Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Who knows seven?

(I mean really, who doesn't?)

Please cite/link your sources, if possible. In about one business day, I will:

  • Upvote all interesting answers.

  • Accept the best answer.

  • Go on to the next number.

share|improve this question
    
I think there a couple of pretty basic biblical 7's missing from these answers. –  Ariel K May 30 '11 at 14:17
    
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/34013 –  msh210 Dec 19 '13 at 20:12
add comment

19 Answers

up vote 8 down vote accepted

7 are the traits of a hacham (Avot 5:9) (also of a golem, but let's be positive here)

share|improve this answer
3  
Checkmark for positivity. (Also for the link to a useful source for character development and impending Avot study.) –  Isaac Moses Mar 24 '10 at 16:09
add comment

7 are the sprinklings below the yesod of the mizbe'ach in the avoda of yom kippur (you know, that achas, achas v'achas etc. part)

7 are the paths that your enemies will run away from you, or that you will run away from them, depending on how you behave.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Sevens by Ari Lesser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPHU-nJq6Gw

Passover extends seven days my friends
And from the night after the first day ends
We count seven times seven days till Shavuot
Refining our souls with the seven Spheriot
We go through Tiferet, Malchut, Yesod
Chesed, Gevurah, Netzach, and Hod

We’re not tzaddiks but after seven weeks
We’re ready to receive the words G-d speaks

In the Holy of Holies the High Priest whips
Seven drips of blood from his fingertips

In the seventh month we atone for our sins
In the seventh month when the year begins
In the seventh month sound the Shofar blast
After seven, seven-year cycles have passed
Throughout the land we declare Jubilee
Every debt is forgiven every slave goes free
Every seventh year is Shabbat for the land
In the seventh year we leave it in G-d’s hand
No one reaps, and no one sows
In the seventh year we just eat what grows
There’s barley and wheat, figs and dates
Pomegranates and olives and grapes
The seven species of the holy land
Growing as abundant as the beach has sand
Seven Brachas all seven days of the celebration
Of a wedding when a man and wife begin to have relations
But during menstruation there’s no cohabitation
They keep a seven-day period of separation
Uncircumcised first seven days that we’re born
Sit shiva in the house seven days when we mourn
Tefillin wraps seven straps round the arm when we pray
Every morning of the week except the seventh day
And when we dwell in the sukkah seven days of Sukkot
On the seventh day there’s seven hoshanot
With seven of the four species we make a line
As we circle the bimah seven times
In the seventh month after the year’s head
Seven days of Pesach we eat no bread
On all seven we’d to bring a ram, and a goat
Two bulls, and seven lambs for the Korbanot

Passover extends seven days my friends
And from the night after the first day ends
We count seven times seven days till Shavuot
Refining our souls with the seven Spheriot
We go through Tiferet, Malchut, Yesod
Chesed, Gevurah, Netzach, and Hod
We’re not tzaddiks but after seven weeks
We’re ready to receive the words G-d speaks

On the seventh day rise up to the Torah
Read one of seven aliyahs from the Parshah
Bereshit Bara Elokim, the first
Line in the Torah is a seven word verse
G-d created to earth and the heavens
Worked six days and was done on the seventh
So the seventh day is the day of rest
The seventh day G-d blessed with Holiness
He made Adam and Chava and she was the mother
Of Cayin and Hevel who was killed by his brother
But G-d didn’t punish Cayin for seven generations
So violence and robbery spread through creation
Til G-d said to Noach, “In seven days
The waters of the flood will begin to raise
So get seven other people, and bring at least
Seven pairs of each kosher bird and beast.”
So Noach got seven male and seven female
Of each clean creature on the Ark set sail
Til the seventh month, when the waters dropped
And the ark came to rest on the mountain top
Let the raven fly, seven days went by
Sent the dove, she came back cause nothing was dry
Waited seven days at the end of the week
Sent the dove, she returned olive branch in beak
He still wasn’t sure so he waited seven more
Sent the dove buts she didn’t come back like before
Cause the flood was over, for Noah G-d showed
A Sign in the cloud, seven color rainbow
Then he gave seven Noachide laws to be done
By the seventy nations who come from Noach’s sons
But there was evil in the seven nations of Canaan
So G-d swore to give their land to Avraham
Who lived in Beer Sheva that was the well spring
Where he gave seven sheep to the Philistine king
And Sarah was Avraham’s beautiful wife
One hundred twenty seven were the years of her life
There’s seven generations from Avraham to Moses
I’ll keep the story short most everybody knows this
Sarah bore Yitzchak to Avraham
Yitzchak begot Yaakov, who ran to Aram
For seven years Yaakov work like hell
For his uncle Lavan, trying to marry Rachel
But the night he wed, he got tricked instead
Woke up and found Leah, was laying in his bed
Seven kids came through Leah, that’s true
But Yaakov knew he had to have Rachel too
So after seven days another wedding was on
But he had to work seven more years for Lavan
And when his son Yoseph was just seventeen
He got sold as a slave down to Mitzrayim
He was sitting in prison when Pharaoh had a dream
And nobody in Egypt knew what it could mean
He dreamt seven cows all healthy and fat
Emerged from the river and behold after that
There came seven cows looking ugly and cursed
And the second seven ate the seven cows that were first
And he dreamed seven ears of grain all stood
On a single stalk, they were full and good
But then grew seven thin ears withered by the wind
The first seven got swallowed by the seven that were thin
Yosef said, “Pharaoh, your dream about the grain
And your dream about the cows, are one and the same
To me it’s clear that the seven full ears
And the seven fat cows are seven good years
The seven thin ears and the seven cows that were lean
Are seven bad years, and the meaning of your dream
Is that seven years of plenty will come and get swallowed
By seven years of famine that immediately follow.”
Then Pharaoh repaid Yoseph, who had saved 
Egypt, making his family their slaves
But his wise men told him they saw in the stars
The Moshe would be born on the seventh of Adar
They were right, Moshe started a fight
Killed and Egyptian then he had to take flight
Married one of seven daughters of Yitro
Before he told Pharaoh, “Let my people go”
Seven plagues brought Egypt down on it’s knee
And like a low blow, Bo, there came the last three
G-d split the sea and we walked seven weeks
Up to mount Sinai where we heard G-d speak

