Parshas Balak
Numbers 22:2 -25:9

The Light of Torah Modesty And Righteousness ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Michael and Mrs.Channah Sakash, may they rest in peace.

We see in Balak, son of Zippor, the opposite of righteous. The Gematria of Baw Lawk Behn Tze Pi Oor is 560. The Yi Shaw Reem, meaning the righteous, shares this Gematria. Why do both good {the Yi Shaw Reem} and the bad {Baw Lawk Behn Tze Pi Oor} share in the same Gematria value?

From right to left:

Baw Lawk Behn Tze Pi Oor
Baw Lawk Behn
184 = Nun = 50 + Bais = 2 + Kuf = 100 + Lamid = 30 + Bais = 2

Tze Pi Oor
376 = Reish = 200 + Vav = 6 + Pey = 80 + Tzaddi = 90

560 = 184 + 376

Yi Shaw Reem
560 = Mem = 40 + Yud = 10 + Reish = 200 + Shin = 300 + Yud = 10

Dear reader, every human has both a good inclination known as the Yetzer Tov and a bad inclination known as the Yetzer Raw. In this same way each Gematria has equal values of righteousness and evil. This is not a balance of good and evil. It is the choice between good and evil!

The story of Balak is the story of a man who chooses to curse B'nei Yisroel instead of bless us. He chooses to kill us, G-d forbid! Instead of assist us! He was NOT our friend. So in the Gematria of 560 we see both the friend of the righteous and the friend of B'nei Yisroel in the Yi Shaw Reem and the enemy of the righteous and the enemy of B'nei Yisroel in Baw Lawk Behn Tze Pi Oor.

We also see this in the name Mo Av which means from father. The nation of Moav began with the incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughters in Genesis 19:33-37. Lot's daughters thought Hashem destroyed the entire world. They urged Lot to drink much wine and each had a physical relationship with their father which produced two sons. The older daughter was NOT modest, she named her son Moav, meaning from father. The younger daughter was modest, naming her son Ben Ami.

Because Moav was immodest Hashem permitted B'nei Yisroel to irritate and intimidate them. Deuteronomy 2:9 But the Ammonites, the brethren of the Moavites, {Ben Ami} are protected by Hashem's command, "Do not incite them - in any manner" because of their modesty. Deuteronomy 2:19

Here again the righteous are proponents of modesty as opposed to the descendants of Moav.

In our society those who behave in a modest fashion are supporters of what is wholesome, good and decent, etc. They reflect righteousness in their modesty! They support Torah values in their modesty!! Those who behave in an immodest fashion reflect corrupt values and test society. Our goals as Jews regardless of our Torah understanding should be to promote quality of life. Quality of life must include wholesomeness... MODESTY! There are many ways that one can support modesty.

For example our body is a miniature Temple. As a miniature Temple we should cover our being not expose it. We should be chaste and discrete. As Jews we should NOT be a showcase of improper physical exposure. We are a holy people. We are a priesthood. We are ministers of Hashem. We are Jews. Holy reader, we are the light of the universe.

Hashem has made us the trend setters. If we are supporters of immodesty, we in fact are attacking our own Torah. If we are supporters of immodesty, we in fact are NOT accomplishing these areas of Jewish responsibility that Hashem has established for us! A holy priest does NOT bare their goods to the public!

In Parshas Balak we are reminded of our holy place when the evil prophet Bil'am spoke... the words that Hashem placed in his mouth"...How goodly are your tents, Yaakov, your dwelling places {meaning your individual Temples} Yisroel..." Numbers 24:5

There are many areas to modesty besides our outward appearance. What we say is another. It was what the daughters of Lot said that determined their individual modesty or lack of it. It was what they named their children that reflected modesty or immodesty! It was how they exposed or hid sin that reflected their modesty or lack thereof...

It is good and very necessary for us to reestablish the light of Torah modesty and righteousness.

Wishing you the best,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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