8-the day after 7.....a new cycle is born
It’s the 8 !!!
Shemini Atzeret is the the 8th day. That is, the day after 7. 7 being the perfect number in Judaism signify a complete unit of time-each week ends with the seventh day, Shabbat. Thus, the eighth day is the day after time. It is the end of BOTH KINDS OF TIME It is thus not just the promise of redemption but the actual moment of it. God said “remain with me an extra day” a time beyond time.
Shemini Atzeret is a taste of the messianic, of a time when Torah, the Holy One, and Israel will be one. This comes to a climax with Simhat Torah. Instead of circling around the Torah scrolls as we did on Sukkot, during hoshanot we circled with the Torah scrolls. We take the connecting link between us and God-our ketubah, as it were-and circle around an apparently empty space filled with the One who fills everything.
Simhat Torah celebrate a Torah of Joy, A Torah without restrictions or sense of burden. We circle God seven times with the Torah. And then no more. There is no 8th circling. We read from the last portion of the Torah right before we enter the promised land.Noah.....in the ark/womb.......8 people......started humanity all over again. Shem, Jappath,and Ham . A new beginning-a new cycle
MARCH 19, 2011
OBAMA: 'Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world'...
MARCH 19, 2003 + 8=2011=A new cycle=God's judgement
BUSH: 'American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger'...Mercer