THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THIRTY-SIX

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Chapter Four

Avraham and Light

Avraham was ninety-nine years old and God appeared to him and said to him, ‘I am El-Shaddai - walk before Me and be complete!’ Bereishis 17:1

With God Noach walked ... Regarding Avraham it says ‘walk before Me; ’ Noach depended upon his Helper, (God,) whereas Avraham pursued righteousness independently - Rashi (Bereishis 6:9).

Noach, for all his righteousness and chayn still did not reach the level of Avraham, who epitomized the trait of chesed. While Noach was a reflection of the Hidden Light of creation, Avraham was more:
God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was light (Bereishis 1:3). And there was light ... This is Avraham (Bereishis Rabbah 2:3)
There can be no greater compliment than to be called "light," specifically the original light of creation. All that Avraham accomplished and represented was, in the end, a complete expression of the concept of the Hidden Light of creation and thirty-six.

Through Avraham the concept of chesed drew the world closer to its intended perfection:

A world of chesed You created (Tehillim 89:3).
Finally, after twenty long generations since Hashem asked Adam, "Aiyeka," Avraham answered the question through his devotion to chesed. For this he merited to father a nation that would be eternally bound to the Hidden Light of creation, as signified through the covenant of bris milah:
This is My covenant which they will keep between Me and you and your seed after you; they will circumcize every male ... A son of eight days you will circumcize ... Bereishis 17:10-12

The eight days of milah are the eight days of Chanukah ... Tikunei Zohar 13

Chanukah is when the Jewish people light thirty-six candles from within which the light of creation is released.
The eight days of milah are the eight days of Chanukah which follow the twenty-four letters of:

Boruch shem kavod malchuso l'olam va'ed

(Blessed be the name of His glorious kingdom forever) and are the letters of unity in the Shema (which has twenty-five letters). Ibid.

Fascinatingly enough, the acronym of the above verse is:
bscm lu - In Sh’chem thirty-six
Sh’chem was a place in Israel whose inhabitants all performed bris milah in order to intermarry with the descendants of Ya’akov (Bereishis 34:24). Then, two of Ya’akov’s sons, Shimon and Levi slaughtered the people while they were recovering. It is Sh’chem about which Rashi comments, "It is a place set aside for punishment" (Bereishis 37:14).

In the end, it is the eight days of milah and Chanukah that lead Avraham right to "ko" - twenty-five and a supernatural relationship with God:

Avraham rose up early in the morning and saddled his donkey and took two young men with him and Yitzchak his son; [he] split wood for the offering and got up and left for the place about which God had told him. On the third day, Avraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. Avraham said to the young men, ‘You stay here ("po") with the donkey and I and the young man (Yitzchak) will go over there ("ko") and prostrate ourselves and return.’ Bereishis 22:3-5

On the third day, Avraham noticed a mountain bathed in the light of a fire that reached from earth to the heavens with the Cloud of Glory resting above the mountain.
‘What do you see?’ he asked Yitzchak.
‘I see the Divine Presence on the mountain,’ Yitzchak answered.
‘What do you see?’ he asked Yishmael and Eliezer.
‘We see nothing.’ they answered.
‘Since you see nothing and the donkey also sees nothing, you belong here with the donkey,’ said Avraham.
Bereishis Rabbah 56:2

In gematria kollel, "po" is equal to eighty-six, the numerical value of God’s name Elokim which alludes to the aspect of Him that works through nature. "ko" in gematria kollel is equal to twenty-six, the numerical value of the Ineffable Name of God, the Tetragrammaton, which alludes to the aspect of God that works above nature.

This was Avraham’s message to Yishmael and Eliezer: Since you cannot see the miracle, it is clear that you are subject to the laws of nature, as is the donkey. Your relationship to God is through nature. However, since God has made us privy to His supernatural manifestation, it is on this level that we must relate to him.

Avraham was able to project his light, the light by going there - "ko" - with his first son to be circumcized on the eighth day from birth. This imbued within the Jewish nature and psyche access to the Hidden Light of creation and the concept embodied by the number thirty-six. Had Avraham not succeeded in this area, redemption from the Greek exile would have been hopeless - fulfillment of the purpose of creation would have been impossible.

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The mispar katan of chesed and bris is nine which is equal to that of light , the same mispar katan of thirty-six and truth.

chesed =

8 +60 + 4 = 72
7 + 2 =9
bris =
2 + 200 + 10 + 400 = 612
6 + 1 + 2 = 9
ohr =
1 + 6 +200 = 207
2 + 0 + 7 = 9
shchem =
300 + 20 + 40 = 360
3 + 6 + 0 = 9
emes =
1 + 40 + 400 = 441
4 + 4 + 1 = 9
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