Codes in My Life
I saw a presentation on the Torah Codes and it really caught my attention. But I’m not sure what exactly I’m supposed to do with that now. What do the Codes mean for my life?
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
The Torah tells us that to maximize a moment of insight, we need to concretize it. The spiritual insight must take root in the reality of our physical world.
The Codes are an interesting phenomenon, and no specific code can be used to prove anything. At the end of the day, the fact that the entire Jewish nation stood at Mount Sinai and received the Torah is the greatest evidence fort the truth of Torah. For more on this, see: www.aish.com/jl/p/ph/48943936.html
They don't "define" Torah or reality. The Tur, 13th Century Germany, wrote in his commentary to the Torah, that his commentary, a work mostly of gematria, is a "parparet," to the Torah. The Talmud explains that a parparet is a sweet dish made from wheat, eaten either as an appetizer, or dessert. What the Tur meant when he called his commentary a parparet, was that it is either meant to draw the appetite to learn Torah, just like an appetizer does to the main course. Or it is a sweet way to end off your Torah learning, like a dessert after the main course. What is clear, however, is that it is not intended to be the main course. The Codes are also a parparet.
The codes are merely evidence of the Torah's truth. It isn't the Torah itself. The most direct and clear pathway to true spirituality is through working on one’s character, Torah study, and prayer. Although the codes are neat, don't become obsessed with them. Go learn some real Torah.