In the First Commandment, conveyed by the Divine to the Israelites in Mount Sinai, God “introduces” Himself not as creator of “the Heavens and the Earth” (Genesis 1:1), but as ruler of History.
This complies with Jewish tradition, which asserts that God continuously engages in human affairs, in the history of the created, to implement the unknown and humanly-unknowable Divine Design (refer to my related post: “And Elohim Saw Ki Tov” (“that it was good”)” (Gen. 1) — A Different Viewpoint).
The First Commandment starts:
“I am Jehovah your God, who have brought you out of the Land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” (Exodus 20:2).
In compliance with this tradition, of Jehovah as God of History, Kabbalah claims that each verse in Torah corresponds to a single Hebrew-calendar year, and the verse consecutive (serial) number in Torah is indication of the Hebrew year, to which the content of the verse relates.
The above is based on introductory comments by Rabbi Benjamin Blech in a lecture of February, 1-st, 2021, a link to which is given below.
In this short post, we list verses from Torah (including some from the afore-cited source), with possible links to historic events that have occurred the same Hebrew year, as the verse serial number. We pursue Rabbi Blech comment that these cannot and should not to be used to predict the future; first, because the full historic significance of a Torah verse can only be comprehensively comprehended only post-factum (namely, after the Hebrew-calendar year, to which the verse supposedly refers, is already part of history); Secondly, because human prophesizing, lacking explicit Divine inspiration and authorization, goes against the most fundamental condition of human existence, namely, Free Will.
Here are some examples (from Rabbi Blech presentation and else):
- Historic Event: Nazi Germany executing the “Final Solution” (Holocaust still in full swing, 1944; Jews uprooted from their place of residence to Concentration Camps, mostly in other countries); Hebrew-calendar year: 5704 (1944); 5704-th verse in Torah: “And Jehovah uprooted them from their land in anger, and in fury and in great wrath and cast them into another land, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 29:27);
- Historic Event: End of World War II (also end of Holocaust, now revealed in its full dimensions, with lingering question mark in the minds of people-of-faith – “where was God??”); Hebrew-calendar year: 5705 (1945); 5705-th verse in Torah: “The hidden belong to Jehovah, our God, and the revealed are for us and for our offspring forever, that we may do all the words of this Torah” (Deuteronomy 29:28);
- Historic Event: Founding of the State of Israel; Hebrew-calendar year: 5708 (May, 1948); 5708-th verse in Torah: “Then Jehovah your God will restore you from your captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples that Jehovah your God has scattered you” (Deuteronomy 30:3);
- Historic Event: Mass Jewish immigration to the State of Israel during its first 3 and a half years of existence, mostly from Moslem Arab countries (“Some 688,000 immigrants came at an average of close to 200,000 a year… As approximately 650,000 Jews lived in Israel at the time … this meant in effect a doubling of the Jewish population”; Source: site of The Jewish Agency for Israel); Hebrew-calendar years: 5709 (1949) – 5712 (1952); 5709&5710-th verses in Torah: “If your outcasts be at the ends of the earth, from there will Jehovah your God gather you and from there will He fetch you; And Jehovah your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it, and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers” (Deuteronomy 30:4-5);
Comment: Based on lecture of Feb 1, 2021:
Kabbalah: Can It Predict the Future? (Ft. Rabbi Benjamin Blech)
10 replies on “God of History and Verse Number in Torah”
I’m a bit throne trying to reconcile the dates of the Hebrew calendar with the chapter and verse in Deuteronomy. One example that’s given is Hebrew-calendar year: 5705 (1945); 5705-th verse in Torah: Deuteronomy 29:28 which throws 5708 off by a verse. There is Deuteronomy 29:29 the chapter 30:1 and 30:2 three years from 5705. I’ve even seen articles that says 5708 is Deuteronomy 30:5. This can be a very powerful information to share but the accuracy needs to be spot on. I’m really confused at this point. Can you please clear this up for me?
This is what I calculated which puts 5708 at Deuteronomy 29:28
50 chapters and 1533 verses
40 chapters and 1213 verses
27 chapters and 859 verses
36 chapters and 1288 verses
Chapters 1-29=816 verses
Chapters 30-34=143 verses
Total 34 chapters and 959 verses
If you are able to, can you point out my error please. Thank you
Hi Daniel, As I emphasized in the post, my origin departure point was the verse number given in the lecture. If you think this is wrong, I suggest you consult the lecturer. Also please be informed that verse numbers in the original Hebrew Bible may depart from those you may find in certain English translations. Thank you for the comment.
Please stop this. “Approximately” is not good enough and invalidate your whole argument. Sorry you do not understand this. Please stop this. Haim
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also the 5708th verse which is devarim 29:27 says that hashem uprooted the jews from the land, “as they are this day. (as in “to this day”)”
Your verse-count in both comments is in conflict with that delivered by Rabbi Blech. As I remarked on the post, I do not possess verse-count application by which to verify any verse-count claim presented to me. Why should I believe you and not the Rabbi?
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devarim 30:5 is the 5715th verse. the founding of the state of israel was on iyar (month 2) 5. 2+5+5708=5715
Thank you for this post, Haim! I wonder if there is a correspondence between the respective verse in the Torah and the years AD 69 – 70 – the Jewish wars and the destruction of the Temple. According to my approximate calculation, these verses are somewhere in Numbers 4, 5 or 6. However, verses’ numbers of the Hebrew text do not always match the respective English translations. Thank you!
Happy to hear from you, Lyuben. Hope you and yours are well. I do not know whether verses’ numbers match, neither do I possess software package that delivers serial numbers of Hebrew text verses. Therefore, I had to rely on the rabbie’s testimony regarding 5708 and count manually from there (regarding my addition to the instances delivered in his talk). Haim
would love to see more things posted like this.. Toda
Tikvah, thank you. Happy that you liked the post. Take care, Haim