....For this first of three pages I will reproduce here the PREFACE and INTRODUCTION by Dr. Moshe Katz to his 1996 book "Computorah", the oldest book I have on this subject... It came with a floppy disk attached to its back cover, which is the oldest and most primitive "Bibe Code Software" that I own, and is comfortable running on slow computers and Windows 3.1.
...I bought Dr. Katz's book in Jerusalem in December 1997, at which time it had only been out about one year.... I had purchased newer Bible Code software in Brooklyn, New York, by then, but had not yet put it on my computer or learned to use it. ...The art work in Dr. Katz's book is truly beautiful, and above these words you'll see the first picture in this remarkable book.
.""The Torah is the 'best seller' of all time. It is the book that has exerted an extraordinary influence on nations and individuals for thousands of years, a book that has become the heritage of all mankind.
Jewish tradition, however, does not share the widely prevailing view that the Torah is essentially a history book. Neither is it simply a book of ethics nor a literary masterpiece. Judaism has always regarded the Torah as a divine creation, a sanctified document whose every letter contains a world of hidden meaning and exalted ideas.
This view of the Torah has now been interfaced with accepted techniques of modern scientific analysis, providing a new and truly revolutionary approach to the study of Biblical texts.
At the labs of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, one of the world's most respected scientific institutions, the novel idea of harnessing computer technology in the service of Torah study was born.
On the assumption that the Torah is a giant cipher, the Torah text was inputted, character after character, into a powerful computer. Special scanning methods were developed to search the entire sequence of characters for systematic structures, key words, names or concepts hidden in equidistant letter sequences. ...The objective was to search for the existence of a hidden code. ...The findings then underwent statistical analysis to determine whether the results were random.
Some of the preliminary findings of the 'skipping letters' technique employed are described below for the very first time... Although the study has not yet been completed, fascinating results already have been obtained. ..The findings revealed by the computer scan are as exciting as they are thought-provoking.
It is not our aim to 'prove' the divine origin of the Torah, nor to establish the reliability of the 'skipping letters' technique. ..Our aim is to demonstrate to the reader what was meant by the Sages when they claimed, 'There is no subject not hinted at in the Torah.'
See Zohar Pinchas 146
We invite the reader to join this fascinating journey into the unknown... During our adventure, we will penetrate past the outer layer of the text and delve into the hidden inner layers of the Torah. Even the skeptic, if willing to lay aside prejudice, will find this book intriguing."..
.."'Moses recieved the Torah from Sinai' (Ethics of the Fathers, 1:1). This single sentence epitomizes the Jewish view of the Torah as divinely inspired, a view that has had to withstand the onslaught of supposedly 'scientific research' aimed at undermining this basic tenet of Jewish faith.
Based on apparent repetitions, lack of stylistic uniformity, and, above all, the use of different names for G-d, 'Bible research' claims that various passages of the Torah were written at different periods and finally edited in the fourth century BCE.
This view of the Torah gained much credence during the 19th century in Europe and rapidly found an eager welcome in academic institutions throughout the world. ...The Bible scholars who perpetuated these views tended to be highly selective and subjective in their choice of variables, many of which simply do not stand the test of scientific evidence. ....The validity and reliability of their findings and conclusions are therefore highly suspect.
Holding its own against the 'science' of Biblical criticism, the traditional Jewish view has always regarded the Torah as being of Divine origin.... Its adherents have steadfastly maintained that the Torah was written by Moses as dictated by G-d.
One of the aims of this book is to examine this traditional view more thoroughly."
|....Above is one of the many actual examples found in Katz's book "Computorah" found on page 57, along with an explanation. The Jewish words for 'Priest's tithe' and 'Pauper's corner' in ELS are found to occupy the same area of Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. This ELS code was found by Rabbi Weissmandel and commented on by him in connection with Torah Chemed p. 52.|