Sunday, March 03, 2013

Chabbad, 770, And The Israeli Postal Service

כ"א לחודש השנים עשר תשע"ג

Here is a photograph of the home of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shneerson. That's right, folks, "late."

It is now the World Headquarters of Chabbad-Lubavitch. And, of course, some believe that the late Rebbe isn't so late, and still lives there.  But, I digress....

770 Eastern Pkwy., Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York
Many are so enamored by this building, that they see the street number of its address as significant in one way or another.  Any time this number appears, I hear of something being attributed to it, the Rebbe revealing himself, or the path to a miracle, or any number of other things.

The number "770" is even requested to be included in the choice of a new phone number.

Some even model their own houses after 770 Eastern Pkwy.  I know of at least three examples of this in Israel alone.  My guess is that there are probably more.

I am almost afraid to point out the following.  In the past, I refrained from even making a joke about how the dimples in the stereotypical Chabbad hats represent the sefiroth, because someone might actually come to believe, and spread is around to others, as some kind of hidden secret of the Torah revealed.

Who knows what some Chabbadniks will now make of the Israeli Postal Service, or packages requiring a certain postage?

Here is a screen shot taken from the Israeli Postal Service's price calculator.  It shows the results of how much it would cost to send a letter within, weighing between 350 and 500 grams.

A 350-500g letter costs NIS 7.70 to send within Israel.
I am really surprised that I caught this before any Chabbadnik.

Only time will tell if any mysterious significance will be placed on this now revealed piece of trivia.


Ariel ben Yochanan said...

B"H - I just checked it last week and as it turns out a "normal" letter-sized letter costs exactly 2 shekels to send from Israel to Israel. Now, that is very significant, from whatever direction one looks at it. Two clearly is one plus one, which is, for example, the number of individuals necessary for the first mitzvah of be fruitful and multiply. It is also the value of the first Hebrew letter of the Alef-Bet and there are entire libraries written on the meaning of that. Two is also a very significant number, the value of the letter Bet, which is the first letter of guess what? Of the Torah. Wow! So, I don't know about the significance of 7.70 shekels, but 2? It certainly is VERY important! From whatever way one looks at it.

Anonymous said...

7.70 has a another significance you missed. The decimal point is for the pintele Yid.

I too hesitate because it will be picked up.

Esser Agaroth said...

ABY, ;-)

FF, Good point! ;-)

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