ELIYAHU RIPS AND THE TORAH CODE
Eliyahu Rips normally spells his name with a samech as the S sound for the last letter of his name. But in Hebrew, a letter sin has the same sound. The name Eliyahu Rips does not appear at an ELS with a samech, the but it does with a sin. At the 4th lowest ELS of this spelling, the word Code at skip +1 directly crosses his name. Chances for this with two acceptable spellings for Code (tsadeh fey nun and tsadeh fey vav nun) were about 1 in 97.
The above matrix is typical of what is seen at my page on Talmud and Names. This man's parents were inspired to pick a name for Dr. Rips that had the word Code run directly though it. Eliyahu Rips is the most famous of the original Torah Code proponents. My meetings with him in Jerusalem in 1999 are described in my Ark Code book. While I stood in awe of him for many years, and while I still have great respect for him, I believe that he has missed the boat with respect to how the Torah Code is to be properly read.
Each year Jews finish reading the 304,805 letters of the Torah again on a joyous holiday called Simchat Torah. They vie with each other for the privilege of dancing with the Torah in their arms. Then they turn it back from the last word (Israel) to the first word (Bereshis - In the beginning) and start reading it all over again. The software used by Dr. Rips cannot do that, but CodeFinder software created by Kevin Acres (in Australia) can. Why do Dr. Rips and other Orthodox Code researchers not use CodeFinder? Simply because CodeFinder also offers the New Testament, and most Orthodox Jews will now permit it in their homes. I have asked Kevin to produce a kosher version of his software many times, but he never did. There was a Rabbi Yochanan Spielberg that was working on such software along with my method of calculating probabilities, but it appears that he was murdered.
The reason that it's important to have software make more than one pass through the Torah is that it's necessary to find most names encoded with 8 or 9 letters often required to produce a transliteration of a name. For a long time Dr. Rips just focused on Genesis alone of the five books of Torah. But the Orthodox position is that God is the Author of all five books - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. So there's no need to restrict a search to one book of Torah, or one pass through Torah. The Code was obviously based around foreknowledge of computers. So once that concept is accepted, it makes little sense to restrict software to the most primitive forms invented early in the history of Torah Codes research.
STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MATRICES. As per my standard protocol, no statistical significance is assigned to the axis term, here the 4th lowest ELS of a transliteration for ELIAHU RIPS. The two a-priori terms that were sought, TORAH and CODE, both appear at the best case skip of +1. As such, odds calculated were based on that skip and only on frequencies of it at that skip in Torah. Two spellings were used for CODE (tsadeh fey nun and tsadeh fey vav nun). The shorter form appeared in a 27-letter box (with a blue background) crossing RIPS and sharing the letter fey with him. This match occurred against odds of about 97 to 1. On the larger, full 300-letter matrix the significance of CODE drops with odds against it appearing somewhere on the matrix to about 35.5 to 1 before correction for ELS rank 4 of the axis term, or less than 9 to 1 if the correction is taken there. However we pick up TORAH in the open text against odds of about 29 to 1. So the total odds against a matrix as significant as this 300-letter matrix being found by chance, after correction for ELS rank 4 of ELIAHU RIPS, are about 257 to 1.
It should be noted that my method of calculating odds incorporates the structure of a-priori terms with greatest emphasis placed on terms at skip +1, a lesser significance placed on terms found at the other special case skip of -1 or the absolute skip of the axis term, and still less (usually much less) significance assigned to a-priori terms that appear at other skips (like diagonal placements). Dr. Rips favors a Monte Carlo system that just requires appearance of a-priori terms somewhere on a matrix, without emphasis on structure. I believe my method to be superior. You can read more about my statistical protocols HERE.