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Parashat B'reishit (September 28, 2013)
by Saul Kaiserman

WE ARE SO USED to living with a seven-day week that it is hard to remember it is not a natural cycle but an invention. The week is completely different from the day, the month and the year, which are rooted in the observable movements of the sun and moon and, therefore, have been more-or-less the same since ancient times. The week, by contrast, was eight days long in Rome in the time of Julius Caesar and was completely unknown to our prehistoric ancestors.

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