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Noach –Noach’s Ark and the Curse of Canaan

The Ark of Noach symbolizes the Garden of Eden whereas the Flood symbolizes the Hell, and Noach symbolizes Mashiach.

The secret of the two letters of Noach נֹחַ parallel the 50th gates of understanding on the 8th day, which is the secret of Mashiach, as follows:

Noach ח נ
  8 = 7 + 1 50 = 7 x 7 + 1

Additionally, the “Albam”(אלב”ם) of the two letters of Noach in gematria is 3 and 100. Which 3 is multiplied by 100, the product is 300, as follows:

Noach ח נ
Albam ק ג
300 100 3

Adding to the gematria of Noach נֹחַ which is 58, the sum is 358, the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ.

The flood is called in Isaiah 54:9 as the “water of Noach” מֵי-נֹחַ, which in gematria is 108, the same gematria of Gehinom גֵּיהִנֹּם, meaning Hell.

The Garden of Eden is the foretaste of the Messianic Age, which is prototyped by the Holy Temple where the time and space dimensions are nullified.

Holy Temple

The Ark of Noach symbolizes the Holy Temple, and the gematria of Noach and Holy Temple is 1721:

Ark of Noach תֵּבַת נֹחַ 860
Holy Temple בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ 861

The mid-point number of 1721 is exactly 861, which is the gematria of Holy Temple בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ.

The miracle of the Holy Temple is that space and time dimensions are nullified, and this is exactly what happened in the Ark of Noach.

Otherwise it would have been impossible for Ark to contain all the animals in the world, especially when the Ark was divided into three decks to separate human, animals and refuse (one opinion), or even the clean from the unclean animals (another opinion), and how about the food of one year’s supply?

The fact that the Ark was divided into three parts obviously parallels the three divisions of the Holy Temple (Holy of Holies, Holy Place, and the Court).

Noach was 600 years old when the flood came (Gen 7:6), and the water dried up when Noach was 601 years old (Gen 8:13). Noach lived after the flood 350 years (Gen 9:28). A simple math would dictate that Noach lived 600 + 1 + 350 = 951 years.

But Noach lived 950 years (Gen 9:29) according to Torah, this comes to reveal that the 1 year when Noach was in the Ark was obviously not counted, because time dimension was nullified in the Ark, as there was no passing of time in the Ark.

This comes to explain how the insects could have survived in the Ark, as the life spans of most insects are less than one year, and the male and female were prohibited from procreation in the Ark.

In this parallel with the Holy Temple, Noach would be the High Priest, Shem would be the regular priest, Japeth the Levites, and Ham the common Children of Israel.

Astonishingly, the gematria of Noach and his three sons is exactly the same gematria of High Priest, Priests, Levites, and Children of Israel, as follows:

Noach נֹחַ 58 High Priest כֹּהֵן גָּדֹל 112
Shem שֵׁם 340 Priests הַכֹּהֲנִים 130
Jephath יָפֶת 490 Levites הַלְוִיִּם 91
Ham חָם 48 Children of Israel בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל 603
    936     936

Procreation in the Ark was prohibited, similar to Yom Kippur. The gematria of Yom Kippurim יוֹם כִּפּוּרִים is 412, which is the exact same gematria of “The Ark” הַתֵּבָה.

This is why the Ark was sealed with “pitch” כֹּפֶר, which is the same root for (Yom) Kippur.


At the deeper level, the Ark also symbolizes Mashiach, as it is written:

וְזֶה, אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה אֹתָהּ: שְׁלֹשׁ מֵאוֹת אַמָּה, אֹרֶךְ הַתֵּבָה, חֲמִשִּׁים אַמָּה רָחְבָּהּ, וּשְׁלֹשִׁים אַמָּה קוֹמָתָהּ And this is how thou shalt make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. (Gen 6:15)

The prescribed length is 300, the breadth 50, and the height 30, which is the secret of the name YHVH (י-ה-ו-ה).

