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Counting the Omer: From Matzah to Hametz, from Spiritual Impoverishment to Richness

May 3, 2016

In the afterglow of Passover, we now find ourselves in the period of the counting of the omer. The Torah teaches that for 49 days we count the omer each night, as our ancestors did when they left Egypt. Midrash tells us that when our ancestors left Egypt, Moses told them it would take 49 days to reach Mt. Sinai. In their excitement to receive the Torah and become truly free from the shackles of enslavement, the Israelites counted the days until the 6th of Sivan, Shavuot, the day God gave us Torah. The counting of days to Mt. Sinai became a counting of daily barley offerings from the second day of Passover to Shavuot. This counting represents an extended religious journey we still embark upon today, reciting a blessing […]

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~ Rabbi Philip Ohriner