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The Torah Codes [Kindle Edition]

Ezra Barany
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Award-winner of the Hollywood Book Festival, bestselling thriller The Torah Codes has been called a Jewish version of The Da Vinci Codes.

"FIVE STARS - I wish I could put an additional star on the rating system for this book." - Roseanne Schmidt, July 21, 2011

"FIVE STARS - Let me put this quite baldly: the question before us is not a fictional one. If The Torah Codes describes a real phenomenon, then we are talking about statistical evidence that the scriptures are indeed supernatural--that is to say, holy, inspired by a force with, at the very least, a god's-eye-view of history. Including, one might presume, future history." - Ien Nivens, Berkshire Fine Arts, May 23, 2011


A reclusive computer programmer, Nathan Yirmorshy, pounds out ones and zeros in the quiet of his home while his landlord secretly watches from behind a two-way mirror. When an intercepted note connects the landlord to a secret society, and a detective ends up dead, Nathan must abandon his home and everything familiar to him, open his heart to a tarot reader he has never met, and trust her with his life--just as the ancient scriptures have foretold.

An appendix of essays by rabbis, doctors, and physicists discuss the themes of the book, specifically, the Bible codes and the Shekinah, the female aspect of God.


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5-Stars! This book is a page-turner that I found very difficult to put down.[...]The author is donating a portion of the book sales to [S.F.] Bay Area Jewish Schools. A good book and helping a good cause is a winning combination!
--The Book Review

From the Back Cover

Award-winning author Ezra Barany unleashes his first novel, The Torah Codes, in which Nathan Yirmorshy finds himself entangled in a mystery of prophecy and danger...

What would you do if you discovered your name was encoded in the Bible?

It Doesn't Matter.

What you will do and how you will die has also been foretold.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dafkah Books (August 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H7U970
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in a flash! April 25, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I did not expect to enjoy this book so much as it isn't my usual genre. I did read the Da Vinci Code so was curious about the comparison. I think Mr. Barany's book was far better written. The story held my attention, loved his unusual humor. In fact, I had to force myself to stop reading last night. Would definitely recommend. A real plus is that part of the purchase goes to Bay Area schools. Bravo!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are the Torah Codes real? July 6, 2011
Format:Paperback
`I needed to walk around someone, so I had to step on the dirt of one of the tree plots that lined the street. As I stepped on the soft dirt, my heart grew cold. I nearly threw up. A body had been cut up and recently buried underneath the dirt. A man with dark hair, a pin-striped suit, a golden wedding ring on his finger. I knew this. I knew this like I knew my own name. There was nothing to indicate such a thing. A million reasons could be given for why the dirt was soft. But I knew there as a body down there. And that I was next...'

`My eyes voted for the bed. Two hours later, it was 8:12 p.m. and I realized I hadn't let my bladder vote. I headed for the bathroom and turned on the light. My eyes complained. I turned off the light. I leaned against the mirror above the sink and reassured them that the light was off and that they could now open again. I opened my eyes expecting the typical picture: round face, brown hair, brown eyes, long neck, but all close up since my forehead was leaning on the mirror. But it wasn't myself I saw. I saw a room. A room filled with cameras. Photos were taped to the wall. I cupped my hands to the mirror and saw the room more clearly. All the cameras were pointed straight at me. But the room was dark and no one was there.'
Nathan is bi-polar and when he gets busy and forgets to take his meds he does have a tendency to imagine things. Could this be one of those times? The best thing for him to do is get out of his landlord's duplex and find a place where he is safe. But that's kind of hard when no matter where he goes he feels someone is following. Someone wants to harm him. Then he runs into Sophia as she gives tarot readings at a table set up outside a bookstore.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Torah Codes June 28, 2011
Format:Paperback
The surreal journey of The Torah Codes, Ezra Barany's overtly mystical homage to Dan Brown, takes us by a series of entertaining and idiosyncratic turns through the San Francisco Bay area to an out-of-the-way piece of real estate in Israel. I won't name that geographical feature here, but most readers from the Judeo-Christian tradition will recognize it upon arrival.

The journey, and the characters who accompany us on it, are more interesting than the destination, anyway. Superficially, the tale is suspense-driven, but as it is with Brown, so also with Barany: the visceral suspense is a framework from which the writer dangles a far more intriguing intellectual, even spiritual, carrot.

