Counting of the Omer: Days of Preparation – the Introduction

We find ourselves in a context – as we did with Pesach – relating to and learning from Mo’edim’s (appointed time) biblical events in an unprecedented way. Biblically speaking, the 50 days between Pesach and Shavuot are always seasons of waiting. Shavuot marks the end of the barley harvest and beginning of the wheat harvest. 

Yet, the period in between; counting the days from the second day of Passover to Shavuot is known as “Counting of the Omer.” The cutting of the omer of the new barley marked the beginning of the counting period; on the fiftieth day, Shavuot is observed, which is the reaping of that harvest. 

Come learn why these 50-days of preparation were important to remember in understanding the final great harvest.