Two weeks ago while learning the Talmud Yerushalmi, I came accross a strange passage where a Sage encountered an Arab, who told him the name of Moshiach, “מנחמ”. Then, another Sage states that the name of Moshiach is “צמח”.
The Talmud states that this is not a contradiction, because the gematria of both names equals 138.
Since I’m into gematrias, I meditated on this piece for a while, cycling through various possible significances of the number 138. Of course, the first thought is always the simplest – in this case, the number in a simple word. Here, 138 is חלק, which means to “split”, or a “portion”.
Two weeks later, enter the UN vote. First, it must be understood clearly what the vote was for, a Pal State with “East Jerusalem” (the Old City & Temple Mount) as its capital.
138 nations voted for splitting Jerusalem, 9 voted against. And, as we know from Zeharia 14:1 (הנה יומ בא ל’ד וחלק שללך בקרבך) the splitting leads to Moshiach.
And there is also a deep message in the vote regarding the 9 – Avraham asked Hashem to save Sodom for the sake of 40, then 30, then 20, then 10. Hashem agreed to save Sodom for the sake of 10 righteous people. There were not 10 righteous people, and Sodom was doomed.
Think implication is clear for us to understand.