Toldot – Secret of the Twins

The Twin Goats

Esau is the “man of the field” and Jacob is the “man of innocence” dwelling in tents (Gen 25:27), their gematria is as follows:

Man of the field (Esau) אִישׁ שָׂדֶה 620
Man of innocence (Jacob) אִישׁ תָּם 751
  1371

1371 is exactly the gematria of the two goats on Yom Kippur, the parallel is now clear:

The goat for Azazel (Esau) הַשָּׂעִיר לַעֲזָאזֵל 730
The goat for YHVH (Jacob) הַשָּׂעִיר לַיהֹוָה 641
  1371

The goat for Azazel is led into the wilderness, paralleling the “man of the field”; the blood of the goat for YHVH is brought into the holy of holies, paralleling the “man of the tent” (inner chamber).

The Four Chariots

כִּי תִרְכַּב עַל-סוּסֶיךָ, מַרְכְּבֹתֶיךָ יְשׁוּעָה That Thou dost ride upon Thy horses, upon

Thy chariots of salvation? (Hab 3:8)

According to Kabbalah, God rides on the chariots pulled by four horses. The concept of God riding means that God leaves His natural state of being and becomes involved with the physical world. The original plan for the four is as follows:

Abraham (Chesed) אַבְרָהָם 248
Isaac (Gevurah) יִצְחָק 208
Jacob (Tiferet) יַעֲקֹב 182
Esau (Malchut) עֵשָׂו 376
  1014

1014 = 26 x 13 x 3, where 26 is the gematria of YHVH, the rider, and 13 is the gematria of “one” אֶחָד, and 3 indicates that the four horses are indeed three, meaning Jacob and Esau are meant for one unity.

Their corresponding attributes are as follows:

Kindness (Abraham) חֶסֶד 72
Justice (Isaac) צֶדֶק 194
Truth (Jacob) אֱמֶת 441
Peace (Esau) שָׁלוֹם 376
  1083

1083 is exactly the gematria of ” Thy chariots of salvation” מַרְכְּבֹתֶיךָ יְשׁוּעָה. Of which the three horses are:

Abraham (Chesed) אַבְרָהָם 248
Isaac (Gevurah) יִצְחָק 208
Jacob (Tiferet) יַעֲקֹב 182
  638

The sum 638 is exactly the same gematria of Edom spelled out as follows:

Edom אֱדוֹם 51
Spelled out אלף דלת ואו מם 638

This comes to reveal that Edom represents the highest level, since it includes all three within itself.

Jacob symbolizes the introvert Torah scholar that dwells in the inner court delving into the inner dimension of Torah without concerning himself with the outside world.

Esau symbolizes the extrovert warrior of the field that conquers the world with the practical application of Torah.

Isaac loves Esau because he himself is an introvert whose primary mission is to reveal the inner dimension of Torah, as symbolized by his digging the wells. Since opposites attract, it follows that Isaac loves Esau for his practical action in the world.

It is now clear that the exalted level of Jacob’s intellect must be unified with the practical application of Esau’s action in order to fulfill the will of God.

The gematria of Jacob and Esau is 558, which is exactly the average number of “crown” and “kingdom”, as follows:

Jacob יַעֲקֹב 182
Esau עֵשָׂו 376
  558

“Crown” is the concealed dimension of Torah, paralleling Jacob the intellect, and “Kingdom” is the revealed dimension of Torah, paralleling Esau’s action, the gematria of “crown” and “kingdom” is 1116, and their average number is exactly: 1116/2 = 558:

Crown (Keter) כֶּתֶר 620
Kingdom (Malchut) מַלְכוּת 496
  1116

The perfect union of Jacob the intellect and Esau the man of action is exactly what’s intended for the exalted level of Israel:

The intellect of the action שֵׂכֶל הַפּוֹעֵל 541
Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל 541

Serpent and Dove

וַיֹּאמֶר, בָּא אָחִיךָ בְּמִרְמָה;וַיִּקַּח, בִּרְכָתֶךָ And he said: ‘Thy brother came with guile, and hath taken away thy blessing.’ (Gen 27:35)

“With guile” בְּמִרְמָה in gematria is 287, which is the same gematria of “spirit of wisdom” רוּחַ חָכְמָה, while “guile” is the corrupted version of “wisdom”, it takes one’s Binah (understanding) to know the fine line between them in practical application.

The gematria of “guile” and “wisdom” is 358, which is the same gematria of both Serpent נָּחָשׁ and Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ, as follows:

Guile מִרְמָה 285
Wisdom חָכְמָה 73
  358

This is the secret of “wise as serpents but harmless as doves” (Mat 10:16), for Jacob is called “Ish Tam” אִישׁ תָּם, meaning the “harmless man” (Gen 25:27).

The nature of Jacob is harmless for he delves into the inner dimension of Torah, and the nature of Esau is guile, for he deals with the challenges of the outside world. By going out of his nature and taking on the garment of Esau, Jacob is essentially elevated to both the man of intellect and man of action:

And Jacob clothed with the garment of Esau וַיַּלְבֵּשׁ יַעֲקֹב אֶת-בִּגְדֵי עֵשָׂו 1326

1326 is the triangle number of 51, where 51 is the gematria of Edom אֱדוֹם, which is the secret of Tohu. The harmless Jacob with his newly acquired guile is now prepared to rectify Edom the Tohu.

