|1||Unity||The Sh'ma: "The Lord your God is one God."|
|2||Fellowship||"The two shall become one flesh|
|4||The space of the earth||Four corners of the earth, four cardinal directions|
|5||The Law||Five books of Moses (Torah)|
|6||Incompletion, uncleanliness (one less than 7), man||Man created on the sixth day|
|7||Completion, wholeness||7 is most often chosen by God for self-representation|
|10||Government||The ten commandments|
|12||Belonging to Israel||Israel was divided into 12 tribes|
|40||trial||Israel wanders 40 years in the desert|
The number may be added or multiplied by itself to emphasize the symbol or by another significant number to combine the meanings of both. For instance, the Year of Jubilee took place every fifty years which is 7 multiplied by 7 (plus 1). The meaning of each number is not universally accepted.
Gematria (Rabbinic Hebrew גימטריה , from the Greek γεωμετρία; English since the 17th century) is the numerology of the Hebrew language and Hebrew alphabet, and is used by its proponents to derive meaning or relationship. Several forms can be identified: the "revealed" form, which is prevalent in many forms of Rabbinic Judaism, and the "mystical form," a largely Cabbalistic practice. The word itself comes from the Greek word 'geometry' and the concept or system is the same as the Greek isopsephy and the Arabic isāb al-Jummal. There is also a gematria of Latin-script languages, dating from the early Middle Ages, and very possibly back to Roman times, too. Recent times have also seen an emergence of new gematrias, though these lack a length of exploration that more ancient versions have seen.
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