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Parshat Emor

5760 The story is told about the first Rebbe of Chabad, ‘the Alter Rebbe’ (author of the Tanya and Shulcha Auruch HaRav), Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi’, who, himself a Talmudic genius, was so impressed with the personality and Chassidic teachings of the Magid of Mezeritch, (successor of the Baal Shem Tov) that he remained to learn by him for several years, although the Chassidim were not popular in those days and even falsely suspected of heresy.
5761 The highlights of this week are Parshat Emor, Pesech Sheni, Sfirat HaOmer and Lag B’Omer. Here is a story that connects them: The Yom Kippur war (1973) left Israel with thousands of casualties, and one of them was Mr. Sadon.
5762 This week's section begins "G-d told Moshe; SAY (Emor) to the Priests and SAY to them; don't defile yourselves" etc.
5763 This week's section contains the commandment of counting each of the 49 days between Passover and Shavout. It's called Counting the "Omer" a sacrifice that was brought in the days of the Temple on the second day of Passover. Since the destruction of the Temple some 2.000 years ago we no longer have this "Omer' sacrifice and consequently the obligation to count 49 days is only from the Rabbis.
5764 This week's section contains the unusual commandment of Counting the 49 days of the OMER; the days between Pesach (when an OMER, a dry measure of barley, was offered in the Temple) till Shavuot. Shavuot is the holiday when the Jews received the Torah and counting these 49 days, is considered to be a preparation for Shavuot.
5765 This week's section contains one of the most unusual commandments in the Torah; to die for G-d.
5766 This week's section contains thirty-nine negative commandments and twenty-four positive ones, one of which is "Counting the Omer." The Omer was a bundle of barley from the new harvest brought to the Temple altar on the day after Passover in a complicated ritual. Although today there is no Omer and no Temple (until the Moshiach builds the third and final one), counting the forty-nine days from Passover to Shavuot ("Seven COMPLETE weeks" -- 23:15) still remains a commandment.
5767 This week's section contains sixty three commandments most of which deal with the Jewish holidays, one of which is 'Counting the Omer'. The 'Omer' was a sacrifice of barley brought to the Holy Temple on the second day of Passover. It is a commandment to count from then till the holiday of 'Shavuot' 49 days later.
5768 This week's Torah portion contains the unusual commandment of 'Sfirat haOmer: 'Counting the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot' It's one of the easiest commandments in the Good Book.
5769 This week's Torah portion contains 63 commandments. One of them is not to defile G-d's name and the other is to sanctify G-d's name. And both of them are derived from the same sentence.
5770 This week's Torah portion contains 64 commandments and one of them is the longest in The Book. It's called 'Counting the Omer' and it takes 49 days; namely counting aloud with a blessing, each of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot.
5771 This week’s Torah portion contains 63 commandments and perhaps the strangest of them is “Counting the Omer”.
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