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.
“BO” is the Torah meditation for this week.
G-D’s Devine directive to Moses to tell Pharaoh to let his people go for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants. What does it mean that G-D hardened Pharaoh’s heart? G-D gives us freedom of Choice. Hindsight is 20/20 vision. If we knew the outcome of our decisions that would hardly give us freedom of choice. We are accountable for our choices that we make and if we choose right we are rewarded. On the other hand, if we choose wrong we are punished.
This teaches us that we have to call on G-D to come with us in all our trials and tribulations. G-D in all his glory asks us to come with him so that we can get out of ourselves and break the physical barriers that have been brought upon us since creation. To achieve the victory in which Hashem has granted us, we must cling to him at all times. 🤗
VAEIRAH teaches us that everything that happens is for the best! G-d asked Moses to go to Pharaoh and to tell him to “let my people go” after that things got worse and Moses cried to G-d and said, you asked me to go to Pharoah and I did what you said and things got worse than they were before. G-d said to Moses, “just watch and see what I do, you have nothing to fear. I am G-d and you don’t know what I know. Trust me! “ Sometime, we trust Hashem and we do things that we believe are right by Hashem, and things get worse. The more severe the downfall, the more elevated the triumph! When We Obey G-D.