Fifty Levels

After the Jewish people were freed from subjugation in Egypt to serve God, the first step in that service was to strive for perfection. That striving took the form of counting seven complete weeks, 49 complete days, until the giving of the Torah on the fiftieth day.

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Lag Ba’Omer

During the days from Pesach to Shavuos we count the Omer. The thirty-third day of the count, Lag B’Omer, is not a holiday, but it has a festive spirit. We don’t say tachanun (supplications to Hashem) and we celebrate by lighting bonfires at night. What are we

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One Heart

Author: Pinchas Morse The start of a new zman is always a time of renewal – renewed energy, renewed commitment to learning and a renewal of goals. The summer zman is always special starting as it does soon after Pesach during the counting of the Omer towards

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Gedolim on the 48 Ways

Sefiras HaOmer – Preparation for Accepting the Torah From the book, “Divrei Aggada”, HaRav HaGaon R’ Yosef SholomEliashev Shlita The Torah says (Vayikra 23:15) the Mitzvah of Sefiras HaOmer is that the weeks should be, ‘Tamim‘, ‘complete, perfect’. The Medrash (Vayikra Rabba 28:3) says, ‘R’ Chiya asks, ‘when are the weeks complete?  When the Jewish People fulfill the will of their Creator.’ The answer given is:  These seven weeks are weeks that the

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