Parshas Vayechi
Genesis 47: 28 - 50:26


Prophecy, Direction, Deliverance ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mrs. Ethel Channah Belk, my mother, who passed away on 22 Kislev , December 1, 1999, may she rest in peace.

As Yaakov is about to pass from this life into the next he calls for his sons to bless them and to prophecy the future of their descendants, the Jewish people.

"And Yaakov called to his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, you sons of Yaakov; and listen to Yisroel your father. Genesis 49:1,2

In these two verses there are twenty-two words. One word for each letter of the Aleph Bais. Yet there are two sets of words that can be connected together which can combine four words into two words making twenty words instead of twenty-two words. This is noteworthy because only twenty of the twenty-two letters of the Aleph Bais are represented here. When Yaakov called for his sons to come to him the Zayin and the Tes were not included. They are missing. We take special note of this because every word spoken by a tzaddik carries great signifance just as the words not spoken.

The Zayin represents the seventh day. The Tes represents good. The first time the Tes appears in the Torah is with the word "tov" meaning "GOOD." The missing Zayin reveals the age old struggle for Jews to observe the Seventh day as our Creator intended for us to do. The missing Tes reminds us that the absence of observing the seventh day as Hashem intended is not good. The very rootful purpose of Yaakov's descendants was to REMEMBER the seventh day, to remember the Shabbos. The Jewish nation is to separate between holy and secular and between light and darkness.

In twenty-two words of Genesis 49:1,2 there are ninty-two letters. The Gematria of these letters reveals prophecy, direction, deliverance and mitzvahs. In fact, the Gematria 92 occurs 25 times between Genesis 49:1,2 and the end of the Torah. Three sets of verses are repetive. They are Set One, Exodus 15:10 and Exodus 20:4,both referring to the waters that drowned the army of Mitzriam; Set Two, Exodus 29:3 and Leviticus 8:3,1 both referring to the basket of installation; and Set Three, Leviticus 15:18 and Numbers 31:23, both referring to the mikvah. When we consider there are three repetive verses among the twenty-five that means there are twenty-two verses with separate occurrences which is the exact number of the letters of the Aleph Bais and the exact numbers of words in Genesis 49:1,2.

Below we see the hidden meaning of the Gematria 92 represented by the total number of letters of Genesis 49:1,2:


Vay Lo Hem, means, "And G-d." Yosief is speaking here. He makes reference to the future deliverance of Kal Yisroel from Mitzriam by saying, "Bring my bones up from here." Genesis 50:25 He could have said, 'When I die take me then to my burial place' as Yaakov, his father, requested. Instead, Yosief chose to make a statement of faith to his brothers which was the last prophecy of Bereishis. Genesis 50:24

Ay TzAy, means, "I will go out! " Moshe is speaking here. He was speaking in reference to the tenth and last plague of Mitzriam. Moshe told Pharoah that his {Pharoah's} servants would eventually drive him and Kal Yisroel out of Mitzriam after the tenth plague. This prophecy came true. Exodus 11:8

Bi Mah Yem, means "In {the} waters." This Gematria is in reference to the prohibition of cooking the Egyptian god {the lamb} in water. Hashem commanded that the lamb be roasted entirely by fire. The specified method for preparing the lamb to be eaten was very important.. It sent a specific message to the residents of Mitzriam. The slaves stopped being slaves. They roasted! They didn't boil! This created an uneasiness. The waters in Mitzriam were troubled but they were also reserved for another judgment soon to come. Exodus 12:9

Bi Mah Yem, means "In {the} waters." This Gematria makes direct reference to the previous verse's judgment of Mitzriam. It refers to the waters that drowned the entire army of Mitzriam including their horses and chariots in the Sea of Reeds. Exodus 15:10

Bi Mah Yem, means "In {the} waters." This Gematria makes direct reference to the previous verse's judgment of Mitzriam. It refers to the waters that drowned the entire army of Mitzriam including their horses and charroits in the Sea of Reeds. Exodus 20:4

Bah Sawl, means "In the basket." What basket? What was in the basket? The basket is called the installation basket. It was the basket used to carry the unleavened bread, the unleavened loaves mixed with {olive} oil and the unleavened wafer loaves anointed with oil. According to Rashi, it is here at the consecration / installation of the Kohanim that the unleavened bread was anointed with the letter "TES". The three items in the basket represented good! It was the vessel that brings good, the wave offerings, the sinless wave offerings.... The bloodless wave offerings that were placed before Hashem. Later they were placed in the open hands of Aaron and the open hands of Aaron's sons. They were offerings waved before Hahsem and consumed as burned offerings upon the altar as a pleasing fragrance unto Hahsem. This was good. Exodus 29:3

Me Behn, means "From {the} age {of twenty]." The Gematria reference alludes to the age at which each male would give an atonement offering of one half shekel to Hashem as they passed under the rod of the shepherd of Yisroel, Moshe. Exodus 30:14

