Sunday, June 17, 2007

Computers Searches Cannot Fool Reb Chaim

Recently an interesting episode occurred with Reb Chaim Kanievsky that demonstrated that despite the amazing advances made by modern technology, nothing can be substituted for diligence in Torah study. A Torah scholar in Bnei Barak was discussing Torah topics with Reb Chaim and he queried Reb Chaim regarding the amount of instances where the name Moshe is listed in the Torah. Reb Chaim immediately responded that the name Moshe is listed 414 times in the Torah, to which the questioner responded that he believes that the name Moshe appears 416 times. Reb Chaim smiled and responded that apparently this person had done a computer search which resulted in the extra listings of the word Moshe, as in one instance the word is miseh, from the sheep, and in the second instance, the word is masheh, which means to lend, but certainly these words do not refer to Moshe.

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5 comments:

Rafi G said...

fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Something is wrong here:

I just checked with the Bar-Ilan web based edition. If you search just the Torah (not Nach) the count is = 99. Subtract the two; "Maashe" and Miseh" so you are left with 97. And if you are talking about the whole of TANACH then the count = 158 (less the two) = 156.

Anonymous said...

Something is wrong here:

I just checked with the Bar-Ilan web based edition. If you search just the Torah (not Nach) the count is = 99. Subtract the two; "Maashe" and Miseh" so you are left with 97. And if you are talking about the whole of TANACH then the count = 158 (less the two) = 156.

Avromi said...

I suspect that you made a mistake in your search; Moshe, only 99 times?

Also, on my other site, we wrote that it is actually more than the 414.

Dan - Israeli Uncensored News said...

Regardless of the numbers, the story is funny