Rabbi Gideon Holland and Doron Rozelio engage in a fascinating conversation about Kabbalah & Matrix in a 10-part series on YouTube. Click on this link for the first video, then follow the subsequent ones YouTube offers.
In this final lesson, we will take a look at an assortment of concepts found throughout the three movies. Some brief comments are provided. These are meant to initiate further discussion.
It is important to understand that gematria, the idea of ‘spiritual geometry’ or “biblical numerology,” is considered something ‘along the fringe of the garment.’ It is never to be used to “prove” a point, but rather to lend support to an existing concept.
Having said that, we have already discussed several key numbers that are either seen or ‘hidden’ in the script of the Matrix movies, those being; 3, 6, 9, 27, 42, 314 and 918.
Two other numbers that are prominent in the movies are 101 and 303. The number 101 appears a few places, including Neo’s apartment and the Merovingian’s floor level . The number 303 appears at the very beginning of the move when the police try to apprehend Trinity and also at the end, with Neo ending up trying to enter the same room before Smith shoots him.
Breaking it down:
- We have a relationship between Neo and the Merovingian based on 101
- We have a relationship between Neo and Trinity based on 303.
- Both numbers are 3-digit numbers
- Both numbers have a 0 in the middle
- Each number has the same first digit as it does last
The three digits correspond to the same three worlds of creation we have discussed through much of this study – Asiyah/Yetzirah/Beriah. Based on the principle of ‘as above, so below,’ the physical world of Asiyah will mirror the heavenly world of Beriah in some manner. The intermediate world of Yetzirah serves as both a buffer between the two as well as a means of connectivity.
So we have:
The number ‘1’ is of course symbolic of G-d absolute unity. The function of ‘the One’ is to restore unity. The Merovingian, who was ‘once like Neo’ according to Persephone cannot seem to let go of his ego and maintains his desire to be “like the most high” – in this case, the Oracle.
The number ‘3’ is the aspect of left-center-right, which encompasses the guidance given to propel one along the path. The third letter of the Hebrew aleph-beit is ‘gimel.’ This is derived from the word ‘gemul,’ which in Hebrew means both the giving of reward as well as the giving of punishment. The “shekinah above” (Oracle) and “shekinah below” (Trinity) both serve to give Neo correction.
The “0” in both numbers, representing the world of Yetzirah, reflects the reality that this intermediary world will be nullified one day, when ‘above and below’ are made one again. Revelation 21:1 speaks of this day in terms of their ‘no longer being any sea.’ The term ‘sea’ reflects the mixed ‘watery’ world of Yetzirah and is the ‘vav’ in the 4-letter Name of G-d (YHVH).
As is expressed on a Safed web site:
In the Ultimate Future, after the soul returns from its temporary abode in the afterlife and is resurrected in the rectified physical world, there will be no need for the soul to experience such “processed” divine consciousness, i.e. there will be no need for the name Havayah to be spelled out. The hei’s of the name will be able to experience the yud and vav directly, and in fact the vav will not be necessary. In the Future, the name Havayah will be spelled yud-hei-yud-hei, indicating that both thought and speech will be able to express divine consciousness in its fullest form. This is alluded to in the verse, “On that day, G-d [yud-hei-vav-hei] will be [spelled yud-hei-yud-hei] one, and His Name will be one.” (Zechariah 14:9)
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Neo, functioning as a messianic figure connecting the lower and upper females (Trinity and the Oracle) is Jacob. Trinity is Rachel, whom he has a close physical attraction to, and who dies and left ‘on the road’ to the destination. The Oracle is Leah, with whom he has a more ‘spiritual’ relationship with.
The Sefirah of Tiferet translates as “beauty.” It is also represented by the sun. (i.e., Jacob in Joseph’s dream.) Twice in the movie is the word “beautiful” used. Once when Neo and Trinity are in the ship and ascend above the clouds and see the sun. The other is at the end of the last movie when Sati creates a sunrise in the corrected Matrix.
Smith finds a way to create multiple versions of himself in the second movie.
Zohar, Bereshith 28b,29a – Various impurities are mingled in the composition of Israel, like animals among men. One kind is from the side of the serpent; another from the side of the Gentiles, who are compared to the beasts of the field; another from the side of mazikin (goblins), for the souls of the wicked are literally the mazikin (goblins) of the world; and there is an impurity from the side of the demons and evil spirits; and there is none so cursed among them as Amalek, who is the evil serpent, the “strange god”. He is the cause of all unchastity and murder, and his twin-soul is the poison of idolatry, the two together being called Samael (lit. poison-god). There is more than one Samael, and they are not all equal, but this side of the serpent is accursed above all of them.
SMITH ENTERING THE HUMAN WORLD
Revelation 12:12 – Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.
Smith manages to blind Neo in their fight.
Isaiah 42:19 – Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant?
NEBUCHADNEZZAR AND THE ETROG
One of the greatest spiritual movies ever made is Ushpizin. In this movie is a mysterious Etrog which propels the main character forward on his spiritual path. The path of this Etrog ends with it being part of the tikkun between people in the movie. Once its purpose ends, it goes back to its source in an inglorious fashion – all in similar fashion to the Nebuchadnezzar in the Matrix. (Watch the full movie at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgiCDDGdnv4)
SATI, WOMAN OF MYSTERY
Sati emerges as the main creative force of the new Matrix. This represents the transition to a dominant feminine (i.e., strict judgment) aspect of the 7th Millennium – Malchut, the seventh Sefirot of the middot. This is the time of the “four pronged Shin,” representing the four mothers Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.
THERE IS NO CHOICE
Oracle: “Because you didn’t come here to make the choice, you’ve already made it. You’re here to try to understand *why* you made it.”
“According to Jewish thought and tradition, you don’t have to search far for the answers. You already have them! The answers to these and all the other questions you may ask are closer than you think.” — http://www.aish.com/sp/pg/48892572.html
KEYS & QUIET
Zohar, Shemoth 133b – Then one of the leaders of the celestial array-he whose name is Boel (God is in him)- stands forth, and in his hands are four keys which he obtained one from each of the four corners of the earth. One key has upon it the sign of the letter Yod engraved; the second the letter He; and the third the letter Vau; and these three keys he lays beneath the boughs of the Tree of Life. Then these three become one. Then the fourth and last key, which bears upon it the second letter He, joins the three which have become one. And all the angelic hosts enter by means of those keys into the Garden of Eden, where with one voice they proclaim the Divine unity at the selfsame moment as it is proclaimed here below. Then the Shekinah, the Bride, is conducted to the Palace of the King, Her Bridegroom, for now He stands complete in all His supernal goodness and can supply Her with all that She needs. Thus her attendants bring Her in unto Him in silence. Why in silence? In order that no stranger (evil potencies) should participate in her joy. As He united Himself above according to six aspects, so also She unites Herself below according to six other aspects, so that the oneness may be completed.
Revelation 8:1 – And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
- Caves and Kingship – http://www.chabad.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/572251/jewish/Caves-and-Kingship.htm