613 Buses

613 Buses

Here’s my next encounter today with mystical number 613 (the number of Commandments in the Torah).


This is the sign on the bus shelter by the Foggy Bottom Metro.


Two buses are on the way–the M36 and M31.


Both coming to the same bus stop.


One immediately right after the other. 


Read top right to lower left…613.


Within ten minutes I saw yet another 2 signs on the metro train in 2 different locations…both 6 car trains coming right after each other in 1 and 3 minute intervals.


(Note: Metro also has 8 car trains that it usually alternates with the 6’s, but today none were in sight at either station). 

613 Train
I am not making this stuff up…this is freaky, but if you believe, maybe also very cool. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

613 From Elevator To Seaweed

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So as you know, we are experiencing 613 (mystical, holy number of commandments in the Torah) all over the place.

This last week, we got on the elevator to go to the 13th floor, and immediately, the next guy gets on and presses for the 6th floor. 

613 is brightly lite up on the elevator console and we turn to each other and are like, “What the…?” (No one else got on/off and no other floors were pressed while we were on it.)

Next my wife is looking on Amazon for some roasted seaweed as part of our lovely diet plan.

Guess how many reviews are on the product…613.

Yes, while each individual occurrence can be explained away or coughed up to chance–is it really possible for so many of these to be happening virtually daily. 

Any statisticians out there? 

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Friendly Sightings 613

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So this is a first where other people are contacting us with their experiences seeing 613 (the holy mystical number of Commandments in the Torah).

These two photos of a police car and a no smoking sign are coming to us from South Florida. 

Also, I experienced another weird 613 experience this week in that I was number 36 in The Top 100 Most Social CIOs (see the 613). 

If you see 613 in extraordinary ways in your life, please feel free to share the them with Dannielle and I. 

We hope and pray at this time of Passover (commemorating redemption and freedom) that this is a sign of great mazel and blessing for all our times. 😉

(Source Photo and with gratitude to Ms. Ellen Weiner)

What does 600613 Spell?

As per my previous blogs on the mystical number 613 (corresponding to the G-d’s commandments in the Torah), today we have a technological twist.



Recently, Google paid an award to a former employee of $6,006.13.



The amount is special in two ways as you can see:



First of all, Google saw that, if you look closely, this number spells Google. 



Secondly, it has the number mystical number 613 in it. 



613 is a winner and so is Google, which is now the the most valuable company in the U.S. (worth more than Apple) at $554 billion!



If you use simple Gematria, where each letter is a number (A=1, B=2, C=3…Z=26), then Guess what other successful technology companies has the mystical 613 in their names:





















(Also, see which amazing technology company has 613 twice in their name!)


In contrast, some ailing technology companies that do not have 613:


– Yahoo


– Twitter


– LinkedIn


613 is a reminder of G-d’s benevolence to mankind in that he G-d us the commandments as a roadmap to live by.  613 is a symbol of faith in G-d almighty and in his holy Torah (Bible). 


For those that keep His charge, we believe that Hashem will bless them and keep them. 


Indeed, technology used for the good of mankind is a blessing to us all.  😉


(Source Graphics: Andy and Dossy Blumenthal)

ISIS Ruined Our Vacation

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So we rolled the dice this Thanksgiving vacation and came up sort of empty.


We were supposed to go to Las Vegas, but then there is ISIS threatening to strike the U.S. 


Already, ISIS is claiming 71 soldiers in 15 states in the U.S., and the FBI is saying that ISIS terrorists are being recruited in all 50 states


Yet our leadership doesn’t want to fight ISIS while they are still over there–instead, we are foolishly waiting for the next big terror attack over here, as if 9/11 with 3,000 dead wasn’t enough!


We are stubborn, deaf to the terror threats, reactive, and refuse to wake up to the danger that is facing our country. 


Dancing around the issue with some drone and airstrikes–no matter how lethal–is not going to remove this enormous terror threat–coming from some of the most barbaric of enemies that we have ever faced. 


My sister told me from a lecture she heard recently about the terrorist threats we are facing, “We are used to fighting finite wars–there is a start/middle/end. [But] they [ISIS] fights infinite wars–not defined [by time or space].”


So how did we come to cancelling our Vegas holiday vacation?


Here is our story…


The number 613 in Judaism is very important–it represents the number of commandments in the Torah.


We have been seeing this number lately wherever we go: We look at the clock, it’s 6:13. We are driving and look at the license plate in front of us–613. We go shopping and the receipt is for $6.13. We rolled a pair of dice (above), that’s right 613, and much more. 


We asked what this means and were told it’s a warning and to do teshuva (repentance) and follow the commandments more stringently. 


On Shabbat this week, I was reading the Wall Street Journal, and then saw an article on a new illustrative book of the commandments called, “The 613.”


That night, I dreamed the entire night about 613–and the need to unlock the code of what it meant for us. 


The next day, my wife said “I have a really bad feeling about Vegas, let’s go visit your parents graves.”


When we got there, my wife touched the tombstone, and said she could hear my dad telling her not to go to Vegas–was this just playing on her imagination?


So she calls her father who is chasidic and he contacts a famous, pious and mystical Rabbi, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe–and without asking him about the trip–the Rebbe just pops out to my father-in-law that he should tell us not to go on our trip, and if we have to go, to take a different path.


My wife tells her father that we already made plans, have tickets, and don’t want to cancel the trip, so we are instructed to give charity (so I immediately write a check for $613!) and do other deeds for repentance instead. 


Then the night before we are supposed to fly out, my daughter comes out with her iPhone and a news items on the State Department issuing a global travel alert “amid concerns that terror groups and individuals plan more attacks after the Paris massacres.”


If all this wasn’t enough, my back which has been hurting the last week, then completely gives out out on me–and in enormous pain, we simply can’t go anywhere.


One warning, two warnings, three warnings…we can’t be deaf to G-d’s message.


So on this Thanksgiving, a sincere thank you to Hashem (and the Vizhnitzer Rebbe) for guiding us and keeping us from danger.


And a not so thank you to ISIS for implicitly spoiling our Thanksgiving holiday plans to Vegas. 


A small and insignificant, but nevertheless a casualty to our political disengagement, false appeasement, fearfulness to recognize the enemy, and war-weariness to take the bastards down and take them down hard and for good before something, G-d forbid, serious and much worse happens. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)