Passover extends seven days my friends
And from night after the first day ends
We count seven times seven days till Shavuot
Refining our souls with the seven Spheriot
We go through Tiferet, Malchut, Yesod
Chesed, Gevurah, Netzach, and Hod
We’re not tzaddiks but after seven weeks
We’re ready to receive the words G-d speaks

On the seventh day G-d called and allowed
Moshe to ascend to midst of the cloud
HASHEM let him stand in the highest of places
And taught him teaching with seventy faces
He came back with the seven books of the Torah
Built the Ark, Altar, seven branch menorah
Set up the Tabernacle seven times in a row
For the first seven days he was Kohen Gadol
But the people was to much for him to support
So he set up a seventy man supreme court
When his sister complained, G-d made her stay
With Tzaras outside the camp for seven days
An affliction like that you show to a priest
He’ll quarantine you for seven days at least
When he sees you again, if he still isn’t sure
He might have to quarantine you seven more
If he says it’s Tzaras then you wait outside
Til he slaughters a bird the day you’re purified
Dips a live bird, cedar wood, crimson thread
And hyssop in the blood of the bird that’s dead
You get sprinkled with the blood seven times by the priest
Take the bird that’s alive outside to be released
After that you can enter the camp, but you stay
Outside of your own tent for seven more days
Til the seventh day when he shaves all the hair
On your head, and your beard, eyebrows, everywhere
Then you bring offerings to atone for your crimes
And he sprinkles you with olive oil seven times
Some things we do just because G-d said
We take an unblemished unworked cow that’s red
Slaughter it and have the Kohen flick a spackle
Of it’s blood seven times before the Tabernacle
Burn it, put the ashes in some H2O
That came from a river with a seven year flow
When anybody touches any body passed away
Purify’em with the Mayim on the third and seventh day”
Then Miriam died from HASHEM’s kisses
She was one of Israel’s seven prophetesses
So G-d blessed her with a painless fate
And she was one of seven corpses the worms never ate
Just like Moshe and Aaron those three
Come from a family full of prophesy
But they were many others who had revelations
G-d even gave seven prophets to the nations
Bilaam was one of the worst on earth
So Balak hired him to curse us but first
They built seven altars, according to plan
And offered up seven bulls, and seven rams
It failed so Balak just built seven more
Burnt seven bull, and seven rams like before
Failed again so he did seven more like the first
Still he gave us a blessing instead of curse
Our enemies joined as one to attack
But on seven different roads they ran right back
Just like Moshe told us on the other side
Of the river Jordan before he died
He passed away on the seventh of Adar
Never made it to the land only saw it from afar
But we crossed over under Joshua’s command
And celebrated Pesach in the promise land

Passover extends seven days my friends
And from the night after the first day ends
We count seven times seven days till Shavuot
Refining our souls with the seven Spheriot
We go through Tiferet, Malchut, Yesod
Chesed, Gevurah, Netzach, and Hod
We not tzaddiks but after seven weeks
We’re ready to receive the words G-d speaks

