sukorejo, Indonesia
    2018-05-22 19:38:25 (UTC)
    43.9 km
    5.4
    130km NE of Neiafu, Tonga
    2018-05-22 19:30:52 (UTC)
    10.0 km
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    291km SE of Vostok, Russia
    2018-05-22 19:11:02 (UTC)
    108.2 km
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    68km SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand
    2018-05-22 18:57:51 (UTC)
    35.0 km
    4.5
    South of the Fiji Islands
    2018-05-22 18:31:39 (UTC)
    572.8 km
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    300km NE of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    2018-05-22 18:11:57 (UTC)
    10.0 km
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    50km NNE of Castlepoint, New Zealand
    2018-05-22 17:59:16 (UTC)
    34.2 km
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    62km W of Mendi, Papua New Guinea
    2018-05-22 16:49:34 (UTC)
    10.0 km
    4.4
    29km WNW of Shushtar, Iran
    2018-05-22 14:48:51 (UTC)
    10.0 km
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    90km NNE of Sangiang, Indonesia
    2018-05-22 14:31:01 (UTC)
    274.2 km
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    47km S of Bilungala, Indonesia
    2018-05-22 14:21:38 (UTC)
    162.8 km
    5.0
    28km NW of Cotacachi, Ecuador
    2018-05-22 13:36:19 (UTC)
    33.4 km
    4.0
    47km SE of Palaikastron, Greece
    2018-05-22 13:14:59 (UTC)
    10.0 km
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    13km WSW of Vegueta, Peru
    2018-05-22 13:08:40 (UTC)
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    207km NNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
    2018-05-22 13:07:37 (UTC)
    160.6 km
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    72km ESE of Sarangani, Philippines
    2018-05-22 12:55:52 (UTC)
    79.7 km
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    11km S of Hasaki, Japan
    2018-05-22 12:55:38 (UTC)
    35.0 km
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    36km E of Pamandzi, Mayotte
    2018-05-22 12:37:08 (UTC)
    10.0 km
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    8km SSW of La Libertad, El Salvador
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    285km W of Myeik, Burma
    2018-05-22 11:46:55 (UTC)
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    8km NE of Mehran, Iran
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    136km NNE of Calama, Chile
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    114.1 km
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    37km WSW of Tawun, Indonesia
    2018-05-22 10:01:42 (UTC)
    93.5 km
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    116km N of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
    2018-05-22 09:43:31 (UTC)
    226.3 km
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    56km WNW of Abra Pampa, Argentina
    2018-05-22 08:04:02 (UTC)
    263.0 km
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    36km WNW of Atka, Alaska
    2018-05-22 07:50:29 (UTC)
    212.0 km
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    135km SSE of Putre, Chile
    2018-05-22 07:10:04 (UTC)
    110.7 km
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    286km SE of Lambasa, Fiji
    2018-05-22 05:58:49 (UTC)
    579.6 km
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    71km SSW of Champerico, Guatemala
    2018-05-22 04:41:57 (UTC)
    37.1 km
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    282km NW of Ozernovskiy, Russia
    2018-05-22 04:37:25 (UTC)
    479.9 km
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    46km W of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
    2018-05-22 04:35:25 (UTC)
    47.8 km
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    62km N of Ancud, Chile
    2018-05-22 04:12:44 (UTC)
    37.3 km
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    Volcanic Eruption 5km WSW of Volcano, Hawaii
    2018-05-22 03:51:11 (UTC)
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    Scotia Sea
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    20km ESE of Pamandzi, Mayotte
    2018-05-22 03:29:09 (UTC)
    10.0 km
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    78km SE of Inarajan Village, Guam
    2018-05-22 02:24:25 (UTC)
    35.0 km
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    South of the Fiji Islands
    2018-05-22 02:03:47 (UTC)
    541.0 km
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    121km W of Umatac Mayor’s Office, Guam
    2018-05-22 01:42:38 (UTC)
    208.9 km
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    30km S of Halabjah, Iraq
    2018-05-22 00:35:57 (UTC)
    14.0 km
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    36km SSW of Halabjah, Iraq
    2018-05-22 00:31:53 (UTC)
    10.0 km
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    84km ESE of Inarajan Village, Guam
    2018-05-22 00:26:05 (UTC)
    11.0 km
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    93km WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
    2018-05-22 00:23:15 (UTC)
    3.9 km

