Parshas Devarim
Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11

Judging All Equally... Including Rabbium! ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mrs. Ethel Belk, may she rest in peace.

Parshas Va'eschanan begins with Moshe saying, "I pleaded to Hashem at that time, saying: 'Hashem, G-d, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your powerful hand, that there is no power in heaven or on earth that can perform Your deeds and Your acts of power. Please allow me to cross over and see the good land that is across the Yarden, this good mountain and the Lebanon.' Hashem grew angry at me through your fault and did not heed me; Hashem said to me, 'Enough for you! Do not go on speaking to Me any more about this matter...'" Deuteronomy 3:23-26

The Gematria for Li Mah Ahn Chem meaning "through your fault" or "for your sake" is 250, the Gematria Kotel is 256 and the Gematria Mispar Godal is 570.

From right to left

Li Mah Ahn Chem
250 = Mem = 40 + Chof = 20 + Nun = 50 + Ayin = 70 + Mem = 40 + Lamid = 30

The 250 relates back to parshas Korach where 250 men were consumed by a flame for bringing an improper offering {incense} to Hashem. The Torah records, "They rose up before Moshe with men from B'nei Yisroel [numbering] two hundred and fifty {men} who were leaders of the congregation..." These men "gathered together against Moshe and Aharon, and they said to them: 'You have [taken] too much for yourselves [and] since the entire congregation are all holy and Hashem is in their midst, why do you raise yourselves above the assembly of Hashem?'" Numbers 16:2,3

Essentially they were suggesting that Moshe was g-d like and Aharon was his prophet or that Moshe was a king and Aharon was his prince. Each of these men paid with their lives. They brought incense before Hashem. Numbers 16:17 "A fire came forth from Hashem and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were bringing the incense." Numbers 16:35 The fire pans from these men were hammered into sheets and made to overlay the Miz Bayach, the altar, "to be a reminder for B'nei Yisroel so that a layman shall never offer, one who is not a descendant of Aharon, to burn incense before Hashem..." Numbers 17:5

Now these men were wrong. The Torah is clear on this matter. So we see one side to this mystery. They were Meh Ree, meaning rebellious to Hashem's Commands. They were somewhat bordering... tilting... leaning towards another form of religion. They were introducing something that Hashem had NOT commanded. They were trying to take on a role of importance NOT given to them! They were attempting to ascend to a level of holiness outside of their reach... a level of separation beyond them. In other words they believed that they were like or greater than Moshe, the leader of B'nei Yisroel, and Aharon, the Kohen Godal. This is a form of divination. They were attempting to project to Kal Yisroel this supremely good, this supremely holy, this beautiful, magnificent image of themselves... They were Ki Saw Meem, meaning practicing a form of divination.

From right to left

Meh Ree
250 = Yud = 10 + Reish = 200 + Mem = 40

Ki Saw Meem
250 = Mem = 40 + Yud = 10 + Mem = 40 + Samech = 60 + Kuf = 100

Now the other side to this Gematria is Nayr, meaning light / lamp. These 250 men lacked the proper light or they would NOT have done these things. They lacked the proper restraint. This is where Moshe our great leader is at. Once in his extremely humble and G-d fearing life he took a liberty that did NOT belong to him. These 250 men violated the Command of Hashem. They also took a liberty that did not belong to them. They paid with their lives!

From right to left

250 = Reish =200 + Nun = 50

Out of anger Moshe struck the rock that Hashem had commanded him to speak to. This seemingly small incident caused the lamp of Torah to flicker in the eyes of B'nei Yisroel. Our Creator said, "Because you did not believe in me to sanctify Me in the presence of B'nei Yisroel; therefore, you will not bring this congregation into the land that I have given them." Numbers 20:12..."

Such a highly regarded leader as Moshe could not escape a failure of this nature. As a result one could understand Li Mah Ahn Chem to mean "for your sake." In other words, Hashem grew angry at me "for your sake." In other words, 'Hashem had to hold me responsible for my sin for your sake.' Hashem held Moshe responsible so that we, B'nei Yisroel, would see that G-d's standards are required of the great and the small. Hashem was establishing an example for rabbinical leadership. Hashem was making a statement "for your sake" that everyone is accountable for their actions including rabbinical leadership!

Next when we consider the Gematria Kotel 256 we see Aharon, the Kohen Godal of Yisroel, Moshe's brother... This points to a serious failing of Moshe. If Moshe were going to plead to Hashem for undeserved favor... grace as Rashi indicates, then why didn't he do so while Aharon his brother was still alive. Why did he wait until Aharon had departed this world? Why not plead to Hashem in behalf of Aharon and himself...?

From Right to Left:

Aharon {Ah Hah Ron}
256 =
Nun = 50 + Reish = 200 + Hey = 5 + Aleph = 1

Li Mah Ahn Chem Gematria Kotel = Gematria plus one for each Hebrew letter
250 = Mem = 40 + Chof = 20 + Nun = 50 + Ayin = 70 + Mem = 40 + Lamid = 30

Mem = 1 + Chof = 1 + Nun = 1 + Ayin = 1 + Mem = 1 + Lamid = 1

256 = 250 + 6


The Gematria Mispar Godal of Li Mah Ahn Chem {through your fault / for your sake} is 570. This represents Raw Shaw, meaning evil, as in the 250 men that were sanctified by giving their lives in parshas Korach. It also represents Yah Tzehr Raw as in their evil inclination.

Li Mah Ahn Chem
Gematria Mispar Godal = the total Gematria of each Hebrew Lettter when spelled out:
From right to left

Mem = Chof + Ayin + Nun + Mem + Lamid

Lamid Letter
74 = Dalet = 4 + Mem = 40 + Lamid = 30

Mem Letter
80 = Mem = 40 + Mem = 40

Ayin Letter
130 = Nun = 50 + Yud = 10 + Ayin = 70

Nun Letter
106 = Nun = 50 + Vav = 6 + Nun = 50

Chof Letter
100 = Pey =80 + Chof = 20

Mem Letter
80 = Mem = 40 + Mem = 40

570 = 74 + 80 + 130 + 106 + 100 + 80

Then on the other hand the Gematria of 570 represents the Mispar Godal of Shema, meaning HEAR! It also represents the crown of Tefillin that men wear each morning in prayer.

SHEMA { Shi Mah}

From right to left
Ayin + Mem + Shin

Shin Letter
360 = Nun = 50 + Yud = 10 + Shin = 300

Mem Letter
80 = Mem = 40 + Mem = 40

Ayin Letter
130 = Nun = 50 + Yud = 10 + Ayin = 70

570 = 360 + 80 + 130

From right to left

Tefillin {Ti Fee Leen}
570 = Nun = 50 + Yud = 10 + Lamid = 30 + Pey - 80 + Sav = 400

In simple, Moshe briefly gave into his Yetzer Raw {his evil inclination} to which he later cried out in morning prayer while wearing his tefillin, SHEMA - his reaffirmation that Hashem is Eternal King of the universe. He also pleaded for undeserved grace, knowing his sin, realizing he MUST be held accountable.

For us this is an example of Hashem showing that it is more important to hold a very great leader accountable for the sake of the people than to cancel his penalty!

Wishing you the best,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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