Patterns on Parchment: The Structural Unity of the Five Books of Moses

by: Dr. Robert Appleson


“For centuries, people have been perplexed over the apparent randomness and abrupt transitions in the narratives and laws contained in the Torah. While the Talmud, Midrash, and later commentaries such as Rashi and Ramban offer sporadic explanations for a number of these instances, many remain unexplained. The failure to discern an intelligible pattern in the Five Books of Moses is not simply a literary concern; some scholars have used this apparent lack of coherent organization as proof of multiple patchwork authorship, thereby undermining the fundamental principle of the Divine origin of the Torah and the binding nature of mitzvot.”

Thus begins the Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz’s foreword to this new book – and thus begins a most fundamental question: can we see the unity of the Torah? How does it manifest itself?

After many years of research and based on Rabbi Honigwach’s original thesis, in this groundbreaking work Dr. Robert Appleson  demonstrates the inherent, and beautiful, structural unity of the Torah itself. This is a book like no other.

“…. I have been greatly impressed by the methodology of your research and analysis. Besides the background use of the basic Midrashic texts, your novel use of mathematics in establishing patterns and interpretations truly support the integrity of the Torah as a divine document…” Rav Gedalia Dov Schwartz

“… the attentive reader who carefully studies and digests the ideas in this book will walk away with a deeper and more profound appreciation of the infinite wisdom of the Creator that is embodied in His holy Torah. There is surely no higher praise that can be bestowed. – Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz