Monday, March 14, 2011


Ever since the Twin Towers fell on 9 11 people have tuned into the number 11.
What is the significance of eleven in the Jewish religion? And why is that number being drawn to our attention again and again this year, with the major events all falling on the 11th day of the month, in the year of 2011 ?
1.11.11 -  Australia Hit with Massive Flooding - Parts of the country disappear under water
3.11.11 - Japan quake, tsunami  
According to some people, 11/11 is a portal opening, a time when we can expect change.  Going by the events so far this year, it certainly seems to be the case !

Here's a few things I found regarding the number eleven and it's relevance to the Messianic Era, and which may explain why it is being brought to our attention again and again :

"Normally the attributes (Sefirot) add up to ten. There is, however a case where the number eleven comes into play. This would be the level of Kodesh HaKodoshim, (Holy of Holies) or the "crown." "You are One but not in the numerical sense" [Tikkunei Zohar, Introduction II], meaning not in the normal order of ten, rather eleven!

"We would associate the eleventh level with the Divine service of ba'alei teshuvah, who reach above the system of development of the worlds, where even tzaddikim don't stand.

"Chassidus teaches us that in the future G-d will cause the tzaddikim to rise to the level of teshuvah, thus, then, all will reach to the same level of eleven!

"Which also connects all these thoughts with the theme of parshas Shemini where we are told that Moshe and Aharon entered the Communion Tent to burn the incense and then the Shechinah came to rest in the Tabernacle.

"The incense was composed of eleven different spices and symbolized the aspect of teshuvah, which brings the revelation of: "You are one but not in the numerical sense" (above the Ten Sefiros)."
"The number eleven, which is how many spices there were in the Ketores, at first seems rather odd. However, Kabbalistically it is a number of tremendous importance for it alludes to one of the most prized possessions in all of history: Da'as Elokim - G-dly-Knowledge.

"It is well-known that there are only ten fixed Sefiros: Keter, Chochmah, Binah, Chesed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut - Crown, Wisdom, Understanding, Kindness, Strength, Harmony, Dominance, Glory, Foundation, and Kingship. They are, for all intents and purposes, the spiritual DNA for all of existence, and the filters through which the G-d of light passes to make it all exist and happen.

"Kabbalah explains that there is actually an eleventh sefirah. However, because it is really the product of other sefiros and subject to movement, meaning that it can come and go based upon the efforts of man, it is more like a pseudo-sefirah, though its centrality is not to be under-estimated. (In truth, Da'at is what the light of Keter becomes after being filtered through Chochmah and Binah, which is why it is not really counted independently, but that is already a discussion that goes above our heads.)

"Brushing aside the details, Da'at means one thing and one thing only: Redemption. The more of this light that exists in the world, the more redemption will become a real and fixed reality, which is why the prophets describe Yemos HaMoshiach as a time when the world will be filled with Da'at, just as Betzalel was to construct the Mishkan, a microcosm of the entire universe in perfection, as the Zohar said:

"Ya'akov wanted to establish the Mystery of Unity below, and composed the twenty-four letters of, "Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom forever." He didn't make it twenty-five letters since the Mishkan (Tabernacle) had yet to be built. Once the Mishkan was built, the first word was completed . . . With regard to this it says, "G-d spoke to him from the Appointed Tent, saying . . ." [Vayikrah 1:1] which has twenty-five letters. [Zohar 2:139b]

"The golden calf represents the other extreme - the world without Da'at, a forerunner of modern Western Society.  The Parah Adumah of course is the tikun for the golden calf, and therefore an expression of this very concept. [See Rashi at the beginning of Parashas Chukas]

"Thus, there are some very famous elevens through history, and they are all associated with this concept of Da'at. For example, Yosef was the eleventh son born to Ya'akov, the one through whom the hand of G-d became clear and from whom Moshiach ben Yosef will descend to help us across the threshold into Moshiach's time.

"However, perhaps the most famous eleven is the gematria of the letters "Vav-Heh" from G-d's Tetragrammaton Name, purposely left out at the end of Parashas Beshallach when G-d swears there will be war against Amalek until the end of history. The Name of G-d that represents this reality is "Elokim." Once Amalek is finally snuffed out in Moshiach's time, they will return and G-d's Name will once again be one. However, until such time it is as if they remain hidden, like the hand of G-d itself in the affairs of man, allowing Gevuros and Amalek to do their thing."


"The number eleven is associated with the phrase, "an eleven day journey from Choreb." This implies that after the experience of Choreb, the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, there is the need to proceed to a higher rung, "an eleven day journey."

