Rosh Ha Shanah
Second Day

Genesis 22 - Maftir: Numbers 29:1 - 6
Haftarah: Jeremiah 31:1-19

Avraham's New Character Ethic & Subconscious Self ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of my mother, Mrs. Ethel Sakash Belk, may she rest in peace.

On the first day of Rosh Ha Shanah we read from Genesis 21. We discussed the paradigm of the subconscious self of Avraham {Abraham} and Sarah. We observed how their subconscious selves could not capture Hashem's paradigm, that being the birth of Yitzchok {Isaac}.

Now some thirty-seven years later we observe an entirely different view. Hashem tells Avraham, "Please take your, son, your only {son}, who you love, Yitzchok and go to the Land of Moriah. Sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will designate to you." When they arrived, NOTICE the words that Avraham's subconscious self, his inner being, spoke to the attendants. "Avraham said to his attendants, 'Remain here with the donkey and I and the lad will go to the place. We will prostrate ourselves {in worship} and return to you.'"

Here thirty-seven years later Avraham's subconscious self captured Hashem's paradigm. Avraham said that he and Yitzchok would return. This would be impossible if Yitzchok were actually offered as a burnt sacrifice. Yet Avraham said they would return together. Avraham had clearly dealt with his subconscious self. He had grappled with and overcome his objecting subconscious self. He improved his character ethic. Avraham elevated this character ethic! He rose to a new level. He could project. He could visualize things actually happening that were physically impossible.

Later when Avraham charged Eliezer to take a wife for Yitzchok, he projected a high level paradigm that Eliezer could not capture. He said, "Hashem, G-d of heaven, Who took me from my father's house, and from the land of my birth, Who spoke to me, and Who swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I will give this land' - He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there." Genesis 24:7 End Of Story...

The point is that Avraham had transcended the effect of his subconscious self. His character ethic was now properly aligned with the flow of natural and spiritual things as Hashem had created them. He was not in objection or opposition to the supernatural or the super spiritual flow of things. Yet in his great wisdom he understood that his most trusted servant was on a much lower level. Eliezer could not transcend to Avraham's high level. So in great compassion to Eliezer the following words were spoken, "If the woman does not want to come back with you, you are absolved from this oath to me. But do not bring my son back there." Genesis 24:8

Avraham did not want his son removed from the Holy Land. He could do things in his ability to transcend the natural that he did not speak of here.

Later Avraham took another wife, Keturah, {Haggar}. She bore six children. Avraham again transcended. In his wisdom he gave gifts to these sons and "sent them away from Yitzchok, his son while he was still alive. {He sent them} eastward to the Land of the East." Genesis 25:6

Holy reader, the point to all this is Avraham's character ethic aligned with and flowed with the natural and the supernatural, with the spiritual and the super spiritual. His
subconscious self transcended the obvious to the not so obvious.

At Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur we have this tremendous opportunity to reach great spiritual levels as we subject our physical to the spiritual. Yet the day after Yom Kippur we give it all back. Our spiritual advances disappear. Our physical reassures itself. We don't struggle with the physical as we did on Yom Kippur. Things unfortunately return to pre - Yom Kippur.

Now Avraham did not allow things to slip. He continued his Yom Kippur spiritual position until he transcended, until he conquered his character ethic! It happened somewhere between Yitzchok's birth and thirty-seven years later at Mount Moriah. This suggests that there was a period of struggle. It suggests that it required long and tedious effort before reaching this place of agreement, this place of alignment.

We see this in the words that Avraham spoke to Yitzchok when asked, "'Father!'

{Avraham} said, 'Here I am. my son.'

{Yitzchok} said, 'Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?'

Avraham said, 'G-d will show the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.'"
{Gen. 22:7,8}

We see this in the Gematria of the words:

Eh Loh Heem - Yeer Eh - Loh Hah Seh {meaning, " G-d will show the lamb"} has the Gematria 648.

From right to left:
Eh Loh Heem - Yeer Eh - Loh - Hah Seh

Eh Loh Heem
86 =
Mem = 40 + Yud = 10 + Hey = 5 + Lamid = 30 + Aleph = 1

Yeer Eh - Loh
252 =
Vav = 6 + Lamid = 30 + Hey = 5 + Aleph = 1 + Reish = 200 + Yud = 10

Hah Seh
310 =
Hey = 5 + Sin = 300 + Hey = 5

648 = 86 + 252 + 310

Note the words from Parshas Ha'azinu, where Moshe says to B'nei Yisroel: "Focus your thoughts on all the statements that I am bringing to witness against you today; which you are to command to your sons to guard and to fulfill all the statements of this Torah. For it is not a futile thing for you, for it is your life; and by this matter will you live long on the land that you are crossing the Jordan there to inherit." Deuteronomy 32:46, 47

The Gematria Chah Yay Chehm {meaning "For it is your life"} also has the Gematria Godal 648.

From right to left:
Chah Yay Chehm
648 = Mem = 600 + Chof = 20 + Yud = 10 + Yud = 10 + Ches = 8

The point here is the lamb Hashem commanded was Yitzchok but Avraham saw-- through proper character ethic alignment and through transcending--what the actual sacrificial lamb was. The connection here is the method that B'nei Yisroel is provided with to reach Avraham's level of alignment, his level of transcendence. The emphasis here is focusing on the Torah and by focusing on the Torah fulfilling the Torah which results in proper agreement and alignment {character ethic} with the natural and supernatural and with the spiritual and the super spiritual. It is our Chah Yay Chehm!

The connection here to Yitzchok and Avraham was that Yitzchok unlike Avraham's servant Eliezer did not question, "What if / perhaps the woman will not want to come back..." Yitzchok did not question! Instead he transcended like Avraham, his father! The Torah records, "And the two of them went together." The Torah does not record any struggle between Yitzchok and Avraham. Yitzchok elevated to Avraham's paradigm just as Avraham had elevated to Hashem's paradigm! He willingly surrendered to the possibility that he was chosen to be the sacrifice. Yitzchok transcended! Why? Both his subconscious self and his character ethic were in perfect alignment with Hashem's paradigm! Now Hashem knew it was for your life! Avraham knew it was for your life! Yitzchok knew it was for your life!

We at Rosh Ha Shanah can reach and maintain this same level that Avraham and Yitzchok reached through our careful focus, observance and guarding of all the statements of the Torah!

Wishing you the best,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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