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Introduction

Introduction

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With the mitzvah of counting the 49 days, known as Sefirat Ha'Omer, the Torah invites us on a journey into the human psyche, into the soul. There are seven basic emotions that make up the spectrum of human experience. At the root of all forms of enslavement, is a distortion of these emotions. Each of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot is dedicated to examining and refining one of them.

The seven emotional attributes are:

The seven weeks, which represent these emotional attributes, further divide into seven days making up the 49 days of the counting. Since a fully functional emotion is multidimensional, it includes within itself a blend of all seven attributes. Thus, the counting of the first week, which begins on the second night of Pesach, as well as consisting of the actual counting ("Today is day one of the Omer...") would consist of the following structure with suggested meditations:

Upon conclusion of the 49 days we arrive at the 50th day -- Mattan Torah. After we have achieved all we can accomplish through our own initiative, traversing and refining every emotional corner of our psyche, we then receive a gift ('mattan' in Hebrew) from above. We receive that which we could not achieve with our own limited faculties. We receive the gift of true freedom -- the ability to transcend our human limitations and touch the divine.

From A Spiritual Guide to the Omer by Simon Jacobson
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April 14, 2013
Re Torah Reference
This observance is mentioned in Leviticus-Vayikra 23:15-16 please see "More on the Omer" for more information.
Chabad.org Staff
April 13, 2013
Torah reference
Where in Torah does God command us to count the omer?
Thank you
Anonymous
tx
May 8, 2011
Counting the Omer
Thank you for including this explanation of a practice I had never heard of... and found hard to understand once I did. Now it does not sound like some remote, outdated and ritualistic practice, but rather as a profoundly meaningful spiritual tool. I may be clumsy with that tool, but I'm going to give it a try. Thanks again.
Beth
Allentown, PA
April 21, 2009
Connecting Passover to Shavuot
Thank you for making a summary of this book available - it's just what I have been seeking! Before Passover this year, I voiced my hope that I would (for the first time) feel a spiritual connection between Passover & its experience of obvious miracles to Shavuot - receiving the Torah. I have been working on 'letting go & letting G-d" on the trek to Sinai.
Chaya Bluma
April 22, 2007
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I ever had thought about a guide to understand human relations base on an unrefutable source. Studying the caracteristics of each Sephirods and applying it to each other make sense to me.
Thanks!
Anonymous
Ciales, Puerto Rico
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