Torah Tidbits

3 September 2014 / 8 Elul 5774
Issue 1048
Shabbat Parshat Chukat
June 13, 2013

Guest Article

Hidden in the Sand

As we have said often in the past, we make no claims that our ‘gimatriya discoveries’ prove anything. Our particular style of gimatriya searching is to take p’sukim or significant partial p’sukim and see if anything interesting turns up. It’s like walking along a beach with a metal detector and occasionally getting a beep or a buzz, or whatever sounds metal detectors make. Sometimes you find nothing of interest, but sometimes something hidden in the sand brightens your day. You exclaim: “Hey, look at what I found!” And that happens once in a while on these gimatriya searches. Case in point…
ZOT CHUKAT HATORAH, certainly a significant partial-pasuk. Its numeric value is 7+1+400 (408) + 8+100+400 (508) 5+400+6+200+5 (616) = 1532.
There are six whole p’sukim in Tanach with a gimatriya of 1532 - one in Yeshayahu, 3 in T’hilim, and 2 in Mishlei. One of the six draws our attention.
Rashi, on ZOT CHUKAT HATORAH, as we referred to in the Lead Tidbit, states that we have an answer to the nations and people of the world who ridicule us for following commands that are not logical. Our answer is, that we follow G-d’s commands because He commands them. Period. End of story.
T’hilim 49:2 - “Hear this all you peoples; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world”
Gimatriya: 1532. Nice, no?

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