Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It is my opinion that when Nachshon entered the Reed-Sea he recited the Kaddish Prayer -קדיש of the Sanctification and Exaltation of G-d’s Name.
This opinion is supported by the following:
·       Nachshon- נחשון     = 414
·       Kaddish-       קדיש   = 414
Thus Nachshon entered the Sea up to his neck, recited the Kaddish Prayer in total faith in Hashem, sanctified the Name of G-d and then the miracle of the splitting of the waters occurred.
My Rabbi and Teacher Rabbi Avraham Sutton writes:
The word kaddish means sanctification. Whenever we say the Kaddish, we intend to sanctify God’s Name in the world, to proclaim our belief in His existence, His oneness, and His providence, and, if necessary, to die for this belief. Through Kaddish we literally draw down greater and greater revelations of God’s oneness into the world. Kaddish has the power to dispel darkness. Kaddish is thus like an elevator that we enter at certain key junctures in our prayers, as a means of lifting us up to the next level of prayer. As we get closer and closer to Hashem in our prayers, we peel off the illusion that there is anything else but God. This is exactly the function of Kaddish.
The Sephardic version of the Kaddish Prayer reads thus (translation Rabbi Sutton):
Kaddish Prayer
תפלת קדיש

May His great Name be magnified and sanctified [and ever more greatly revealed] (Amen)
יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵיהּ רַבָּא. אָמֵן:

In the world that He created according to His will. May He establish His eternal kingdom, cause His redemption to spring forth, and hasten [the coronation of] His anointed mashiach (Amen)
בְּעָלְמָא דִּי בְרָא כִרְעוּתֵהּ. וְיַמְלִיךְ מַלְכוּתֵהּ וְיַצְמַח פֻּרְקָנֵהּ וִיקָרֵב מְשִׁיחֵהּ. אָמֵן:
3039+11 words=3050=8

In your lifetime, in your days, and in the lifetime of the entire family of Yisrael, speedily and soon, and say Amen
בְּחַיֵּיכוֹן וּבְיוֹמֵיכוֹן וּבְחַיֵּי דְכָל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן:
2166+11 words=2177=17=8

May His Great Name be blessed [and increasingly revealed] in this world and all worlds, forever and for all eternity
יְהֵא שְׁמֵיהּ רַבָּא מְבָרַךְ לְעָלַם לְעָלְמֵי עָלְמַיָּא:
1337=14=8 or 2377=19=10=1 or + 7 words=2385=18 (Mem 600)

Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, sublime, esteemed, elevated, and illuminated is the Name of the blessed Holy One (Amen)
יִתְבָּרַךְ וְיִשְׁתַּבַּח וְיִתְפָּאַר וְיִתְרוֹמַם וְיִתְנַשֵּׂא וְיִתְהַדָּר וְיִתְעַלֶּה וְיִתְהַלָּל שְׁמֵהּ דְּקֻדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא. אָמֵן:
8410+13 words=8423=17=8 (final letters)

Above all blessing and song, praise, and consolation which will ever be uttered in the world, and say Amen
לְעֵלָּא מִן כָּל בִּרְכָתָא וְשִׁירָתָא תֻּשְׁבְּחָתָא וְנֶחֱמָתָא דַּאֲמִירָן בְּעָלְמָא. וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן:
4219+11 words=4230=1+8

[We pray] for Israel, for our sages, for their students and for their students’ students who are occupied in [learning] the holy Torah, here and everywhere. May we, they, and you experience the grace, loving-kindness, and compassion of the Master of heaven and earth, and say Amen
עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעַל רַבָּנָן וְעַל תַּלְמִידֵיהוֹן וְעַל כָּל תַּלְמִידֵי תַלְמִידֵיהוֹן. דְּעָסְקִין בְּאוֹרַיְתָא קַדִּשְׁתָּא. דִּי בְאַתְרָא הָדֵין וְדִי בְכָל אָתָר וְאָתָר. יְהֵא לָנָא וּלְהוֹן וּלְכוֹן חִנָּא וְחִסְדָּא וְרַחֲמֵי. מִן קֳדָם מָארֵי שְׁמַיָּא וְאַרְעָא וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן:
8767+34 words=8801=17=8

