The value of the first verse of Va’etchanan, describing Moses’ prayers before God, “I pleaded with God at that time, saying” (וָאֶתְחַנַּן אֶל י-הוה בָּעֵת
Parshat Bereisheet ended with God’s utter repugnance from creation. Mankind was the crown of all of creation and because of its abominable behavior, God felt remorse
Meditative prayer lifts us up and out of our mundane reality. The early chasidim would meditate an hour, pray an hour, then meditate an additional
The two transcendent levels of the soul are the "living one," 23, and the "single one," 37. 23 and 37 are the golden division of
After Shema, morning and evening, we continue: "May the Name of the glory of His kingdom be blessed for ever and ever." The first verse,
613 = lights. Its mid-point, 307 = light beauty = Rebecca. Adam = 45. Eve's original name (before the sin), Chayah = 23, Adam's mid-point.
"Might and joy are in His place." To be together with God, in His place, one must experience might and joy simultaneously. Might, 77, and
Torah is the blueprint of reality. Blue is the color of the sea, the sky, and the Throne of Glory. White – transcendence, blue –
We pray for rain. Rain = 343 (7 cubed), prayer = 515, both symmetric numbers. Together they = 858 = 33 times 26, a "wave"
Photosynthesis harvests the sun's energy. It is the biological process that transforms light into life. Much can be learnt from it. Both blue and red