Dollar $$ Torah

There is little doubt that as Jews, we are extremely fortunate to live in a country that allows such freedom. However, what you are about to read will reveal a much deeper connection between the Jews and the founders of this great republic. There are few people that played as great a role in the founding of the United States as George Washington. What some people may not know is that Washington was not a Christian, but a Freemason. At the age of 21, Washington became a master mason, shortly before he led his first military operation as part of the Virginia militia. Unlike Christians, Masons do not believe in the Trinity; instead, they believe in only one God, the Creator. In addition, they do identify with the Noahide laws.

A closer look at the most basic level of our national currency, the one dollar bill, reveals many connections between the Freemasons, the US, and the Jewish people. Let’s begin with the face on the bill. Even if you forgot who’s on there, you’ve guessed it by now – George Washington. The bill itself differs from larger denominations. On the front side of the bill, the differences are minor, but if you flip the bill to the other side, you will start to see many changes. The most noticeable difference is the word “ONE” in large letters in the center. This theme, one, is central to the belief of monotheism, ONE GOD. Right over the word “ONE” is the phrase “In God We Trust.”

Before we go further, we need to mention some gematrias, significant numbers. The number 26 represents Hashem’s Name (Yud Key Vav Key). In the English language, GOD equals 26 as well (G is the seventh letter, O is 15 and D is 4, total is 26).

This number appears many times on the dollar bill. Take a look at what the eagle is clutching. In right claw, there’s an olive branch with 13 olives and 13 leaves, the total is 26. By the way, the gematria of Echad is 13. In the left claw, there are 13 arrows. Directly above the eagle’s head are thirteen stars, another combination of 26. By the way, I’m sure you noticed that the stars are Magen Davids, arranged to form a larger Magen David.

You have probably heard that in the previous generations, while most Jews lived in Europe, it was said that the United States would be the final stop for Yiddishkeit before Moshiach’s arrival. What better way to represent Moshiach than the eagle, like the kanfei nesharim, eagle’s wings that will take us to Eretz Yisrael. But it’s not just an eagle. It’s protected by a shield, a very unusual one at that. Turn the bill upside down and look carefully at the dark and light stripes of the shield. There are 3 white bars on each side, with a taller white bar in the center. That is exactly the form of the menorah in the Bais Hamikdash. If you add the number of dark bars, 6, to the 7 white ones, once again you have a total of 13, the gematria of Echad.

It’s possible that the number of the eagle’s tail feathers are also no coincidence. There’s 4 on each side, with one in middle. This mirrors the amount of neros we light on the Chanukah menorah, which of course is closely related to the menorah symbolized in the shield.

Let’s move over to the other side of the bill. You can’t help wondering what that strange sight is – a large eye staring out of a small triangle, atop a pyramid. What in the world is going on? Well, let’s take the eye first. This represents the Ayin Ro’eh, the all-seeing Eye of Hashem. Once again, it’s only one eye, because Hashem is Echad. The pyramid below is easy enough, every child knows that the pyramid represents Egypt. The eye atop that represents Hashem, who took us out of the slavery of Egypt. The eye, by the way, is also one of the symbols of the Freemasons, called the illuminati. They too, believe in monotheism.

But that’s just the beginning. Count the levels of stones in the pyramid. You probably guessed it  already, there’s 13. Did you ever wonder why in the secular world, 13 is an unlucky number? Elevators don’t have a 13 button, because many buildings will just skip the 13th floor. This is because they do not believe in the basic concept of Echad – one. The single eye represents the supremacy of Echad over the superstitions and beliefs of foreign gods, cutting off the head of Egypt with the top of pyramid cut off.

There’s actually another connection between the eye and the dollar, based on the teachings of the Vilna Gaon. The Gaon explained the pasuk of עין תחת עין which seems to imply the rule of “an eye for an eye.” However, we know that the Torah refers here to monetary punishment. The Gaon says that עיו תחת עין can be interpreted to mean “look under” עין, meaning look at the letters after ע, י and נ. Those letters are פ, כ and ס, which spells כסף, money. According the words of the Vilna Gaon, we have uncovered another link between the dollar bill, the most basic unit of money, and the eye which is featured so prominently.

Flip the bill back over one more point. On the right, inside the shield of the US Treasury, you will see a scale. The word ‘scale’ is related to the Hebrew word שקל, which means to weigh. The shekel is also a basic denomination of money found in the Torah. But there’s another word for scale, מאזנים. This word comes from אוזן, which means ‘ear’. This complements the eye of Echad, as the Mishnah teaches us, there is an עין רואה ואוזן שומעת, an eye that sees and an ear that hears.

Let’s end with an easy letter group that is so obvious once it’s pointed out. In fact, I won’t even explain it, I will just write: JerUSAlem. By now, I think you’ve got the message.

by B. G. Beker

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