Torah Portion: Passover
The Torah states, “and you shall count for yourselves from the day after [Passover]…, seven complete weeks.” (Exodus 23:15).
Our Sages tell us that the period of counting between Passover and Shavuot serves to separate between the Exodus from Egypt and acceptance of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. The Jews in Egypt were stuck at a very base, non-spiritual level. They needed this time period to grow and develop spiritually, to prepare themselves for the ultimate spiritual experience with the giving of the Ten Commandments.
Rabbi Noah Weinberg, the founder of Aish International, explained that this idea remains relevant every year. He would tell us that it has always been known to God that the Jewish People will fall from their spiritual heights. Therefore, he says, God set aside this time for us to work on spiritual growth each and every year. Specifically, Rabbi Weinberg would direct us to learn the 48 Ways to Wisdom.
May we merit to take advantage of this auspicious time, leading us ever upwards in a lifetime of spiritual growth.
Happy Passover and Shabbat Shalom!
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