What is Six?

Numeral Series

Six is the books of Mishna. The Mishnah or Mishna; Hebrew: מִשְׁנָה, “study by repetition”, from the verb shanah שנה, or “to study and review”, also “secondary,” is the first major written redaction of the Jewish oral traditions known as the “Oral Torah”.

The Star of David has 6 points (2 inverted triangles)

The world was created in six days and G-d rested on the seventh.  Each day has its partner; Sunday with Monday, Tuesday with Wednesday, Thursday with Friday and Shabbos which had none.  Shabbos was then partnered with the Jewish people.

The Pesach seder plate has six items. 

  • The charozes: the sweet apple mixture there to represent the mud that was used to make bricks.
  • The marror: horseradish; to remember the bitterness of the exile
  • Hazeret: Typically romaine lettuce, the roots are bitter tasting.
  • Karpas: Celery or Parsley is used, representing spring. The vegetable is dipped into salt water. This symbolizes the tears of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt.
  • Zeroa: To remember the roasted lamb that ws used as the Peasch offering the karbon: shank bone or chicken wing or chicken neck is used on the plate.
  • Beitzah: A hardboiled egg, a reminder of life that transcends death.

When we shake the lulav we point in six directions: up, down, right, left, forward and back; signifying all the directions that G-d and his schinah his worldly presence surrounds us.

In mathematics a perfect number is when all the numbers that divide into it (excluding the number itself) when added equal the sum of the number itself. 1+2+3=6. In addition when the number is including into the formula and then divided in half it equals again the number itself. (1+2+3+6)/2 = 6

Perfect numbers are rare. The Ancient Greeks recognized four perfect numbers: 6 – 28 – 496 – 8,128. Throughout history perfect numbers have fascinated mathematicians and more perfect numbers have been discovered.

A dice and a cube have 6 numbers, and braille is based on six dots. We talk about the sixth sense when we mean someone has an intuition about something. The number 6 is the atomic number for carbon. The standard flute has six holes. The standard guitar has six strings.

Insects have six legs, which we are commanded not to eat (as well as creeping, and crawling invertebrates.)

The Babylonians based their counting not on ten like us; but six.  From them we still count time and eggs their way.  We have 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day (a division of 2 into 24 marking day and night.This is then divided again in half 4×6; delineating the morning from the afternoon and the late evening from the end of the night.

We still count eggs (and other things) by the dozen which is of course 2×6. 

Six is an upside down 9; which adds to young kids’ confusion or probably has some significance in the yin yang theory.

Six is indicated by one full hand and an addition of one more finger from the other hand – a great accomplishment for a six year old.

Counting Hands isolated over white background  - stock photo

The year is 12 months long; 2×6. This year is 2016 and 5776 in the Jewish calendar both ending with the 6 which is a ו vav in Hebrew; the letter that adds all things together meaning ‘and’.  Six means continuation.

And with that I hope to see you again at my blog.

Tziyona

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