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Works by Tobia Ravà


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Every time we look into a text, the mathematical pathway that underpins language enables us to see an underlying logic that cannot exist by chance, as it can increasingly be verified as humanity progresses by means of new scientific discoveries.

In the mid-1990s, in part through artistic studies, Ravà resumed the study of the Hebrew language known as gematria – the correspondence between letters and numbers in Hebrew words that turn the text of the Bible into a mathematical text as well.

The twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet correspond to an equal amount of numbers, the first nine to units, followed by decimals and the final four to the first hundreds. The final letters are also often matched, and in four cases they are written in a different way and can be calculated as different values.

It is an incredible, but at the same time tangible, fact that gematria should be part of a pathway that is both esoteric and exoteric, and while it is part of the Kabbalah, and so of mystical hermeneutics, it has led to an extremely rational pathway over the centuries, knowledge of which has enabled physicists, mathematicians and scientists of every nature to be one step ahead in their research. This is a long way from Western numerology, which stops at low values and has no rational logical and linguistic pathway.

This is how Lurianic Kabbalah has taken us from the theory of Zim Tzum to the Big Bang theory, and how Newton's research developed for years between physics and mystical hermeneutics through a search for mathematical models that govern nature. This is also how Alan Turing discovered the secret German code (Ultra) using a cabalistic permutation procedure, TZERUF, which was used in the first rudimentary computer (Enigma).

Gematria is a powerful system for interpreting biblical texts through equations: every word can be discovered and interpreted by means of other words that have the same numerical value. Words have an objective, internal value, which is why Hebrew has remained substantially unchanged across the centuries and in diverse geographical contexts.

According to mystical tradition, God created the world through words, and the word itself became the subject that was created, with a mathematical value that determined it empirically. In the 'Sefer Yetzirah', letters are stones and words are the structural elements with which the universe is built. Every word is made up of letters that represent vector forces, and so every word has a specific impact depending on its diversified value.


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