Parashat Shemini / The Torah’s center
We do not know why these scribes counted the letters in the Torah or whether they used their mathematical findings for the purpose of creating some virtuoso commentary.
The following passage appears in the Talmud: “The ‘First Ones’ were called sofrim [scribes, but also counters], because they counted all the letters in the Torah. They said that the letter vav in the word gahon was the midpoint of the Torah with regard to the number of letters it contains, that the words darosh darash are the midpoint of the Torah with regard to the number of...
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