Ha Li Voh Naw, means "The Frankincense." Frankincense was the beauty fragrance added to the least expensive of all offerings. This Gematria is a reminder that anyone can afford to offer a beautiful offering unto Hashem. It is also the easy way by which we may bring an offering to Hashem. Leviticus 6:8

Bi Sal, means "In {the} basket." This is in reference to the installation basket. Leviticus 8:31 {See the Gematria of Exodus 29:3}

Ha Cha Se Daw, means "The Stork." The Gematria here teaches kasherus. It teaches us to deny ourselves of non kosher fowl, to consider them repulsive! Leviticus 11:19

Yi Chah Bays, means "Shall wash in water." In this Gematria we are taught to cleanse oneself and one's garment from a condition of uncleanness caused by just touching / carrying a carcass. Here we are insturcted that physical things in this world can and do make us unclean. We cannot always avoid them. This is how we deal with the uncleaness. Leviticus 11:25

Vah Mah Yim, means "In {the} water." The Gematria here teaches mikvah. It instructs one and one's spouse to cleanse in the Mikvah after sexual contact. Leviticus15:18

Bi Tahm Awm, means "Through their defilement." This is in reference to the separation period between a husband and his wife while she is in "niddah". "Niddah" is the time when a woman is in a state of separation from her husband resulting from menstrual impurity. Leviticus 15:29 Here the reference is to abstain from defilement. This is called "Family Purity". Leviticus 15:31

Vi Che Soo, means "And they {the sons of Aaron shall} cover." When the Mishkon, Holy Tabernacle, would travel in the wilderness certain items were very holy. The Ark of the Testimony was one of these items. It could not be looked upon. It was covered. In this Gematria Hashem places boundaries on who can view His Holiness and when His Holiness can be viewed and the respect required for His Holiness... Numbers 4:5

Tzawv, means "Covered". This Gematria makes reference to when the tribal leaders of each tribe relinquished their position of priesthood to Aaron, the Kohen Godal, and his sons, the Kohanim, by bringing six covered wagons full of offerings before Hashem. This was in reference to the sin of the golden calf when only the tribe of Levi stood for righteousness. The tribal leaders supported the golden calf and false sacrifices to the golden calf, G-d forbid! They tarnished their individual office of Priesthood. they had to be removed! As a result Hashem required that they surrender their holy position to the Leviium who stood for righteousness. Remember, Adam and Chava after they sinned sought a cover for their sin. Likewise her our tribal leaders sought a cover for their sins which is represented by the covered wagons! Numbers 7:3

Chas Deh Chaw, means "Your loving kindness." Here the reference is to when Kal Yisroel sinned against Hashem as a result of their belief in the false report given by ten of the twelve spies. Hashem was going to destroy them. Moshe Rabbeinu reminded Hashem of His attribute of Mercy... He said, "Please forgive this people according to the magnitude of "Your Kindness.' " We are reminded of Hashem's kindness to our forefathers and to us and to our children. HASHEM NEVER CHANGES! Numbers 14:19

Vi Av De, means "And my servant." This Gematria is in reference to one of the two spies, Caleiv, that brought a true and faithful report regarding the land of Eretz Canaan to Kal Yisroel. Hashem honored Caleiv with entering and living in Yisroel. He also honored him with the words, "And my servant." Numbers 14:24

Bi EE Yay, means "Waste land {passes} in the wilderness." Our Gematria here is in reference to the very desolate places that each of us may face in our life. Here it was in reference to one very desolate place that Kal Yisroel would camp. This place was swept clean of everything. It required total dependence upon Hashem. Remember, every place Hashem led Kal Yisroel He cared for their every need! Numbers 21:11

Bi Meh Lek, means "Against {the} King." The Gematria refers to the conquer of a king, the first king of Moav. Numbers 21:26

Vah Mah Yim, means "In {the} water." The Gematria here teaches mikvah. It instructs us to kasher our his utensils "In {the} water}. Numbers 31:23

Yah Ah Voo Do, means 'do not follow their {the heathen nations'} poor example but instead do exactly what I {Hashem} have commended.' Deuteronomy 12:30

Vi Hah Ah Vayt, means "And lend {to your needy brother}." The inference here is to freely assist the needy brother, but if he will not receive charity then lend to him. Deuteronomy 15:8

Len Do Cha, means "{Do not} weild, forcing {chopping down fruit trees of the city your are capturing}." Honor life even vegetable life...Deuteronomy 20:19

Haw Ah Vot, means "Pledge". This Gematria teaches when a poor person only has the clothes on his back to offer as a pledge, one must show kindness by returning them before sunset... Deuteronomy 24:11

Eh Loh Hay Moh, means "Their gods." Hashem again reminds us NOT TO SERVE OTHER gods. Deuteronomy 32:37

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Wishing you the best,

Dr. Akiva  G. Belk

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