What Inspired The Torah Codes?
I was quite happy believing the five books of Moses, aka the Torah, (aka Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) were written by people. There’s a lot of stuff in those books that I disagree with. So I just picked the cool stuff to follow and didn’t touch the other stuff. I figured the G-d I felt in my heart and loved (conveniently) only wanted me to follow the rules and instructions I agreed with. The written rules and laws that made no sense to me, well, that was written by some delusional fella. And if I spoke to G-d, G-d would say, “Yeah. That guy was a little delusional. So you don’t need to follow everything he wrote.”
Until I saw the codes embedded in the Torah.
The codes proved without a doubt to me that the Author was prescient. She/He had detailed foreknowledge of things to come. And we’re not talking, “there will be a boy born in the future that people will respect” kind of foreknowledge. We’re talking “A Rabbi Yehudah Ayash will be born on the first of Tishrei. (Tishrei is a month in the Jewish calendar.)”
I don’t know about you, but the only one I can think of that supposedly has the ability to know that much about the future would be the Almighty Skyhopper.
Yeah, well, I couldn’t think of a non-gender specific word for “Dude.”
So once I realized the G-d wrote the Torah, I was dazed. What about all that stuff in the Torah I disagreed with? And if I spoke to G-d right then, G-d would give me a wink and say, “Gotchya! It wasn’t some delusional boy, after all!”
So while I’m still reconciling all of this, it inspired me to share my frustrating epiphany with others.
What’s great about The Torah Codes book is that it doesn’t shove religious dogma down your throat. It’s just a fun story that I hope subtly challenges your perception of what it means to be Jewish.