TALMUD AND CHOOSING NAMES
Talmud Discusses Names Inspired by God
THE LONGER THE NAME, THE LESS LIKELY THAT IT WILL BE AT AN ELS.
My son, David Roffman, and I have performed many experiments looking for names of people, whether his school colleagues, or U.S. presidents, and the 8-letter limit was almost always there. So what about people with names that require more than 8 letters? We generally kick back to initials, or forms that eliminate vowel letters, but even then we don't always find everybody. Further, even if we did find everybody, it would generate serious questions about free will if their fates were prerecorded. This is a problem for Judaism, as our faith strongly backs the concept of free will.
So what is really going on? To understand, we need to consider another Code written by God - the Genetic Code. I have written in my book and to Dr. Rips before about DNA-structured Codes matrices, but this is not the point I wish make here.Consider, if you will, the cases of murderers who have murderers up their family trees. There are many of them. But having fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who were criminal does not mean that their descendants must be criminals too. There is free will, and people can overcome bad genes (as with modern Australians who trace their ancestry to prisoners brought there from England). People can learn from mistakes made by their ancestors, however, we are not shocked when they do not. So it may be with the Codes. Not everyone's name is at an ELS. But when a name is at an ELS, there may be a tendency for events to unfold in that life that match what is seen in the text that is close to the ELS name. Thus the Clinton matrix depicting the Lewinsky scandal. So a bad ELS location may imply a tendency to have something negative happen, while a positive environment in the Torah text may be a blessing. Therefore, parents should check the ELS location before settling on a name. However, it is more than possible that some names they might choose have no ELS - especially when the names are (a) very long, or (b) contain hard to find letters like zayin (Z), tet instead of tav for T, or samech instead of shin for S.
This also makes sense when we consider the issue of how a text as beautiful and coherent as Torah could possibly be written while the Author must consciously alter the proposed text to accommodate the fates of billions of people. No adjustment in text design was required. Rather, people adjust to their ELS location. There might be cases, however, where the proximity of names and events is meant to serve as a warning. While there have not yet been enough cases to prove such links, if they exist, they probably are similar in nature to what is seen on this web site under Vatican Rule.
ABOVE: PHILADELPHIA shares a letter HEY with THE CITY in the open text.
Also missing: former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. His 10-letter name (spelled Alef Hey Vav Dalet Alef Vav Lamed Mem Resh Tet) is not at an ELS. The six letters of his last name alone, Olmert, do occur 336 times in unwrapped Torah. We can find Olmert followed (but not predeced by) by Resh Hey Mem, the abbreviation for Prime Minister, at skip -293 and in a 55-letter box along with the word for President or Prince (Nun Sin Yud Alef). Skip -293 is the fourth lowest skip of Olmert. But it should be noted that the three letters to form the abbreviation for Prime Minister are the third (Hey), fifth (Mem) and seventh (Resh) most common letters in Torah, comprising over 23% of it. We also find Olmert at an ELS in sequence with the same three letters scrambled in meaningless fashion after his name as Hey Resh Mem, and Resh Mem Hey, if we search wrapped Torah.
There are many fates that don't match the names. However, if such a blessing or curse effect is present, we should expect to see a slightly greater rate of matching fates in Codes texts than in control texts - again, not because they are deliberately encoded, but because they have received a blessing or curse of some sort at name selection. While it may also exist, I am not yet confident of any deliberate encoding for terms that do not require redundant a priori course angles like the ELS Maps posted on this web site.