Sunday, February 26, 2006

Fun with Gematria

Time for Jewish mathematics. You will get more when I present Divrei Torah for Shabbat Zachor next week, but I learned a good one today which I then researched and found out even more:

First of all the gematria for Faratzta (as in UFaratzta) is 770. The lubavacher rebbe, who was headquartered at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn commanded his shluchim to spread out west, east, north and south (to fulfill the verse ufaratzta yama vakedma tzafona vanegba -Genesis 28:14) Four directions would be 4 x 770 which equals 3080. 3080 Broadway in Manhattan is the Jewish Theological Seminary. This could be a Dvar Torah in itself.

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