The majority of the world follows one of the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. While there are various branches of all 3 of these (Reformed Judaism vs. Orthodox Judaism, Catholic vs. Protestants, Shia vs. Sunni, and etc.) every single one of them have their roots in the same place – the Torah. The Torah is also known as the Pentateuch or the first 5 books of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. Even the Koran, the Holy Book of the Muslims is incomplete without the Torah as it references the text within repeatedly. The common belief is that the Torah was originally authored by Moses and was edited to a small extent by scribes. Within the Torah one can find history, poetry, moral law and lots of allegory.
The Torah has been commonly referred to as “Living Water” by the Jews for over 3 thousand years. Here is an interesting “coincidence” involving modern science and the living water:
- The chemical formula of water is H2 O
- The atomic number for Hydrogen (which is the H) is 1
- The atomic number for Oxygen (the O) is 8
Now add the atomic numbers together (1+1+8) and you get the number 10.
What is the significance of the number 10? Well, one of the interesting things about the Torah is that certain numbers are used repeatedly and it is intentional and emphasises certain sublime truths. 10 is an important number in Torah and here is why:
- The ten utterances (ma’amarim) spoken by God during the creation of the world.
- Genesis is divided into 10 main sections and each begin with the word “account” [see 2:4; 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10; 11:27; 25:12; 25:19; 36:1 repeated for emphasis at 36:9 and 37:2]
- Noah was the 10th generation from Adam [Genesis 5:1-32]
- Abraham was the 10th generation from Shem, son of Noah [Genesis 11:10-26] (the ancients counted every series with the first in the series as #1 – there was no concept of 0 as a place value)
- 10 Commandments [Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21]
- 10 Plagues of Egypt [Exodus 7-12]
- Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) is established on the 10th day of the month of Tishrei [Leviticus 16:29]
- 10 curtains used in the Tabernacle [Exodus 26:1]
- The Acacia frames used in the tabernacle were 10 cubits long [Exodus 26:16]
Here is another one – ironically the 10th one. Numbers convert to letters in Hebrew and the number 10 converts to the letter yod [ י ]. The letter yod is the first letter in the Tetragrammaton [which is the Hebrew spelling of the ineffable name of God. So, is it a coincidence that the Living Water of Torah has atomic numbers that add up to the number 10 and the number 10 just so happens to have the significance that it does? Maybe but, like I mentioned before the Torah intentionally conceals messages for the reader to study the deeper meaning of what is written (this is the true way of Kabbalah, not that silly red string stuff). I think it is completely amazing that thousands of years after the Torah came to be chemical properties and atomic numbers developed by scientists just so happen to come full circle and provide additional pieces to the puzzle of the Torah.
While Torah Study is given a significant amount of focus in Judaism there is little to no attention given to it by Christians; and Muslims today only study the Koran. This is a shame because without the lessons in the Torah the Gospels have no foundation and neither does the Koran. The Torah is unlike the rest of the Bible (with exception to the mystical allegory of the book of Revelation) in that the entire body of work has to be studied in multiple ways in order for one to understand it. It is like shining a light though a prism – each new ray may be a different color but, its source is one singular light. Torah is literal, figurative, allegorical, mystical, and personal. When studying it you must examine each sentence in all 6 ways in order for the Light to shine bright. The 2 easiest methods are literal (which is just the reading of the text) and personal (which is reading the text and comparing it to your daily life). The other 3 take time and study and are almost always subjective in their meaning based on the individual.
The journey will continue with a look into the Torah. I will use a holistic approach to my writing which will encompass multiple elements leaving those of you who are up to the challenge some work to do on your own.
© Nelson Rose, The Quest for Light