  4. There is so much relevance here (both 23 and 1000) and so much more in those two number sequences and their differential. We’ve written about them before and only scratched the surface. If I recall the difference between the two tallies was 1820 a most significant number indeed, which we’ve written about extensively. Shabbat Shalom

  5. Sorry I didn’t mean to set off any “earthquakes,” all I asked for was the source of your data, yet in your answer you still didn’t provide the “source” you are using but instead just gave a lot of raw data.

    Meanwhile I found that the website of the USGS has a nice, easily customizable search feature, including selecting for earthquake depth, for the data in their Earthquake Catalog database, at this USGS website.

  6. Regarding number 23, on Shabbos I came across a citation of Daniel 8:14, where the number 2300 is given as a key factor in the redemption. Searching I see this was discussed here on Kabbalah Secrets years ago, including calculations of how it ties in to this year 5778… May all this be fulfilled now!

  7. Another interesting mention of the number 23 appears in this week’s Torah reading, Matos-Masai, in reference Aharon HaKohan’s death at the age of 123. Actually according to the way this is phrased in the verse (Numbers 33:38-39), the 3 and 20, making 23, come before the 100: “Aharon the Kohan went up Hor Mountain at Hashem’s command and he died there in the fortieth year of Bnei Israel’s exodus out of the land of Egypt, in the fifth month on the first day of the month. Aharon was three and twenty and one hundred years old when he died on Hor Mountain.”

    This is significant since Aharon the Kohan Godol was leader of the whole tribe of Levi, about whom the Torah states that their number in the second census was 2300, which instead of being 23 + 100 is 23 x 100, a formula with the same number components with merely a change in the way they are combined, multiplication instead of addition.

    Aaron is the only person for whom the Torah mentions the specific day of his passing. That day starts tonight, “the fifth month on the first day of the month,” Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, which corresponds this year to Friday, July 13, 2018.

    [Interestingly in a note on this verse in his Living Torah, R’ Kaplan writes that the day of Aharon’s passing corresponds to July 13, 1273 b.c.e., which would be the same as the way it comes out this year, however it is not clear how accurate that is, and he seems to be using the Julian, not the Georgian calendar, and he may be one year off from the figures used on in The Divine Calendar. Ezra can you comment on this?]

    In passing it is noteworthy to point out that אהרן, Aharon, is gematria 1 + 5 + 200 + 50 = 256, which is the same as (123 x 2) + 10 = 256, and this therefore seems to fit nicely with the above numbers inherent in Ahron’s age at his passing.

    In addition 256 = 64 x 4, which corresponds the number of Tzitzis string threads according to the custom to make each string by weaving together 8 threads, thus with 8 strings on each of 4 corners there are 8 x 8 x 4 threads, as I explained in a previous comment on the “Auspicious Dates” post. Also 256 = 2^8, the number 2 to the 8th power, and this is also corresponds with the 8 strings of Tzitzis.

    Tzitzis is the Mitzvah that reminds us the most of the priestly garments, and it is fitting that these hints to Tzitzis are evident in numbers that are connected to Aharon the first Kohan Godol, for whom the Torah describes at length the most elaborate priestly garments for him to wear while serving in Hashem’s Holy Sanctuary.

    The connection to Hashem is also evident in that אהרן, Aharon, gematria 256, plus 4 for the 4 letters of his name, sum to 256 + 4 = 260, and 260 = 26 x 10, i.e., 10 times the gematria of Hashem’s Name, and also the idea of Aharon becoming united with Hashem and serving out of love are hinted in this since 260 = 13 x 20, and 13 is the gematria of אחד, Echod, One, and אהבה, Ahavah, Love, and 20 represents Kesser, as explained, thus indicating unity and love on the highest level.

