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Eight – Oil – Soul – Wisdom & Chanukah.

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The Torah informs us that God created the world in six days and ceased working on the seventh, the Sabbath. The number six can thus represent the natural world created in six days (time) with its six spatial directions (east-west, north-south, up-down). The number seven represents God’s immanence, the hidden presence of the Divine at the heart and core of this world.

The Star of David has six triangles at the periphery and one core center.

The number eight represents God’s transcendence above and beyond this world. Hanukkah happened from the level of eight, that which is beyond natural law.

In Hebrew, the word shmonah (“eight”) has the same letters as hashemen (“the oil”) and neshama (“soul”). The number eight is also associated with the revelation of Moshiach, the Messiah. This is reflected in the Talmud, which states, “The harp of the era of Mashiach will be of eight strands.”

And it is all related: oil, Moshiach, the eight days of lighting on Hanukkah, and soul.

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