The sedra is called shemini; meaning 'the 8th.' The Maharal points out that the number 7 represents the natural world. There are 7 colours in the spectrum (rainbow) and 7 days of the week - representing filling the dimensions of time and space of our natural world. And the number 8 means being above nature. This is why the bris milah is on the 8th day; for that is our showing of our supernatural connection to HaShem. And the supernatural Chaunkah miracle was eight days too, as were there eight days to the inauguration of the mishkan; the supernatural means of 'housing' HaShem in this world.

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