The Torah tells us: You will count for yourselves from the next day to the rest day
It is written "You will count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day you bring the Omer as a wave offering, (the count will be) seven full weeks, the day after the seventh week you shall count fifty days "(Leviticus 23: 15-16)
The Torah commands us to count seven weeks from the time the Omer (the new barley offering) was brought to the Great Temple, that is, from the 16th of Nisan, we started our count on the second night of Pesach, continuing each night until Shavuot, the same day the Torah was given "Kill Torah".
Actually, we only count forty-nine days, because according to the tradition of our Sages the word fifty in this case means: "until" the fiftieth day.
This constitutes a Mitzvah (precept) for each individual in particular to count the days of the Omer by himself, as expressed in the Torah:
You will count for yourselves , and this Mitzvah also applies today even though we do not have the Beit Hamikdash (Great Temple of Jerusalem) and we cannot bring the offering of the Omer.
Our people do not look for logical reasons for the observance of the Mitzvot, the mere fact that Hashem has so arranged it is reason enough to fulfill a Mitzvah with enthusiasm and joy, and the greater it is to make the count until reaching the day in which our parents received the great gift: "The Blessed Torah"
This time of the seven weeks is very important for us because it is a time of spiritual preparation to be able to reach Shavuot and thus be ready for that great gift of the Creator "The Torah"
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