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LeDor VaDor, Hashgachah Pratis In Action

October 22, 2006

LeDor VaDor – an example of Divine Providence (hashgachah pratis) in action:

שנאמר ומלא ברכת ב’ ים ודרום ירשה
Sefer HaBahir, verse 3 excerpt

Traditional interpretation: “Because it is written (Devarim 33:23): The filling is G-d’s blessing possessing the Sea and the South.”

ולנפתלי אמר–נפתלי שבע רצון, ומלא ברכת יהוה; ים ודרום, ירשה
{ס} Devarim 33:23

And of Naphtali he said: O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the sea and the south.

As I previously announced on my other blog, my 5th grandson was born Friday morning. My daughter named my new grandson Trentin Elias.

Trentin is a Celtic name meaning “rushing waters”. A river in England, the river Trent, gets its name from this meaning.

My grandson’s birth follows my explanation on Thursday about a dream I had of the “rushing waters” of a great waterfall “possessing the sea and the south” as it pertains to my analysis of Sefer HaBahir. The Torah verse containing the words “possessing the sea and the south” is Devarim 33:23. This is Trentin’s truename pasuk“. The pasuk begins with the letter vav ו and ends with the letter hei ה. Thus, his name is represented by the letters VH וה where these letters represent the messiah and/or messianic consciousness [1].

Devarim 33:23 speaks to the blessing of the the tribe Naftali, the tribe which clearly my grandson belongs to. R’ Yitzchak Ginsburgh writes regarding the name Naftali:

In Kabbalah, the name Naftali is read (as two words): nofet li, “sweetness is to me.”

And surely, Trentin is sweetness to me.

Trentin is my 5th grandson. The name of King David, דוד has a gematria of 14 and a digit sum of 5.

Isn’t it interesting that this verse (Devarim 33:23) is followed by a samech ס in the text? Trentin’s middle name is Elias (a form of the name Elisha), and a unique form of Eliyahu, where the “samech” (the letter corresponding to the birkat kohanim and semichah) of Trentin’s name ‘Elias’ is located in the place where the VH is located in Eliyahu’s name. Of course, Trentin’s first name alludes to the VH replaced in Eliyahu’s name with a samech in Elias. Elias is the name which delivers the secrets of the samech and the promises stored in Eliyahu.

Footnote:

[1] As taught by R’ Avraham Abulafia, and referenced in Studies in Ecstatic Kabbalah, Moshe Idel.

New Soul In The World Today

October 20, 2006

Trentin Elias, my 5th grandson was born this morning at 9:24 AM.

6 pounds, 2 ounces
19.5 inches long
10 fingers, 10 toes and very good lungs!
perfect in every way

I cut his umbilical cord