Counting Sefira - not just towards Matan Torah

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Post Thu, Apr 14 2022, 11:29 am
I was thinking ahead to after the Seder, and realised that motzei Shabbos/Yom Tov (or second night in chutz l'aretz) we will begin counting Sefira. And I just thought that this year we won't just be counting towards Matan Torah, but as soon as we begin counting, it will be just over a month to Lag b'Omer. Every day we count will be a day closer to the first yahrzeit of all the Meron victims.

I normally love counting sefira, and view Shavuot as the culmination of all the drama of Pesach. This year, it's going to have a different flavour. Especially for the families involved, but really for all of us. It needs thinking how to approach it.
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Post Thu, Apr 14 2022, 3:17 pm
Working on a midda each day of the Omer is surely a good way to give the niftorim an ilui neshama.
There are a couple of ways to do this, with various seforim based on each one.
One is the 48 ways to acquire Torah from pirkei Ovos. There is a book by Rabbi Noach Weinberg a”h and his articles can be found on the Aish website. There is one article/chapter for each day of the Omer.
The other is based on the 7 sefiros, (tiferes, netzach, hod, yesod etc) and I think there is a book based on this too (can’t remember the name off hand).
Both are good ways of building the way up to Matan Torah and doing it in memory of those niftar in Merton may make this year more meaningful
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