Heather Smith, our cover designer, did an excellent job at completing the cover for The Torah Codes. Throughout the process, she was easy to communicate with and I always felt like she was on our side to get the cover looking the best way possible.
If ever you need a cover designer and have just the concept planned out, I recommend Heather to fullly actualize your conceptualization. (Wow! Them's some pretty big words!)
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I'm on my way to jury duty. I've never been picked before. Either I've been excused before the jury picking, or I was found unsuitable to be properly coerced by the lawyers so they'd say, "We'd like to thank and excuse Mr. Barany."
A lady I spoke with on the way to the courthouse said she's never been picked because she doesn't believe in the system. There's a story in there somewhere. Maybe her son was wrongly accused and convicted. Maybe the blatant evidence supporting her or her family member's case was not as convincing as the wry wit and ridicule of the opponent's attorney, making the jury ready to side with anything and everything that clever attorney said.
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Here's a great primer on the Bible codes.
WARNING: Bible codes cannot be used to predict the future. Codes predicting assassinations, for example, are too statistically insignificant to be considered as being intentionally placed. Unless an experiment has been done involving an a priori hypothesis and replication with significant results (and there have been a few that were successful), codes found in the Bible are generally thought-provoking curiosities. The successful experiments are what prove the Bible codes' existence.
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What are the Bible codes? I'm glad you asked. If you read every other letter of the Bible starting with the book of Genesis to Deuteronomy, you get Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code spelled out. Well, maybe not, but the idea is similar.
There are, in fact, many different kinds of codes in the Bible. One type is called "Atbash" where the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is replaced with the last letter, and the second letter of the alphabet is replaced with the second to last letter, and so on. This was seen prominently in Jeremiah where it mentions the city of Sheshach. There is no historical record of any city named Sheshach. There are, however, historical records of a place called Babylon, and if you apply the Atbash code to Sheshach, you get Babel, the Hebrew word for Babylon. Perhaps the author of Jeremiah was afraid of being persecuted by naming the actual city.
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There's a great challenge every November called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) presented by Chris Baty The challenge is to write a novel of minimum length 50,000 words, the approximate length of Catcher in the Rye. So I wrote The Torah Codes November 2005.
Writing a book in one month is a daunting task but Chris Baty's book No Plot? No Problem! helped me get through the process. If you want to get your book done, I highly recommend getting his book.
In the past 5 years the book has been refined, retuned, repossessed, refinanced, and digitally remastered.
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I was quite happy believing the five books of Moses, aka the Torah, (aka Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) were written by people. There's a lot of stuff in those books that I disagree with. So I just picked the cool stuff to follow and didn't touch the other stuff. I figured the G-d I felt in my heart and loved (conveniently) only wanted me to follow the rules and instructions I agreed with. The written rules and laws that made no sense to me, well, that was written by some delusional fella. And if I spoke to G-d, G-d would say, "Yeah. That guy was a little delusional. So you don't need to follow everything he wrote."
Until I saw the codes embedded in the Torah.
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