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Six and Blessing

Written by Rabbi Yehoshua Alt, 25/11/2019

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Six and Blessing

If we analyze the number six, we will notice it represents Bracha. When the women gave birth in Mitzrayim, it was six at a time.[1] Rus was destined to have six descendantsDovid, Moshiach, Daniel, Chananya, Mishael and Azaryadescend from her who would each be blessed with six blessings.[2] It is the sixth year that is one of blessing for the sixth, seventh and eighth years.[3] What is the sixth request we have in Shemona Esrei? .[4] This idea is hinted to in the letter since it has a numerical value of sixas it means andto increase. Indeed, we are taught it is the cause , [5]it connects to what was said previously. Moreover, it means a hookthat which connectsas in .[6]


The sixth of the is Yosef and he is the one who gave Bracha to the land of Mitzrayim. Indeed, it says '....[7] We also find the term Bracha in regard to Yosef by the Brachos of Yaakov and Moshe ... and .[8] is rooted in the term , to increase. It is Yosefs two sons that became Shevatim.[9] This is the concept of Bracha as the root of is .[10] is 2, 20 and 200, as the idea of Bracha is to add,[11] increase.[12] Yosef is the one who was and that is the part of the body that reproduces. In addition to the above, the Pasuk states Yosef wore (six).[13]


What is the sixth Parsha of the Torah? Toldos. Consequently, this Parsha is saturated with Bracha. Every Aliya in this Parsha begins with a , six. Each Aliya also has terms of Bracha contained in it. This is especially true with the sixth Aliyah of this Parsha which contains many terms of Bracha. We are taught in this Parsha [14]unit of six. The name of the Parsha is , childrento extend beyond ourselvesBracha.[15] Furthermore, it was twins, not just one child. Moreover, both were male and the Baal Haturim[16] points out that has the same numerical value as , 227.


Parshas Toldos heralds in the month of Kisleva month in which we follow in accordance with Beis Hillel in Hilchos Chanuka .[17] Let us take advantage and tap into the Bracha that is contained in this Parsha.

Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R Mordechai Friedlander Ztzl for close to five years. He received Semicha from R Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.

[1] Shemos 1:7, Rashi.

[2] Sanhedrin 93b.

[3] Vayikra 25:21.

[4] See Orach Chaim 119:1.

[5] Shemos 21:1, Rashi.

[6] Shemos 38:10.

[7] Tehillim 115. Additionally, has the same Gematria as 26 (---) multiplied by 6.

[8] Breishis 49:25-6, Devarim 33:13. We also give the sixth Aliya to a Tzadik.

[9] The days of the week correspond to the seven Shepherds. As a result, Fridaythe sixth day of the week lines up with Yosef. Is it any wonder that Friday we received a double portion of as it says ..., it shall be on the sixth dayit will be double what they pick every day (Shemos 16:5)? In fact, this is what is meant in , You give them their food in its proper time (Tehillim 145:15), as is a contraction of , Friday ( has a Gematria of six, referring to the sixth dayFriday), meaning on this day we received a double portion of .

[10] Actually, has a Gematria of 222 and 2+2+2=6!

[11] The letter is the beginning of increase, which is Bracha. Consequently, the letters of are second letters which is Bracha in the single digits, in the tens and in the hundreds (Maharal in Tiferes Yisrael, chapter 34, s.v. ).

[12] The word contains the only 3 letters that are double its previous letter. That is , 2 is double , 1. , 200 is double , 100 and is double , 10. Additionally, is from the word , wellspring.

[13] Breishis 41:42.

[14] Breishis 25:26.

[15] The word in the first Pasuk is spelled with one since only Yaakov was a Tzadik. So again we see again the illustrating the idea of Bracha.

[16] Vayikra 12:2.

[17] Orach Chaim 671:2.

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