Reb Chaim Kanievsky and the computer search


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 614 times in the Torah, to which the questioner responded that he believes that the name Moshe appears 616 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.

One may be wondering what significance there is in the fact that Moshe’s name is listed 614 times in the Torah: Well, this really shows that everything is hinted to in the Torah, and specifically regarding this past week’s parashah, Korach, where the sons of Korach ultimately admit that Moshe and his Torah are true.

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4 Responses to Reb Chaim Kanievsky and the computer search

  1. avakesh says:

    R. Kanievsky denied this story.

  2. ben says:

    how do you know?

  3. ben says:

    Rokeach in Bereishis writes that Moshe is found 592 times in the Torah. (vitzarich iyun)

  4. Ronnie says:

    After some extensive research and using a database, Moshe's name pops up 614 times NOT 414. Also if you count every Moshe with its prepositions such as bemoshe, kemoshe, lemoshe, vemoshe, etc. the total is 647.Thank you

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