Boils, Leprosy; Numbers 100 And 37; Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery


Boils was the sixth plague that struck Egypt and is hinted at by the Cedar Riverside Fire I spoke about in my last Blog. Let’s examine how Boils were created according to the Torah.

In Parshat Vaeira, Paragraph 9 Verse 8, G-d told Moshe and Aaron to take handfuls of furnace soot, and throw it toward the heavens before Pharaoh’s eyes. It will be dust over the land of Egypt and become boils and blisters on man and beast.

Soot is an airborne contaminant in the environment and has many different sources, all of which are results of some form of pyrolysis which includes soot from house fires.


Boils are bumpy, red, pus-filled lumps around a hair follicle that are tender, warm, and very painful. They range from pea-sized to golf ball-sized. A yellow or white point at the center of the lump can be seen when the boil is ready to drain or discharge pus. In a severe infection, an individual may experience fever, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue. A recurring boil is called chronic furunculosis.[1][4][5][6]

The Penalty For Loshen Hora Or Evil Speech Is Leprosy

In Parshat Ki Teitzei – Deuteronomy Paragraph 24 Verses 8 and 9 the Torah clearly spells out the penalty for Loshen Hora or Evil Speech is Leprosy. It is a punishment for slander, gossip and other forms of similar behavior. Reference is made to Miriam’s unfair criticism of Moshe in the Book of Numbers Paragraph 12 Verse 10.

To describe what Leprosy is, we turn to Parshat Tazria in the book of Leviticus Chapter 13 Verses 18 – 23. It appears that the type of skin inflammation is similar to Boils.

Today Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is an infection caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. These bacteria grow very slowly and it may take up to 20 years to develop signs of the infection.

The Number 100

Omar originally intended for her tweet about “Benjamin” to refer to the $100 Bill and the picture of Benjamin Franklin that appears on its front.  So let’s relate that to the Plague of Boils or the word Boils itself and see if we come up with some interesting observations.

The Relationship Between The Celsius And Fahrenheit Scales

The Celsius scale, also known as the centigrade scale,[1][2] is a temperature scale. . It is named after the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius (1701–1744), who developed a similar temperature scale. Before being renamed to honor Anders Celsius in 1948, the unit was called centigrade, from the Latin centum, which means 100, and gradus, which means steps.

From 1743, the Celsius scale is based on 0 °C for the freezing point of water and 100 °C for the boiling point of water at 1 atm pressure. Prior to 1743, the scale was also based on the boiling and melting points of water, but the values were reversed (i.e. the boiling point was at 0 degrees and the melting point was at 100 degrees). The 1743 scale reversal was proposed by Jean-Pierre Christin.

The Fahrenheit scale is a temperature scale based on one proposed in 1724 by German physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686–1736).[1] It uses the degree Fahrenheit (symbol: °F) as the unit.

On the Fahrenheit scale, the freezing point of water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit (°F) and the boiling point is 212 °F (at standard atmospheric pressure). This puts the boiling and freezing points of water 180 degrees apart.[5] Therefore, a degree on the Fahrenheit scale is ​1180 of the interval between the freezing point and the boiling point. On the Celsius scale, the freezing and boiling points of water are 100 degrees apart. A temperature interval of 1 °F is equal to an interval of ​59 degrees Celsius. The Fahrenheit and Celsius scales intersect at −40° (i.e., −40 °F = −40 °C).

100 Degrees Centigrade equals Boiling point

100 Degrees Fahrenheit = normal body temperature = roughly 37 degrees Centigrade                                                               

The Number 37

Monsey attacker, Grafton E. Thomas, is 37.  Investigators found handwritten journals expressing anti-Semitic views, including material about Adolf Hitler, “Nazi culture”, and drawings of a Star of David and of a swastika among Thomas’s possessions.[14] Authorities stated that his journals also included what appeared to be a reference to a fringe religious movement identified as linked to anti-Semitism, with Thomas stating that “Hebrew Israelites” have taken from “ebinoid Israelites Thomas had searched online for phrases such as “Why did Hitler hate the Jews” multiple times, as well as “German Jewish Temples near me”.

Ilhan Omar was 37 when she made all those Anti-Semitic statements and talked against Israel and America just to name a few during her first year in Congress.

Omar’s ex-husband remarries after being divorced only 37 days-

The Commandment Against Adultery

After looking at that story about Omar’s ex remarrying after only 37 days, it makes you wonder what kind of marriage Omar and her ex-husband had. And other evidence points to Omar having another  relationship with another person while she was still married.

Questions such as these and many others about Omar must be answered but no one is interested in asking them.

The Number 37 And Its Relationship To The Ten Plagues

Please remember that the Plagues took place over two Parshas in the Torah. As we previously stated, the first Parsha covered seven Plagues while the other Parsha covered the final three Plagues.

Therefore,  The number 37 = Three Plagues in Parshat Bo

Seven Plagues in Parsha Vaeira

Putting all of these facts together, it is obvious to me that a warning is being given by G-d to those people who insist on talking Loshon Hora, or participate in terrorism or similar activities will be punished  at the appropriate time.

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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