” וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה, אֲשֶׁר בֵּרַךְ מֹשֶׁה אִישׁ הָאֱלֹקְים–אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: לִפְנֵי, מוֹתוֹ. ”
” And this is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, blessed the children of Israel before his death ”
The parasha of V\’zot Haberacha is the final parasha of the Torah. Kabbalah explains that this is the level of Malchut of Malchut, which is the total manifestation of the Light.
The first verse has twelve words and it is the connection to all the blessings the Israelites received from G-d. The Zohar tells us that the first letter ” ו ” is the reference to Zeir Anpin, (The Light) and ” זֹאת ” is the reference to Malchut (the Vessel). The first word also has the numerical value of 414, which is equivalent to twice the value of the word ” אור ” (Light). The following 3 letters ” הבר ” also value to 207 = ” אור “. The next two is ” כה ” = 25 (I\’ll explain later).
There are three streams of Lights revealed with the first 7 letters of the Parasha to bring this ultimate manifestation of the Light in balance.
In the blessings of the Kohanim (Priests in the Holy Temple), G-d is instructs the priests to bless the Israelites with the word ” כֹּה ” Numbers (6:23) ” דַּבֵּר אֶל-אַהֲרֹן וְאֶל-בָּנָיו לֵאמֹר, כֹּה תְבָרְכוּ אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: אָמוֹר, לָהֶם “. The seed of the blessing is in the word ” כֹּה “. After that (numbers 6:24,25,26) comes the three verses that begins with the Letter ” י “, ” יְבָרֶכְךָ “, ” יָאֵר ” and ” יִשָּׂא ” that draws down the three levels of light for the right, left and central column.
The twelve words create the channels to the twelve tribes, and the twelve months of the year. The parasha is always read on Simchat Torah, the eighth day of Sukkoth. We know that the Eighth connects us to the level of Binah, a full revelation of light on this world.
The Ari (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria), reveals us that on that day we have a complete unification of the Light and the vessel, (Z”A and Malchut). We explained on previous commentary that when we have supernal connection of the Light and Vessel, a couple should not connect physically.
We read V\’zot Habracha and immediately after we start the reading of Bereshit (Genesis).
We make the connection from below to upper; we connect the Malchut (Deuteronomy, V\’Zot Habracha) with Keter (Genesis, The story of creation).
The sum of the first seven letters ” וְזֹאת הַבְּרָ ” is 621 and it equals to Keter ” כתר ” = 620 + 1 for the whole.
We start the New Year with the blessing of Moshe where he repeats the blessings given to the sons of Yaakov and Yosef. They are not alive at the time of the blessings but in this process, the light of the blessing is revealed and projected for the whole year.
Deuteronomy (34:6) ” וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב, מוּל בֵּית פְּעוֹר; וְלֹא-יָדַע אִישׁ אֶת-קְבֻרָתוֹ, עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה “, ” And he was buried in the valley in the land of Moab over against Beth-peor; and no man knew of his burial site unto this day ”
G-d is giving a personal care for Moshe upon him leaving the world. As we know from the Zohar, Moshe was at the level of Daat (the connection Sefirah of Chokmah and Binah). It is above the physical level. In Deuteronomy 31:2, Moshe is telling the Israelites ” And he said unto them: \’I am a hundred and twenty years old this day; I can not go out and come in anymore; ” in his preparation to transfer the leadership to Joshua . Go out and come in refers to the traveling from the physical to the spiritual in order to talk to G-d. No one could see G-d and live because to see G-d you need to be spiritual. Moshe could transform himself to go between the two dimensions.
When Moshe passed away he was in a spiritual form and therefore, no one could handle a burial for him. Moshe is actually alive and will reveal himself with the Mashiach. As we explained in previous commentary, the Word ” היום ” (this day) is a code word for the day Mashiach will be revealed. The verse above tells us that no one “knew” his burial site. The Torah uses past tense to tell us that we will see Moshe in the Future, which is ” הַיּוֹם ” (this day).
Where is Moshe Now?
The Ari (Rabbi Isaac Luria) in Shaar Halikutim , Genesis, gives some explanation about the name of 42 (Ana B\’Koach). This name created the whole world and it comes from the first 42 letters of the Torah. The first 6 letters are ” אב גי תץ ” are from the first word of the Torah ” בְּרֵאשִׁית ” “in the beginning”.
The Ari says that the first two letters ” אב “, in Hebrew, Father, is Moshe because he is the Father of the Torah. The next two letters, ” גי ” (numerical value 13) are from the verse ” וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי … ” (Deuteronomy 34:6) for Moshe that revealed the 13 attributes (Which we read in Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkoth). The last two of the six ” תצ ” for Moshe as in (Deuteronomy 33:4) ” ת ּוֹרָה צִ וָּה-לָנוּ, מֹשֶׁה “.
We see that the word ” בְּרֵאשִׁית ” starts with a large letter ” ב “, and is spelled out as ” בית “, that means house in Hebrew.
In the above verse (34:6) ” וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב, מוּל בֵּית פְּעוֹר; ” we have a missing letter ” א “, in the third word of the verse. The commentator “Baal Haturim” says that this letter is missing so no one can know Moshe\’s burial site. Rashi says that Moshe\’s burial site was ready from the days of creation.
We understand that there is no physical burial and Moshe\’s soul is where G-d placed him.
The Torah scroll written on 248 columns that each one of them start with the letter ” ו “, except for six places and the different letters are ” ביהשמו “. We see the letters of Moshe\’s name in the Middle. The numerical value is equivalent to ” משה־חי “, (Moshe is alive), also equal to ” המשיח “, (The Mashiach).
My friend, Ezra, pointed to me that the numerical value in (34:6) of ” בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב ” is equal to 357 and when we add 1 for the missing letter ” א ” we get 358, which is the numerical value for ” משיח ” (Mashiach).
Rabbi Avraham Abulafia refers to the verse in Genesis 1:2, ” וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים, מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם “, ” and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters ” and says that the spirit of G-d is the spirit of Mashiach hovering over the water.
The Torah is water and the spirit of G-d, the Mashiach is the letters of ” ביהשמו ” that is like hovering over the Torah and it represents the spirit of Mashiach.
The sages said that Moshe is the first redeemer and will be the last redeemer. We know that Moshe is alive and he holds the spirit of Mashiach. Let us pray that he will reveal himself with the Mashiach, Today, Amen.