When Joshua was going around Jericho and
There were seven Kohanim, with seven shofars blowing
They circled the city seven days in all
The seventh day circled seven times round the wall
We won that battle but coast wasn’t clear
Cause Midian invaded for seven years
Til Gideon rose up and made them run
Came home a hero had seventy sons
Shimshon showed  those Philistine kings
He could break through seven new bow strings
Til Delilah pressed him, left him for dead
By shaving the seven dreadlocks off his head
She was bad but wise woman stands alone
On seven pillars she builds up her home
Ruth was a convert good as they come
She was better to Naomi than seven sons
Her descendant David was just another
Son of Yishai with seven brothers
But he was destined to sit on the throne
For the first seven years he reigned in Chevron
He had seven wives but that was before
He met Bat-Sheva and he took one more
She gave birth to Sholmo when he was alive
He got married to seven hundred wives
Seventy thousand men had to cut the stones
Of the temple he built while he sat on the throne
Took seven years, in the seventh month it was done
Then he had a double seven day celebration
When it was destroyed Yermiyahu was clear
That the exile would last for seventy years
So we sat seven decades in Bavel and waited
While the date of redemption was miscalculated
By Achashverosh, the king whose hand
Ruled over a hundred and twenty seven lands
He threw a seven day long feast for his friends
His seven chamberlains, and his seven wise men
One of them was Daniel who prayed for the end
Of the exile end, then an angel came to him
Said, “Seventy weeks,” but it wasn’t so clear
Might have meant seventy more sets of seven years
Since then we’ve been punished again, and again
In seven different ways for our seven sins
Feeling like Iyov so many mishaps
He lost seven sons when their house collapsed
And he had a huge flock but a fire came
Seven thousand sheep just went up in flames
So he sat in silence morning his plight
For seven days and seven nights

When the wicked stumble they meet their demise
But the righteous can fall seven times and rise
Five, Seven, Seven, Three is the year we’re in
Waiting for the seventh millennium to begin
Had the seventh Rebbe in seven seventy
So how much longer will this galus be
Let our enemies all be crushed at once
We’ll bury their bodies for seven months
Their weapons will fuel our fires for free
For seven years we won’t cut down a tree
Let the river spilt into seven streams
Like the sea when we left from Mitzrayim
I can dream, next Pesach we’ll be redeemed
Have Seder all together in Yerushalayim

Passover extends seven days my friends
And from the night after the first day ends
We count seven times seven days till Shavuot
Refining our souls with the seven Spheriot
We go through Tiferet, Malchut, Yesod
Chesed, Gevurah, Netzach, and Hod
We not tzaddiks but after seven weeks
We’re ready to receive the words G-d speaks
share|improve this answer
6  
Ari Lesser, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for sharing your rhymes! I hope you'll look around the site and find other material that interests you, perhaps including our 88 questions about song-poetry. Please consider registering your account, which will give you access to more of the site's features. –  Isaac Moses May 9 '13 at 2:28
1  
Can you cite where you know that the Metzora got sprinkled 7 times with blood, and then again with oil? Also, where do you find the requirement for the water for the Mei Chattat to be "from a river with a seven year flow"? –  Double AA May 9 '13 at 4:19
2  
@DoubleAA Thanks to a tip from HodofHod: Mishnayot Para 8:9 says that if the water came from a river that stops every seven years, the water's invalid. –  Isaac Moses May 9 '13 at 5:11
2  
let us continue this discussion in chat –  Isaac Moses May 9 '13 at 5:15
1  
Ari Lesser, I've been enjoying your YouTube videos for a couple of months. I know some poetic license is taken here, so I won't press on too many specifics (like Shimshon's "dreadlocks"; although I suppose that's a valid interpretation - got a source?). But in any case, welcome. Do you have anything for any of our 315 (and counting) other mi-yodeya-series questions, or the 416 other number questions? –  Seth J May 9 '13 at 13:31
show 6 more comments

We read 7 Haftoros of Nechama (consolation, comforting) after the three weeks.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Seven are:

  • The days of the week
  • Sons of Chana in the times of Chanukah
  • Years in the Shemittah cycle
  • Shemittah cycles in the Yovel cycle
  • The days in Pesach and Sukkos (proper)
    • The seven guests that visit the Sukkah
  • Seventh of Adar is Moshe's birthday
    • ..and yahrtzeit.
  • Yisro's names: Yisro, Yesser, Hovav, Reuel, Chever, Putiel and Keni
    • ..and daughters
  • The minimum number of items we shake on Sukkos:
    • 1 Lulav
    • 1 Esrog
    • 2 Aravos
    • 3 Hadassim
  • The number of directions your enemies shall flee from you when you follow God's will (Devarim 28:7)
  • Berachos by a wedding

    • ..and days of celebration following
  • Days of Achashverosh's party for Shushan

