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PS After I posted the link to this article on a LI group, someone argued that it is not possible for there to have been the idea of 6 28 hour days a week. While I never doubted Rav Goldwicht, I wanted to locate the source. My husband (AKA Divrei Chaim) was able to find this http://shvileipinches.com/2011/01/19/parshas-yisro/:
The Shearis Yisroel, written by the great, Rabbi Yisroel Dov Ber of Vilendik, zy”a, (Shaar HaZmanim, Succos, 2), teaches us that HKB”H created the Shabbos from the contributions of the six weekdays; each day contributed four of its hours with which the complete twenty-four hour Shabbos day was formed. After much research into the matter, I found the original source for this concept in the sefer Gevul Binyamin written by the heavenly kabbalist Rabbi Binyamin Hakohen, printed in Amsterdam in the year 5487; he attributes the concept to the Ramak, the heavenly kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Cordoverao, z”l.
He points out that at the beginning of creation, the days were each supposed to last twenty-eight hours; however, since each of the six days were equal to one another, they lacked a leader and dominant force. They requested that HKB”H appoint a king to reign over them. HKB”H responded that the king must arise from among themselves. By receiving four hours from each day, the king will have dominion over them. These donations resulted in the formation of the twenty-hour day of Shabbos.
The Gevul Binyamin adds his own explanation, why the six days of the week originally consisted of twenty-eight hours each. The hours in a day corresponded to the twenty-eight times, “itim,” enumerated by Shlomo HaMelech in megilas Koheles (Chapter 3): “Everything has its season, and there is a time for everything under the heaven”.Note that the twenty-eight “itim” are separated into two categories—fourteen negative and fourteen positive.
HKB”H created the six days of the week, consisting of twenty-eight hours, to correspond to these twenty-eight “itim.” The fourteen hours of the day, during which there was light, represented the fourteen positive or good times; whereas, the fourteen hours of the night, ruled by darkness, represented the fourteen bad or negative times. Afterwards, however, each of the days contributed four of its hours—two from the day and two from the night—to form the day of Shabbos.
Shabbos repays the six weekdays by giving them all her blessingsBased on this understanding, we can comprehend what we the Zohar hakadosh (Yisro 88.) teaches, that all blessings of the six days of the week depend on Shabbos. Due to the fact that Shabbos was created from the donations of the six weekdays, Shabbos recognizes its debt of gratitude and returns the favor to the weekdays by imparting to them an abundance of good and a new lease on life for another six days.
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