Seven Is the Magic Number

The cycle of seven is the organizing principle of the Torah, hence of Judaism. The seventh day, the seventh month and the seventh year all point us toward restoring a right relationship between ourselves and each other, and between the human community and the earth.

The cycles of seven remind us to stop doing and remember being, to stop lording over and remember humility, to release and let go and remember the simple joy of being alive. Seven is the magic number, the number of completeness and of fulfillment and of God. By studying the patterns of seven in the Torah, Judaism’s deepest teachings about how to live in balance with the cosmos and with each other come into crystal focus.

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