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Pascha Diner

The Omer period / Lag BaOmer

On the second evening of Passover, we begin counting the 49 days until Shavuot: Sefirat HaOmer, the counting of the Omer. This counting connects these two holidays together: Passover symbolizes our physical liberation (the exodus from Egypt and the birth of the Jewish people), while Shavuot, when we received the Torah, symbolizes our spiritual identity. Counting the days until Shavuot signifies our anticipation of receiving the Torah once again.

The 49 days of the Omer period also serve as a time for personal growth and character development. It allows us to delve deeper into the spiritual significance of the Torah. From a Kabbalistic perspective, the number 49 represents the perfection of our character traits. The soul possesses seven emotional traits, and each trait contains the other seven traits within it. Thus, the 49 days provide us with the opportunity to focus on one character trait each day and strive for greater perfection. This prepares us to receive the Torah with complete readiness, joy, and inner commitment.

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