  • Aliyos on Shabbos
  • Children of Leah: six sons and one daughter
  • The cows and stalks in Pharaoh's dreams
    • ..and the years of plenty of famine that they foreshadowed
  • Length of each plague in Egypt
  • Number of Rakiyim
  • Winds of the tefillin shel yad on the forearm
  • Words in the first pasuk of Torah
  • Leap years in the Jewish calendars 19-year cycle
  • Years that Yaakov worked for each of Leah and Rachel
  • Nations that inhabited Eretz Yisroel prior to Bnei Yisroel
  • Days Yehoshua circled Yericho
    • ...and times it was circled on the Seventh Day

..and no more patience.

share|improve this answer
1  
@DoubleAA Thank you! –  HodofHod May 15 '12 at 11:23
    
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/34013 –  msh210 Dec 19 '13 at 20:12
add comment

Seven are the things that existed before Creation: 1. The Torah; 2. Repentance; 3. Paradise; 4. Gehinnom; 5. G-d's throne; 6. The Temple; and 7. The name of the Messiah. Source: Pesachim 54a; Nedarim 39b

share|improve this answer
add comment

Branches of the Menorah from the Temple.

(Exodus 25:37)

share|improve this answer
add comment

Seven spokes on the wheel of the Wheel of Time (IIRC R' Aryeh Kaplan says that the world is like a wheel in InnerSpace) that represent the seven ages of the world (with the seventh being the sabbatical era), and seven locks of indestructible heartstone seal the prison that binds the Shai'tan (i.e. Satan, yetzer hara, sitra achra).

I once read on the Internet someone theorizing that the author of the WoT series is a closet kabbalist. Could this be true?

share|improve this answer
add comment

Are the fruits that Eretz Yisroel is blessed with. Chita, Seora, Gefen, Teaina, Rimon, Zayis, Tamarim

share|improve this answer
add comment

The amount of Berachos in the Shemona Esrei of Shabbos

share|improve this answer
3  
and Yontif and Rosh Chodesh Musaf as well. –  Yahu Jan 26 '11 at 2:29
add comment

.... are the Naviyos (Prophetesses) of Yisrael:

  1. שרה
  2. מרים
  3. דבורה
  4. חנה אם שמואל
  5. אביגיל אשת דוד
  6. חולדה
  7. אסתר המלכה

Sarah Miriam Devorah Chana (Mother of Shmuel) Avigayil (wife of David) Huldah Queen Esther

share|improve this answer
    
Isn't there a source for this? –  Adam Mosheh Jun 6 '12 at 16:09
    
@AdamMosheh: Megillah 14a. –  Alex Jun 10 '12 at 23:45
add comment

Seven are the liquids that can cause a food item to be ready to become tamei.

share|improve this answer
    
Ya"D ShaCha"T Da"M –  Adam Mosheh Jun 6 '12 at 16:09
add comment

The lower sefirot, nameley: chesed gevurah tiferet, netzach hod yesod, malchut.

The weeks between Shavuot and Pesach.

(When I give two answers in a single answer, there's a connection)

share|improve this answer
add comment

The rabbinic mitzvot, namely:

  1. Netilat yadayim
  2. Eruv
  3. Berachot
  4. Shabbat candles
  5. Purim
  6. Chanukah
  7. Hallel
share|improve this answer
1  
You mean Rabbinic Mitzvot Asei- positive actions –  Yahu Mar 25 '10 at 22:26
1  
Is there a source for this? –  Adam Mosheh Jun 6 '12 at 16:09
    
@AdamMosheh Yes. In the introduction to the Sefer HaChinuch, after the list of the mitzvos, in some editions, he lists these seven. It is noted in the footnote in the Mosad HaRav Kook edition of S' HaChinuch. –  b a Jun 7 '12 at 13:23
    
@ba - Thank you. –  Adam Mosheh Jun 10 '12 at 23:45
add comment

Seven are the household items containing chametz ingredients, listed in the Mishnah (Pesachim 3:1) as having to be disposed of before Pesach.

Also, seven are the reactants used to test a stain of unknown origin, to see whether it is blood or something else (Niddah 9:6).

share|improve this answer
add comment
  1. Times the kallah circles the chosson in the custom for which there is no real source.

  2. Stops during ma'amados at a levaya.

  3. Ladies in waiting that Esther got from Achashverosh during her period of preparation to meet him (Esther 2:9).

  4. Number of times a righteous person stumbles and recovers (Mishlei 24:16).

share|improve this answer
    
Your #4 is almost equal in ambiguity to the pasuk. How many recoveries are there - 1 or 7? –  WAF Mar 23 '10 at 19:43
add comment

Seven are the days before an animal is sacrificed.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Seven are the questions to always ask when studying something, according to the Tiferet Yisrael commentary on Avot 2:14; this list (which begins "mi? ma?") produces a really-hard-to-get-out-of-your-head Jewish pop hit.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Seven are the rules for humanity.

share|improve this answer
2  
Although not so clear it is only seven. Look in Sanhedrin 57b. –  Yahu Apr 14 '10 at 6:15
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.