Tag: Flood

Seven Sevens – Torah

 

The number “seven” represents the physical creation of the world. The number is very common in the Torah – it is the number required to make something all anew, or to change something.

Just as it took G-d seven days to create the world, it takes mankind a period of seven to transform ourselves or others. Seven is the number representing the cycle of days to achieve Shabbos, the cycle of seven years to the land’s fallow year, and at other places in the Torah, the period of mourning, or shaming, or healing. Each of these things is compared, by the use of the same number, to the creation of the world.

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We know the things that make G-d angry. The Torah tells us of men who simply “take” the women they want, of men “of renown” who selfishly put themselves ahead of all others, and of widespread theft and violence. It all amounts to a simple enough lesson, or so it seems: G-d does not want […]

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Forty days of rain marked the rebirth of the world in the great flood. The number forty is also mentioned when a woman gives birth: The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Children of Israel: ‘A woman who conceives and gives birth to a male will be spiritually unready for seven days, as during […]

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