  8. As you said, Aaron’s hillula was the only such date marked in the Torah, and this death of the Cohen Hagadol in the verse (Numbers 33:38) hinted at the destruction of the First Holy Temple in 3338.

  9. Speaking of the Hilula of Tzadikim, tonight 5th of Av, is the Hilula of the Arizal.

    Interestingly אריזל, Arizal, is gematria 248, the same as אברהם, Avrohom, and same as במדבר, Bamidbar, the 4th Book of Torah, that we just completed last Shabbos.

    Meanwhile דברים, Devorim, the 5th Book of Torah, that we now have started reading, is gematria 256, the same as אהרן, Aharon, as we discussed.

    May we merit to follow in the ways of these great Tzadikkim!

  10. Arizal is an acrostic for אדונינו רבי יצחק זכרונו לברכה, Adoneinu Rebbe Yitzchok Zicrono L’Brocha, Our Master Rebbe Yitzchok of Blessed Memory. His name יצחק, Yitzchok, like our forefather Yitzchok, is gematria 208, which is 8 x 26, i.e., 8 times the Divine Name Hashem.

    Therefore adding to my previous comment that Arizal = 248, the same as Avrohom, if one adds Yitzchok = 8 for the 8 times the Name Hashem is hinted in his name Yitzchok, it sums to 248 + 8 = 256, the same as Aharon.

    Thus too Arizal Yitzchok hints to the union of our forefathers Avrohom and Yitzchok, as does Aharon Kohan Godol.

    Interestingly the Arizal’s family name לוריא, Luria, is gematria 247, and with 1 for the Kolel, or 1 for his first name, also equals 248.

    There are Kabbalistic poems from the Arizal that are traditionally sung at the Shabbos meals, with the acrostics for the stanzas in these poem spelling out the name Yitzchok Luria. The first of these, for the beginning of the Shabbos on Friday night, is longer, and the acrostics for its stanzas spell out אני יצחק לוריא בן ששלמהא, Ani Yitzchok Luria ben S’Shlomo’a, I am Yitzchok Luria son of Shlomo. This poem begins with the word אזמר, Azameir, “I will sing,” and this too is gematria 248. The second word בשבחין, B’Shvochin, “with praises,” is gematria 372, and together Azameir B’Shvochin sums to 248 + 372 = 620, which is the gematria of כתר, Keser, the highest Sefira.

  11. As stated previously there are hints to the Shma in general, and to the third paragraph of Shma in particular, in Sedra Bamidbar, starting from the very first verse.

    First of all the name of the Sedra, במדבר, Bamidbar, “In the Desert,” so named after the 5th word in the first verse, and after the story of the wandering in the desert that it describes, is gematria 248, corresponding to the 248 positive commandments and to the 248 words in the recital of Shma, which are completed with the third paragraph of Shma and repetition of the last words of the paragraph and the word Emes.

    Bamidbar is also the name of the entire 4th Book of the Torah, which also is know by another name, the “Book of Numbers,” due to the two censuses of the Children of Israel it relates, and this is a translation of the Hebrew words ספר הפקודים, Sefer HaPekudim. It is interesting that the word HaPekudim in gematria is 245, and with 3 more for the 3 letters of the word Sefer, or with 2 more for the 2 censuses it relates and 1 for the Kolel, sums to 245 + 3 = 248. Alternatively HaPekudim, 245, plus 4 since it is the 4th Book of the Torah, sum to 245 + 4 = 249, which is the same as 248 plus 1 for the Kolel. Either way this also conveys the same idea that it alludes to the 248 positive commandments and to the 248 words in the recital of Shma.

