Maya Cohen and Tom Roes, two filmmakers from the Netherlands took three journeys to Israel to finish this video. The 98 year old lady was the last person in front of our camera. They were inspired by a project Jeroen Wolf did in Dutch (https://vimeo.com/48237094).
The system of Hebrew numerals is an alphabetic numeral system using the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In this system, there is no notation for zero, and the numeric values for individual letters are added together. Each unit (1, 2, …, 9) is assigned a separate letter, each tens (10, 20, …, 90) a separate letter, and the first four hundreds (100, 200, 300, 400) a separate letter. The later hundreds (500, 600, 700, 800 and 900) are represented by the sum of two or three letters representing the first four hundreds. To represent numbers from 1,000 to 999,999, the same letters are reused to serve as thousands, tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands. In print, Arabic numerals are employed in Modern Hebrew for most purposes.
Gematria is the practice within Jewish tradition of assigning alphanumeric code – a mystical meaning to a letter or letters and to words based on their numerical values, and on connections between words of equal value, is known as gematria. A well-known example of Hebrew gematria is the word chai (“alive”), which is composed of two letters that add up to 18. This has made 18 a “lucky number” among the Jewish people. Gifts of money in multiples of 18 are very popular.
In the standard version of gematria, each letter is given a numerical value between 1 and 400, as shown in the following table. In the Mispar gadol variation, the five final letters are given their own values, ranging from 500 to 900.
Type in a word or a number to calculate gematria values.