Sunday, September 7, 2014

The meaning of the number 7


"Just as the miraculous act performed by Gd in Creation was done in six days, halting on the seventh day, so, too - to demonstrate to the nations and leaders that the conquest of Jericho was a Divine act, meaning marvelous and miraculous, like initial Creation - He commanded that they make seven circuits of Jericho in seven days, with seven kohanim and seven shofarot, to hint that this deed would be of the same type as that first Divine deed.

"This was also the purpose and reason for the mitzvah of Shabbat and of shemitah, regarding which the Torah also says 'a Shabbat for Gd', hinting at Shabbat of Creation."

(Abarbanel to Yehoshua 6)

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