Re: Equal Interval Reading

Mordechai Perlman (aw004@freenet.toronto.on.ca)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 13:47:13 -0500 (EST)

Much discussion has been made regarding the validity of the codes
in which fabulous hints to matters of the Oral Torah and world facts are
to be found within the text of the Torah itself. Should we accept the
findings of the scientists that what is being found is indeed incredible
as it points to a non-random placing of these facts, there is some
difficulties that need to be worked out.
1) A complaint already voiced that the letter Vov of Gichon is
not exactly in the middle of the Torah as the G'moro says it is.
2) The G'moro asks on which half of the Torah does the Vov of
Gichon sit. The G'moro suggests that they count them and find out. The
G'moro says that the earlier Sages who made this observation were
"experts in knowing where each Yud and Vov belongs" while we are not so
expert. Therefore, the Sages themselves said that they don't know for
sure if all the "Vov"s and "Yud"s that are there really belong and those
that aren't whether they really should be present. In short, our text may
differ from what the earlier sages had, in addition or subtraction of
Vovs and Yuds.
3) The Gilyon HaShas (commentary on the G'moro, authored by the
famous Gaon HaRav Akiva Eiger) lists in detail, places where the text of
the Torah that Rashi and Tosfos had, differs with the Torah of the Sages
of the G'moro. It is too extensive and long a list to quote here now but
one who wishes to see it for himself should look in Shabbos 55b.

A possible resolution to this problem is that "eylu v'eylu divrei
elokim chayim". That Hashem has helped us, insofar as we have tried our
best to preserve the Torah as much as is humanly possible, to ensure that
despite the fact that we have variations, our Torahs still are considered
authentic Torahs to read from and the miraculous discoveries which the
codes turn up will still abound to the point of being non-random. This
is in fact an astonishing display of Divine Providence.

Mordechai Perlman