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Gematria is a numerological system by which Hebrew letters correspond to numbers. This system, developed by practitioners of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), derived from Greek influence and became a tool for interpreting biblical texts. Just type the words, letters, or name you want to the input above to see the Gematria value. This type of coding practice was thought to be first used back in the 8th century BC. Since then, it has been adopted by the Jewish culture and similar variations have been used in the Greeks isopsephy, Arabic abjad numerals, and English gematria. Send me exclusive offers, unique gift ideas, and personalized tips for shopping and selling on Etsy. I have also seen a method that seems to be very powerful. Here’s more information regarding gematria meaning look at the website. I do not know the Name, yet it adds the ordinal method to the regular method. In my opinion Spice is not a superfluous item in our food and cooking. Spice is necessary both for general health and or nutrition as well as for us to realize that food without spice will not be eaten. Spices are a creation of HaShem in order to fulfill the purpose of Creation which is to share pleasure with the Creatures. We guarantee your order will ship within 2 business days from the United States. Shipping rates are based on books weighing 2.2 lbs or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required. Set where you live, what language you speak, and the currency you use. In order to continue enjoying our site, we ask that you confirm your identity as a human.
This is the meaning of the term chanikhav (his trained men) even though Scripture does not previously note that Abraham trained young men for war. Throughout history, some people have believed that the Torah contains secrets that can be revealed by gematria and used to predict historical events. This belief continues to this day, and was popularized by Michael Drasin’s best-selling (and much criticized) The Bible Code, published in 1997. Some Hasidic communities that are steeped in the study of kabbalistic literature believe that the Torah, as read through the lens of gematria, contains clues to current events. The term “gematria” comes from the Greek “geometria,” and the concept can be found in the writings of the Greek philosopher Plato. In rabbinic literature it first appears in the Baraita of the Thirty-two Rules, by Rabbi Eliezer in 200 CE. This text, which no longer exists except in references, elaborated 32 rules for interpreting the Bible. While gematria was used periodically in the Talmud and Midrash, it was not central to rabbinic literature. The rabbis occasionally employed gematria to help support biblical exegesis, but did not rely on it heavily. They were much more invested in the use of logical reasoning and argumentation to support their positions. Generative system is to develop the word like a plant that grows step by step from a seed. The internal gematria is composed of the degenerative plus the generative gematriot. I am using an example of the word Echad to explain these methods.
This text is concerned with God’s creation of the universe through the powers of the Hebrew alphabet, and with the permutations of God’s name. The mystic practitioner could, it was believed, use this knowledge to harness the powers of creation. Sefer Yetzirah supposedly contains the instructions to create a golem, the legendary creature made out of mud, popularized by the Maharal of Prague in the 19th century. Although a type of gematria system (‘Aru’) was employed by the ancient Babylonian culture, their writing script was logographic, and the numerical assignments they made were to whole words. The value of these words were assigned in an entirely arbitrary manner and correspondences were made through tables, and so cannot be considered a true form of gematria. Aru was very different from the gematria systems used by Hebrew and Greek cultures, which used alphabetic writing scripts. Similar systems have been used in other languages and cultures derived from or inspired by Hebrew gematria; Arabic abjad numerals, and English gematria. There is currently no academic consensus over whether Hebrew gematria or Greek isopsephy was used first. An example of gematria is the word Hebrew word chai (חי), which means alive. Using gematria, it can be uncovered that the word chai has a numerical value of 18 in the Mispar Gadol variation. Because of the numerical value of the word in gematria, 18 has become a lucky number for many Jewish people. However, the most common use of gematria is to obtain a more spiritual understanding of a religious text. The exact meaning drawn from gematria depends on a person’s individual beliefs.
The final forms of the letters, kaf, mem, nun, pei, and ẓadi, used when these letters appear at the very end of a word, are often given the same numerical equivalent as the standard form of the letter. Sometimes, they are given the values 500, 600, 700, 800, and 900, respectively. This brings the numerical equivalencies of the Hebrew alphabet to 1,000, for the alef, the first letter can also symbolize 1,000. Many believe there are secret codes to be uncovered by interpreting the numerical values of the letters in the Bible. The kabbalists employ gematria to decipher the Torah and everyday events. The absolute or normative value of a word is calculated by treating each letter as a word and then adding up all of the numerical equivalencies of these letter words. Since some letters can be spelled differently as words, different numerical equivalencies can be achieved for a single word. Thus, the Tetragrammaton, yod, hei, vav, and hei, have the values of 72, 63, 45, or 52, each of which has vital significance in Kabbalah. Thus, the alef equals 1, but so do the yod and the kuf, which equal 10 and 100 in the absolute or normative value system. In these last two systems, the five letters that have final forms are usually given the same value as the standard form of the letter. According to most practitioners, there are several methods used to calculate the numerical value for individual words and phrases. When converted to a number, words/phrases can then be compared to other words/phrases and similarities drawn. Also, these are links to the various types of gematria including their numerical values and charts for each gematria type. Variant spellings of some letters can be used to produce sets of different numbers, which can be added up or analyzed separately. Whereas numerology is the study of numbers as they are to decipher their symbolic meaning. Each of the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet is correlated with a specific number. Gematria (from Gr. γεωμετρία) is the computation of individual letters, words, or entire sentences utilizing their numerical equivalence. Some people believe that the words and ideas in the Torah may be connected with or understood from the numerical values and relationships. It is alleged that the numerical word value is not unintentional, but rather prearranged. Gematria is a type of numerological study that may be defined as one or more systems for calculating the numerical equivalence of letters, words, and phrases in a particular Hebrew text.
