Four Methods for Doing Gematria

Absolute value, (in Hebrew: mispar hechrachi) also known as Normative value:Each letter is given the value of its accepted numerical equivalent alef (the first letter) equals 1, beit (the second letter) equals 2, and so on. The tenth letter, yud is numerically equivalent to 10, and successive letters equal 20, 30, 40, and so on. The letter kuf near the end of the alphabet, equals …
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The Kabbalah Approach to Mental Health: Part 40 – Mashiach: the Ultimate Psychologist

At the end of the book of Job, G-d Himself addresses Job and unfolds all the mysteries of creation before him. In the final analysis, Job merits this revelation of the Torah’s secrets due to having suffered anxiety. His suffering brings him into full consciousness of the greatness of G-d and the lowliness of man. …
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The Healing of Body and Soul: Part 8 – The Ten Fingers, the Tongue and the Procreative Organ

The most evident allusion to the ten sefirot in the human body are the ten fingers and the ten toes. This correspondence appears in the beginning of Sefer Yetzirah, the most ancient Kabbalistic text, whose first three staves (mishnayot) read: With thirty-two wondrous pathways of wisdom, God…created His world with three books: “scribe,” “book,” and “story.” [There are] …
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The Healing of Body and Soul: Part 25 – The Etymological Root of “Sickness”

As is the case with regard to many etymological roots in Hebrew (and its sister language, Aramaic), the two-letter root of “sickness” (chal) possesses variant meanings, amongst which are apparent opposites. First, the root for “sick” can mean either “weak” or “strong.” In the story of Samson and Delilah–when Samson revealed to Delilah the secret …
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The Healing of Body and Soul: Part 15 – The Kabbalistic Model

Here we find a beautiful example of how a Kabbalistic model lends insight into a complex physical mechanism. In accordance with our sefirotic-physiological chart, the three sefirot that correspond to the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are da’at, netzach, and hod, respectively. These three form the higher triangle of the “magen David,” constructed of the six sefirot: da’at, netzach, hod–the higher triangle, and chesed, gevurah, yesod–the lower …
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