Torah codes are "a purported set of secret messages encoded within the Hebrew text of the Torah" (Wikipedia).

For instance, a well known code suggests that counting 3 intervals of 12111 letters from the first regular mem before the only word whose letters spell the name "Esther" in Chumash (Bereshit 4:14) result in the word "Megilat" (12111 being the number of letters in Megilat Esther).

Similar codes were suggested skipping 12196 letters to find Mordechai and Esther, while others write this doesn't work.

Are there open access tools to validate such codes in the Torah or Tanakh? An ideal validation tool would generate words from a starting letter and an interval. Bonus would be to count the letters in a part of Tanakh.

Note that I am not asking about the overall issues with Torah codes (on which much was written), nor am I asking if the above codes are correct.

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    Good point. I find it strange how great the discrepancies in counts are (though I guess I shouldn't considering the evidence we've seen of how hard counting can be, and variations and k'ri uch'siv, etc. When you say "validate" you just mean to take a starting letter, interval and length as input and return the string produced, not calculate the likelihood of the target string emerging from those parameters against the null hypothesis, right? – WAF Mar 22 at 6:32
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    Exactly. The simpler version. Ideally it would be user friendly for non rocket scientists – mbloch Mar 22 at 6:33
  • I suppose only k'ri would be taken into account and that nobody would count spaces as characters. Are there conventions about which spellings/which m'sora to use where for code finding? – WAF Mar 22 at 6:42
  • Note there are different traditions for how many letters are in Esther, so you should also use your tool to see which text it used. – Double AA Mar 22 at 14:26
  • FWIW, anyone who wants to talk about the validity of Torah codes can take it here. IMO Torah codes are only useful for PTIJ. – DonielF Mar 22 at 15:59

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