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”