May there be abundant peace from heaven, life, fullness, deliverance, comfort, salvation, healing, redemption, forgiveness, atonement, expansion, and rescue for us and His entire people Yisrael, and say Amen.
יְהֵא שְׁלָמָא רַבָּא מִן שְׁמַיָּא. חַיִּים וְשָׂבָע וִישׁוּעָה וְנֶחָמָה וְשֵׁיזָבָא וּרְפוּאָה וּגְאֻלָּה וּסְלִיחָה וְכַפָּרָה וְרֵיוַח וְהַצָּלָה. לָנוּ וּלְכָל עַמּוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן:
4621+22 words=4643=17=8 or 6481=19=10=1 (final letters)

May He who makes peace in His highest heavens also, in His compassion, bring peace upon us and upon His entire people Yisrael, and say Amen
עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו. הוּא בְּרַחֲמָיו יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ. וְעַל כָּל עַמּוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן:
5193=18 (final letters)
The words "Amen"- אָמֵן has a gematria of 91=10=1 which corresponds to the joint gematria of the Names "Hashem"- יהוה (26) and "Adnut"-   אדני (65)-אידהנויה.
The letters of the word "Amen"- אָמֵן correspond to the initial letters of the words:
I hereby give up my life
אני מוסר נפשי

807+3 words=810

Monday, March 30, 2015

And Pharaoh brought himself close
וּפַרְעֹה הִקְרִיב

Shmot  14. 10- שמות

10.’ And Pharaoh brought himself close- וּפַרְעֹה הִקְרִיב (678+2 words=680=14=8)and the Children of Israel lifted up their eyesand behold Egypt were chasing after them, and they were very scared, and the Children of Israel cried out to Hashem-וַיִּשְׂאוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת עֵינֵיהֶם וְהִנֵּה מִצְרַיִם נֹסֵעַ אַחֲרֵיהֶם וַיִּירְאוּ מְאֹד וַיִּצְעֲקוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל יְהוָה (5302+16 words=5318=17=8 counting final Mems as 600).

And the Children of Israel lifted up their eyesand behold Egypt were chasing after them

וַיִּשְׂאוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת עֵינֵיהֶם וְהִנֵּה מִצְרַיִם נֹסֵעַ אַחֲרֵיהֶם 


And behold Egypt was chasing after them

וְהִנֵּה מִצְרַיִם נֹסֵעַ אַחֲרֵיהֶם


And they were very scared

וַיִּירְאוּ מְאֹד

278=17=8 or + 2 words=19=10=1

Rashi comments here that the verse should read “and Pharaoh drew close”-קרַב   וּפַרְעֹה. Thus the verse teaches us that Pharaoh brought himself close and attempted to go ahead of his army as he said he would (verse 6 above and Rashi there).

I say that Pharaoh “sacrificed”- הִקְרִיב. He arrived at Baal-Zephon- בַּעַל צְפֹן and sacrificed to the remaining Egyptian deity-“Baal-Zephon” for success in his battle against the Children of Israel. This is learnt by taking the last two words of the previous verse “Baal-Zephon”- בַּעַל צְפֹן and joining them to the first two words of this verse- וּפַרְעֹה הִקְרִיב. The end and the beginning are one.

The joint gematria of the words support this opinion:

And Pharaoh Sacrificed to Baal-Zephon

בַּעַל צְפֹן- וּפַרְעֹה הִקְרִיב


Rashi adds that “Egypt were pursuing after them”- מִצְרַיִם נֹסֵעַ אַחֲרֵיהֶם as a single entity-with one heart and as one man-בלב אחד כאיש אחד.Moreover, Israel saw the Ministering Angel of Egypt travelling from the Heavens to assist Egypt (Mechilta; Shmot Rabbah 21.5; Tanchuma 13).