Tohu and Vohu

וְהָאָרֶץ, הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ Now the earth was unformed and void…(Gen 1:2)

“Unformed” is Tohu תֹהוּ, and “void” is Vohu בֹהוּ.

In Kabbalah, Tohu is known as the “shattering of the vessel” which represents the intermediary state between God (potentiality) and creation (actuality), and Bohu represents the rectification, after which the vessel is stabilized to receive in order to give.

At the mystical level, Edom is Tohu and Esau is Vohu, which precedes Israel the final product, as it is written:

וְאֵלֶּה, הַמְּלָכִים, אֲשֶׁר מָלְכוּ, בְּאֶרֶץ אֱדוֹם–לִפְנֵי מְלָךְ-מֶלֶךְ, לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel. (Gen 36:31)

Tohu תֹהוּ means confusion, and when one is confused, his mind is unable to receive and contain the idea (light), therefore the vessel is shattered (confused).

Vohu בֹהוּ means emptiness, when one is devoid of self-centeredness and becomes empty, it is precisely when he can receive the light.

The gematria of Tohu and Vohu is 424, which is the same gematria of Mashiach ben David מָּשִׁיחַ בֶּן דָּוִד, as follows:

Tohu (Edom) תֹהוּ 411
Vohu (Esau) בֹהוּ 13
  424

The transformation from Tohu to Vohu therefore represents the transformation from darkness to light by Mashiach, as it is written:

וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם …and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. (Gen 1:2)

The gematria of this verse is 1369, which is 37 squared, where 37 is the gematria of Yechidah יְחִידָה, the secret of Mashiach.

Mashiach is the light that must be concealed in order to be revealed to those who are worthy, and what better disguise than Esau?

Esau and Rome

Rome is identified rabbinically as Esau.

The 1st year in the Roman Georgian calendar is the 3760th year in the Hebrew calendar, and 376 is the gematria of Esau עֵשָׂו.

It was in the Kingdom of Rome that Christianity was made a state religion thereby corrupted from the truth, which is Torah.

The secret is concealed in this week’s Parashah: In the same way that Jacob had to disguise himself in Esau’s garment in order to receive the blessings, so must Mashiach disguise himself through the Kingdom of Rome in order to bestow the blessings to the entire world.

While Torah continues to be taught by the “voice of Jacob” in the tents, the good news of the Kingdom is preached to the ends of the world by the “hand of Esau”.

The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau. (Gen 27:22) הַקֹּל קוֹל יַעֲקֹב, וְהַיָּדַיִם, יְדֵי עֵשָׂו 928

928 is exactly the gematria of Esau, Edom and the Kingdom:

Esau עֵשָׂו 376
Edom אֱדוֹם 51
The Kingdom הַמַּלְכוּת 501
  928

As it is written:

בְּכָל-הָאָרֶץ, יָצָא קַוָּם, וּבִקְצֵה תֵבֵל, מִלֵּיהֶם Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:5)

This verse is midrashically understood as the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom (Rom 10:18), the gematria is 1355, which is exactly the sum of:

The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau. (Gen 27:22) הַקֹּל קוֹל יַעֲקֹב, וְהַיָּדַיִם, יְדֵי עֵשָׂו 928
Esau עֵשָׂו 376
Edom אֱדוֹם 51
  1355

It is by the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom to the entire world that the “hand of Esau” is rectified to the “voice of Jacob”.

The gematria of “And Mashiach disguised in Esau” in gematria is 1540:

And Mashiach disguised in Esau וַיִּתְחַפֵּשׂ מָּשִׁיחַ בְּעֵשָׂו 1540
Atbash פמאסו”ב יבמ”ס שזב”ף 690

1540 is the gematria of Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל when Alef is counted as 1000. This comes to teach us that while at the superficial level Rome is antithesis to Torah, it is in fact the “Truth of Israel” that was concealed.

The “atbash” of “And Mashiach disguised in Esau” is 690, which is exactly the gematria of “cross” spelled out, as follows:

Cross צְלָב 122
Spelled out צדיק למד בית 690

“Truth of Israel” אֱמֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל in gematria is 982, which is the same gematria of “warp” and “woof” שְׁתִי עֵרֶב, which is a rabbinical term for the “cross”.

The gematria of “the warp and the woof” הַשְׁתִי וְהָעֵרֶב is 998, which is the gematria of “my convent of peace” (Num 25:12, Isaiah 54:10), as follows:

The warp and the woof (the cross) הַשְׁתִי וְהָעֵרֶב 998
And my covenant of peace וּבְרִית שְׁלוֹמִי 998
My covenant of peace בְּרִיתִי שָׁלוֹם 998
The name of his son שֶּׁם-בְּנוֹ 998

998 is also the gematria of the “name of his son” שֶּׁם-בְּנוֹ (Pro 30:4), when Mem sofit is counted as both 40 and 600.

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