Sunday, May 19th, 2019 = 14 Iyar 5779

In response to the plea of persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on 14 Nisan , God established the 14th of Iyar as a "second Passover" (Pesach sheini) for anyone who was unable to bring the offering on its appointed time in the previous month.

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Count Your Blessings — Count The Omer

After celebrating the liberation from slavery we should take time to see the multiple blessings which the Bore has provided for His children.

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To remember

period between Passover & Shavuot =  one of the most spiritually powerful times of the year.

to evaluate our lives and our actions > Sefirat HaOmer =  period of ‘Counting the Omer’.

Beginning second day of Passover > Torah commands to count 49 days leading up to festival of Shavuot = celebration of our receiving Torah at Mount Sinai. [Lev 23:15] <= rabbinic tradition > purpose of count = spiritually bridge holidays of Passover and Shavuot.

counting of the Omer ends this year on May 19th, followed by Shavuot on May 20th.

escape from Egypt – physical freedom — time remaining to prepare ourselves to receive the Torah – Shavuot – spiritual freedom.

link between two festivals = agricultural => sacrifice called omer = a sheaf of barley offered in the Temple >  beginning of  harvest season. Fifty days later, on Shavuot > new wheat offering concluding celebration of grain harvest.

Counting the omer = for ethical self-analysis

Be grateful. Count your blessings. Treat others well. Make every day count. Be kind. Take a full accounting of yourself. Be generous. Use gentle speech. Be compassionate. Remind yourself how to be a better person.

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Preceding

In God’s abounding goodness able to grow and spreading kindness by counting the Omer

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Additional reading

  1. Two forms of Freedom
  2. To be chained by love for another one
  3. A world with or without religion
  4. Looking to the East and the West for Truth
  5. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
  6. Background to look at things
  7. An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible
  8. Nature Is A Reflection Of God
  9. From nothingness to a growing group of followers of Jeshua 2 To Please God
  10. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #1
  11. A New Perspective
  12. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  13. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #2
  14. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  15. A Passover for unity in God’s community
  16. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  17. Don’t Envy the World
  18. If we view the whole world through a lens that is bright

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Ahava: A Spiritual Experience in the Jewish Tradition

Be grateful. Count your blessings. Treat others well. Make every day count. Be kind. Take a full accounting of yourself. Be generous. Use gentle speech. Be compassionate. Remind yourself how to be a better person.

Count the Omer…

We are now in the period between Passover and Shavuot, one of the most spiritually powerful times of the year. During this time, we are supposed to evaluate our lives and our actions. This period of time is known as the period of ‘Counting the Omer’. Beginning on the second day of Passover, the Torah commands us to count 49 days leading up to the festival of Shavuot, the celebration of our receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. [Lev 23:15]

For those who have not been counting, today is the 12th day of the Omer. It also happens to be the 12th day of April, which makes counting the Omer particularly easy…

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