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A numerological system used in kabbalah and other forms of Jewish mysticism that assigns numerical values to words based on the fixed numerical values of their letters.

[Mishnaic Hebrew gîmaṭriyyâ, from Greek geōmetriā, geometry; see geometry.]
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(Judaism) Judaism a system of assigning numerical values to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, esp when used by cabbalists to interpret the Hebrew scriptures
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(gəˈmeɪ tri ə)
a cabbalistic system of interpretation of the Scriptures by substituting for a particular word another word whose letters give the same numerical sum.
[1685-95; < Hebrew gēmaṭriyā < Greek geōmetría geometry]
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A magico-philosophical science of numbers found in the cabala and based on the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
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The system of gematriya, in which every Hebrew letter also serves as a number, gives each word an arithmetic (and often mystical) value--think of the connection between the number 18 and its verbal corollary, chai, meaning "life." Other numbers, such as 13, are associated with points in the life cycle.
Regarding the commandment to give thanks, Zilberstein added the following "bonus" concept: A verse in Psalms (35,18) praising public thanksgiving is this:"I will thank You in a great congregation, amidst a large nation I will praise You." In gematriya [numerology], the letters of the verse add up to 774 -- precisely the current Jewish calendar year of this, thesixth millennium.