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Life Lessons from Parshat Shemini
The name of this Torah portion means eight, which is extremely special and central in Judaism. Explore the significance and the many areas where this number is expressed throughout Jewish life.
In kabbalistic teachings, the number seven symbolizes perfection – perfection that is achievable via natural means – while eight symbolizes that which is beyond nature and its (inherently limited) perfection. Some examples: a) G‑d created the world and it...
Although the verse itself does not reveal why we are instructed to circumcise specifically on the eighth day, many possible explanations are offered . . .
This week's Parshah, Shemini, describes events of the eighth day following the seven days of inauguration of the Tabernacle. It was also a day, our sages tell us, which possessed many "firsts": it was a Sunday, the first day of the week; it was the 1st of...
The teacher has locked his door, the mentor has disappeared, and one's own soul has turned dark and cold. When no solution for the darkness is in sight, this can only mean one thing: the darkness itself is the solution
The number eight is associated with an awareness of the miraculous.
The number eight is associated with an awareness of the miraculous.
The number 'eight' calls us to see miracles in the order of nature
The number 'eight' calls us to see miracles in the order of nature
Mundanity, holiness and beyond—a study of the spiritual significance of the Shemittah and Jubilee cycles.
Mitzvah Studies - Article 2
The Brit is an absolute, essential and eternal bond with G-d.
This week’s Torah portion is called Shemini (“eighth”), which refers to the day after the seven days of training for the Kohanim (priests) before the inauguration of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Until the eighth day, G‑d’s presence did not fill the Mishkan, ...
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