This year marks the anniversaries of four historical events that changed world history and continue to affect millions of people today.
By coincidence, all four events took place in years that end with the number seven: 1897, 1917, 1947, 1967. The number seven, while lucky for gamblers, also plays a major role in Jewish life. The ancient seven-branched menorah or candelabrum is the official symbol of the modern State of Israel. Shabbat, the seventh day of the week, signifies the completed work of creation. Seven blessings are recited at Jewish weddings, and there are seven biblical matriarchs and patriarchs. So maybe it’s no accident that some important historical events have taken place in the years ending with the number seven.