The Omer

the switch at Lag B'Omer

24,000 of Rabbi Akiva's students died since 'lo nahagu kavod zeh lazeh' (yevamos 62b); they did not behave respectfully to one another. How could this be - Rabbi Akiva was THE person who stressed va'havta lereacha kamocha [loving jews] and must have given many shiurim on that topic; how could…

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Lag B'Omer & Lev Tov

In the mishna in Pirkei Avos Rebbi Yochanan Ben Zakai asked his five talmidim to go find the “good way a person should attach himself to” (Avos 2:8-9). The answer Rebbi Yochanan Ben Zakai liked best came from Rebbi Elazar Ben Arach who said “Lev Tov”. The Bnei Yisaschar explains…

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why do we count UP to Shavuos?

When it was 2 weeks till my wedding it really hit me. I couldn't wait - 2 weeks 2 weeks! - and every day after that I would count down to the day. What was going on? I was so excited about my wedding that it was as if I…

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SEFIRAS HAOMER

The 49 days that we count from Pesach to Shavous are given to us to work on our Middos. It is a time of introspection, a time when we ask the Ribbono Shel Olam to help us improve our ways. Chazal tech us "Derech Eretz kadma LaTorah." It is only…

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MAKE THE OMER COUNT PART 1

The Jewish people left Egypt on Passover, and 50 days later (on the holiday of Shavuot) received the Torah at Mount Sinai. Today, in revisiting that Sinai experience, we observe a special mitzvah called "Counting the Omer," where we actually count aloud each of these days, beginning on the second…

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