Parsha Vayigash
Genesis 44:18 -47:27

Learning Torah and Observing Mitzvah's ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Paul Sakash, may he rest in peace.

In Parsha Bereishis Vayigash we read the story of Yaakov's extreme reluctance to send his youngest son Binyomin to Mitzriam.

Both Yosief and Binyomin were the sons of Yaakov's beloved wife Rochel. These sons were trained to be Torah scholars while the other sons were trained as shepherds. This is not to suggest that the other sons did not learn Torah or were not trained in the ways of Hashem but they clearly had spiritual problems when compared to Yosief and Binyomin who were kept close to their father's attention. Yaakov had chosen Yosief and Binyomin to be his spiritual prodigy so to speak.

The Ten sons born to him from Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah observed and ran the physical family business while just two sons Yosief and Binyomin observed the spiritual family business.

As a result Yaakov was extremely disconcerted when faced with the prospect of allowing his only known {remaining} son, Binyomin, to journey any distance from him. Yaakov stated, "If you take this one away from me, and misfortune befall him, you will bring my white head down to the grave in evil." Genesis 44:29

What Yaakov was actually saying is at my age I will not be in the mental / spiritual / physical condition to train my other sons to take the place of Yosief and Binyomin. In other words who will carefully, meticulously and articulately carry on the observance of Torah as I have trained Yosief and Binyomin too? Who will learn Torah in my memory? Who will OBSERVE ALL 613 MITZVAHS? Who will be the Torah Scholar?

If something happened to Binyomin Yaakov felt like all would be lost from the spiritual side of things. He said, Bi Raw Aw Shi Oo Law, meaning {I will} go to the grave in evil." The Gematria for Bi Raw Aw Shi Oo Law is 613 which represents TOTAL OF TORAH MITZVAHS.

It is clear Yaakov considered himself dead if he had no sons to observe the 613 Mitzvahs of Torah. Yaakov considered himself dead if he has no sons to learn Torah in his honor. He had so to speak gone to the grave in evil Bi Raw Aw Shi Oo Law...

277 = 5 = Hey + 70 = Ayin + 200 = Reish + 2 = Bais

336 = 5 = Hey + 30 = Lamid + 1 = Aleph + 300 = Shin

277 + 336 = 613 The absence of Torah learning and Mitzvahs = going to the grave in evil...

Wishing you the best,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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