Discovering Number Squares in the Shema Yisroel. First, what is the Shema Yisroel? It is an alliteration into English of the name of a key Hebraic prayer. This blog will concern itself with the opening first line. The quote below explains its extreme significance. I believe it harbors the gateway to a Golden Age Age of peace and plenty. The hidden values offer a path to a forgotten, lost universal order that was based on number squares. Wikipedia explains this first line as follows:
Shema Yisrael (or Sh’ma Yisrael; Hebrew: שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל; “Hear, [O] Israel”) are the first two words of a section of the Torah, and is the title (better known as The Shema) of a prayer that serves as a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. The first verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Hebrew: שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד׃), found in Deuteronomy 6:4, sometimes alternatively translated as “The LORD is our God, the LORD is one.” Observant Jews consider the Shema to be the most important part of the prayer service in Judaism, and its twice-daily recitation as a mitzvah (religious commandment). It is traditional for Jews to say the Shema as their last words, and for parents to teach their children to say it before they go to sleep at night. Now to the task at hand- discovering number squares.
Discovering Number Squares in this Key Creed of Judaism
As a prelude, in Hebrew letters doubled as numbers. There were no separate numbers. The same symbol represented both. Look up the Greek word, Gematria. To double check the arithmetic in this blog , ask someone fluent in Hebrew. Also refer to the featured picture as I list the Shema’s words and the words with their numerical equivalents.
- Shema has a gematria of 410. The 9 x 9 number square has a core number of 41. In antiquity, zero was not only the absence of number, it was considered to be a synthetic number. Look at the smallest number square. The 3 x 3 pictured above. Any 2 opposite numbers on this square total 10. Hence, 10 and its various powers are not their own independent single numbers. They result on this basic number square by adding any two opposite numbers on the perimeter. The 410 was taken as 41. The 9 x 9 number square was called the lunar number square.Here is the spelling of the word Shema: שְׁמַע.
- Yisroel has a gematria of 541. By the rules of gematria, plus one was allowed per words in a phrase. I believe the number was 540 plus 1 for the Deity. Geometrically speaking, a pentagon totals 540° among its 5 vertices. Five is the core number on the 3 x 3 number square. It is the seed of all number squares. It ancient Greek it is the equivalent of The Grail.Here is the spelling in Hebrew: יִשְׂרָאֵל
- The next word is so important, it appears in two of the basic ancient number squares, Yahweh. This is the unutterable name of God. On the 5 x 5 number square, any 2 opposite numbers on the perimeter total 26. This square is dedicated to the planet, Mars. The Hebrew spelling is יְהוָה
- Next word is Elohaynu. Its numerical equivalent is 102. Look at the 4 x 4 number square. It is the number square of Jupiter. The 12 numbers around its perimeter total 102. אֱלֹהֵינוּ
- The 2nd use of the sacred 4 letter name of God refers to the 8 x 8 number square. The 8 x 8 and 5 x 5 number squares share common numbers. The 8 x 8 square of numbers was dedicated to Mercury the messenger. Any row of 8 numbers totals 260. On the 5 x 5 number square, any 2 opposite numbers total 26. Without the zero, it is the second reference to Yahweh יְהוָה
- The final word, “echad” declares the oneness of God. Its numerical equivalent is 13. The number is at the core of the 5 x 5 number square אֶחָֽד
Discovering Number Squares of Higher Order in these 6 words (and the next 6)
More on Discovering Number Squares: Aryeh Kaplan was a physicist/philosopher. The book referenced here He offers the formula on page 163 for determining the row total. It is also termed the (S)ide total, for any number square:
S = (n³ + n) ÷ 2.
When the double yud spelling is substituted for the four letter name, as it is the custom in prayer books, the sum of the 6 words becomes 1106. The prayer book spelling of the six words is pictured below.
Next, take the 13 x 13 number square. Fit it to the formula: (13 x 13 x 13) + 13 ÷ 2 = 1105. By the ancient rules of gematria one may be added to the value to arrive at the prayer book gematria of 1106. Again, becomes the unity of God. Kaplan discusses how the 13 x 13 number square represents- Chesed or love on the Tree of Life. The next 6 words (see diagram below) are whispered) will be covered in future blogs. It directly points out the 17 x 17 number square. That square is dedicated to Netzach or victory on the Tree of Life. Used together, 13 x 13 magic square and the 17 x 17 display an ancient temple plan. Indeed, Victory is found in Love as all our religious teachers and prophets taught.