"This teaches that one should not content himself with the service of the ten conscious powers of the soul, but should also involve our encompassing powers, including the power of yechidah whose transcendent nature is symbolized by the number eleven. Furthermore, both these dimensions of service should be fused together.

"The fusion of ten and eleven relates to our present time, the time when all of our energies are directed towards "bringing the Era of the Mashiach." This will be the tenth redemption. Simultaneously, there is a connection to eleven for the "the new [dimensions of the] Torah that will emerge from Me" represents an increase beyond the Ten Commandments and thus relates to the number eleven."
Sources: Sichos in English  and Eleven Days Fall from Edom

And from Rebetzin Esther Jungreis:

"Turning to parshas Nitzavim [Deut. 28:28], in which it is written: "The hidden things are for G-d, but that which is revealed is for us and our children." Over the words "for us and our children" there are dots, and if you count them, you will discover exactly eleven! .... What is the meaning of eleven? I called all the members of my family for their input, and each of them came up with a different Torah answer.

"In the Book of Daniel, Chapter 7, the prophet speaks of a vision of "horns" which symbolize the various regimes that we will encounter in our exile. The last and smallest of these horns will be the eleventh, after which the messianic period will be ushered in. Sadya Gaon, the Rambam, and the Malbim all interpret this eleventh horn as the religion of Ishmael - Mohammed - Islam! The Rambam, in his "Epistle to Yemen"writes that "the horn has human eyes and a mouth speaking big things, that is to say that this upstart would conjure up a religion similar to the G-dly religion. He will say that he is a prophet and say many things. His interest will be to hinder and destroy the true religion and he shall think to change the times and the law...." I was floored by it all and continued to search.

"Eleven, I remembered is also the eleven stars that Joseph saw in his dream which foretold his future. Joseph was the eleventh son of the patriarch Jacob, and he died at the age of 110 (remove the zero and once again, you have 11)."

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Ephraim said...

And the Rebbe was born on the 11th of Nissan (1.11) as Nissan is counted as the first month (Chodesh Rishon)

Aspaklaria said...

11 is 5 books of torah + 6 books of mishna. That is our written and oral Torah together.

Also, during his time, King David stressed 11 principles governing honest and just behavior between man and his fellow man. They are all found in Psalms 15. Thus 11 has come to stand for Justice and Inegrity and Moral behvior. It is no coincidence that the Amidah's 11th blessing is a request for just and moral Leadership.

merachefet said...

Not sure where I stand on the significance of the non-Jewish calendar, but...3/11/11 was also the day of the Itamar murder

merachefet said...

And Yoav Fogel z"l hy"d, the eldest son killed, was eleven.

Creed Of Noah said...

Nissan is the month of redemption!

Devorah said...

Merachefet: true, but the English calendar is also by hashgacha pratis - the year 1999/2000 (when people thought the world would end: Y2K) coincided with the Hebrew year 5760 - "In this year the world became a Mikva, for there are 5760 egg volumes of water in a 40 seah mikvah. Everything in the world was brought up one level of kedushah."

I believe that the English calendar dates are also relevant, perhaps not for the Jews specifically, but for the world.

Devorah said...

And the year 2000 was ELEVEN years ago.....

Moriah said...

I'm glad you posted this. I've had the number 11 appearing in my life over and over again. I even had a debit card with the expiration date of 11/11. For some reason it was difficult processing this expiration date and purchases would not be finalized. I ordered a new card and when it finally came, the new expiration date was 11/11!

Devorah said...

Me too Moriah - my credit card expires in 11/11.
Maybe we won't need them after that date....

Princess Pana said...

I shall add the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami and beginning of Nuclear catastrophe occurred on March 11th, 2001,

btw, I'm not sure if it was mentioned previously but Haitian Earthquake one year ago was on January 11th, 2010.

Devorah said...

ELEVEN reactors nearest the quake's epicenter automatically shut down upon sensing vibrations in the early hours of March 11...


(and this is the 11th comment)

Devorah said...

Here's the link again:

Dovid Chaim said...

well, the market closed 11,613 today for what its worth.

Unknown said...

New earthquake in Japan...

yaak said...

More on the numbers 11 and 12 (link is temporary)

Devorah said...

That is amazing, I guess that is the answer !

Unknown said...

I regularly look at time and see 11:11. It's enough to make me wonder if it's significant. I have not studied Judaism or the Torah, but I have always been interestedoughts welcome.

Devorah said...

Thank you for this conglomeration of sources about the number 11. It was informative and just what I was looking for. Thanks!!!