Thus we can say that a cosmic battle was also waging at the same The Ministering Angel of Egypt-שר מצרים against the Ministering Angel of Israel- שר ישראל.

Ministering Angel of Egypt
שר מִצְרַיִם

Ministering Angel of Israel
שר יִשְׂרָאֵל
1041+2 words=8+2 words=10=1

Rashi adds that here the words “and the Children of Israel cried out”-וַיִּצְעֲקוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל was for salvation through prayer-תפלה and they adopted the methods of their Forefathers-Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as related in the Talmud (Berachot 26.b):

Abraham (Beraishit 19.27):

27.’And Abraham arose early in the morning to the place where he had stood before Hashem- וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם בַּבֹּקֶר אֶל הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר עָמַד שָׁם אֶת פְּנֵי יְהוָה(2672=17=8).
Isaac (Beraishit 24.63):

63.’ And Isaac went out to meditate in the field towards evening- וַיֵּצֵא יִצְחָק לָשׂוּחַבַּשָּׂדֶה לִפְנוֹת עָרֶב (1810=17=8), and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, camels were approaching- וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה גְמַלִּים בָּאִים (2042=8 counting final Mems as 600).
Jacob (Beraishit 28.11):

11.’And he touched (encountered -Rashi) upon The Place, and stayed there the night, because the sun had set- וַיִּפְגַּע בַּמָּקוֹם וַיָּלֶן שָׁם כִּי בָא הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ(3241+7 words=17=8 counting final Nun and Mems as 700 and 600), and he took from the stones of The Place, and placed around his head-וַיִּקַּח מֵאַבְנֵי הַמָּקוֹם וַיָּשֶׂם מְרַאֲשֹׁתָיו (1731+5 words=17=8), and he lay down in That Place- וַיִּשְׁכַּב בַּמָּקוֹם הַהוּא (1103+3 words=8 counting final Mem as 600).
From our Forefathers we learn that Abraham “stood”, Isaac “meditated” and Jacob “lay down/prostrated himself” in order to pray to Hashem. The prayer was the “Standing Prayer”-עמידה of 18 Benedictions- תפלת שמנה עשרה.
·               To Stand-                לעָמוד =150
·         To Meditate-           לָשׂוּחַ =352
·         To Prostrate-           לשְׁכַּב =344

And the Children of Israel cried out!

וַיִּצְעֲקוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל!

885+3 words=888

 Code of Hai

 צפן חי

888 (Nun 700)

He put an End to Darkness

 קץ שם לחשך

Mah Nishtanah-The 4 Questions

מַה נִּשְּׁתַּנָה


What distinguishes this night from all other nights?
מַה נִּשְּׁתַּנָה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת

On all other nights we may eat chametz or matzah, but this night—only matzah.
שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין חָמֵץ וּמַצָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מַצָּה

On all other nights we may eat all kinds of vegetables, but this night [we must eat] a bitter vegetable.
שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין שְׁאָר יְרָקוֹת  הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מָרר

On all other nights we do not dip even once, but on this night [we must dip] two times [karpas in salt water, and maror in charoset].
שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אֵין אָנוּ מַטְבִּילִין אֲפִילוּ פַּעַם אֶחָת הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה שְׁתֵּי פְעָמִים

On all other nights we eat sitting or reclining, but on this night we must all recline.
שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין בֵּין יוֹשְׁבִין וּבֵין מְסֻבִּין הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלָּנוּ מְסֻבִּין

19206=18 (final letters)

Matzah -Maror- Matbilin (Dipping) - Mesubin (Reclining)

מַצָּה - מָרֹר - מַטְבִּילִין - מְסֻבִּין


Code of Hai

צפן חי

888 (Nun 700)

He put an End to Darkness

 קץ שם לחשך