Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–The Journey from Passover to Shavuot

Many people use the time from the Second Night of Passover to Shavuot—Sefirat HaOmer as a time for personal reflection and refinement.

After all, the Midrash tells us that B’nai Yisrael was at the lowest level of spiritual degradation in slavery, almost beyond recovery, they nevertheless refined themselves and merited receiving the Torah—just 7 weeks after the Exodus!

We count 49 days after the first day of Pesach and the 50th day is Shavuot. The rabbis teach us that the time of “Sefirah,” as it is called, offers another opportunity to think about self-improvement.

During the Passover Seder we were supposed to speak about making an exodus from our own personal Mitzrayims—an escape from the problems, issues and circumstances that hold us back.

During the time of Sefirah, we can be implementing the plan to do so.

This can be an important time for spiritual growth. Like everything though, God puts the keys to our freedom in our own hands. What we do with those keys is up to each of us.

This is a very powerful time and opportunity. How will use it to maximum effect?

This Shabbat we learn with Rabbi Aaron Bergman. About this edition of Shabbat Torah Study, Rabbi Bergman describes the topic as, “We are the ones who ask the questions at God’s Seder: a history of arguing with God.”

9:45 a.m. Come as you are stay as long as you like.

Moadim L’simchah and Shabbat Shalom,

Paul

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