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While there are Chazals that use gimatriya in an aggadic sense (as was brought regrardic יין = סוד), there is a source for gimatriya being used in a halachic sense, as well. This is in Nazir 5a, where the Gemara derives the halacha that a default Nezirus is 30 days from the word "יהיה", which has a numeric value of 30. But the plot thickens: The Rambam in ...


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SimchasTorah is correct; the earliest source to use the word "gematria" is the Mishnah, Avos 3 (some editions print it as Mishnah 23 others print it as 18, but all agree it's the concluding be Mishnah of the chapter): "Says R' El(i)ezer (ben) Chisma, '[calculations of] Niddah cycles and bird offerings are the main areas of Halacha; astronomy and Gematria are ...


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Not sure who says this but in respect to Yitzchak's blessing Yaakov and Yaakov's blessing Ephraim and Menashe, they say that Yitzchak's goats and the placing of Yaakov's hands on his grandchildren's heads were done to create some form of connection between the one giving the brachah and the one receiving it. Perhaps you could say the same thing here; Hashem ...



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