Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi

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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Eight Garments of the High Priest

שמנה בגדי הכהן גדול

At the beginning of this commentary I asked the question whether there were 6 or 8 Holy Garments of the High Priest.

The opinion of the Sages is that there were 8 even though only six of them are mentioned at the beginning of the passage.

The total gematriot of all the 8 garments support the opinion of the Sages as 8 garments have a joint gematria of 8:

1.       Choshen of Judgment-                חֹשֶׁן מִשְׁפָּט   =787               
2.       Eiphod-                                               אֵפֹד  =  94           
3.       Me’il-                                        מְעִיל הָאֵפוֹד   = 246
4.       Titz-                                                    צִּיץ   = 190                                     
5.       Katonet-                                           כְּתֹנֶת    = 870                                       
6.       Mitznefet-                                         מִצְנֶפֶת  = 660
7.       Avneit-                                              אַבְנֵט   =  62
8.       Linen Trousers-                                  מִכְנְסֵי-בָד   =186    

3095=17=8 or + 11 words=3016=10=1

The number 3016 corresponds to the 613 commandments in the Torah that Aaron “carried” for the Children of Israel on his shoulders, in his mind and in his heart.

And Aaron shall carry
וְנָשָׂא אַהֲרֹן


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