When the second letter Hey (ה) of YHVH is multiplied by the third letter Vav (ו), the result is: 5 x 6 = 30, the height of the Ark, alluding to the union of Binah and Tiferet.

When the first three letters, Yud, Hey, and Vav (י-ה-ו) are multiplied, the result is: 10 x 5 x 6 = 300, the length of the Ark, alluding to the union of Chochmah, Binah and Tiferet.

When the final letter Hey (ה) is multiplied by the first letter Yud (י), the result is: 10 x 5 = 50, the breadth of the Ark, alluding to the union of Chochmah and Malchut.

300 is the gematria of Shin (ש), 50 is the gematria of Nun (נ), and 30 is the gematria of Lamed (ל). The Ark being a three dimensional vessel would have 6 sides, which is the gematria of Vav (ו).

The four letters would spell Lashon לָשׁוֹן, meaning “tongue”. The secret of “tongue” is speech, and the “tongue of YHVH” produces the Word of God which is Mashiach. In fact, the gematria of Lashon לָשׁוֹן is 386, exactly the gematria of Yeshua יֵשׁוּעַ. The sum of Lashon לָשׁוֹן and Noach נֹחַ in gematria is: 386 + 58 = 444, which is also the gematria of Sanctuary מִקְדָּשׁ.

Noach, Mashiach in Potential

The only person called Tzadik in Torah was Noach (Gen 6:9), meaning the “righteous”, based on which Noach was understood by Zohar to parallel the Sefirah of Yesod (Bridegroom), and the Ark was understood to parallel the Sefirah of Malchut (Bride), for the Ark symbolizes the Messianic Age where “the wolf dwells with the lamb, etc”. Noach entered into Ark in order to engender the supernal three, namely, the three sons emerging from the Ark: Shem on the right side (Chesed), Ham on the left side (Gevurah), and Japheth blending the two (Tiferet), whose name itself means “beauty”.

The gematria of the five is 1432:

Chesed Shem שֵׁם 340
Gevurah Ham חָם 48
Tiferet Japheth יָפֶת 490
Yesod Noach נֹחַ 58
Kingdom (Ark) Malchut מַלְכוּת 496

The average number for the 4 persons is: 1432 / 4 = 358, the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ, also the gematria of Snake נָּחָשׁ, the thesis and the antithesis.

The name of Shem (שֵׁם) plus the initial letter of Ham (ח) and Japheth (י) spell exactly the name of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ, the thesis.

And the name of Noach (נֹחַ) plus the initial letter of Shem (ש) spell exactly the name of the Snake נָּחָשׁ, the antithesis.

The sum of the three sons in gematria is exactly the gematria of Mashiach spelled out, as follows:

Shem שֵׁם 340
Ham חָם 48
Japheth יֶפֶת 490

Mashiach spelled out in gematria is 878:

Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ  
Spelled out מם שין יוד חית 878

If the Ark symbolizes the Garden of Eden, then Noach would parallel Adam in that Noach was gifted with the potential to rectify the sin of Adam as the Mashiach, and the three sons of Noach would parallel the three sons of Adam. Astonishingly, their gematria is exactly the same if Noach is spelled with a Vav (symbolizing Yesod), as follows:

Noach (with Vav) נוֹחַ 64 Adam אָדָם 45
Shem שֵׁם 340 Abel הָבֶל 37
Ham חָם 48 Cain קַיִן 160
Jephath יָפֶת 490 Seth שֵׁת 700
    942     942

For this reason Noach was called “Noach man of the earth” נֹחַ אִישׁ הָאֲדָמָה immediately after the flood (Gen 9:20), which in gematria is 424, the same gematria of Mashiach ben David מָּשִׁיחַ בֶּן דָּוִד, therefore Noach represents the potential of Mashiach to rectify the original sin, which attempt failed after he planted a vineyard and ate from it, which according to Zohar was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Cursed be Canaan

In Kabbalah, the Ten Sefirot as a whole is understood as the Tree of Life, and the central axle, i.e. the Keter-Malchut continuum is understood as the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, where Keter represents the extremity of Good and Malchut represents the extremity of Evil.

