As Kislev approaches my mind once again turns to the corners of my Tallitot — which are vacant of Tzitzit. I have had an amazing emotional block around tying Tzitzit to my daily tallit and my ceremonial one. Tzitzit are hugely important to me. As a spiritual practice they not only make sense to me at a primal level, but also as a “magickal” tool via the tying of knots — and it’s a direct mitzvah from the Torah.
“On the seventh day YHWH rested. . . .”
But on Chanukah, the miracle lasted for eight days. It lasted longer than creating the universe and all its inhabitants? Granted, making oil last for eight days seems far less complex than the act of creation. But still, it lasted eight days. A day longer than creation. Does humanity really need such a reminder of the ongoing work of creation?
What do you think?
The number seven is one of the most magickal numbers. The seventh day is the day of rest; the Sabbath. A day we honor for its own sake. Honor the Sabbath. Honor the seventh day.
completeness and totality
Six is balance and harmony. The Shield or Star of David (Mogen David) — has six points. There are six days of creation before we rest.
The number five in numerology is the human being. Tonight we light the candles for the sacrifice of the Maccabees.
Matathias bold, five brave sons had he
Eliezer eldest son
Simon, John, and Johnathan,
And Judah Maccabee,
And Judah Maccabee
— R. Grossman