Friday, May 04, 2007

Parshas Emor 5767

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וּסְפַרְתֶּם לָכֶם, מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת, מִיּוֹם הֲבִיאֲכֶם, אֶת-עמֶר הַתְּנוּפָה: שֶׁבַע שַׁבָּתוֹת, תְּמִימת תִּהְיֶינָה

"And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the day of rest, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the waving; seven weeks shall there be complete." (Sefer Vayikra 23:15)

The Nesivos Shalom wonders why, when referring to Sefiras haOmer, the verse says that we should count "seven complete Shabbasos". The verse, rather, should say that we are counting 7 complete weeks, not Shabbasos. The Nesivos Shalom says while we are counting 7 weeks, at the very least, the Shabbasos should be "Temimos". He goes on to explain what he means by bringing a thought from Mesilas Yesharim.

The Mesilas Yesharim discusses the difference between Tahara/Purity and Kedusha/holiness. He explains that purity is simply the state that exists when there is a lack of impurity. This, however, doesn't make something Kadosh/holy. Rather, Kedusha is the higher level, more of an active state, that can be attained only after reaching the lower level of purity first. To connect this to Sefirah: we know that the Sefirah period which connects Pesach and Shavuos is to be used to prepare ourselves for Matan Torah/receiving the Torah. This is a two step process: first, ridding ourselves of the impurity in order to reach a state of purity, and second, actively attaining a certain level of Kedusha.

With this in mind, he gives an answer to our original question as to why the verse tells us to count 7 Shabbasos, and not 7 weeks. The weekdays of Sefirah, he recommends, should be used to attain the first step in the process, purity. However, there's only so much of the process that we can attain on a weekday. However, on Shabbos we are able to use the extra Kochos of the day to help us reach the final level of Kedusha. This is why the verse tells us we should count 7 Shabbasos, because it is only through these Shabbasos that we can attain the highest level of that which we hope to attain in our quest for proper preparation for Matan Torah.

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