Parshas Tezaveh
{Exodus 27:20 - 30:10 }

The Mystery Of The Sav ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. T. J. and Mrs Olive Norman, may they rest in peace.

Story Of The Sav
Parshas Tezaveh brings so much to our Shabbos table in the areas of wisdom, purity, perfection and holiness. Tezaveh is a very mystical word because it only occurs once in the Torah and just one additional time in all of Tenach. Yet the meaning of Tezavah, "command", occurs many, many times in Torah and Tenach. One must ask how is it that Tezaveh occurs only once, yet the word command occurs many times.

The answer is found in the first letter of Tezaveh, the letter Sav. Here in parshas Tezaveh the letter Sav is added to the word Zaveh {from right to left} Hey - Vav - Tzaddi, meaning command {see first blue Gematria at top of page}. Since this is the only time that the Sav is added to Zaveh in all of Torah one must wonder why? What is the purpose of this? To catch a glimpse of why the Sav is added to Zaveh one must first understand that the Sav represents truth and perfection. The Sav is the seal of Hashem. How the Sav represents truth and perfection is the issue here. We know that Hashem is "TRUTH". We know that Hashem is "PERFECT". Hashem is the foundation for all truth and perfection. That being the case one would think that the Gematria direction would be from the right to the left with the direction beginning with Hashem. That is not the situation here. In fact the Sav is used to teach us {mankind} that we, being represented by the Vav, must move towards the direction of Hashem, towards the right, towards the Sav which represents Hashem's attributes of "TRUTH and PERFECTION."

This is one of the reasons that the Sav is placed in front of Zaveh. The Sav is the last letter of the Aleph / Bais. We must pass by twenty - one letters and five final letters a total of twenty-six letters before reaching the Sav. The Gematria for Hashem's Holy Name is twenty-six. The twenty-six letters which represent Hashem's Name teach us that Hashem's Torah which begins with a Sav and which is composed by each of the letters of the Aleph Bais is on each step of the path climbing the staircase to truth and perfection. The Torah provides the steps towards truth and perfection!


--------------------------------------------Final Tzaddi
----------------------------------------Final Pey
--------------------------------Final Nun
----------------------------Final Mem
----------------------Final Chof


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Now, since the last letter of the Aleph Bais is a Sav, that indicates the climbing, the struggling, the effort to reach a true level of truth and perfection. The last letter of Emes stands above all the other letters of the staircase reaching from us to Hashem. The Sav represents the conclusion of the climb. In other words, the Sav represents our completion of life's journey. When we reach the Sav it is after, G-d willing, many Torah studies, after many prayers, after much Shuvah and after much seasoning. It is then that G-d willing we with our pure white hair and for men our long pure white beards are given Hashem's seal, the letter Sav, which is reserved for the truly righteous, which results from a life of careful observance....

Now we can draw the connection between the Sav and this week's parsha. When Hashem commanded that B'nei Yisroel bring clear olive oil { made from olives that were} crushed for lighting, to keep the lamp burning constantly in the Tent of Meeting, one must carefully examine the nature of the olive used for this process.

The olives used to give oil for light in the Tent of Meeting were selected from ONLY the most seasoned, the ripest olives. These were the most mature olives. The slightest touch would produce pure oil. The mature olives did not require squeezing. In fact they were so ripe that they had to be handled with the utmost care until it was time for them to provide their precious contents.

Other olives required squeezing and grinding. The product from these olives had to be sifted through strainers and had to sit for a period of time to allow the sediment to settle on the bottom of the container. Then the oil could be separated from the sediment.

The Sav represents the life long process that some of us will reach. It represents the most mature olives. It represents the purity of the oil which is the enlightenment of the wisdom and study produced from those with white hair and long white beards. We also learn that only the very, very purest oil can enlighten the Testimony in the Mishkon. It is the oil that is very gently drawn from those olives that illuminates the Mishkon. The lives represented by the purest olives are the ones that enlighten the truth and powerfully expound the Torah.

The rest of us who are not as mature, who are not as seasoned and who are not as old must experience squeezing, crushing, grinding, filtering, etc. to reach a state of perfection that still will not be on the level of the most mature, ripe olives. That does not mean that we cannot contribute but it means our contribution cannot be in the Holiest place, in the place where Hashem dwells, in the place of the Testimony.

We see that our discussion of the steps to full maturity represented by the Gematria of Sav is also supported by the same Gematria values in others words requiring maturity:

Vi Shaw Neem, meaning "And Years" {from right to left}
406 = Mem = 40 + Yod + 10 + Nun = 50 + Shin = 300 + Vav = 6 {see first black Gematria line at top of page}

Vi Leem Shol, meaning "And to rule" {from right to left}
406 = Lamid = 30 + Shin = 300 + Mem = 40 + Lamid = 30 + Vav = 6 {see second blue Gematria line at top of page}

Vi Kaw Zteer, meaning "And Harvest" {from right to left}
406 = Reish = 200 + Yud = 10 + Tzaddi = 90 + Kuf = 100 + Vav = 6 {see second black Gematria line at top of page}

Haw Ohs, meaning "The Sign" {from right to left}
406 = Sav = 400 + Aleph = 1 + Hey = 5 {see third blue Gematria line at top of page}

Bah Kodesh, meaning "In Holiness" {from right to left}
406 = Shin = 300 + Dalet = 4 + Kuf = 100 + Bais = 2 {see third black Gematria line at top of page}

Hahni See Eem, meaning "The Rulers" {from right to left}
406 = Mem = 40 + Yud = 10 + Aleph = 1 + Shin = 300 + Nun = 50 + Hey =5 {see fourth blue Gematria line at top of page}

So the Sav is a "Sign of holiness that we will reach at the end of life's years, harvest when eventually righteousness will rule.

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Wishing you the best,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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