Kenneth Cohen

G-d of Truth

We begin again the new cycle of the Torah reading this coming Shabbat. It is fascinating to delve into some of the secrets of the Torah text.

There is a well known statement of the Rabbis that חותמו של הקדוש ברוך הוא אמת, that the signature of the Holy One Blessed Be He, is truth. The Torah and G-d are one, and both represent absolute truth.

The Baal Haturim, who lived in the thirteenth century, uncovered many of the secrets of the Torah. He noted that there are six places in Bereishit, where if one looks at various three word combinations, he will find the word, “אמת.”

Two such examples are the following: ברא אלוקים את, that G-d created the…. The last letter of these three words, spells, אמת. Another example is, ויברא אלוקים את, that G-d created the… in a different tense. Here, too, if we take the last letter of these words, we also get, אמת, truth.

This can be found six times to correspond with the six times we find the word, אמת, in our morning prayers, from the conclusion of Shema, until Shmone Esrei.

The Baal Haturim, in his great wisdom has shown how the idea of אמת, as a foundation of the Torah, is camouflaged in the Torah, and inserted in our morning prayers.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at