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The Torah Codes Paperback – March 29, 2011
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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
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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.
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The problems are that this is mainly a paint by numbers story, held together by a very thin thread. What exactly is the Torah code? Well, it's some type of computer program that appears to tell you whatever you want to hear based on what you are looking for. The protagonist meets some tarot card reader and they are thinking of getting married a day later? Police don't take suspects to gun ranges and teach them to "shoot to scare." What was the point of the contraption that Nathan creates half way through the book? What does the MEG device really have to do with the story? Why does Nathan think he can sneak a gun through airport security?
Overall, I liked the story, but it's the author's first novel and it shows. It needs to be tightened up a lot in places and streamlined in others.
I was at first disappointed, but the more I read the more I became caught up in the exciting plot. The ending was not what I expected, but it was satisfying.
The appendices briefly explained the Torah Codes by presenting excerpts from the works of scholars of the Torah Code and gave a bit of an understanding of this topic.
If you're looking to be educated on the Torah Code, look else ware. There are a number of good books by reputable scholars available. If you're looking for an enjoyable read, I recommend this book.
But what the book really is, in the end, is a bit of well packaged theology. What truly drives the book is not the cleverness, determination, courage, cowardice, or contrivances of any of the characters. Rather, the book is really about who Nathan and his girlfriend are meant to be. The force behind the book is a strain of Jewish mysticism that allows for coincidence and fate. Underlying it all is the faith that, in spite of everything, God wills us to live in righteousness.
In reading the book I learned something new about religious belief, got something to think about, and had a great time in the process.
I am Jewish and I enjoyed the references the rabbi made to the Bible. However, I couldn't put my finger on any specific reference he made (because of the codes). I won't go into specifics about the book so I won't ruin the book for any potential reader.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the "The Torah Code", I just didn't love it.