Ah! We’ve scrubbed our homes, cooked up a storm,
and relived the Exodus through the Seders. Now’s the time to sit back and enjoy
our freedom, right?
Now’s when the real work begins.
When the Jews left Egypt, they were a foundling nation, still shrugging
off the shackles of slavery. To be sure, they had witnessed wonders and
miracles and G‑dly revelation, and they followed Moses into the desert with a
firm faith and commitment to G‑d. But in order to truly be ready to accept the
Torah, they had to go through a 49-step process of refinement to rid themselves
of the slave mentality and embrace their G‑dly mission. They had to take the
inspiration of the Exodus and integrate it into their hearts and minds.
And so must we today.
Sefirat HaOmer, the Counting
of the Omer, is the way we take our soulful Seder experience and translate it
into real personal growth. It’s a time to dig deep, reflect, examine our flaws
and refine our characters.
Enjoy the journey!
on behalf of the Chabad.org Editorial Team
P.S. How were your Seders? What was particularly meaningful to you this
year? Let us know in the comment section below!