What is the spiritual significance of counting the Omer?
by Rabbi Yossi Marcus
Let’s go back to the time of the Exodus from Egypt. We were at a very low spiritual state. We had been so influenced by the immoral society of Egypt that G-d had to literally pull us out. As we say in the Haggadah, if G-d would not have taken us out at that moment we would still be in Egypt. This means that even if we would have later left Egypt in a physical sense we would still be there in a spiritual sense. So for the next 49 days after leaving Egypt we were preparing ourselves for the giving of the Torah, each day rising to a new level and getting closer and closer to our true selves.
So for the next 49 days after leaving Egypt we were preparing ourselves for the giving of the Torah, each day rising to a new level and getting closer and closer to our true selves...The same thing happens today. On Passover we become free, liberated from subjugation to our animalistic side. During the next 49 days, we methodically redo our inner selves to be vessels for the reception of Torah. We do this for seven weeks, each week devoted to one of the basic human emotions: Love, Restraint, Empathy, Ambition, Humility, Bonding and Regality.
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