Parshas Beshalach
(Exodus 13:17-17:16)

Power / Strength To The People ©
By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

Gematrias 115 - 345 ©

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Donald Wayne Belk and Mr. Gary Lee Belk may they rest in peace.

When B'nei Yisroel exited Mitzriam the word Ha Awm, meaning "the people" is written three times at the beginning of Parshas Beshalach. Exodus 13:17,18. It is not by chance that it is stated three times. When something is stated three times as Ha Awm is, we pay special attention to it.

The Gematria of Ha Awm is {from right to left}
115 = Mem = 40 + Ayin = 70 + Hey = 5 115 x 3 = 345. {See first blue Gematria at top of page} The emphasis on Ha Awm is shared by Chaw Zawk {which also has the Gematria of 115}, meaning strong, firm. {rom right to left}
115 = Kuf = 100 + Zayin = 7 + Ches = 8 {See first black Gematria at top of page} This would seem to indicate "Strength to the people." Chaw Zawk is the shorush {root} for Vah Yah Cha Zek, meaning "and he hardened." We studied Vah Yah Cha Zek in Parshas Bo, "The Results Of A Hardened Heart." So it is interesting that as B'nei Yisroel departs Mitzriam we notice that Hashem has taken the hardness out of Mitzriam and given it to His people in the Gematria of Ha Awm, "the People."

We find this strength of Chaw Zawk in the Gematria of the person of Moshe Rabbeinu. We find it in his special leadership abilities. 3 x 115 = 345. The Gematria of Moshe is 345. {from right to left}
345 = Hey = 5 + Shin = + 300 + Mem =40 {See second blue Gematria at top of page}

We also observe an interesting connection in the three repetitions of Ha Awm.
Hey = 5 x 3 = 15 + Ayin = 70 x 3 = 210 + Mem = 40 x 3 = 120 which together = 345 This points to Hashem's leadership through Moshe.

The three Hey's represent "FIVE" {See second black Gematrias at top of page}
The Five Books of Moshe
One Fifth Saved

Chay Maw Sh {Chumash} means Five. That is why one name for the Torah, the five books of Moshe, is referred to as Chumash.

Cho Mesh, meaning "Five" Our sages say only 1/ 5th of B'nei Yisroel actually came up out of Mitzriam. They base this on a mystical interpretation of Exodus 13:18 from the root of the word Vah Cha Moo Shem. From this we understand "One fifth were saved."

From the same passage in Exodus 13:18 we also have the literal interpretation from the same word, Vah Cha Moo Shem which comes from the root five but can also mean "Armed".

The Three Ayin's represent:
Yosief spoke 70 languages
70 entered Mitzriam
70 Elders appointed in the wilderness

The three Mem's represent {See third blue Gematrias at top of page}
Moshe in Mitzriam 40 years
Moshe in Midian 40 years
Moshe in Midbar {wilderness} 40 years

3 x 5 =15 The fifteenth of Nissan (first night of Passover)
3 x 70 = 210 Kal Yisroel was in Mitzriam for 210 years
3 x 40 = 120 Moshe lived to 120 years

In Ha Awm we see many powerful themes: the Torah {Chumash}; remembering Pesach; remembering the years of bondage; remembering the greatness of Moshe Rabbeinu, our teacher; Moshe's strong leadership; reproduction strength given while living in Mitzriam {our ancestors grew from 70 to over three million in just 210 years}; strength to the people given by Hashem upon departing Mitzriam; and the wisdom from the elders.

Wishing you the best!,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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