Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Gematrias by Reb Ben

Dovid HaMelech states הפכת מספדי למחול לי, you have transformed my lament into dancing for me. The word הפכת means to transform, so we can suggest that Dovid HaMelech is instructing us to transform the letters of this word. Using the principle of א"ת-ב"ש, the letters are צ,ו,ל,א, and the ל and ו equal 36, which are the total amount of candles we light on Chanukah. The letters צ and א equal 91, which is the same gematria as בחנוכה. Furthermore, the word הפכת contains the word הפך, which alludes to the jug of oil that was found in the Bais HaMikdash.

The Gemara in Shabbos states that the days of Chanukah are תמניא, eight. This word has the same gematria, 501, as the word אשר, and the Mefarshim write that the oil for the Menorah was found in the portion of the tribe of אשר, and the distance from Yerushalayim to the portion of Asher and back was eight days. For this reason we commemorate the miracle of Chanukah for eight days.

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