Happy Hanukkah : The Gematria of Hanukkah

Photo Credit: Bethsheba Ashe. Written in the Galay Writing script, the message says (in English) Happy Hanukkah.

Welcome back to my blog on gematria, the Merkabah and the birth of the Alephbet.

Have you ever wondered about the Hanukkah acronym?

ח נרות והלכה כבית הלל

“Eight candles, and the halakha is like the House of Hillel”

Hillel is 65. So how does the Halakha of lighting the eight candles relate to Hillel? Well – if you light one candle on the first day, and two on the second etc. until you light eight on the eighth day you will have lit 36 candles.

36 x YHVH = 936

Now look what happens when we add up 36 instances of the word ‘candle’:
נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות נרות = 9360
It is 936 x 10, or 936 ‘magnified’. And there are 144 letters there.
9360 / 144 = 65

65 is (Samekh + Heh) which is the path/gate of the Shekinah on the Seven Palaces; the path that brings all bounty and blessings to the world. Isn’t that nice?

For extras: check out the values of 9000 and also 360 on the Shematria gematria calculator.
Have a wonderful & happy eight days, everyone! And stay tuned for more numerical honey!

About the Author
Essayist, artist and designer, Bethsheba is also the author of 6 books on Qabalah and the Occult, and one screenplay. She is the Grand Master of the Fraternity of the Sanctum Regnum, and inventor of the world’s first dual logographic and alphabetical writing script (Galay). She is also the creator of the popular Gematria Calculator: Shematria. Critics have called her one of the most original and insightful writers in the field of the Western Mystery Traditions.
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