This Week's Torah Thought
from Rabbi Zylberman

Our parshah instructs us “…you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete: you must count until the day after the seventh week – fifty days…” (Lev 23:15) Today this practice is referred to as Sefirat Ha’Omer, the Counting of the Omer, a period from Passover through Shavuot. The biblical context for this injunction is the giving of thanks for the abundance of the Spring barley harvest. Today, more than ever, when we are so disconnected from the origins of our food, this message of thanksgiving for the abundance we enjoy retains its relevance.  Just as we count the Omer, let us count our blessings as we give thanks for all we have, each and every day. 


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