Gematria Shorts for Naso

It is already well known that the Naso is the longest parashah with 176 verses, that chapter 119 is the longest chapter of Psalms with 176 verses, and that Bava Batra is the longest tractate in the Talmud with 176 pages. 3 times 176 equals 528, which is the value of two descriptively related phrases (Psalms 92:6), “How great are Your works [Havayah]” (מַה גָּדְלוּ מַעֲשֶׂיךָ) and (Deuteronomy 11:21) “So that your days may be many” (לְמַעַן יִרְבּוּ יְמֵיכֶם).


The first words of Naso, of Psalms 119, and of Bava Batra (see above) are וַיְדַבֵּר אַשְׁרֵי הַשׁוּתָּפִין whose sum is 1584, or 9 times 176; the first words also self-reference this special number 176.


Parashat Naso contains the mathematical gem of the entire Pentateuch—the Priestly Blessing. A finding that is relatively new and modern is that the value of the sum of the three verses (Numbers 6:24-26) of the blessing itself (יְבָרֶכְךָ י-הוה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ יָאֵר י-הוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ יִשָּׂא י-הוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם) is 2718, alluding to one of the few transcendental numbers known, the base of the natural logarithms known as e, which is (to 3 decimal places) equal to 2.718. This number is best characterized as the number related to “maximal growth,” beautifully relating it back to the Priestly Blessing itself, which is meant to encourage growth.


Incredibly if we add the next verse, which completes the paragraph with the Priestly Blessing, “Thus they shall link my Name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them” (וְשָׂמוּ אֶת שְׁמִי עַל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַאֲנִי אֲבָרֲכֵם), whose value is 2316 (a permutation of the value of the third blessing, 1326), we get 4854. Dividing this sum, 4854, by 3 (since we still only have 3 verses of blessing) yields 1618, which alludes to another transcendental number—the number at the base of the Golden Section or Proportion—known as phi, which is (to 3 decimal places) 1.618.

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