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Thursday, December 25, 2008

CoNNection of Chanuka with NaNach

It has to do with the number 15. Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me'Uman totals 15 Heilige Osiyos. The Vilna Gaon corelates the various Chagim with the Sefiros. Accordingly, Chanuka corresponds to Hod, which has a Gematria of 15. Interestingly, Hod is the 5th Sefira and the Kerias HaTorah for the 5th day of Chanuka (as read in Eretz Yisroel where the Nes Chanuka took place) are the Korbanos of the Nosi for Shevet Shimon. And the day of the Sefira of Hod Shebahod is Lag Ba'Omer, the Yom Hilula of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai; and as we know Shimon Ben Yochai has the same Gematria as Nachman Ben Simcha and El Mul Pnei HaMenorah (553).

Speaking of B'nei Yissachar as I mentioned on the 2nd day of Chanuka, the original Posuk (Divrei HaYomim I 12:33) mentioning this phrase pertaining to Shevet Yissachar mentions in the midst of this Posuk "Rosheihem Mohsayim" - 200 heads of Sanhedrin were descended from this Shevet (Bereishis Rabba 98:12). That's interesting, as mentioned by someone on pertaining to President Shazar on the 200 Shekel bill, Mohsayim is the same Gematria as Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me'Uman (491). And don't forget, it was the idea of the Nosi of Shevet Yissachar to bring the Korbanos of the Nesi'im to begin with, which is the Kerias HaTorah for Chanuka ending off with the Parsha of the Menorah which includes "El Mul Pnei HaMenorah." And Menorah has the same Osiyos as Moharan - Rabbeinu Moharan, Rebbe Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me'Uman. Also, we see that in the arrangement of the Sefiros, Netzach & Hod are at times together like twins. You see, Netzach is the Gematria of Nachman (148) & Hod=15, like the 15 Osiyos of NNNNM.

On a personal note, my present full name, Shimon Matisyahu is the same Gematria as Kerias HaTorah (1327). Indeed, I was a Ba'al Koreh for many years in the States until I made Aliyah (I still do it here and there, but not "professionally" the way I used to get paid in the goldeneh medineh). Anyways, I mentioned earlier this week that I had added the name Matisyahu, naming myself after Matisyahu of the Nes Chanuka several months ago on Rosh Chodesh Nissan. I chose this particular day not because of the special date in itself or that it's Rabbeinu's birthday. You see, the day I was born fell out on the learning of Yevamos 45 of the 7th cycle of Daf Yomi Talmud Bavli. So, I looked up the date for the learning of Yevamos 45 of the 7th cycle of Daf Yomi Talmud Yerushalmi. It fell out on Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5768. But here is the punchline - count the numering of the letters of my names in the Alef Beis. That is, starting with my name Shimon - Shin is the 21th letter, Mem is the 13th letter, etc. It's like this - Shin-21, Mem-13, Ayin-16, Vov-6, Noon-14, and then Matisyahu: Mem-13, Tav-22, Tav-22, Yud-10, Hei-5, Vov-6. The sum total of all these numbers add to...148=Nachman!

There's another connection to Rabbeinu's birthday as it relates to my name in relationship to the Hebrew date that I was born. But, I can't tell you everything in one day - I'll let you know what this is about when it's Rabbeinu's birthday (or my birthday)...

For more fascinating vortlech on the concept of Hod as relating to Chanuka, Beis HaMikdash and Shevet Shimon, you can check out my blogspot for the latest on

A Freilichen NaNach Chanuka!

P.S. In the Tefila before Hadlohkas Neiros Chanuka of the author of the Chasidishe Sefer - B'nei Yissachar, there is a phrase "L'Natzeiach Al M'leches Beis Hashem". Natzeiach/Netzach is the Gematria of Nachman, M'leches (work of) is the Gematria of Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me'Uman, and Beis Hashem refers to the Beis HaMikdash, that corresponds to Hod (Berachos 58a), and Hod=15, as in the 15 letters of NNNNM, and Hod goes together with Netzach.


Shimon kreisel said...

very amazing, my name is also shimon and my bris was on lag b'omer,and likutie moharan is gematrai of shimon too,and the last video(snowboarding nanach) i put up when i happened to check had 466 views which is gematrai of shimon, so nanach brings out the little thing which are really from hashem and are really great, nn!

shimonmatisyahu said...

To Shimon (aygs-nanach),

My birth and Bris was in Iyar, like your Bris was. When Likutei Moharan is spelled with two Yuds - as opposed to just one Yud - then it's the Gematria of 466=Shimon, as in the introductory Torah which Rabbeinu said on his way to Uman, which is about Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. So, I guess there are at least three Shimonlich on this site (you can write to me more at

Shimon kreisel said...

its always good to have an extra yud,and on chanukah the pintelah yid inside of everybody shines out

Unknown said...

we love you shimon!

Anonymous said...

rosheihem masayim, rosheihem nanachnachmanachmanmeuman!
Ashreihem masayim, ashreihem nanachnachmanachmanmeuman!
Ashreinu ashreinu ashreinu!

Ashreinu Mah Tov chelkeinu umanaim goraleinu, ashreinu mah Tov chelkeinu umanaim goraleinu!!!!!!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman!!!!!!