Ham and his son Canaan correspond to the Sefirah of Gevurah, denoting judgment and severity which is the Left hand, Noach corresponds to the Sefirah of Yesod, which parallels the site of circumcision.

In the same way that the snake deceived the woman, and the woman deceived Adam, so can it be deduced that Canaan must have deceived Ham, and Ham must have deceived Noach.

The gematria:

Adam, Eve, Snake אָדָם חַוָּה נָּחָשׁ 422
Noach, Ham, Canaan נֹחַ חָם כְנַעַן 296

The average number of the two triplets is: 718 / 2 = 359, which is the gematria of Satan שָׂטָן, the source of evil behind the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

As it is written:

וַיִּיקֶץ נֹחַ, מִיֵּינוֹ; וַיֵּדַע, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-עָשָׂה לוֹ בְּנוֹ הַקָּטָן And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his youngest son had done unto him. (Gen 9:24)

Torah chooses not to reveal what had been done to Noach, and is ambiguous with the identity of “his youngest son”, as grandson can also be called “son” (Gen 31:28), the conclusion must be drawn that the culprits are both Ham and Canaan.

If we are to reveal the identity of the culprits as Ham and Canaan by adding their names to the verse below:

וַיִּיקֶץ נֹחַ, מִיֵּינוֹ וַיֵּדַע חָם כְנָעַן And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew Ham, Canaan.

Astonishingly, the gematria of the six words is exactly 718, the gematria of the triplets above.

Add “the servant” to the verse, to which was Canaan cursed:

וַיִּיקֶץ נֹחַ, מִיֵּינוֹ וַיֵּדַע חָם כְנָעַן הָעֶבֶד And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew Ham, Canaan the servant.

The gematria becomes 799, which is exactly the same gematria of the curse pronounced by Noach, as follows:

אָרוּר כְּנָעַן: עֶבֶד עֲבָדִים Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants… (Gen 9:25)

The gematria of Geuvrah and Yesod is exactly the same gematria of Noach, Ham and Canaan, as follows:

Gevurah גְּבוּרָה 216 Ham, Canaan חָם כְנַעַן 238
Yesod יְסוֹד 80 Noach נֹחַ 58
    296     296

This confirms the deduction that both Ham and Canaan were the culprits, representing severe judgment.

The Gevurah of Yesod corresponds to the 37th day of counting the Omer, where 37 is the gematria of Yechidah יְחִידָה, which is Mashiach the Redeemer.

Yesod symbolizes the Bridegroom and Malchut symbolizes the Bride, astonishingly, the gematria of Noah and Canaan is exactly the gematria of Malchut מַלְכוּת in half, which is 496 / 2 = 248, as follows:

Noach נֹחַ 58
Canaan כְנַעַן 190

The rabbis argued that Ham either castrated his father, or sodomised him, in both cases the Yesod (site of circumcision) was corrupted in Malchut which is now symbolized by Canaan.

The descent of Canaan from Gevurah to Malchut is paralleled by the 44th day of counting the Omer which is Gevurah in Malchut. 44 is the gematria of “blood” דָם.

The “blood of Yechidah” דָם יְחִידָה in gematria is 81, which is the same gematria of “the servant” הָעֶבֶד, to which was Canaan cursed. 81 is also the gematria of Af אַף, the first word uttered by the Snake (Gen 3:1) to deceive the woman.

In the same way that Mashiach conquers the snake, so does the “blood of Yechidah” rectifies the venom of the snake.

Where Noach had failed, this is where Abraham will come to rectify in next week’s Parashah, hence the gematria of Abraham is also 248, the same gematria of Noach and Canaan, and the sum of the three names is the same gematria of Kingdom, Malchut, which is 496:

Noach נֹחַ 58
Canaan כְנַעַן 190
Abraham אַבְרָהָם 248

The Rectification of Canaan

The rectification of Canaan was epitomized by the servant of Abraham called Eliezer אֱלִיעֶזֶר, who was a Canaanite. Eliezer represents the transformation from the “Curse of Canaan” to the “Blessed of YHVH” (Gen 24:31).

