Friday, January 2, 2009

The Magic Number


And from among his brethren he took five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh. ...Bereshit 47:2

DovBear comments on Bereshit 47:2:

Did Joseph (47:2) bring Pharaoh his five weakest brothers or his five strongest bothers? And who were they? Much disagreement on both questions among the commentators. Alter points out that five is a magic number in this story.

Let's look more closely at the "five men" (חֲמִשָּׁה אֲנָשִׁים).

The number five is written with four letters, namely חמשה, with the gematria of 353. Interestingly, the value of 353 is five less than the gematria of the word for moshiach (משיח) whose gematria is 358. So, we can see that these five men are five short of messianic consciousness. What magic then is missing? Following the scent which fills the air ...

Abracadabra ... now we see it.

The gematria for the entire phrase "five men" (חמשה אנשים) is 754. Fully reduced down into a single digit sum (man), the gematria sums up to a magic seven - the value representative of a woman of valor. Very interesting. There are "five men" who reduce into one man equal to one woman of valor, but where is she?

She is the missing magic number in the physical world which turns 353 into 358.

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