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Friday, October 31, 2014

I Am The G-d of Beit-El

אָנֹכִי הָאֵל בֵּית אֵל

Beraishit 31.13- בראשית

13.’I am the G-d of Bet-El where you anointed there a 'Matzeva' (Pillar), where you vowed to Me there a vow; Now arise, get yourself out from this land and return to the Land of your birth- אָנֹכִי הָאֵל בֵּית אֵל אֲשֶׁר מָשַׁחְתָּ שָּׁם מַצֵּבָה אֲשֶׁר נָדַרְתָּ לִּי שָׁם נֶדֶר עַתָּה קוּם צֵא מִן הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת וְשׁוּב אֶל אֶרֶץ מוֹלַדְתֶּךָ (6722 = 17=8 or 11152=10=1 counting final Zadik, Nun, Mem and Kaf as 900, 700,600 and 500).

Rashi comments here that Hashem is commanding Jacob to return to that Place and pay his vow to bring sacrifices there (tithes) in order for it to become a “House of G-d” (Pirkei D’Rabbi Eliezer 32).

In the verse the letter “Heh”- הָ is written before the word “G-d”- הָאֵל.Rashi comments that the letter “Heh” is superfluous in meaning but it is the style of Scripture to speak in this manner (see B'Midbar 34.2- הָארץ כנען).

As shown above in regard to the gematria of the verse the letter "Heh"-הָ is far from "superfluous".

Moreover the gematria of the phrase teaches us the significance of the "extra" letter "Heh", It teaches us that he is "The 18"- "Hai"-ח"י. The Living One that sustains all life!


G-d of Beit El
אֵל בֵּית אֵל
474+3 words=477=18



The phrase "El- Bet-El" - אֵל בֵּית אֵל (G-d of the House of G-d) can be understood as follows:
·         The word “G-d”-“El” -אֵל corresponds to the last two letters of the Torah, the last two letters of the word "Israel"- יִשְׂרָאֵל. It also means “to”-אֵֶלwith a change of vowel.
·         The word “house of” “Beit”- בֵּית is the spelling of to the first letter of the Torah- בְּ. The letter "Beit" is a prefix which means "with" or "in".
·         By reading these letters forwards and then backwards one ends, starts and ends the Torah.
·         As the end of the Torah is the beginning and vice-versa, the mid-point is found between the last letter- “Lamed” and the first letter- “Bet” of the Torah. This is the "point of balance" that we have to strive to be in order to be at one "with" or "in" Hashem- in His House; this is the Place that we have to go.-To the House of G-d! When we get there at the "End" we will realize that we never left in the "Beginning" as the Beginning and the End are One.
·         This is why Hashem calls Himself “The G-d of House of G-d”- הָאֵל בֵּית אֵל as the House of G-d -בֵּית אֵל is found in the mid-point of the Torah and there one can find "THE G-d" הָאֵל-The 18!
Midrash teaches us that in this verse Hashem is scalding the righteous Jacob for not returning and paying his vows. Does Jacob not realize that all the suffering he is undergoing is because he has not returned to Bet-El? - The Midrash exclaims "Until when will this Righteous One be whipped" - עד מתי הצדיק הזה לוקה? (Tanchuma Vayishlach 8.a).

Until when will this Righteous One be whipped?
עד מתי הצדיק הזה לוקה

Thus Hashem tells Jacob enough is enough! Get out have faith and return to where you came from.

This is an example of the "Diaspora" mentality of the Jew; a King who regards himself as a "grasshopper in the eyes of the inhabitants of the Land" that must suffer and be whipped by them. Today even when we have returned to our Land the Jew still refuses to remove the Diaspora mentality from his mind set and behave like a King! This task will be left to Mashiach who will throw off the yoke of the "Servitude of Nations"-שעבוד מלכיות and only then will the Jewish People be able to live as a free People in its own Land. 

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