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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sefirat Ha'omer 5774

As with all of my posts, the following is a work in progress.  I am aware of the stretches needed for this to work.  Take it as it is.  If you have ways to improve upon this, please let me know.

In Parshat Emor, it talks about Sefirat Ha'omer:

וּסְפַרְתֶּם לָכֶם, מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת, מִיּוֹם הֲבִיאֲכֶם, אֶת-עֹמֶר הַתְּנוּפָה: שֶׁבַע שַׁבָּתוֹת, תְּמִימֹת תִּהְיֶינָה
עַד מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת הַשְּׁבִיעִת, תִּסְפְּרוּ חֲמִשִּׁים יוֹם; וְהִקְרַבְתֶּם מִנְחָה חֲדָשָׁה, לַיהוָה

Perhaps, it's telling us the following as a Remez:

וּסְפַרְתֶּם לָכֶם, מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת
And you should count for yourself from the day after the original Shabbat Bereishit - 

מִיּוֹם הֲבִיאֲכֶם, אֶת-עֹמֶר הַתְּנוּפָה
From the day you collectively - as souls within Adam Harishon - brought the Korban that Adam Harishon brought on the first Sunday after he was created (as per the Rif on Ein Yaakov on Avoda Zara 8a) -

שֶׁבַע שַׁבָּתוֹת, תְּמִימֹת תִּהְיֶינָה
2850 years, as the gematria of this phrase (שֶׁבַע שַׁבָּתוֹת, תְּמִימֹת תִּהְיֶינָה) is 2850.  Multiply by 2 after saying this verse twice in שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום to get 5700.

Already at the next verse, add another 74 years to get 5774.

מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת הַשְּׁבִיעִת, תִּסְפְּרוּ חֲמִשִּׁים יוֹם
50 days after Pesah is Shavuot.

וְהִקְרַבְתֶּם מִנְחָה חֲדָשָׁה, לַיהוָה
We will again all bring a new Korban Minha to Hashem then, G-d-willing, meaning the Shetei Halehem, which is a communal offering.

(Alternatively, since Adam Harishon was created in Year 2, this is for 5776, which is also considered ממחרת השבת השביעית as it is a year associated with Yovel.)


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