The real problem of the novel is never whether Nathan Yirmorshy will survive, but whether he will discover the existential truth of his own identity, as encoded in Chapter 36 of the Book of Genesis, and also whether the premise of the story will prove valid and, if so, what that means in practical terms to Yirmorshy and, by extension, to the rest of us. Is the Bible--that is to say, are the first five books of it--prophetically encoded?
Barany has collected a series of essays that grapple with the notion that such codes are literally embedded in the scriptures. These essays follow the story, shedding light into the space it opens in the reader's mind.

The implications that arise from such a question ought to (although they won't; we all know they won't) provoke far more widespread spiritual introspection and serious religious debate than the rather more tabloid-style speculations about whether Jesus of Nazareth lived to a ripe old age in the South of France, making babies with Mary Magdalene.

Let me put this quite baldly: the question before us is not a fictional one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! April 15, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book has a compelling story line and was actually hard to put down. The essays at the end of the book were fantastic! Great job, Ezra!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun thriller June 9, 2011
Format:Paperback
This was described to me as sort of a Jewish Da Vinci Code and, truth be told, that was enough to get me interested. Nathan discovers that his landlord is spying on him, his name (and several other things) are encoded in a certain book of the Torah, and several people are after him for some weird and vaguely religious reason. Okay, so maybe my synopsis isn't a good sell, but the fact is that I plowed through this book in record time. Nathan is likable and often very funny, and the action kept me turning the pages. Do I believe prophecy is encoded in the Torah? Doesn't matter. It was fun and crazy and I look forward to Barany's next thriller.
Confession time: I did not read the essays in the appendix. I hear they're quite good and well worth reading, but I was just in it for the story, not the religious speculation.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun surprise May 16, 2011
Format:Paperback
I have it on good authority that Ezra Barany is an excellent writer and storyteller. Was a little concerned that this book was going to have an agenda about Torah Codes, but I was pleasantly surprised. Well crafted and interesting story with Ezra's trademark humor included.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
What could have been an excellent mystery story fizzles out early. Save your money.
Published 19 days ago by Roni Batzion
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny thriller
For those who like a little humor along with their puzzle solving adventure, The Torah Codes is just right. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Deborah McGraw
3.0 out of 5 stars Jumbled with a number of inexplicable events
I think I was maybe halfway through Syfy's "Sharknado" when I realized two things: the story was completely ludicrous, but I was enjoying it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. D. Seitz
2.0 out of 5 stars Not well written
I hope that the author keeps his day-time job. The plot-line is thin the conclusion is haphazardly slapped together. Waste of time and money.
Published 1 month ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars The possibilities are limitless.
I just love the way the author pulls you in the story with so many of the non-fiction facts. A great story.
Published 2 months ago by harveygirl
4.0 out of 5 stars The DaVinci Code Old Testament style
I'm not Jewish, I don't have much of a background in the way of Jewish studies. However, that in no way diminished my enjoyment of The Torah Codes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kelly Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!
Very intelligent. Flowed well and was suspenseful. A real pageturner, I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I loved the humor throughout the novel. Read more
Published 5 months ago by margaret slater
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining
If you are looking for a book with intrigue, mystery and travel - you'll really like The Torah Codes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by vboone
3.0 out of 5 stars Torah Codes - Real or Unreal?
The story was exciting although the Torah Codes was not believable to me. It almost read like science fiction and not real!
Published 8 months ago by Patricia A Good
4.0 out of 5 stars still reading
Haven't finished reading it yet will review it when I've finished reading the book. It wasn't exactly what I expected but it is holding my interest.
Published 10 months ago by Faith Krumenacker
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More About the Author

Ezra Barany has been fascinated by codes and puzzles ever since he was a little tot. He started writing suspense and thriller stories in college and got seriously interested in the Bible codes while attending Aish HaTorah's Discovery seminar in Jerusalem. The Torah Codes is Ezra's first novel. Ezra has been a high school physics teacher, fiction writing teacher, songwriting teacher, ESL teacher to French children and pop performer. In his free time, he writes mushy love songs inspired by his wife and book coach Beth Barany. Ezra now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is working on his next book. He is available for presentations and select readings. To inquire about an appearance, please contact Ezra@TheTorahCodes.com.

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