Zayin, Seven, and the Sword of Time
Since Zayin represents both the number 7 and a sword, it is not surprising that it is used to divide or "cut up" time rew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/Aleph-Bet/zman1.gif" id="Picture201" width="15" height="12" /> (z'man) into units of sevens:
- Shabbat - the 7th day of the 7-day week (the week of days)
- Shavu'ot - the 49th day after Passover (the week of weeks)
- Tishri - the 7th month of the year (the week of months)
- Shemitah - the 7th year of rest for the land (the week of years)
- Yovel - the 49th year (the week of weeks of years)
- The millennial Kingdom - the 7th millennium of human history (week of 1,000s)
"All sevens are blessed" (Vayikra Rabbah 29:10), and the number seven has always been regarded in the Jewish tradition as the number of completion, wholeness, blessing, and rest.
Zayin and remembrance
The word time (zman) in Hebrew begins with Zayin, as does the word zacher (remember) and zicharon (remembrance). The memory of the time is the basis for self-identity and purpose in God's creation.
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