Parshat Bereisheit Noach
Genesis 6.9 - 11.32

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מִפְּנֵיהֶם
Mee Pih Nay Hehm

From Their Faces / Their Countenance

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There are Two Words are Two Words I would like us to consider. They are מִפְּנֵיהֶם Mee Pih Nay Hehm and From Countenance הַנְּפִילִים Hah Nih Fee Leem meaning The Fallen.

Genesis 6.13
And God Said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence מִפְּנֵיהֶם because of them [From Their Faces]; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.’

When The Torah Says, ‘because of them, The Torah is Making reference to Two fallen angels, Shamchazai [also know as Chazai or Hazai] and Azael, and their offspring. Giants resulted from physical relations with the daughters of men. These were unholy unions. These were forbidden unions. Let’s discuss how this came about.

‘When the Holy One, blessed be He, sought to create man, He took counsel with the ministering angels. He said to them: ‘Let us make man in our image’ (Gen. I, 26).

The Angels responded, ‘What is man, that You are mindful of him’ (Ps. VIII, 5)?

The Creator Answered, ‘The man whom I desire to create will possess wisdom that shall exceed yours.’ Then The Creator Assembled all the cattle, beasts, and fowl. He Had them pass before the Angels. Then The Lord God inquired, ‘What are their names?' The Angels did not know.

However, after He Created Adam & Eve He had the animals, beasts and fowl pass before him. The Creator asked Adam, ‘What are the names of these?’

Adam replied: 'This should fittingly be called an ox and that a lion; that a horse; that an ass; that a camel, and that an eagle.’ This is inferred from the text, ‘And the man gave names to all cattle, etc. (Gen. II, 20).

Then The Creator asked Adam, ‘And you, what shall be your name?’

He answered: 'Adam.’

The Creator questioned, ‘Why? call yourself Adam’

He replied, ‘Because I have been created from the ground (adamah).’

The Holy One, blessed be He, asked Adam ' And I, what is My name?’

Said said, ‘ Lord.’

The Creator inquired, ‘Why?’

Adam said, ‘Because You are The Lord over all created beings.’ Hence it is written, I Am The Lord, that is My Name (Isa. XLII, 8). It means: That is The Name by which Adam called Me; it is the name which I have accepted for Myself; and it is The Name on which I have agreed with My creatures. Midrash BaMidbar 19.3

In Genesis when we read The Lord deploring the wickedness of man, two angels Shamchazai and Azel, arose before Him and argued, ‘Master of the Universe, didn't we tell you before the creation of man that he would be unworthy and should rather not be created?’

The Creator Responded to them, ‘If not for man, what purpose does the universe serve?’

They replied, ‘We, the angels, are sufficient reason for its existence.’

The Creator Said, ‘I know that if you were to dwell on earth and possess evil impulses as men do, you would be even worse than they are!’

Shamchazai and Azel requested, ‘Grant us permission to live among mortals and You will witness how we sanctify Your name!’

The Creator Replied, ‘Descend and do as you suggest.’ [They were given free will to live as humans]. Shamchazzi and Azel lived on earth as human beings. When they beheld the beauty of human women, they could not resist the temptation to sin with them. These [sinful] unions gave rise to giants of the generation before the flood. [Their descendants] committed the sins of murder, adultery, and robbery, [i.e. kidnapping etc.] Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 79, 80

Sihon and Og were brothers,‘Sihon and Og were the sons of Ahijah the son of Shamhazai’, - The fallen angels are referred to in Gen. 6.2 and 4, as ‘sons of God’ or ‘Nephilim’, meaning the fallen. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Beraishis (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 92 and 98.

Numbers 13.33
And there we saw הַנְּפִילִים the Nefilim, the sons of Anak, who come from the Nefilim, i.e. the fallen, the giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so were we in their sight.

Mystically we see the bridge with מִפְּנֵיהֶם ’because of them’ / Their Faces / Their Countenance with הַנְּפִילִים ’The Fallen. The Gematria of each Word is 225.

מִפְּנֵיהֶם
Meet Pih Nah Hehm / because of them / Their faces / Their countenance
מ40 פ80 נ50 י10 ה5 ם40 = 225

הַנְּפִילִים
Hah Nih Fee Leem / The Fallen The Giants
ה5 נ50 פ80 י10 ל30 י10 ם40 = 225

The Torah is teaching us that our face reveals our intentions. Watch the face!

Genesis 31.5
‘And said to them, I see everything from Aleph to Tav of your father’s פְּנֵי countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me.’

Mystically we see the faces of the fallen are related.