These systems are used for the purpose of gaining insight into interrelating concepts and for finding correspondences between words and concepts. Although not identical, gematria is also in the same orbit as the so-called “Bible Codes” and “Equi-distant Letter Sequences” (ELS) that have become fashionable recently. However, gematria is essential to Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. The very basis of the kabbalistic cosmological system rests on the belief that God created the universe through the power of the Hebrew letters along with their numerical values. Indeed the many names of God and their permutations in Kabbalah have numerical values that are believed to contain potent power. Gematria is the calculation of the numerical equivalence of letters, words, or phrases, and, on that basis, gaining, insight into interrelation of different concepts and exploring the interrelationship between words and ideas. What is unique about Gematria is that the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet are interpreted in terms of their numerical equivalence, or other symbolic meanings/interpretations. Skeptics, however, have noted that gematria can be employed as “proof” to support diametrically opposing positions, depending on the words and phrases one chooses to highlight and calculate. A somewhat tongue-in-cheek illustration of this involved an attempt to predict the 2016 United States presidential election through the gematria of the candidates’ names. The author of the article showed how this line of reasoning could be used just as easily to predict the victory of either candidate. Nevertheless, gematria continues to have an appeal in some quarters. Their writings influenced Abraham Abulafia of the Castilian school of Kabbalah, whose meditation techniques included contemplating different names of God. The kabbalist Moses Cordovero of Safed, Israel, in 1542 compiled a handbook called Pardes Rimonim (Garden of the Pomegranates), which includes many sections that expound on and elaborate previous systems of gematria. The letters of the Hebrew alphabet are used to represent the Hebrew system of numerals. In contrast to traditional Hindu-Arabic numerals, Hebrew notation does not have a concept of zero, and each letter’s cardinal values are added to represent a numerical value. The Ragil Method is the method that most people mean when they use the word gematria. Remember gematria is a Greek word that is also the shoresh for geometry. Thus, there are specific rules of the different gematria methods. Gematria along with Astrology is referred to as a “spice of Torah” in the Talmudic section called Pirkei Avot. This is usually translated as “Ethics of the Fathers.” Actually, this is a corrupted translation as there are many teachings in this section other than Ethics and Morals.
Over the centuries, scholars have created numerous sophisticated systems of gematria for interpreting Jewish texts and traditions. For example, the numerical value of each letter in a word may be deciphered separately to indicate something explicit. And each letter in a word really has a hidden meaning or secret behind its mathematical quantity. Many individuals believe there are an unlimited number of secrets in the Torah that can be unlocked utilizing gematria. The first numerical cipher that is known to be assigned to the English Alphabet was by Cornelius Agrippa in 1533, in his work De Occulta Philosopha. Agrippa gave value to the English letters without trying to transliterate them from Hebrew or Greek, so L is 20, rather than 30 (for Lamed), M is 30, rather than 40 (for Mem) and N is 40, rather than 50 (for Nun). This cipher is sometimes erroneously labelled as “Jewish” or “Hebrew” by popular numerology calculators, such as Gematrix. The use of numbers to replace letters in Hebrew alphabets is a popular exegesis technique in medieval Kabbalists who sought out mystical insights into their sacred texts or were looking for new interpretations. Gematria is an alphanumeric code where letters and words in the Hebrew alphabet are assigned numbers, values, or calculations. It is commonly used in Jewish culture to understand text, particularly within the Torah, on a deeper and more spiritual level. Much of gematria focuses on the various names of God and the powers of these names. The name Elohim adds up to the number 86, which equals the value of the word hateva (Nature). This equivalence leads to the conclusion that Elohim refers to the divine presence as it manifests in the physical world, as opposed to the name YHVH, which connects to the heavenly universe. Sefer Yetzirah, the earliest kabbalistic text, believed to have been written in the 2nd century CE, was the first kabbalistic text to elaborate a system of gematria.
In biblical terms, numerology is the study of how numbers used in scriptures have a symbolic meaning. For example, the twelve disciples, twelve tribes of Israel, and twelve apostles. The gematria of a composite letter is made up of the gematria of the component letters. An example is Alef which is formed from two Yoods and two Vavs or two Yoods and one Vav. I will also point out to you at this point is Kabbalah teaches that any word or phrase with the same gematria can be substituted in a verse from the Tanach. The term At Bash is used for both gematria and notariken. Do not make the mistake of thinking the term At Bash applies only to gematria. Also, make sure you know what the Kabbalah Sage is describing, Notariken or Gematria. This is a well know method that is used quite extensively by earlier generational Sages. The ARIzal recommends that we do not utilize this method because when we truncate the zero’s we veil a significant amount of energy. All Sages have always cautioned that one should not use gematria based on one’s own intellect. Gematria should only be used when it has been heard directly from a teacher or they have read the writing directly themselves. This is especially true with the “small number” gematria, yet it is also true for all gematria methods. In very rare cases, your book may take longer to reach than quoted for unexpected reasons. If there is any problem with ordering or shipment, please contact us right away. Please note that the chance of shipping delays is higher during holiday seasons.
