The Jewish Book of Numbers

The Jewish Book of Numbers

by Ronald H. Isaacs
     
 

Why is the number 13 considered lucky in Jewish tradition? What role do mathematics play in the Bible? How can numbers be used to uncover the 'hidden' meanings of the Torah? Discover the fascinating world of Jewish numerology in The Jewish Book of Numbers. Noted rabbi and best-selling author Ronald H. Isaacs presents a delightful, easy-to-read introduction to the

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Why is the number 13 considered lucky in Jewish tradition? What role do mathematics play in the Bible? How can numbers be used to uncover the 'hidden' meanings of the Torah? Discover the fascinating world of Jewish numerology in The Jewish Book of Numbers. Noted rabbi and best-selling author Ronald H. Isaacs presents a delightful, easy-to-read introduction to the ways in which numbers are utilized in the Bible and rabbinic writings. Included are references to biblical arithmetic and the methods of expressing numbers in the Bible, examples of sacred numbers, biblical and rabbinic units of weights and measures, numbered Jewish lists, a section on gematria - the method of textual interpretation based on the numerical value of words, and notable Jewish quotations that feature numbers. In some cases, numbers in sacred texts are meant to be taken at face value, but more often they are noteworthy for their symbolic nuances. Since each Hebrew letter has a numerical equivalent, Jewish numerology is often used as a commentary to explain Jewish texts. Often used in the study of kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), gematria offers untold insights into Jewish tradition, as well as novel and curious interpretations of both biblical and rabbinic texts. Throughout the generations, Jewish folklore has also made use of interpretive numerology and expressed the importance of numbers in all phases of life. From 1 to 100,000,000, numbers play a variety of roles in Jewish tradition. They are used to mark life-cycle events such as the bris and religious observances such as the counting of the omer between Passover and Shavuot.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568219516
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
09/12/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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