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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Omer: Day 24 - Tifferet sheb'Netzach
Tonight Count 25
Jewish History

R. Nissan Nemanov served as mashpia (chassidic mentor) at Yeshivat Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch in Brunoy, France, where he taught and guided many thousands of students. He was renowned for his piety and for his devotion to the sixth and seventh Lubavitcher Rebbes, R. Yosef Yitzchak and R. Menachem Mendel Schneerson. It was said of him that he reached the level of the “intermediate man” as explained in Tanya.

Laws and Customs

Tomorrow is the twenty-fifth day of the Omer Count. Since, on the Jewish calendar, the day begins at nightfall of the previous evening, we count the omer for tomorrow's date tonight, after nightfall: "Today is twenty-five days, which are three weeks and four days, to the Omer." (If you miss the count tonight, you can count the omer all day tomorrow, but without the preceding blessing).

The 49-day "Counting of the Omer" retraces our ancestors' seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. Each evening we recite a special blessing and count the days and weeks that have passed since the Omer; the 50th day is Shavuot, the festival celebrating the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.

Tonight's Sefirah: Netzach sheb'Netzach -- "Ambition in Ambition"

The teachings of Kabbalah explain that there are seven "Divine Attributes" -- Sefirot -- that G-d assumes through which to relate to our existence: Chessed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut ("Love", "Strength", "Beauty", "Victory", "Splendor", "Foundation" and "Sovereignty"). In the human being, created in the "image of G-d," the seven sefirot are mirrored in the seven "emotional attributes" of the human soul: Kindness, Restraint, Harmony, Ambition, Humility, Connection and Receptiveness. Each of the seven attributes contain elements of all seven--i.e., "Kindness in Kindness", "Restraint in Kindness", "Harmony in Kindness", etc.--making for a total of forty-nine traits. The 49-day Omer Count is thus a 49-step process of self-refinement, with each day devoted to the "rectification" and perfection of one the forty-nine "sefirot."

Links:
How to count the Omer
The deeper significance of the Omer Count

Daily Thought

The rabbis of the Talmud, who lived in Roman times, told of a time yet to come, when G‑d will entertain us with a gladiator tournament.

We will watch and we will cheer on the victor. We will gasp as he falls and rejoice as he picks himself up again to continue the battle.

And we will realize that this victor is each one of us, as we were fighting against the darkness in which we were cast as we lived within this world.

Then we will laugh an unbridled laugh.

Then we will know the unbounded delight of our Creator as He watched our victory, here in this world now.