Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi

Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi
Portrait of Hacham Agassi painted by Mrs Ruth Gila, Beit Meir , Israel

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Beraishit 3.20- בראשית

Eve/Chava-The Mother of all Life

20.'And the man called his wife's name Chava (Eve); because she was the mother of all “Hai” (living) - וַיִּקְרָא הָאָדָם שֵׁם אִשְׁתּוֹ חַוָּה כִּי הִוא הָיְתָה אֵם כָּל חָי (2004+11 words=2015=8).

The verse can be divided so:
·         And the man called- וַיִּקְרָא הָאָדָם(367+2 words=18);
·         His wife's name Chava (Eve); because she was the mother of all "Hai" (living)- שֵׁם אִשְׁתּוֹ חַוָּה כִּי הִוא הָיְתָה אֵם כָּל חָי(1637=17=8).
Rashi comments here that the Torah now returns to the original subject of Man assigning names to the animals (2.20-22). Rashi is of the opinion that the Name "Chava"- חַוָּה   is not given to her as a result of the incident of the Snake. According to Rashi it is connected to the naming of the animals at the end of Chapter 2. As it says there that they were both naked, the Torah juxtaposes the seducing of Chava by the Snake as the Snake saw them naked and desired her for himself and calculated how to kill Man and take Eve for himself.

I am of a different opinion as I have explained at length above. Man was assisted by his helpmate, "Woman" to cunningly defeat the Snake and remove its metaphysical and physical (legs) properties as it was to fall to the lowest level of all the animals and the beasts of the field.

As Chava had successfully assisted Man in his endeavor and saved him and all of his future progeny (souls in his body) he gave her the name "Mother of all Life/Living"- אֵם כָּל חָי. Because Chava had outwitted the Snake she was named so as all of life in the Universe continued to exist because of her. The world was created for Man. If Man had died then and there by eating of the Tree and not of the Fruit of the Tree the entire creation process would have been for nothing. 

Now Chava would bear children and the "Guf" ("Body") of Souls of Adam could descend to the “World of the Earth” in order to rectify the Name of “Hai” which had been divided at the time of Creation.

Thus Chava (Eve) became known as "The Mother of all Life"- אֵם כָּל חָי Eim Kol Hai”.
·         Mother-    אֵם=41 or 601+1 word=8
·         Of all-         כָּל=50=8
·         Life-           חָי =18

·         Eve-       חַוָּה=19=10=1
Eve-Mother of all Life
חַוָּה- אֵם כָּל חָי
692=17=8 (Mem 600)

Rashi adds that the Name Chava- חַוָּה (Eve) falls on the expression of “living” for she gives life to children. Rashi states that the name is derived from “Chaiya”-חיה which means “giving Life”.

חיה חוה
42+2 words=8

The number 42 corresponds to the “Name of 42”-שם מ"ב, the 42 letter Name of Hashem which is connected to the Final Redemption of Israel. The Zohar teaches us (Tikkunim 66.b) that the Final Redemption of Israel will be fulfilled through the Name of 42. There are 42 letters through which the Heavens and Earth and all that are within them were created.

At the time of the Final Redemption of Israel Hashem will exact revenge against the nations of the world for their persecution of Israel through His 42 letter Name which is the secret of the word “My heart”- לִבִּי(gematria 42) which appears in verse 63.4 of the Book of Isaiah:

4.’For the Day of Revenge is in My Heart and the year of My Redemption- כִּי יוֹם נָקָם בְּלִבִּי וּשְׁנַת גְּאוּלַי (1126=10=1) is coming- בָּאָה(8).
4.’ For the Day of Vengeance- כִּי יוֹם נָקָם (276+3 words=18), is in My heart- בְּלִבִּי (44 =8), and the Year- וּשְׁנַת(756=18) of My Redemption- גְּאוּלַי (50=8) is coming- בָּאָה(8).
The Year of My Redemption
שְׁנַת גְּאוּלַי
The Year of My Redemption Arrives
שְׁנַת גְּאוּלַי בָּאָה
808+3 words=811=10=1
Day of Vengence
יוֹם נָקָם
1366+2 words=17=8
Day of Vengence in My Heart
יוֹם נָקָם בְּלִבִּי
1401+3 words=1044=1+8
Day of Vengence in My Heart -The Year of My Redemption Arrives
יוֹם נָקָם בְּלִבִּי- שְׁנַת גְּאוּלַי בָּאָה

See also “Eitz Hayim”- עֵץ חַיִּים of the Holy Ariza”l (gate 39, 260). 

Interestingly the doubling of the Name that Hashem reveals to Moses as the Burning Bush (Shmot 3.14) to relate to the Children of Israel that the time of their Redemption from Egypt is close at hand is also 42:

I shall be-shall be
 אֶהְיֶה - אֶהְיֶה
42+2 words=8

14.’ And G-d said to Moses, “I Shall Be What I Shall Be” and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the Children of Israel, I Shall Be has sent me to you- וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל מֹשֶׁה אֶהְיֶהאֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה וַיֹּאמֶר כֹּה תֹאמַר לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶהְיֶה שְׁלָחַנִי אֲלֵיכֶם (3338=17=8).
The tripling of the word “I shall be”- אֶהְיֶה in the verse teaches us that there will be 3 Redemptions (Egypt, Babylon-Purim and the Final Redemption). Moreover the joint gematria of the word “I shall be”-אֶהְיֶה (21) written three times as it is in the above verse is a hint to the coming of Son of David-בן דודwho is Mashiach:

21*3=63+3 words=66
Son of David
בן דוד
The two names “Chavah” -חַוָּה  and “Chayah”- חָיַה can be combined to form the Name Hashem-יְהוָה sandwiched between two letters “Chet”- ח'. The Letter “Chet” has a gematria of 8:
חַוָּה - חָיַה
ח - יְהוָה - ח

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