What do all these have in common? Passover is the positive outcome of a horrific ordeal. It is rightly called the Celebration of Freedom, because it recalls and calls to a memorial, the liberation of a people who withstood 400+ years of brutal servitude as bondmen and bondwomen. The forgotten and often unmentioned aspect of the timeline is that it was foretold to Abram (his name was not yet changed to Abraham), that his seed would go into bondage. Genesis/Bereshit 15:13-14. The Passover is based on Abram’s desire to have children. So, these children were not going to be just any children, but children whose lives would have a purpose. Share in the story.
Omer Countdown, Shavuot/Shavouth, & the Pentecost
The Omer is a count that is executed the first day of the week or the first Sunday following the first Sabbath Day that falls in Passover. This year it occurred on April 21/ 2 Abib 5780. The year is 5780 versus 5779 because Abib/Aviv is considered in biblical terms and reference, the first month due to the coming out of or the EXODUS of The Children of Israel out of Egypt. This season marks a new beginning for a people who had formerly been oppressed, homeless and in servitude. Each week thereafter, is counted as Seven Days. While each Sunday, thereafter, begins the countdown of a new 7-Day or Week.
Shavouth or Shavout considering the spelling, is the culmination of the count. The count of 7-Weeks and 7-Days, comes out to be 49-Days. Shavouth is also called the Festival of Weeks or the Celebration of the Giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai – The Torah. Pentecost literally means 50 marking the 50th – Day of the Count.
The 50-Day Count (Pentecost for Christians)
The Omer countdown was given to the Children of Israel to make an account for their sins. These were acquired sins from living under oppression that one, inadvertently, would develop, and be compromised by indulging in the ways, in the lifestyles, and in the sins of one’s capture. It is inevitable. Subsequently, having fled from Egypt and having indulged in manifold transgressions while in Egypt, the Omer count is to signify coming out from this acquired lifestyle. This change, becomes a new beginning, which for them was a starting over. Hence, this is the reason for their new year.
The count begins on the day following the first Sabbath that falls during Passover. It keeps with the tradition of the creation model in *Genesis 2:1-3. Omer is this atoning for all the Sabbaths they had worked, and for all the eating of the foods sacrificed to idols and for Israel’s willingness to participate in Idolatry.
This year it falls on June 9th 2019
If you want to follow the count, tonight at nightfall on Thursday evening June 6, 2019 begins day forty-eight. The count is performed on the eve of the new day. It follows in Judaism the guiding principles of the Creation, for example, **Genesis 1:5, and the erev/eve and the boker/morning were Yom Echad/Day One/First Day. Therefore, today is Day-47, but tonight ushers in Day-48. which is 6-weeks and 6-days of the count. Yesod ShebeMalchus Sivan 4, 5780.
Tonight at sundown marks the beginning of Day-48 of count.
The Omer Blessing: Omer Prayer – We were commanded by Prophet Moses by G-D to count the omer (Sefirat Ha-Omer), in order to purify us from evil and uncleanness. May I be purified and sanctified by the Supernal Holiness. Be Blessed. Shalom. Namaste.
Images by: GIF from the movie The Prince of Egypt –Nile River Turned to Blood; GIF from the movie The Ten Commandments -Dividing of the Red Sea; GIF from the movie The Prince of Egypt –Moses’ Mother Yochebed/Jochebed sending Him down the Nile River in the Ark.