One of my favorite subjects is the hidden codes that are found in the Torah. Why? Being an Engineer, I have always been a skeptic, who wanted proof about everything before saying that this is the absolute truth (there's my favorite expression again). Even though I have been studying Torah and scriptures for about 64 years, it was only 20 years ago that my life really changed because of Torah. In the 1980's when the personal computer came into vogue, there were Rabbis who put the Torah into the computer to sift out coded messages. It has been known for thousands of years that the Torah has a vast amount of hidden information in its letter structure; but, until the PC came along, it was difficult to decipher. When I started to see what Rabbis, mathematicians and statisticians were finding in the Torah, my curiosity was peeked to the point that I had to get the software used for code finding and check it out for myself. The result of finding this information changed my life. The question about Who wrote the Torah had been solved once and for all.
So, what did I actually see that changed me forever? I'm glad you asked since I detected that you too were very curious and maybe even skeptical. I started to see that everything that was happening in the world can be found encoded in the Torah. A real eye-opener was when three mathematicians did a controlled experiment that was so impressive that it was written up in the August 1994 addition of Statistical Science magazine. Their experiment was to subjectively prove or disprove the statistical validity of coded information in the Torah and to demonstrate that it was not due to random happenstance. Here is a copy of the full report for the curious among you.
The study basically asked "if everything is encoded in the Torah, we should be able to put the full names of the most famous Rabbis in history into the computer and find these individuals." The find was to be by Equidistant Letter Sequences, ELS. More simply, ELS is the skipping of letters to find encoded information. Instead of every letter, maybe every other or every third letter, etc. They came up with a list of 66 names based on write-ups of these individuals in an encyclopedia Judaic. The probability of finding all these names (completely spelled out) was extremely low but would be a good indication of it being in the Torah intentionally. Needless to say, they found all their names (only looking in the Book of Genesis) and next to each of the names they found their date of death. In later experiments, more recently performed, using much more sophisticated computer hardware and software (doing many more permutations of the experiment), they found their date of birth, date of death, place of birth and more. All this information in text that was written thousands of years before these Rabbis were born. The final conclusion in this secular magazine was:
We conclude that the proximity of ELS's with related meanings in the Book of Genesis is not due to chance.
Before I give you some real cool examples of Torah codes, I want to tell you my personal experience in realizing how difficult it is to encode such information and still have readable text. In the 1990's I was involved with outreach efforts, trying to introduce my fellow Jew to the wonderful world of Judaism. One of the tools with which Hashem has provided us is the Torah codes. It was prophesied that in the end of days there would be a big return of the Jewish world to Torah Judaism. The movement is called the Ba'al Teshuvah movement. A working cohort of mine, ask me one day "why do you think Hashem gave us the personal computer at this time in history?" Since the PC allowed many to witness and marvel at the coded messages in the entire Bible, Hashem gave us this tool to prepare us for the time of redemption and Messiah. Thank you, Hashem. Because I was so fascinated and involved, I was asked to go to synagogues, schools, Sabbath retreats, etc to lecture on the subject. Since most people at the time were not familiar with the ELS concept, I constructed a simple example in English to demonstrate. My slide said:
I am happy to be in your class to tell you a story.
I told the audience that within this statement was a secret code.
I am Happy to bE in your
cLass to teLl you a stOry.
cLass to teLl you a stOry.
Starting with the H in happy and counting every 8 letters they saw my secret message:
This silly example took me about a half hour to construct; but, it gave me great appreciation of this:
This is the narrative about the Garden of Eden in Genesis. Encoded within this short paragraph are the names of 25 species of trees that were in the garden (as described in the Talmud). I am convinced when I see something like this that if we were to connect every computer in the world to one big supercomputer and attached all the brains of everyone alive today (super brain), we still could not write a Torah.
Two last codes that nobody has ever seen. My last name has eight letters in Hebrew. The name is encoded once in the entire 24 books of the Bible. It has a letter separation of over 19 thousand letters and includes the names of every relative that I have with that name. In other words, my paternal grandfather was Abraham. So my last name starts just before the first time Abraham is mentioned and it goes to just beyond the name Betzalel, which happens to be the name of my oldest grandson. All the names of the rest of the family are within that one finding in the Torah. What a coincidence?
