Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi

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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Anointing The Mizbeach 7 Times

וַיַּז מִמֶּנּוּ עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים

11.’And he sprayed from it on the Mizbeach seven times- וַיַּז מִמֶּנּוּ עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים (1493 =17=8 counting final Mem as 600), and he anointed the Mizbeach and all its vessels and the Kiyyor and its stand, to sanctify them-וַיִּמְשַׁח אֶת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וְאֶת כָּל כֵּלָיו וְאֶת הַכִּיֹּר וְאֶת כַּנּוֹ לְקַדְּשָׁם (2949+11 words=2960=17=8).

Rashi comments here that he does not know where Moses was commanded by Hashem to spray the Mizbeach seven times. 

The answer in my opinion can be found in the gematria:

Seven times

שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים


The number 612 is the gematria of the word "Covenant"-Brit"-ברית

The number 612 also corresponds to the number 216 which is the number of letters in the Explicit Name of Hashem- השם המפרש. This is the reason in my opinion why seven sprays of oil were sprayed on the Mizbeach by Moses. It was through the sacrifices of the Mizbeach that the physical world (1) connected to the Metaphysical world (8) and made a unification of the Shem HaMephorash.


The Mizbeach


 62=8 or + 1 word =62+1=1+8

The Mizbeach-Seven Times

הַמִּזְבֵּחַ- שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים

674=17=8 or 1234=10=1

Thus we see the following numbers appearing:

·         216-        The Explicit Name of Hashem- השם המפורש
·         612-        Seven Times- שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים
·         62+1-      The Mizbeach- הַמִּזְבֵּחַ

The joint gematria of these words is:

·         The Explicit Name of Hashem-         השם המפורש =976
·         Seven Times-                                      שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים=612
·         The Mizbeach-                                           הַמִּזְבֵּחַ =62

1650+5 words=17=8

There were 7 days-  ימים of Inauguration. Thus Moses sprayed the Mizbeach 49 times with the Anointing Oil:


I do not know where the 50th time is…The number 50 corresponds to the "50th Gate of Understanding"- נ' שערי בינה, the Eighth Sphira. 

Perhaps this task is reserved for the Mashiach?

May He come Speedily in our Days.

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