Parshas Bereishis
Genesis 1:1 6:8

Generations ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Donald Wayne Belk and Mr. Gary Lee Belk, my older brothers, may they rest in peace.

“This [is the] Book of [the] descendants / children of a Adam / man in the day G-d created Adam.” Bereishis 5:1

Toh Li Doht is the plural of Toh Law Daw {result, consequence, outcome, birth offspring, descendant}. Pointing this out is significant because Toh Li Doht is often translated as “histories” or “generations”. Even though Toh Li Doht is somewhat different from Toh Law Daw it remains consistent. I point this out because our sages state this same phrase may be translated as “This is the book, on the day G-d created Adam he had children.” This second translation is also very acceptable, especially when one understands the singular meaning of Toh Law Daw. Yet the translation we began our study with is the normal way we translate this passage.

When we examine the word Toh Li Doht it is like a house with both a front and rear door. That is to say one enters the front and passes through the back as from generation to generation...

Toh Li Doht {histories or generations}
840 = Sav 400 Dalet 4 Lamid 30 Vav 6 Sav 400

In another place in Torah, Parshas Yayikro, we read,
Dah Bayr Ehl Bi Nay Yees Raw Ayl {Speak to [the] children of Israel}. this is also the Gematria of 840.

Dah Bayr Ehl Bi Nay Yees Raw Ayl {Speak to [the] children of Israel}
237 = Lamid 30 Aleph 1 - Reish 200 Bais 2 Dalet 4
603 = Lamid 30 Aleph 1 Reish 200 Sin 300 Yud 10 - Yud 10 Nun 50 Bais 2

840 = 237 + 603

Dear ones, as we begin this new year of Torah study, as we have done for over 3500 years, there is one very important point to learn. Hashem speaks Toh Li Doht {generations} of Jews to generations of Jews. In other words, Hashem Mystically through Toh Li Doht {histories or generations} says “Dah Bayr Ehl Bi Nay Yees Raw Ayl {Speak to [the] children of Israel}.” This is so evident, especially when we learn Torah. When a thought is introduced we ask “Who introduced it? What scholar of which generation first said it? Which scholar of which generation reiterated this thought? We hear Torah through the Toh Li Doht... through the generations. In this sense Torah continues to speak to B’nei Yisroel.

Wishing you the best!

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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