One Twenty Seven

I know I’ve told you this way too many times, but my number has always been 127.  I weighed 127 from the time I was 16 until I started trying for my first baby at 26.  My prom dress cost $127.  The number has popped up over and over and OVER in my life, and I’ve just always assumed that it was *my* number.  Imagine my surprise when Gematriot posted this today (today is 127?  By what count?  What does that mean?)  Anyhow… the article.  My comments in green brackets, as always:

#127 – The Woman’s Number

“Sara’s life was one hundred years, and twenty years, and seven years, the years of Sara’s life.” (Genesis 23:1)
“It was in the days of Achashveirosh. He was Achashveirosh who reigned from Hodu to Cush – seven and twenty and one hundred countries.” (Esther 1:1)

[Holy shit, it’s not just me?!?!]
It won’t take long to figure that there a few things in common between these two verses. They are both the first verse of their respective places in the Tanach/Bible. The former verse is the FIRST verse of the FIFTH Parsha of the Torah – Chayei Sara, and the latter verse is the FIRST verse of the FIFTH of the five Megillot. Both of these verses mention the number 127 (which is the number of this post), howbeit in two very different ways of mentioning this number. And finally, both of these verses have something to do with righteous women – Sara & Esther respectively.  [Does this reflect on me? Noooooooo….]

In case anyone thought that these two verses that mention the same number 127 don’t have any concrete connection between these two, we have to turn to the Midrash for this one. In the Yalkut Shimoni (Remez 102) on Parshat Chayei Sara, the story goes that students of Rabbi Akiva were falling asleep in the midst of his lecture. In order to arouse them, he asked: “What did Esther (Achashveirosh’s wife) see that she should reign over 127 countries? But let Esther, the descendant of Sara who lived 127 years come, and reign over 127 countries.”

… there is a connection of the number 127 between Sara & Esther. Perhaps if it would be a Bible professor giving this kind of lecture, one may indeed come to this conclusion. … However, taking one look at what this Midrash recounts, I have a question. What does it mean “What did Esther SEE that she should reign…?” If anything, it was Hashem who was pulling the strings, and as a result of Sara living her life to the fullest as implied by the wording of the verse describing Sara’s years of life as Rashi notes, Hashem rewarded Sara with having a descendant who would reign over 127 countries, who would be a righteous woman under whose rule Jews would be able to practice their religion freely as Jews without fear of persecution.

…No doubt that Esther realized that there was a unique reason why she was being put in this position to be Achashveirosh’s wife, and as queen, she would in effect be ruler of these countries as well. She knew that it was not a mere coincidence that the number of countries were the same amount as the years of Sara’s life, and that just as Sara made the best use of her life, despite the challenges that she had, including being taken by two different kings to have sex with them but was saved as the end, so too, Esther realized that after all was said and done, the king asking to marry her was meant to be, and that it was meant for her to have rule over the 127 countries for the benefit of the Jews.

…we notice that the wordings of the number 127 are quite different from each other in the two verses… there is a major difference between the use of the number 127 in these two verses. In the verse about Sara, the number has to do with the concept of time. In the Book of Esther, the number has to do with the concept of place.  [127 is a time concept for Sarah, and a location concept for Esther. Gotcha.]

In Kabbala, there are three general categories of the influence on the materialistic world. They are called Olam/world (place), Shana/year (time), Nefesh/living being (soul). [Wait, THREE?  But if Sarah is Olam and Esther is Shana, who is Nefesh?]
…there are FIVE connections between Hashem and the Nefesh – soul… five “worlds” …These five “worlds” are:

1)His mother’s womb
2)Air of the world
3)Nursing at his mother’s breast  [Sarah]
4)Seeing the downfall of the wicked  [Esther]
5)Looking at the day of death

…as for seeing the downfall of the wicked, it is quite obvious that the Book of Esther shows just this with the downfall of Haman, just when he thought that he was going to bring the downfall of Mordechai along with the rest of the Jews, but the tables turned on him. [figured that out on my own right away, thanks.  Which puts Sarah just above that, nursing Isaac?  But there are no earlier references to 127, are there?  If not, who could they be? No women besides Eve were listed before Sarah in scripture… that I know of…]

aNNa’s FooTNoTe:  And… he started splitting up the number and pulling stuff out of context after that, so I got no other information from him on this topic.  Which is highly frustrating…  not that I’m Kabbalist and buy a lot of stuff, but I know that letters and numbers are significant in scripture, and this piqued my interest.  The list of five is interesting, but what about the list of three?  Have we seen the third woman, yet?  Mary?  I shudder to think.  Maybe someone in the end times?  Any thoughts?

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