Ana B’Koach & Re-Integration

The golden age of King Solomon ended with division of the nation into two kingdoms. Yeravam ירבעם reigned in the north (10 tribes of Israel), while Rechavam רחבעם reigned in the south (Judah and Benjamin). Let’s analyze the names of these two kings who ruled during the fracture of national unity.

Yeravam traditionally means “the nation will contend“. This meaning assumes that the name is from the root ירב meaning to “strive against”, combined with the word “nation”, עם.

However, ירבעם can alternatively be separated into two meaningful portions – the gate יר (implying “awesome attentive awareness”, from which the root ירא is derived), and the word בעם, where literally בעם means “in the nation”. Importantly, in this permutation, the gate יר does not fall into the letter beit ב, to form the idea of “striving against”, but remains above it, to form the idea of “awesome attentive awareness”. In other words, the difference between “awesome attentive awareness in the nation” and “the nation will contend” rests around the consciousness surrounding the letter beit. Does the kavanah of consciousness rest above the letter ב (chochmah) in keter or below it in binah? Are we acting from reason alone or from reason firmly connected to our source?

Rechavam traditionally means “expanse of the people“. Just as Yeravam can be separated into two meaningful portions, likewise can Rechavam be separated into the gate רח (the same gate from which the root racham רחם, protective mercy is derived) and the word בעם, meaning “in the nation”.

Again, as with Yeravam, the permutation revolves around the letter beit ב. Two kings, two letters בב, each standing against the other. Perhaps the ב in Rechavam ideally should be the letter mem-sofit ם, to form the words רחם עם, merciful nation.

בב to בם. The 42-letter Divine Name (Ana B’Koach) has somehow become messed up here between the names of these two kings who ruled during the fracture. The second beit, pertaining to Rechavam, which should be a mem-sofit, with transformation represents “closing the north side of the letter beit” [1]. Historically, Rechavam failed to do this, became heavey-handed and merciless instead, and catalyzed rather quickly the fracture of the nation.

Additionally, the names of these two kings differ by 4 letters – יררח with a gematria of 418, the same gematria as the word והאות “and the letter”.

יררח reduces 4 + 1 + 8 = 13, echad (one, alef)

If the transformation of Rechavam’s ב into a ם became actualized, then the re-unifying letter difference between the two would be:

13, 42 (the 4 letters יררח, and the 2 letters בם, respectively)

אחד בם


[1] integrate freewill and Omniscience, The Inner Dimension


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