What’s the meaning the abbreviation (ז"פ)?

Example as found in Sefer HaGoralot by Rabbi Chaim Vital: “ וזאת היא התפלה שצריך להתפלל קודם שישליך הגורל: אנא בכח גדולת ימינך תתיר צרורה ז"פ.”

Thanks, Jardel

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    Where is this quote from?
    – Dov
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 19:42
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    It is probably "זה פירושו" - "This is the explanation" or similarly "זה פשוט" - "This is simple i.e. the basic understanding"
    – Dov
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 19:43
  • Hi, Dov! This quotes is in the ספר הגורלות. Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 20:02
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    Could it mean 7 times, meaning that you have to say the prayer אנא בכח seven times before casting the lots? Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 21:47
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    @AvrahamYitzchok is correct. ז״פ means to say it means seven times. That you repeat the Ana b’Koach, meaning the 42 letter name associated with the Matriarchs, seven times. That 42 is the Mispar Katan of the names of the Matriarchs and seven times emphasizes the connection of the 3 Patriarchs with the 4 Matriarchs for a total of seven times. Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 23:24

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My best guess is ז'פעמים, or 7 times, similar to what we see many time ג"פ for "three times".

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