I have a friend that I went to high school with that is not observant but was interested in all my involved Torah effort. I told him about finding my name in the Torah and, of course, he asked if I can look for his name. It's a little involved but there are verses that are commensurate with everyone's birthday (it actually tells you what your mission is in this world and is a good subject for another blog post). I looked at one particular verse that described my friend and found his first name, his last name and crossing over the word was his middle name. What a coincidence?
Since I personally have about a dozen books with codes, scores of printouts, over the years, of codes happening in the world events and even a large number of slides that I used in lectures, I could go on for weeks and not show you everything. Just be totally aware of Who wrote the Torah and that everything and everybody that ever existed, exists now or will exist is in the Torah. Not just names but every detail of every moment in one's life. What you had for breakfast this morning, what socks I am wearing today, who you talked to and what you said – there is nothing missing. What a coincidence?
"Anyone who has looked into the codes, seriously, is totally convinced of its validity."ReplyDelete
This does not seem to be the absolute truth. In fact, there are frum mathematicians who have looked into the codes and are NOT convinced of their authenticity. See for example Aumann, who has reversed his prior ringing endorsement.
Please do much more investigation into the matter before you make such a statement. The brilliant Robert Aumann -- isn't. He tried to reproduce the Great Rabbis experiment and failed. His conclusion was "A priori, the thesis of the Codes research seems wildly improbable... Research conducted under my own supervision failed to confirm the existence of the codes - though it also did not establish their non-existence. So I must return to my a priori estimate, that the Codes phenomenon is improbable". His opinion (that dangerous word again) proved nothing. There were mathematicians from Harvard, Yale, Hebrew University and others that totally corroborated the results. I myself have about 30 college credits in mathematics and have studied statistical analysis and since my conclusion is that the number of hidden codes in the Torah is infinite, then that makes the odds of it being real at infinity to one. Show me someone to beat those odds and I'll show you a faker. By the way there were more impressive studies than Robert Aumann debunking the codes until they got caught. Hell is a very big place and there is much room for those who think they know better than Hashem.Delete
Wonderful blog. Thank youReplyDelete
Thank you for the wonderful, scientifically-based article.ReplyDelete
I, too, struggled with the Torah codes. In Israel I was introduced to the Statistical Science study and my jaw dropped. After further personal research I became convinced of its validity.
For fun, I wrote a Jewish thriller called The Torah Codes to spread the news of the study. Though the novel is mostly just a fun ride, I did include an article by Doron Witztum in the appendix about the Torah codes.
Thanks again for the supportive article.
Author of the award-winning
Bestseller The Torah Codes
Your book looks very exciting. I just ordered my copy on Amazon.com. Since the shipping to Israel cost as much as the book, I ordered it through snail mail. In July when I get the book, I will B"N make a comment on my website. Hatzlachah and thank you for your comment.Delete
Thank you so much for ordering my book! Again, the story is just a fun thriller, but the brief moment I mention the actual codes, I try to keep it as well-founded in rigorous science as possible.Delete
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Is my name in the Torah? If it is, is it kosher to look for it?ReplyDelete
Your name and everything about you down to the finest detail. What you are wearing today, what you had for breakfast, etc, everything. The Torah is the genetic code for everything so if it isn't in the Torah, it doesn't exist. The problem is that there are 600,000 ways that information is encoded in the Torah and like reading the DNA code in every cell of a living organism, most of the information is beyond our capability to detect. Looking for your name is encouraged since it gives you chizuk that Hashem knows every detail about you and loves you.Delete
I have the Torah Codes program. I just checked to find that מריה (Moriah) is found 1024 times encoded in the Tenach with skipped letters (maximum skip of 100). Of course, many of those are the actual name Har Moriah. When I went to the Torah alone and changed the skip rate to 10, I still came out with 211 times. A very interesting thing is that Moriah appears with no skip 122 times in Torah since the statement "And Hashem said" which appears many, many times Vayomair ends with mem raish, and Hashem begins with Yud and a Heh. What a secret message that seems to be.
