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anyone who has studied Talmud in a serious yeshiva knows that the intricatelaws cannot be understood without tremendous amount and depth of analytical thought so it's kind of built into the system. It is a duty from scripture and also from reason to study torah deeply. Here's a source on the latter from the chovos halevavos gate 8 ch.3 To bring oneself ...


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In reckoning the correspondences of a word, it is traditional in gematria to consider also words having a total one less and one more than that of the number in question. This practice is stated as: "it is permissible to add or subtract an Aleph". An examination of the entries for consecutive numbers in this dictionary will show that some words duplicate ...



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