    In the first verse of Bamidbar the cantillation sign on the word Bamidbar is a common one, a מרכה, Mercho, however it is interesting that the word Bamidbar also occurs in the first verse of the Book of Devorim, the next Sefer [which by Hashgacha Protis we read the first Sedra this week], and there the cantillation sign on the word Bamidbar is a פזר, Pozair, and as discussed in previous comments, Pozair is gematria 287, corresponding to the 287 letters of the third paragraph of Shma. That is the only time that the cantillation sign Pozair occurs in an opening verse of any Parsha of the Torah, and in connection with what was explained above this seems to be significant.

    There are 17 words in the first verse of Bamidbar, and all of them may be explained as hinting to the themes in this discussion:

    The 1st and 2nd words of the verse, וידבר י-ה-ו-ה, Vayedaber Hashem, “And Hashem spoke,” are gematria 222 + 26 = 248, the same important number. As explained a number of times, 248 is also the gematria of Avrohom, and the number 248 ends with digit 8, and it is also 8 times the gematria of a Divine Name, since it 8 times א-ל, E-l, gematria 31, i.e., 8 x 31 = 248, the Name with which Hashem called to Avrohom when commanding him with the covenant of circumcision on him and on his household and on his future offspring, starting from Yitzchok, on their 8th day of life.

    The 3rd and 4th words of the verse, אל משה, el Moshe, “to Moshe” [the word “to” and not the Name “E-l” that is spelled the same], are gematria 31 + 345 = 376, the same as the word שלום, Sholom, Peace [also hinting to the pivotal number 3760 that is key to the Divine Calendar as Ezra explains]. The theme of Peace, in addition to being considered in and of itself a Divine Name, is very relevant to the Shma since the purpose of the Torah and reciting the Shma is to bring peace and completeness (Shleimus) to the world and to the relationship between man and G-d. It is possible to say that the number 376 = 300 + 70 + 6, corresponding to the first letter Shin of Shma, gematria 300, the large letter Ayin of the first word of Shma, gematria 70, and 6 for the 6 words of the first verse of Shma or of the adjoined silent verse Boruch Shem Kevod Malchuso L’Olom Voed.

    These first 4 words of the first verse of Bamidbar, “And Hashem spoke (Vayedaber) to Moshe” correspond to the first 4words “And Hashem spoke (Vayomer) to Moshe” that begin the third paragraph of Shma. Below it will be discussed how also the last word of both this first verse of Bamidbar and of the first verse of the third paragraph of Shma are identical.

    As noted before, משה, Moshe, in gematria is the same as the Divine Names א-ל ש-ד-י, E-l Shadai, 31 + 314 = 345. Incidentally it says in Seforim that when E-l Shadai is spelled out fully אלף למד שין דלת יוד it sums to 111 + 74 + 360 + 434 + 20 = 999, and with 1 for the Kolel equals 1000, which corresponds to the 1000 letters of Shma.

    The 5th word of the verse is Bamidbar, gematria 248, with significance as mentioned above, and the 6th word סיני, Sinai, is gematria 130, corresponding to the gematria of Echod, 13 times 10. Together the 5th and 6th words of the verse, במדבר סיני, Bamidbar Sinai, “in the Sinai desert,” add up to 248 + 130 = 378, which is the same as 376 + 2, like the word בשלום, BaSholom, “with peace,” very similar to the gematria of the immediately previous 3rd and 4th words. The number 378 = 300 + 70 + 8 and it may be that the 300 corresponds to the 287 letters of the third paragraph of Shma plus the 5 knots and 8 strings of Tzitzis, 287 + 5 + 8 = 300, the 70 corresponds to the 69 words of the third paragraph of Shma plus the 1 word Emes, and the 8 corresponds to the 3 paragraphs of Shma plus the 5 verses of the third paragraph of Shma, 3 + 5 = 8. Incidentally it is impossible to see the formula 3 + 5 = 8 and not see the hint to the number 358, the gematria of משיח, Moshiach.

