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A strange count - Shemini

Thursday, 8 April, 2021 - 9:27 am

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One comic used to say: “There are 3 types of people: those who know how to count, and those who don’t…” 😉

In this week’s Parasha Shemini, we see a strange count.

When the Mishkan (Tabernacle) was ready, Moses and Aharon had 7 days for rehearsals before the Service at the Temple started normally. Then, on the 8th day, the service of the Mishkan started formally and the Divine Presence appeared. But why is it called the 8th day? Would it not be more appropriate to call it the 1st day?

The question becomes stronger when we understand the tremendous difference between the 7 first days and the 8th. During the preparations, the Jews did whatever they could as humans with limited capabilities. The Divine Presence that appeared on the 8th day was very high and infinite, it was something on a totally different level. Why then, do we count all the days together?

The answer is that, indeed, the 8th day was much more special than the previous 7, but it happened because of the 7 days of preparation. Even though the human actions were limited, it was thanks to them that G-d accorded a much bigger result, which we could not have achieve on our own.

Sometimes, we get discouraged and we think that some things are unattainable for us. We feel that we do not have the necessary strength and we give up before even trying. Here the Torah teaches us that we have the possibility to achieve it! We will do what we can on our side and G-d will complete the parts that we did not have the capability to achieve.

Let us not be afraid from something that seems difficult and out of reach from us. Let us dare, let us do whatever we are capable of and G-d will complete what is needed and help us achieve it.

Shabbat Shalom,


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