The counting of the Omer is between Passover when G-d took us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and Shavuot when we were given our Torah by Moses on Mount Sinai. During this time… thousands of Rabbi Akiva’s students suffered from a terrible plague and died. on the 33rd day the plague was lifted and that is why we celebrate LagB’Omer. the Rabbi’s go on to teach us that the 1st day of the Omer we are closer to an animal in nature and by the end of the Omer we are one level away which belongs to G-d from having a more refined nature like our Creator.  The reason for the plague was that the students disrespected each other. they had disagreements and arguments to achieve personal power and influence: that were not rooted in: having a disagreement for the sake of truth and the greater good. Causeless hatred is rampant amongst our society today. If we could shift our thinking and gage what is right and wrong, truth or lie, good or bad by how G-d would handle the situation, be our brother’s keeper, looking out for each other…rather than just ourselves,  we can have a hand in bringing the Garden of Eden back in all it’s Glory with G-d living amongst us and inheriting the Gates of our enemies.

Counting of the Omer