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With the year 2011 already more than halfway over, many people are preparing for whatever they believe will happen in the year 2012. There are many interpretations and perspectives of what 2012 will hold for us—the end of days (and for some, this could mean the end of the world), a positive cultural shift across the globe, absolutely no change—and Dovid Krafchow gives his own unique perspective, which he outlines in his book, “2012 and the Cabala.”
In his book, Krafchow answers questions about 2012 and the “End of Days,” according to his study of the Cabala, along with three significant calendars—Hebrew, Mayan, and Roman. He shows how all three intersect and coincide at different points in time, beginning his explanation with the Time Line which he includes at the beginning of “2012 and the Cabala.” Krafchow follows the Time Line with five main sections of text: Time; The Past; God Time; The Present; and The Future.

Krafchow also offers a fascinating look into gematria, a method of interpreting Hebrew text by calculating numeric values of words. For instance, Krafchow explains that the number 26645 is made up by the four-letter name of God, YHVH, which holds a numeric value of 26, the term Adom/Human (45) and the Six Days of Creation, which is “prototype to a 1000 years of history” (6). Krafchow explains this gematria and the number 26645’s significance further saying, “This mathematical code enables those interested to exceed the speed of light and travel into the heavens.” He offers up other significant numbers throughout his text, and shows, through mathematics, how Jewish mysticism and science often come together, bringing up such topics as the speed of light and pi.
At the end of the book, Krafchow provides a thorough glossary which is especially useful for readers who are unfamiliar with the Cabala and the Hebrew language. Readers can find words such as Di/Enough (“The Supernal Command reducing illumination down to the speed of light”) and Moshiach/Oil Pourer (“Destined to bring a new light to the world by the year 6000 [which ends the Hebrew Calendar].)

The subtitle of the book really does sum up the much needed perspective that Krafchow gives his readers: “An ancient take on the modern world providing a positive spin to our chaotic times.” He ensures that, although, “Some understand this term End of Days to be one of calamity and destruction,” there is no need to worry because, “that is not consistent with the expressed intention of the Creator to love and come closer to creation. These incidents of time and celestial happenings should be sufficient to recognize the choreographed display of the Creator’s Will and Love.”

Another positive spin that Krafchow brings into his text is his discussion of light versus darkness. He points out that science teaches us that everything is darkness with specks of light, yet the Torah teaches us that everything is light with specks of darkness. So why do we humans often choose to believe the former? “How is it,” asks Krafchow, “that the world is so easily swayed toward views detrimental to the human condition?” Krafchow, of course, takes the positive, Cabalistic perspective, and encourages readers to do the same.

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