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HaShem decreed that the days would repeat themselves, following a periodic cycle, which would be seven days in length. Seven was the appropriate measure for the repeating cycle, for all creation came into existence over a period of seven days, so that creation’s entire being is contained in the number..
This cycle of seven also exists on a larger scale, spanning all the years of human history. Existence is divided into six periods, each containing one thousand years, followed by a seventh thousand-year period, which will be a period of “rest.”
The Sabbath, therefore, was a great gift that HaShem gave to Israel, given because His Desire was that Israel be His holy nation. He did not give the gift to any of the rest of the nations, in any sense, for the unique elevation which one experiences on the Sabbath is neither fitting nor intended for them.
From the “RaMCHaL”–Derech HaShem–Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto. Page 331–337.
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