It is now widely accepted that geometry, a centuries-old practice of assigning numerical values to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is the most important factor in determining the meaning of certain words and phrases. This practice, also known as gematria, is used to gain insight into the meaning of a text. Total numerical values can be calculated by adding up the numerical values of the letters that make up a word or phrase. In Hebrew numerology, the numerical value of a word or phrase is calculated by assigning numerical values to each of its letters. In gematria, a number is assigned to each letter in the Hebrew alphabet, with aleph being the number one and bet being two. To calculate the numerical value of a word, all you have to do is add up the numerical values of the letters in the word. In addition to numerology, the Hebrew language has names for numbers ranging from zero to one million. The Hebrew alphabet has many letters that can be used to represent numbers in traditional contexts such as calendars. In some cases, the Hindu-Arabic numeral system is used instead of the Arabic numeral system. The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters, with the numeration varying from one to 400 for aleph, and 400 for tet. There is an app for learning more about gematria, which has four base ciphers and a world where you can find other clues that may lead you to believe something is suspicious. When calculating a name’s numerical value, add the letters in the name to each number. If a total number is double-digit, you can use those two numbers to give you a single digit. If a name has a numerical value of 21, for example, it has a numerical value of three. These gematriot are based on the first of four methods of calculating the numeral value of the letters of the Hebrew alpha. Known as Mispar Hekhreḥi, absolute or normative value, each letter is given a specific numerical equivalent. Alef equals 1, bet equals 2, gimmel equals 3, and so on until yod, the tenth letter, which equals 10. The next letter, kaf, equals 20, then lamed, which equals 30, and so on until kuf, which equals 100. The last three letters, resh, shin, taf, equal 200, 300, and 400, respectively.
If you look at the numbers in the above chart, as a student of Kabbalah, you will realize that there are a number of the Names of God. Names like Elohim, Ana Bekoach, El, as well as the number of Mitzvot. Also, one should realize with this system one can subsitute an Ayin in the verses from the Tanach that has the word Elohim. When we compare the At Bash method of balance with the normal value of 112 we find that Shalom is related to the unity of the three Names Adonai Ehiyeh and HaShem. Test your memory of the hebrew letter correspondences for the Tree of Life… Memorize the correspondences to the letters, and then test your knowledge… Many Jews that believe one must be of stable mind to partake in the study of gematria, so as to not go fanatical. Gematria is used in the Talmud as one source to determine the number of categories of “m’lakha” on Shabbat. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn employed a transliterated version of the Standard Hebrew Cipher (Mispar Hechrechi), using digraphs to represent letters such as shin ש (Sh), tav ת (Th), and tsade צ (Ts or Tz). Where x is the position of the letter in the language letters index (regular order of letters), and the floor and modulo functions are used. Neither do any of the documents found from the Bar-Kochba revolt circa 150 CE.
The Torah teaches that one should not add or detract even 1 letter. When we add 1 for each letter we see from the Name that we are adding beauty. Let us look at how is it possible to perceive an added beauty to the Name of HaShem. There is a tradition that when Mashiach comes HaShem will be spelled Yood Hey Yood Hey instead of Yood Hey Vav Hey. This change of Name to יהיה translates as the verb “to be” in the future tense. This is teaching us that in addition to the Power and Beauty of HaShem now, in the future this Power and Beauty will grow to a higher level. There are 10 Major methods of gematria corresponding to the 10 Sefirot. The relation of the gematria method to the corresponding Sefirot is not well known. Also, there are many different methods which are subsets of the major types. Generally i will not indicate the relationship except for a few methods. Our store policies adhere to the policies set forth by AbeBooks. Numerous contemporary Jewish books have been published about gematria as well as assisting the reader to find his own gematria equivalencies. For instance, one such book, Sefer Gematrikon (Jerusalem, 1990) provides gematria equivalents for the numbers 1 to 1,000. Those who identify Abraham’s trained men with his servant Eliezer on the basis of the numerical value of the latter’s name are indulging in Midrash, as Scripture does not speak in gematria (numericals). With this type of interpretation one can interpret any name as he wishes, both in a positive and a negative manner. THIS METHOD IS “GEMATRIA.” There are many forms of Gematria and this method is found in the Talmud, Midrash and Medieval commentators. It was used especially by the Hasidei-Ashkenaz (12-13th century German pietists) and Sefardic mystics, from the Middle Ages until today. Enter a word or number to calculate its gematria (numerical value) and find common
Hebrew words and words in the Torah with an equivalent gematria value.