    Together these first 6 words of the verse sum to 222 + 26 + 31 + 345 + 248 + 130 = 1002, and with 1 for the Kolel sum to 1003, which corresponds to the 1000 letters of Shma plus the 3 letters of the word אמת, Emes, True, that are joined to the Shma. Adding a Kolel of 1 for each of these 6 words brings the sum to 1002 + 6 = 1008, which corresponds to the 1000 letters of Shma together with 8 strings of Tzitzis.

    The 7th and 8th words of the verse, באהל מועד, B’Ohel Moed, “in the Tent of Meeting,” correspond to the Talis which covers the person like a tent when one communes with Hashem, as shall be explained at length in a coming comment, and the gematria of these words, B’Ohel Moed, 38 + 120 = 158, can be interpreted as 1-5-8, i.e., 1 Talis plus the 5 knots and the 8 strings of Tzitzis. Without the prefix of the letter Beis, אהל מועד, Ohel Moed, Tent of Meeting, is gematria 36 + 120 = 156, which 6 x 26 = 156, i.e., since in the Tent of Meeting one is encompassed by Hashem in 6 directions, front, back, right, left, up and down. When spelled אהל מעד, without the letter Vov, it is gematria 150, corresponding to the Name Yud Heh, gematria 15 times 10, and the same as the word כנף, Konof, corner, as in the corners of the Talis, as explained above.

    The 9th word of the verse, באחד, B’Echod, “on the first [day],” hints to the word Echod, One, in the first verse of Shma, and with the prefix letter Beis makes the gematria of the word 2 + 13 = 15, the same as the Divine Name Yud Heh, with parallels in the way the Tzitzis are tied, as explained above.

    The 10th word of the verse, לחדש, LaChodesh, “of the month,” is related to the word חדש, Chodosh, “new,” and hints that the recital of the Shma should always appear as something novel and new for us to experience, and finding new meanings in it all the time, since it is infinite, like the giving of the Torah about which Chazal say it should always us as something new, and the “echo” of Matan Torah reverberates throughout all time.

    In gematria the word לחדש, LaChodesh, is 342 which equals 300 + 42, and since 42 = 6 x 7, and if the multiplication is changed to addition, instead of 6 x 7 = 42 substituting + for x yields 6 + 7 = 13, then the resulting sum is 300 + 6 + 7 = 313, and with 1 for the Kolel equals 314, the gematria of the Name ש-ד-י, Shadai. Without the prefix letter Lamed, חדש, Chodesh, “month,” .e. “new [moon],” is gematria 312 [a number connected to the Mishkan Ohel Moed as was explained], and adding 1 for the Kolel gives 313, which is the same as the Name Shadai minus 1 for the Kolel. [There is also another hint to the Name Shadai in this verse as will be explained in the next comment.]

    The number 248 corresponds to the number of limbs in the body and to the number of positive commandments, things we are commanded to do for all generations, while 365 corresponds to the number of days in the solar year and to the number of negative commandments, things we are commanded to not do for all generations. Just as there are hints to the number 248 in the first verse of Bamidbar, so too there are hints to the number 365 in this verse.

    The 11th word of the verse, השני, HaSheini, “the second [month],” is gematria 365, corresponding to the number of days in a year and to the number of negative commandments.

    The 12th word of the verse בשנה, BaShonoh, “in the year,” shares the same root as the word שני, Sheini, “second,” because a year marks the repetition of the seasonal cycle. In gematria בשנה, BaShonoh, is 357, which corresponds to the 287 letters of the third paragraph of Shma plus its 69 words plus the 1 word Emes, 287 + 69 + 1 = 357.

    The 13th word, השנית, HaSheinis, “the second,” begins with 4 letters identical to the 11th word, HaSheini, with a gematria of 365, as just said, and its last letter Tuv is gematria 400, and in the context of years symbolizes the 400 years that Hashem foretold to Avrohom in the Covenant between the Pieces that his offspring would be in exile for 400 years before they would be redemption, which this is related in the next words of this verse.

