The Omer, 44, and Israel

For some reason many Moshaich blogs are expecting something big to happen this Rosh Chodesh Sivan (Gemini), in 2 days time.

This is just a quick note before Shabbat to let you know that we’re keeping all of you in mind. This weekend, the 44th day of the Omer will be upon us and we’ve written numerous times this past year about the relationship of the number 44 and the 10 plagues and Israel. For those that haven’t read it, at least you should know that the ordinal value of the initials of the 10 plagues adds up to 44, the numerical value of the first plague, Dam (blood) and that the sum of the standard gematria value of those same initials adds up to 541, that of Israel.

Now, oddly enough, when we add up the gematria sofit value of the 44 letters in the central trunk of the menora that forms Psalm 67 that we count on each day through the 44th day of the Omer, they add up to 5708 exactly, the year Israel became a nation (1948 CE).

And all 49 letters of the full Omer counting equal 5778 + 73, or the year the tzaddikim have prophesied for the manifestation of Moshiach plus the value of Chochma (wisdom).

Moreover, if we add up the square roots of all values for all 49 words of Psalm 67 counted during the 49 days of the Omer (deducting 1 for the kolel of each day counted) they add up to 666.41,

And as we previously discussed, the counting of the Omer is analogous to the counting of the jubilee years (50 year interval) until the arrival of Mashiach, and there are exactly 66.6 jubilee years from the reception of the Torah in 2448 and 5778.

So as we count the last few days before the great revelation of light on Shavuot, when we once again receive the Torah, let’s keep our kavanot (focus) on removing all the negativity, blockages, aspects of death and judgment in our lives and in our souls that would prevent the revelation of Moshiach in our world. And remember (see previously articles on the Omer), the energy and spirit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is still with us to help us in our task.

By the way, the 44th day of the Omer is Rosh Chodesh Sivan.

Shabbat Shalom

Ezra

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Complete the Process

Most people think the cleaning ends with the searching and the burning of the chametz erev Pesach, but that’s on the physical plain. During the 8 days of Pesach is when the real cleansing takes place. We are no longer cleaning our homes, but our souls.

Think of the process as the preparations for  a marriage. After the courtship and the engagement and the fasting and the mikve–all processes of readying ourselves and cleansing our bodies, minds, and emotions–we’re ready for the true binding of the souls that only happens with the 7 encirclings under the chuppah and the 7 days of 7 blessings (Sheva Brachot). On the 8th, the two souls are fully joined. Just like after the 7 weeks of 7 days of the Omer, after which we’re ready to receive (be joined with) the Torah on Shavuot (more on the Omer in coming articles).  The process prior to the spiritual binding takes a lot of work and effort and the spiritual consciousness must be there as well.

It’s also akin to the process of birth. There’s the process of conception and 9+ months of gestation during which the parents and especially the mother must keep her body (the fetus’ home) as clean an environment as possible.   It takes a lot of work and effort and the spiritual consciousness must be there as well. Then there’s all the effort and pain in the birthing, but it still takes another 8 (7 +1 ) days before the soul is set in the infant, and the circumcision and/or baby naming can take place.  This is the spiritual time.

We’ve done a lot of work and effort and put the spiritual consciousness into our Pesach (Passover) cleaning and preparation, but it’s only during the 8 days of Pesach that our souls are cleansed. Right now, our souls are being shown their spiritual homes and all the chametz in them that was missed, and back on the physical plain more challenges will come up accordingly. How we deal with them, gives support to our souls’ efforts to cleanse away the last vestiges of chametz (blockages) from our lives. And how our souls deal with what’s put in front of them determines what our lives will look like after Pesach.

So support your local soul and make all your Pesach connections with the right consciousness, with your heart in them.  And eat only Pesadichah food and lots of matzah (MZH); this not only affords your soul the physical restriction that it needs to achieve freedom (the main purpose of Pesach) but connects it to Moshe (MShH), the redeemer.

G-d willing (B”H) on the 8th day, the purification of your soul will be complete and your life will be in a new and better place.

Chag Sameach

Pesach Sameach

Shabbat Shalom

With Love,

Ezra

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