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Sefirat HaOmer period

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What would you expect to grow from an untilled field? Thorns and weeds. It would take a miracle for useful crops to grow. If a store is left unattended, the inventory may be stolen. Certainly, no profit will be made. This reflects a dynamic woven into the...
In Anxious Anticipation “When you have led the people out of Egypt, you will serve G‑d on this mountain.”Shmos 3:12. Recalling this Divine promise to Moshe Rabbeinu, from the moment of the Exodus, the Jews eagerly counted the days until they would reach M...
Each Person as an Individual As has been mentioned,See the sichah to Parshas Shemini in this series and the sources cited there. the counting of the omer is a preparation for the giving of the Torah. Therefore, directly after the 49 days of the omer, we c...
Counting the Omer
Leviticus 23:15 "And you shall count for yourselves...seven weeks" Shani's cousin, Nava, was coming to visit from Eretz Yisrael. Shani was so excited, she could hardly wait for the day of her arrival. She had never met Nava, but her parents had told her a...
In the Siddur of the Alter Rebbe, we find a seeming anomaly with regard to Sefiras HaOmer, the commandment to count forty-nine days between the second day of Pesach and the festival of Shavuos.Vayikra 23:16-17. Although the text and order of his Siddur is...
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