Gemaria or Torah Numerology has fascinated Jewish and non-Jewish students of Torah for millenia, perhaps because of its relative simplicity and instant appeal to both the intellect and the imagination. Innovations to this legitimately Rabbinic field of Torah study were usually introduced by the few singular masters of the Torah’s concealed dimension such as Rabbi Isaac Luria, the holy Arizal, and the Megaleh Amukot. Still, through the millenia, the mathematical methods employed in gematria study have remained rudimentary and simple, hardly reflecting the many advances in mathematics, especially those achieved in the past few centuries.
Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, one of the greatest authorities on and innovators of the Torah’s concealed dimension, has ushered in a new era in gematria with his meticulous scholarship, deep insight, and rigorous mathematical knowledge. Carefully building upon the traditional methods used by the Rabbinic authorities of the previous generations, Rabbi Ginsburgh has mathematized the study of gematria leading to the mathematization of Torah learning.
This volume focuses on the Torah’s first verse, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ). Of the hundreds of gematria findings related to these 7 words and 28 letters, a few dozen are explored in-depth in terms of both mathematics and the traditional Rabbinic scholarship they connect to and illuminate. You will be astounded by the mathematical richness that the Torah relates to and will surely appreciate the beautiful new world of Torah scholarship mathematics can open up.