Parshas Vayeishev
Genesis 37:1 - 40:23


By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Arnold Student Litman, may he rest in peace.

We observe the death of Yehudah's firstborn son and his second born son for "EVIL". This evil is autoeroticism / coitus interruptus, spilling one's seed of life onto the ground... Hashem termed this an "evil" act. Genesis 38:7 We see this evil in the letters of Er's name, Ayin Reish. If we reverse their order they spell Rah, meaning evil.

270 =
Reish = 200 + Ayin = 70

270 =
Ayin = 70 + Reish = 200

The Torah states, "Yehudah took a wife Li Ayr" {meaning "for Er"} Genesis 38:6 The Hebrew letter Lamid is added as a connector to the Ayin and the Reish. Together they equal the Gematria of 300. They also point to the center of our {man's} inclination, our Yay Tzer. Unfortunately in Er's situation his Yay Tzer was a Yay Tzer Rah, an evil inclination.

Li Ayr {to Er}
300 = Reish = 200 + Ayin = 70 + Lamid = 30

Yay Tzer {Inclination}
300 = Reish = 200 + Tzaddi = 90 + Yud = 10

On the one hand, we have a very evil man, Er, with a very righteous wife, Tamar. This is a paradox. Our sages rave about Tamar's righteousness. She went to the cave of Avraham to pray for a close relative to carry on the seed from her departed husbands, Er and Onan... The Torah records that she covered her face NOT as a harlot but as a righteous woman. When she was in her father-in-law's house she also covered her face because of her righteousness. Yehudah did not know what his daughter-in-law looked like. She was righteous! Her righteousness is represented by the mysterious Mem in the center of her name. The Gematria Godal of the letter Mem is also 640. Tamar was Toh Mehr, meaning "straight {like a palm rising out of the ground}, steady, unmoving {like a pillar}." This is the same spelling of Tamar with a different pronunciation. For her actions of righteousness her descendants include Dovid Ha Melech, Shlomo Ha Melech and the coming Moshiach!

640 =
Reish = 200 + Mem = 40 + Sav = 400

Toh Mehr
640 =
Reish = 200 + Mem = 40 + Sav = 400nterruptus

Mem{Gematria Godal}
640 = Mem = 600 + Mem = 40

On the other hand, the Gematria Miluy of Er is also 640. That is, all of the letters of his name put together equal the total essence of who he is, of what he is. He was not righteous as was his wife Tamar. He was evil and he was Tah Mayr, meaning rebellious. Again this is a different pronunciation of the same spelling of Tamar.

Tah Mayr {rebellious}
640 = Reish = 200 + Mem = 40 + Sav = 400

Now when we consider the name of Onan the Gematria is 107. It matches the word Zoh Neem, meaning "{One who} goes astray." His name represents what Hashem does to the evil, Yoh Chi Lay Moh, meaning "It consumes them" as in {You G-d} "In Your great majesty, You destroy Your opponents; You send forth Your fury, it {Yoh Chi Lay Moh} consumes them like straw." Exodus 15:7 Onan represents those who, as Hashem said, "{Maw Aw Soo} despise My laws and they loathed, "rejected" My statutes," Leviticus 26:43 which is exactly what Er and Onan did. They both despised and rejected Hashem's statutes!

Onan {Second Son of Yehudah}
107 = Nun = 50 + Nun = 50 + Vav = 6 + Aleph = 1

Zoh Neem {To Go Astray}
107 = Mem = 40 +Yud = 10 + Nun = 50 + Zayin = 7

Yoh Chi Lay Moh "It {as G-d's fury} consumes"
107 = Vav = 6 + Mem = 40 + Lamid = 30 + Chof = 20 + Aleph = 1 + Yud = 10

Maw Aw Soo {Despised}
107 = Vav = 6 + Samech = 60 + Aleph = 1 + Mem = 40

So, holy reader, through the Gematria of these names we see in Er and Onan destruction, evil, despising of and rejection of Hashem's Torah; while in Tamar we see steady, unwavering acceptance and defense of Torah. Thank G-d that righteousness won out!!


Best Wishes!

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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