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Chayei Sarah – where Kabbalah meets physics

And these are the years of the life of Ishmael: one hundred years and thirty years and seven years (Gen. 25,17) “You might say the ‘hand of God’ wrote that number [137]” – Richard Feynman “The mystery about α is actually a double mystery. The first mystery – the origin of its numerical value α ≈ 1/137 has been recognized and discussed for decades. The second mystery – the range of its domain – is generally unrecognized. — Malcolm H. Mac Gregor, M.H. MacGregor (2007). The Power of Alpha. World Scientific. p. 69. Kabbalah is the esoteric level of the Torah. The word “kabbalah” (קבלה) literally means “receiving” or “received [wisdom].” The gematriah (numerical value) of the word “kabbalah” is 137: Kuf (100) + Bet (2) + Lamed (30) + Heh (5) = 137. This number appears explicitly for the first time in the [...]

Maarat HaMachpelah – Double Cave

Chayei Sarah Give me the Machpelah (double) Cave — וְיִתֶּן לִי אֶת מְעָרַת הַמַּכְפֵּלָה Bereshit-Genesis 23:9 The first legal acquisition of land in Israel takes place when Abraham purchases a double cave – Maarat HaMachpelah – in the city of Chevron (Hebron) as an ancestral burial plot. Rashi explains that the cave was called Machpelah (i.e., double) because it had two structures – an upper chamber and a lower chamber. (Another explanation given in the Talmud relates the name of this cave to four couples buried there – Adam and Chavah (Eve), Avraham (Abraham) and Sarah (Sara), Yitzchak (Isaac) and Rivkah (Rebecca), and Yaakov (Jacob) and Leah.) A Medrash explains that the reason this cave had two chambers – the upper and the lower – is because it reflected the structure of Gan Eiden (Paradise — the Garden of Eden), [...]