The Omer

MAKE THE OMER COUNT PART 2

ONE STEP AT A TIME : A major impediment to growth is the feeling of being overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. But Judaism is not all-or-nothing. If I cannot have 1,000 gold coins, does that mean I should not strive to have even one?! The biggest reason people…

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the omer purpose

In sefer Shoftim [7;13] Gidon gets a sign from HaShem that he will be victorious in battle; the dream of a roasted barley bread rolling through and destroying the enemy. Rashi explains that this occurred on Pesach, during which the Korban Omer is offered (of barley) and this merit enabled…

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it's the final countdown!

What's the idea of the omer count & what do we relive? The Bnei Yisrael went through a massive change in the 50 days from Exodus until Mattan Torah. We went from having everything done for us by HaShem in yetzias mitzrayim to working on spiritual growth ourselves in an…

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why no 'shehechiyanu' on counting the omer?

The title says the question; counting the omer is a yearly mitzvah. Why do we not make a shehechiyanu bracha on the first night we count the omer just like we do on sitting in a sukkah for the first time on Sukkos, for example? Here are two answers...
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Rav Shimshon answers the famous question!!

The famous question that everybody asks is why do we count upward towards Shavuos. Shouldn’t we count down watching the days go by, as we get closer? These days are separating us from Har Sinai and we want them to go away so we can get to the magical moment…

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The magic number - Bnei Yissoshachar

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 that the talmidim were supposed to…

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