Parshas Nasso
Numbers 4:21 -7:89

Dedication of THE ALTAR
Chanukas Ha Mis Bayach

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Paul Sakash, may he rest in peace.


Prior to the sin of the golden calf the prince of each tribe was the kohen for his respective tribe. It was his responsibility to offer sacrifices in behalf of his tribe. After Kal Yisroel's sin of the golden calf that changed. As a result Hashem selected the seed of Aaron from the tribe of Levy to become the priests for kal Yisroel.

In this week's parsha we see the prince of each tribe except the Levium surrender his responsibilities to Aaron HaKohen and his sons the Kohenim. This was a twelve day process.

Each day for twelve days one prince would take his turn surrendering his kohen responsibilities by making a presentation at the dedication of the altar. His offering was one silver bowl weighing a hundred and thirty shekels, and one silver basin weighing seventy shekels, both of them according to the sacred shekel, each filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a meal offering; one gold ladle weighing ten shekels, filled with incense; one young bull, one ram, one sheep in its first year for an elevation offering; one male goat for a sin offering; and for a feast peace offering two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old...

The Torah records every letter of this presentation (3,477), every word (907) and each verse (77). Every letter of the Aleph / Bais is present in the presentation except one. That letter does appear in the name of three fathers of the princes and the letter does appear in one name of one prince from the tribe of Reuben but in the actual presentation of the offerings at the altar the letter does not appear.

The Tzaddi is missing...
The Tzaddi is the letter that symbolizes righteousness and humility. The Tzaddi is the symbol of a kohen. The Tzaddi is bent over in humility with arms extended for blessing kal Yisroel. The kohen must be humble and righteous! This is why the leader of each tribe was forced to surrender his position of kohen. The offering of his heart lacked righteousness and humility. When Kal Yisroel rose up to sin before the golden calf, the men in authority, the kohenim, the princes of the tribes were missing. Their leadership was missing. Their priestly direction to the members of their tribe was missing. They stood back instead of coming to the assistance of Aaron when the people approached him about making a golden image. Their lack of action was such an utter rejection of their priesthood. Aaron humbly stood alone facing the entire people on at least twenty-two occasions during that very difficult struggle. The uprising was a witness that the princes of Yisroel lacked the righteousness and the humility to be the kohenim. Their hearts were full of pride not righteousness. See Tzaddi

Wishing you the best!

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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