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Parshat Behar, speaks about Shmita in Eretz Yisrael. Shmita, which occurs every seven years, is a year in which we do not harvest the land. Shmita makes us acknowledge that the earth, our land, our possessions, and our money all belong to Hashem.

Hashem makes seven a running theme throughout the Torah. There are sets of seven all over the place, if you look carefully! Now, one thing you need to know is that when it comes to groups of seven, the seventh is most precious to Hashem. In our Parsha, the Shmita year is the seventh year of the planting cycle. For six years we are permitted to work the land and in the seventh year we let the land rest. Sound familiar? That's right! Sort of like Shabbat. Shabbat is a very important example of the number seven; Hashem rested from his work on the seventh day. Therefore, for six days a week we work and on the seventh day, Shabbat, we give it a break!

Here are some more samples of number seven in action:

We all know that Hashem created the "Shamayim" (Heaven) and the "Eretz" (Earth). But did you know that Shamayim and Eretz both have seven names?

There are seven generations from Avrohom to Moshe: Avrohom, Yitzchok, Yaakov, Levi, K'hat, Amram and Moshe. Of all seven, Moshe was most worthy to receive the Torah.

Yishai had seven sons, but only the seventh was worthy of becoming King of the Jewish people. Dovid Hamelech (King David) is referred to in Divrei HaYamim as "Dovid...the seventh."

If you count Nisan as the first month of the year, Tishrei is the seventh month. Hashem created the world in Tishrei. It is also during this month that we are judged.

Seven comes up many more times in the Torah.

- Seven lambs were used in the oath between Avrohom (Abraham) and Avimelech at Be'er Sheva.

- Pharaoh's dreams were full of sevens. There were seven fat cows and seven skinny cows, seven fat stalks and seven skinny stalks.

- Yitro, Moshe's father-in-law, had seven names - Yitro, Yeter, Chovav, Chaver, Re'uel, Putiel, and Kaini.

- Seven times seven years is Yovel.

- Pesach / Passover in Eretz Yisroel lasts seven days; and there are seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot.

- Sukkot in Eretz Yisroel is seven days.

- Yehoshua circled the walls of Yericho seven times.

I'll bet if you think about it, you can come up with at least another two examples of "sevens" in the Torah. I'll give you a hint: Bilaam, and Yetziat Mitzrayim.

And that's the story behind seven!

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