Rabbi Daniel Lapin
February 17, 2013
It is true that there is no specific ancient Jewish wisdom on how The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind effectively ended the era of black-and-white movies when they were released in 1939. But the Torah does teach the permanent principles of color. It even teaches why different colors impact us in different ways and why red is on the top curve of the rainbow and blue on the bottom.
Furthermore, in the Lord’s language, Hebrew, the words for the main colors matches their intrinsic characteristics. What do I mean by this? Imagine I was teaching someone English. Pointing to a yellow crayon, I carefully enunciate YEL-LOW. Then, holding up the red crayon, I say the word RED. My foreign student would nod happily because he now knew the English words for two colors.
Now imagine that I perversely reversed the words, cruelly instructing my student that the English word for the color yellow is actually RED and the way we describe red in English is with this word—YELLOW. No matter how smart and worldly my student might be, there is nothing that would alert him to my mischief.
However, Hebrew is quite different. A scientist who knew that each Hebrew letter represents a numerical value wouldn’t be bamboozled by my playful prank. The moment I reversed the Hebrew words for RED and YELLOW, he would say, ‘Just a moment, those words you’ve just told me don’t make sense. They ought to be reversed.’ Here is how he would have known.
Let’s examine four Biblical colors:
RED is found in Genesis 25:30. In Hebrew, ADoM, it has a numerical equivalent calculated by adding the value of each of its three letters: alef (1) + dalet (4) + mem (40) = 45.
What our scientist knew and which I shall now tell you is that light rays are really electromagnetic vibrations. Different colors vibrate at different frequencies. A good estimate for the vibration of red light is about 470 trillion times a second. So let’s remember that the key numbers for RED are a numerical equivalent of 45, and a frequency of 470 (approximately).
Moving on to YELLOW, or TZaHoV, that we encounter in the Bible in Leviticus 13:30. Its numerical equivalent is tzadi (90) + hay (5) + vet (2) = 97. Its frequency (in trillions of times a second) is about 510.
Green, YeRaKON, is used as a color in Jeremiah 30:8 “…and all faces have turned green.” Even today we talk of someone looking a bit green meaning sickly or uneasy. (Genesis 1:30 uses the word YeReK to mean ‘greens’ or herbs.)
YeRaKON has a numerical value of yud (10) + resh (200) + kuf (100) + vav (6) + nun (50) equaling 366. It has a vibrating frequency of about 565.
Finally, blue, TeCHeLeT, seen in Exodus 25:4 has a numerical value of tav (400) + chaf (20) + lamed (30) + tav (400) for a total of 850. Electromagnetic frequency tables inform us that blue’s rate of vibration is about 650 trillion times each second.
When charted on a graph, it looks something like this. Other Biblical colors can be added in. Astoundingly, we get a straight line with about 95% accuracy.
Trying this with the English names for the colors yields a meaningless muddle. In Hebrew the result is nothing short of amazing. As Israeli scholar Chayim Shorr suggests, we see a strong link between the Hebrew names of colors and their real word physical characteristics.
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