Parshas Shemini
Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47

Inquire ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Michael and Mrs. Channah Sakash, may they rest in peace.

Recently, in focusing on the last days of Pesach, we discussed The Eighth Day... We continue with that thought here in Parshas Shemini.

"And it was in the day eighth..." Leviticus 9:1 Vah Hee - Bah Yom - Hah Shi Mee Nee, meaning "And it was in the day eighth" has the Gematria of 504 which is the same for Daw Rahsh, meaning "Inquire". Leviticus 10:16 It is interesting that these two special Gematrias occur in the same week's parsha like others we have shown in the past.

Vah Hee - Bah Yom - Hah Shi Mee Nee {And it was in the day eighth}

Vah Hee - Bah Yom - {And it was in day}
89 = Mem 40 Vav 6 Yud 10 Bais 2 - Yud 10 Hey 5 Yud 10 Vav 6

Hah Shi Mee Nee {the eighth}
415 = Yud 10 Nun 50 Yud 10 Mem 40 Shin 300 Hey 5

504 = 89 + 415

Daw Rahsh {Inquire}
504 = Shin 300 Reish 200 Dalet 4

Holy reader, much happened in the eighth day, 1 Nisan, the Jewish New Year, at the dedication of the Mishkon. We will not examine the chronology even though that would be interesting. Our focus remains on the eighth day.

I am told that the halfway point between the first half of the Torah and the second half of the Torah is marked by the word Daw Rahsh {"INQUIRY"}. That makes the center word of Torah "Inquiry"! Now in addition to this, Parshas Shemini is a prelude to the coming Year. It is the beginning of months for us. Shemini is a point of origination. Shemini is the dedication of the Mishkon. Shemini is the beginning of Hashem's presence in the Mishkon. Shemini is the beginning of Temple service by the Kohen Godal, the Kohanim and the Levium. Shemini marks the change in our worship pattern. No longer would the heads of each tribe offer sacrifices to Hashem in our behalf. Each of these being the situation, Shemini is a focal point in Judaism. Shemini is the anchor within the Anchor {Torah}.

Through MYSTICISM {Gematria} we observe a connection to the first offerings of Torah in Parshas Bereshis, the first parsha of the Torah. We are told that Hevel {Abel} brought Meen Chaw Sooh, meaning "His Offering." Genesis 4:4

Meen Chaw Sooh {His Offering}
504 = Vav 6 Sav 400 Ches 8 Non 50 Mem 40

Through MYSTICISM {Gematria} we observe a connection to our victory {a great Jewish victory provided by Hashem}. This is stated in the last parsha in the Torah {Parshas Vezos Habracha} proclaiming how fortunate we are that Hashem is our G-d and that we, B'nei Yisroel, will Baw Mooh Say Mooh {meaning "[tread on] their high places," i.e., the high places of the nations}. Deuteronomy 33:29 In other words, our worship will rise to the heavens... Our sacrifices / offerings will elevate above the nations like Hevel's offering did above Kayin's offering in the beginning. The strength... the dedication... the devotion of our sacrifices and offerings will in essence tread on the high places {i.e., the kingdoms... the places... the heathen Temples... the altars} of the nations. Hashem will place our feet, symbollically, on their heads. This refers to the End of Days when Moshiach comes... soon, we pray!!

Baw Mooh Say Mooh, {[tread on] their high places}
504 = Vav 6 Mem 40 Yud 10 Sav 400 Vav 6 Mem 40 Bais 2

Why? Because we are a people of inquiry. When Hashem was offering the Torah to the 70 nations, we were the only nation that did not inquire of the Torah's responsibilities. We originally accepted the Torah without inquiry, but ever since we have become a people of inquiry! The center of a Jewish heart should be like the center of our Torah: INQUIRY!

Best Wishes!

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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