At the deeper level, Canaan symbolizes mankind in general who is cursed by sin due to Eve the first woman.

The gematria:

Canaan כְּנָעַן 190
Small gematria (without 0) 5 + 7 + 5 + 2 19
Ordinal number 14 + 16 + 14 + 11 55
atbash לטז”ט 55

Astonishingly, the gematria of Canaan is 190, which is 10 times 19, the gematria of Eve חַוָּה. The small gematria of Canaan is also 19, and the “atbash” as well as the ordinal number of Canaan is both 55, which is the exact gematri of Bride כַּלָּה, i.e. Eve.

For this reason the human strivings in general are epitomized by the transformation of “Land of Canaan” into the “Land of Israel”.

The gematria of “Canaan, Eliezer Servant of Abraham” כְּנַעַן אֱלִיעֶזֶר עֶבֶד אַבְרָהָם is 832, which is exactly the same gematria of “Land of Israel” אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל. This comes to teach that “Servant of Abraham” is the key to transform the curse to the blessing, for Canaan כְּנַעַןcan also mean “submission” הַכְנָעָה.

This rectification can be summarized with the following terms:

The darkness to light, and bitterness to sweetness, and curse to blessing הַחֹשֶׁךְ לְאוֹר וּמָר לְמָתוֹק וּקְלָלָה לִבְרָכָה 1820

There are exactly 26 letters in this phrase, alluding to the gematria of YHVH whose name appears in Torah exactly 1820 times. The average number of each letter therefore is: 1820 / 26 = 70, alluding to the redemption of the 70 nations.

The transformation from “Land of Canaan” to “Land of Israel” is 351, which is exactly the triangle number of 26:

Land of Israel אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל 832
Land of Canaan אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן (481)

From Gevurah to Malchut

The line of Gevurah started with Cain the first murderer, continued with Canaan the cursed, and with Nimrod the mighty hunter, the father of all idolatries, and culminated with Esau, the symbolism of the other side, until final redemption by Mashiach, the son of David corresponding to the Sefirah of Malchut.

Astonishingly, the key characters above are all connected with number 799, as follows:

It came to pass, when they (Cain and Abel) were in the field… (Gen 4:8). יְהִי בִּהְיוֹתָם בַּשָּׂדֶה 799
Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants… (Gen 9:25) אָרוּר כְּנָעַן: עֶבֶד עֲבָדִים 799
…Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before… (Gen 10:9) כְּנִמְרֹד גִּבּוֹר צַיִד,לִפְנֵי 799
…and Esau came in from the field… (Gen 25:29) וַיָּבֹא עֵשָׂו מִן-הַשָּׂדֶה 799
…the noise (Edom) whereof is heard in the Red Sea…(Jeremiah 49:21) בְּיַם-סוּף נִשְׁמַע קוֹלָהּ 799

Finally, with the coming of Mashiach and his elect, the Kingdom will be rectified, the gematria of this verse is also 799:

Who are these that fly as a cloud…(Isaiah 60:8) מִי-אֵלֶּה, כָּעָב תְּעוּפֶינָה 799

799 is the gematria of “Good from Gevurah to Malchut” טוֹב מִגְּבוּרָה לַמַּלְכוּת, meaning the clarification of evil and good so that the “good” can be used to build the Kingdom.

799 = 17 x 47, where 17 is the gematria of “good” טוֹב, and 47 is the gematria of “for it is good” כִּי טוֹב, for in its final analysis, all that created by God is good.

The redemption process from the lowest of the low to the highest of the high is exactly the gematria of Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל, (when Alef is counted as both 1 and 1000), which is 1541, as follows:

Cain son of Adam קַיִן בֶּן-אָדָם 257
Canaan כְּנָעַן 190
Nimrod נִמְרֹד 294
Esau עֵשָׂו 376
Mashiach ben David מָּשִׁיחַ בֶּן-דָּוִד 424
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