    It is possible that the repetition of hints to the numbers 248 and 365 in this verse allude to the repetition of the Shma two times, as stated in the words of the Shma iteself, “when you arise and when you lie down,” in the morning and in the evening.

    The 14th, 15th, and 16th words of the verse, לצאתם מארץ מצרים, L’tzasom MaEretz Mitzrayim, “since their exodus from the land of Egypt,” clearly corresponds to the theme of the last verse of the third paragraph of Shma, “I am Hashem your G-d who took you out of the land of Egypt…”

    Together these three words have a gematria of 561 + 331 + 380 = 1272, with the average for the 3 words being exactly 1272 / 3 = 424, the same gematria as משיח בן דוד, Moshiach Ben Dovid, 358 + 52 + 14 = 424, the redeemer from this the last exile, the precedent for which was the Exodus from Egypt, “like the days of your going out of Egypt I will show you wonders.”

    Incidentally 1272 is evenly divisible by 8, 1272 / 8 = 159, and 159 = 3 x 53, and similarly 424 is evenly divisible by 8 and by 53, since 8 x 53 = 424. The number 53 is the 16th prime number and the number 16 is significant since when multiplied by 2, the 1st prime number, 8 x 2 = 16, and since in this context the word Mitzrayim is the 16th word in this verse.

    The 17th and last word of the verse, לאמר, Lamor, “saying,” is the same as the last word of the first verse of the third paragraph of Shma. The word Lamor is gematria 271, and with 1 for each of the previous 16 words in the verse, sums to 271 + 16 = 287, which is the number of letters in the third paragraph of Shma.

    The number 16 in this equation also corresponds to the original 16 strings to make the Tzitzis that are inserted into the 4 corners of the Talis, 4 strings per corner (which when doubled over make 8 strings per corner for a total of 32 strings). The number 16 also corresponds to the 16 terms of praise that are recited after Shma in the morning prayer service, the first of which is Emes, True, i.e., “True and certain and established and enduring and right and faithful and beloved and cherished and delightful and sweet and awesome and mighty and correct and acceptable and good and beautiful.”

    All together the 17 words of the first verse of Bamidbar sum to 222 + 26 + 31 + 345 + 248 + 130 + 38 + 120 + 15 + 342 + 365 + 357 + 765 + 561 + 331 + 380 + 271 = 4547, which 4547 is the 616th prime number. The number 616 is also evenly divisible by 8, for 616 / 8 = 77, i.e., 8 times the gematria of the word מזל, Mazal, fortune, 8 x 77 = 616, and indeed it is quite a Mazal to uncover all of these secrets that enhance our understanding and our connection to Hashem.

    The number 616 is also 600 + 16, and the word Tzitzis in gematria is 600, and with 8 for the strings and 5 for the knots sums to 613, corresponding to the number of commandments 248 + 365 = 613, and together with 1 for the windings and 1 for the loops (as explained above) and with 1 for the Talis garment itself the sum is 613 + 3 = 616. In addition, the 613 positive and negative commandments, plus 1 for Yisroel who performs the Mitzvos, and 1 for the Torah which teaches the commandments, plus 1 for Hashem who commands the Mitzvos, also sums to 13 + 3 = 616.

    Also significant is that in this first verse of Bamidbar there are 70 letters, corresponding to the gematria of the large letter Ayin in the first word of Shma, and to the 70 words in the third paragraph of Shma with the word Emes, and to the 70 years since the reestablishment of the state of Israel until now – as predicted in the Zohar in connection to the 70 words of Psalm 20, as explained in my comments on the previous post “The Fingerprints of G-d.”

    (To be continued.)

  12. Sorry, by accident I uploaded this comment here on “The Final Three.” It was intended for the continuation of my series of comments on the previous post “Auspicious Dates,” and I’ll upload it there so it appears in context too.