Containing 176 verses, this week’s parasha is our longest and is always read on the Shabbat after Shavuot. To the afterglow of Shavuot when we received the Torah, many attribute its length. Chapter 119 is the longest Psalm and it too contains 176 verses. The longest tractate of the Talmud is Bava Batra – also 176 pages. Why does the number 176 keep reappearing? The Hebrew alphabet contains 22 letters, when multiplied by 8 it amounts to 176. The number 7 represents the world of nature, and the number 8 represents something that lies beyond the natural world. A small hint that the length of our wisdom comes from beyond this world.