Parsha Math Corner
Parshas Behar by Blimi Olen
In parshas behar we are warned not to take נשך, interest.
The word נשך, interest, has the same numerical value as זה נחש, this is a snake.
נ=50 + ש =300 + ך=20 = 370
ז=7 + ה=5 = 12
נ=50 + ח=8 + ש=300 = 358
358 +12 = 370
What is the comparison between interest and a snake? One similarity is that interest is compared to the bite of a snake. Just as a snake bites a small bite, but then the poison spreads and the victim becomes very ill, or even dies, so too, interest starts out small but eventually it builds up and depletes a person of all his money.