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Days of remembrance and hope

RABBI REUVEN MANN | Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:00 am

On the second night of Passover, we commence the longest-running mitzvah of the Torah: Sefirat HaOmer (Counting the Omer). During this time, we tally the 49 days, starting with Passover and culminating in the holiday of Shavuot. That is when we celebrate the greatest event in history, the revelation of G-d’s Torah at Sinai.

Liberation from slavery was not an end in itself. It was the necessary means for the Jewish people to achieve their true destiny, via the study and performance of Hashem’s commandments. G-d wanted to establish a special nation that would be “wise and discerning” and a “light” unto mankind.

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