Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi

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

Monday, May 11, 2015

Parshat Massei-- These are the Journeys
 פרשת מסעי

Parshat Massei is the 43rd Parsha of the Torah and the 10thand final Parsha in the Book of B’Midbar. 


The Parsha details the journeys that the Children of Israel travelled in their forty year sojourn in the Wilderness, from the time of the Exodus from Egypt on the 15th Nissan 2448 until their arrival at the East Bank of the River Jordan opposite Jericho at the end of the month of Ellul 2487.

The Parsha also details the borders of the Land of Israel on the West Bank of the River Jordan and its division amongst the nine and a half Tribes that were to take their Ancestral Inheritance there. The Parsha relates the cities that are to be given to the Levites and the Law concerning “Cities of Refuge”. The Parsha ends with a ruling forbidding the Daughters of Tzlophchad (and any daughter that was to inherit her father) from marrying outside of their Tribe so as to prevent their Ancestral Inheritance passing over to another Tribe.

The word “Massei”- מַסְעֵי means “journeys” or "My Journey".

Journeys/My Journey


180=1+8 or + 1 word=10=1

These are the journeys/These are My Journey

אֵלֶּה מַסְעֵי


The number 216 corresponds to the 216 letters in the Explicit Name of Hashem.


These gematriot teach us that all the journeys of the Children of Israel throughout the forty years-the entire “Exodus Experience” in the Wilderness was an event beyond rational comprehension. It was a miraculous event that involved the Metaphysical world (8) descending and combining with the physical world (1). This was made possible through the emanation and descent of the216 letter Name of Hashem from the Eighth Sphira through the Sphirot to our physical world.

From we can comprehend the meaning of the word "My Journey"- מַסְעֵי. It was the journey of Hashem- His Name- as He had promised Abraham that He would redeem his descendants and bring them back to the Land of Israel.

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