"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

The Magnificent Seven’s …

August 27, 2012

in Judaism:


1.               Shabbat is the 7th day of the week.

2.               There are 7 weeks in the counting of the Omer before Shavuot. (Leviticus 23:15)

3.               In Israel, there are 7 days of Passover and Succoth. (Leviticus 23:6, 34)

4.               Every 7th year, the land lays fallow during Shmita (Sabbatical year). (Leviticus 25:4)

5.               After 7 cycles of Shmita, we have a Jubilee year (Yovel). (Leviticus 25:8)

6.               When a close relative dies, we sit Shiva for 7 days.

7.               On Succoth we shake 7 species – 1 Lulav, 1 Esrog, 2 willows, and 3 myrtles.

8.               Yitro (Jethro), the first real convert to Judaism, had 7 different names, and 7 daughters (one who married Moses).

9.               Moses was born and died on the same day – the 7th of Adar.

10.            Our Succah huts are “visited” by 7 guests – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David.

11.            The Menorah in the Temple had 7 branches.

12.            Achashvarosh, King of Persia during the miracle of Purim, held a party for 7 days. (Esther 1:5)

13.            There are 7 holidays in the Jewish year: Yom Teruah, Yom HaKippurim, Succoth, Chanukah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot.

14.            In addition to the 613 Commandments, the Sages added 7 more.

15.            There are 7 Noachide Laws pertaining to all humanity.

16.            At every Jewish wedding, 7 blessings are recited (Sheva Brachot).

17.            Each Shabbat, 7 people are called to the Torah reading (Aliyot).

18.            The first verse in the Torah contains 7 words (and 28 letters).

19.            Our Matriarch Leah had 7 children – six sons and one daughter.

20.            There were 7 days of preparation for the construction of the Tabernacle in the desert. (Leviticus 8:35)

21.            Traditionally, the bride circles the groom 7 times under the Chuppah (wedding canopy).

22.            We wind the Tefillin straps around the arm 7 times.

23.            Moses was the 7th generation after Abraham.

24.            Each plague in Egypt lasted 7 days.

25.            In Pharaoh’s dreams there were 7 cows and 7 stalks of grain. (Genesis 41)

26.            The Biblical contamination period typically lasts 7 days. (Leviticus 13:4)

27.            God created 7 levels of heaven. (Hence the expression, “I’m in 7th heaven!”)

28.            On Shabbat and holidays, we recite 7 blessings in the silent Amidah.

29.            There are 7 special species of produce by which the Land of Israel is praised: wheat, barley, grapes, pomegranates, figs, olives, and dates. (Deut. 8:8)

30.            The world has 7 continents.

31.            The 7 weeks of the Omer correspond to the 7 “sefirot,” the 7 behavior traits in which we serve God: kindness, strength, beauty, triumph, splendor, foundation, and kingship.

32.            Noah sent the dove and the raven out of the Ark for 7 days to inspect the weather conditions. (Genesis 8:10)

33.            7 nations warred with Israel: Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites.

34.            On Yom Kippur, the High Priest sprinkled the blood in the Temple 7 times. (Leviticus 16)

35.            The Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashana occurs, surprisingly, in the 7th month — Tishrei. (Leviticus 23:24)

36.            The Jewish calendar has a cycle of intercalation that contains 7 leap years during each 19-year period.

37.            There are 7 notes on the musical scale.

38.            A Kohen (priest) should participate in the burial of 7 relatives: father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, and spouse. (Leviticus 21:2)

39.            We dance 7 circles (hakafot) on the holiday of Simchat Torah.

40.            The smallest allowable dimension of a Succah is 7 cubits by 7 cubits.

41.            The world has 7 seas.

42.            Joshua led the Jewish People around the walls of Jericho 7 times before the walls fell. (Joshua 6:15)

43.            Jacob worked for Laban for 7 years (twice) in order to marry his daughters. (Genesis 29:27)

44.            The Holy Temple contained 7 gates of entry.

45.            We recite 7 blessings every day before and after the “Shema” — 3 in the morning and 4 at night.

46.            The Talmud lists 7 female prophets: Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Avigail, Chuldah, and Esther.

47.            A Jewish servant regains freedom after working for 7 years. (Exodus 21:2)

48.            We conclude our Yom HaKippurim prayers by proclaiming7 times, “The Lord is God!”

49.            A Jewish wedding is followed by 7 days of celebration (Sheva Brachot).




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