In this weeks parsha, Chukat, “G-d tells Moses to speak to the rock and water will come forth” (Numbers 20:8) I believe, it’s the Gaon of Vilna who points out something fascinating. If you take the 3 letters that make up the word “SELA” (Eng. rock) – Samech, Lamed and Ayin and you spell out each letter by itself, you will discover that the Middle letters are Mem, Mem and Yud. The letters which make up the word “Mayim”(Eng. water) .
This works using the Hebrew letters of course, as presented in the above graphic.
On a similar note, a friend of mine pointed out that the gematria of “Nitzavim VaYelech” “ניצבים וילך” is the also the exact same gematria. Which at first glance, doesn’t seem to have any connection.
We know that according to Jewish tradition “the world as we know it” will exist for only 6000 years. The Vilna Gaon zt”l (1720 – 1979) teaches us something amazing. He says that the Torah portions found in the book of Dvarim (Deuteronomy) correspond to the last 1000 years of this world. (i.e., The year 5000 – 6000 according to the Jewish Calendar).
Meaning that, hidden within the book of Devarim is all that will transpire during these last 1000 years.
He explains that the whole book of Devarim is divided into 10 Portions, each portion corresponding to 100 years out of the 1000. Based on this, the Gaon combines Nitzavim-VaYelech as one Parasha (just as we customarily read it this way) and it corresponds to the 100 years from 5700-5800. Which is the 100 years we are currently in. We are now in the year 5773.
Something to think about.