3 – triples in Judaism

I love that the Hebrew language is such a fertile ground for exploring meaningful connections through numbers. In Judaism, since the numbers are connected to the letters, there is a spiritual force behind them. Over the last few years I keep coming across threes as a distinct connection in Jewish ideas and concepts. The 3 is an on-going theme so I thought I’d capture as many repetitions of three as I come across. Please add any I’ve missed and I’ll keep adding as I discover more.

There is strength to 3, like a triangle that’s walls support one another: “a triple thread doesn’t snap easily”.

Three – 3 – Triplet

  • 3 forefathers – Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaacov
  • 3 pilgrimage festivals – Pesach, Shavuos and Succos
  • We doven 3 times – evening, morning and afternoon
  • 3 groups of Jews – Kohen, Levi and Yisrael
  • 3 meals of Shabbos
  • levels of the soul – Ruach, Nefesh and Neshama
  • Moshe has 3 letters in his name and came from the tribe of Levi, which is also made up of 3 letters.
  • 3 siblings in the family of Moshe, Aaron and Miriam
  • The world stands on 3 things – chesed, service/prayer, Torah
  • Head, heart, instincts
  • 27 letters in alphabet (including finals), which is 9 groups of 3
  • It’s considered a child has 3 makers – husband, wife and Hashem

“the purpose of the counting is not to count the numbers but to make the numbers count”

One Comment Add yours

  1. Baal Teshuva says:

    Eyes, ears and nose, Hashem gives us (surroundings we’re exposed to). But He also gives us the ability to use our hands, legs and mouth. Use the later three to overcome the former three.

    We can’t control what’s in front of our eyes but we can walk away. We can’t choose what people say to us but we can choose how we respond.

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