Why a Wilma?
What is in a name,
and do ELS skip sizes
have meaning?

By Moshe Aharon (Morris) Shak
Copyright November 2005


As I searched for codes about Hurricane Wilma, several larger questions surfaced. Why do we have a Wilma? Why do we have a hurricane? Why is Hashem sending us that many hurricanes and other disasters? What is in a name? I also wondered why Wilma ELSs appear at the specific skips that they do. Do their skips mean anything as numbers? Generally, the shorter the skip, the better, but why use a skip of -18 rather than 18? Is the sign of a skip sometimes meaningful? Is a longer skip at times more meaningful than a shorter skip? In my analysis of Wilma ELSs, paths to possible answers to many of these questions appeared to me. This article may well be the first to explore new dimensions of the significance of the skips at which ELSs for a term appear.

Ed Sherman brought to my attention that the Wilma ELS with the third shortest skip in the Tanakh appeared in Ecclesiastes 8:8. The first part of that verse reads: "There is no man that hath power over the wind to retain the wind." What verse of the Bible could more appropriately refer to a hurricane than that?

A few questions immediately came to mind.
  1. Why was Wilma chosen as an example? Katrina proved to be much more deadly.
  2. Why choose the spelling of Wilma with a double vav rather than one with a single vav?
  3. Why are we paying attention to the third lowest skip instead of the first lowest skip in the Bible?

The following answers emerged:
  1. I believe that the potential strength of Hurricane Wilma, rather than the extent of its devastation, was chosen by Hashem to illustrate the lack of man's control over the wind. It was only Hashem's mercy that prevented far greater devastation. [At its peak, Wilma was the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, and the tenth most intense globally, with the lowest atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere (882 millibars, or 26.05 in Hg) at sea level a record previously held by Hurricane Gilbert.

  2. The spelling used for the codes is reasonable since typically two vavs are used to express the sound "w." In addition, the longer the ELS, the more likely it is a code. However, there are other clues in the code itself in which the two vavs make better sense. With the extra vav, we have six letters. The first three transliterate the English word "why" into Hebrew letters. The second set of three letters is the translation of the word "why" into Hebrew. Indeed, there are many questions about Wilma and hurricanes presently. Why have there been so many? Why are they so intense? The article Hurricane Katrina, presented in the September/October 2005 issue of Bible Code Digest, provided some possible answers. This search adds more substance to the mounting evidence.

  3. In my investigations, I consistently use the methodology outlined in my book, Bible Codes Breakthrough. Because of that, I knew that if the third lowest skip is meaningful, there must be more information in the ELSs with the shortest and second shortest skips. I have found on occasion several good codes at the first, second, third, etc., skips. As I proceed from ELSs with shorter skips to longer skips, if there is a gap of an ELS or two with no extension, I end my searching. Outlined below are the results of that further search into the why of Wilma. Of particular interest is the verse (Psalm 48:15) where the Wilma ELS with the lowest skip (-2) in the Tanach appears. If we combine this verse with Proverbs 13:24 ("He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him."), we get a clear message: Hashem will guide us. He will give His directives, and if we do not follow, He will not spare the rod.

Wilma at the Lowest Skips in the Bible (-2, -3, 4, -5, 5)

What is significant in the matrices below is that the term Wilma either appears within a very relevant verse or can be extended to a significant relevant message. Also, there are additional terms in the matrices. Much more time would be required to explore each matrix further for additional codes.

Wilma at the Lowest Skips in the Torah (5, 8, 14, 15, -18, -20)

Do the skips of these codes, all by themselves, represent a message? It appears this progression of numbers indicates that Wilma is a supernatural force (winds at 282 km/hr are no ordinary thing) that is used by Hashem as a judgment/warning for "people" not following Hashem's ways. Jewish tradition dictates that each number represents something, and in Hebrew each letter has a numerical value. By considering these the above message is implied.

It is a Jewish tradition that the number five represents judgment, while the number eight represents the supernatural. The notion of supernatural judgment suggested by the two lowest skip numbers is a plausible description of Wilma.

The number 14 would be represented by the letter yud equal to 10 and the letter dalet equal to four (see Numerical Value of Letters table below). In Hebrew, to indicate 14 one writes yud dalet, which means "hand." The number 15 is typically written as tet vav, or nine plus six. It is written this way, because the normal way would be to write yud heh (or 10 plus five), but it is not written so, because yud heh would spell Hashem's name. One does not want to use Hashem's name in vain. However, we do appreciate the meaning of yud heh. If we stop to decipher the message so far we get:

The judgment is supernatural from the hand of Hashem.

The expression of the hand of Hashem is very common in the Bible, and consistent with His wonders. Deuteronomy 4:34 provides one example: "Or hath God assayed to go and take Him a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before thine eyes?"

The number 18 is written as yud het (where yud is the tenth letter of the alphabet and het is the eighth). The negative skip calls for changing the sequence of the letters from yud chet to chet yud. That term spells "lives." Finally, we come to the last number 20 (the fourth lowest skip of Wilma in the Torah). Twenty is represented by the letter chaf, which on its own has no meaning in Hebrew. On the other hand, two yuds add up to twenty and are used as a substitution to indicate Hashem's name. In this case, the negative sign plays no role as changing the positions of the two yuds does not affect the meaning of the term. The expression "(as the) Lord lives" is found in the Bible numerous times (e.g., Judges 8:19, 1 Samuel 14:39) to indicate that truth is spoken. So here is the complete message that is implied by the skips:

The judgment is supernatural from the hand of Hashem As Hashem lives.

Is the above message a code or just a coincidence? Most of my work with codes has been with one term complete with one extensive matrix. I was asked recently to explore repeated same-term codes in regard to the end of days. It was there that I first observed the above phenomenon. There were more codes there, and more codes that are negative that were more meaningful as negative skips than as positive skips. This does not appear to be a coincidence.

14, 15, & -23

The results above are for the entire Bible. When I do a search, I typically look at the Torah only. The lowest-skip term in the Torah is outlined above with a skip of five in Exodus. I tried to look at the next few lowest skip occurrences as outlined for the entire Bible above. I almost gave up as the next lowest skip at eight seemingly does not appear to be significant. On the other hand, the following two lowest-skip-terms not only seem to be significant, but appear very close and form a matrix of their own in Deuteronomy. The term at a skip of -23 is included in the matrix because it is at an R-value of 1.5. Note that there is another term at a skip of -20 that is relevant, but it is not in the above matrix, and it is a lower skip than -23.

Each of the three terms is within a verse that indicates one of the following: Hashem's mighty hand; what we must do; or a warning against not following His directives. The matrix below also includes a few terms indicating the month of the year in which Wilma struck, an indication that it is a calamity, and that it is His punishment.

Why a Wilma? continued.

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