Parshat Bamidbar: From holy to holiday

28.05.2011                      24.Ijar, 5771                      Bamidbar; Tag 39 des Omer

Omerzählung:

Parshat Bamidbar: From holy to holiday

‘From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: Ye shall number them by their hosts…’ (Numbers 1:3).

‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest… From the day after the Sabbath (the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering), count seven full weeks. Count 50 days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord’ (Leviticus 23:9- 10,15-16).
Our Hebrew calendar places us toward the end of the Counting of the Omer between the festivals of Pessah and Shavuot, after the modern Israeli Independence Day and just before Jerusalem Day. It gives us a perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at the biblical commandment to count the Omer, and attempt to understand anew the connection (if any) between Pessah and Shavuot, and perhaps to discern the invisible “finger of the Divine” guiding Jewish history….