If you send me the spelling of your last name in Hebrew (if you know it), I will do a search for you.
חיים צבי is my nameDelete
שמעון is my father's name
פירל צערל is my mother.
What can you find?
Although your name can easily by found, your last name would be more significant for a search. Write to me in a private Email with the proper Hebrew spelling of your last name and I will do a search, B"N. Keep it private since I do not wish to disclose full names on this blog.Delete
Hi, I find this fascinating, could you do a search for my name??? Asher Jacobs ... and also anything else that you think relates to my life???ReplyDelete
I plan to repeat this blog post soon. You will notice that you picked a post that was made 8 May 2012. So far as anything else related to you (besides name), everything about you is in the Torah. The shirt you are wearing, what you had for breakfast, every word you say. It is like me trying to read your DNA. I can put in items and search but I have to know the item in advance. If you Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with some other information, I can be more specific and do a search. The search, of course, would be in Hebrew, so I would need exact spellings (Asher I know, Jacobs I probably could figure out, other information you might have to provide). I await your response and we can have a good time looking.Delete
Where can I get this software?ReplyDelete
The software is available from several companies. The one that I purchased was from a company named TES. You can find a variety of excellent Jewish software on their website: http://www.jewishsoftware.com/Delete
Beware of some of the Torah codes software programs available -- some are suspicious -- especially when it includes non-Jewish books of the Bible which were admittedly written by people and not Divinely inspired or written.
The Torah name slides are the best evidence I know that the Bible is not the work of man. But if you do your own name slide, you may find things you "didn't want to know." You should not try to predict the future with it, because Hashem pemits us to choose between good and evil. For a slide to be valid the open text should confirm what was hidden in the ELS. Dean Coombs does some excellent Bible Code picture slides, but don't ask him to do your name. He believes it to be wrong. Hashem spoke the world into being, so sometimes you need to know how a name was said, rather than using a dictionary spelling or transliteration.ReplyDelete
You are absolutely correct -- the hidden information in the Torah is not, I repeat, NOT for us to predict the future. An interesting thing is that the books "The Bible Code," which were written by a secular Jew for the purpose of making money. The author predicted many events for sensationalism. Every event he predicted did not happen, since Hashem knew well in advance what the author would try to do, and Hashem made sure those predictions would be bogus.Delete
I do have the software to find names and events (I know exactly where I am in the Torah). I can only use the software by putting know names and events into the computer and seeing where it is. It always has to be after the fact.
Please search for זהבה בת שרה - toraware.com does not have all of tanach. thanks much.ReplyDelete
Torah codes are very tricky and complicated. זהבה בת שרה does not appear even one time in Tenach, but rarely does an individual's name happen that way. זהבה as an example appears 34 times in the Tenach with no letter separation; 80 times if I go up to 10 as a separation.Delete
Usually ones name appears in a similar manner as the Rav Glazerson videos, as different codes that overlap each other. My name as an example can be found within my last name "Robinson." Robinson appears once in all of Tenach with a letter separation of 19,541. Why so big? It starts before the verses about Avrahom, which was my grandfather's name, and goes beyond Betzalel, which is my oldest grandson. It includes all the Robinson names in my family including me.
Another problem is that there are 600,000 ways that information is encoding in the Torah. Everything about you is in there, but it would be like reading a DNA genome of a person by just looking at the cell.
With the program that you are using, put in individual words and see where they may come together in a significant way. Use your last name, your place of birth, your date of birth, etc. If you find one place where it all matches, and it is even in a significant place in the Torah (something that sounds like it is talking about you), then you have found "you" in the Torah. For me to look for all this info in Tenach would require me knowing all about you; and frankly, I hardly know you.
thanks so much for leading me in the direction I need to go! I will order IY'H from TES on http://www.jewishsoftware.com/ as you noted above. You made me smile! Nu? what about my find PRETTY INTERESTING YES? http://geula613.blogspot.com/2016/07/proof-of-me-being-daughter-of-aharon.htmlReplyDelete
That is fascinating. Thank you for sharing this information. Are you a bas Levi in this gilgul? I believe your neshamah should be carried on each gilgul the same.Delete