The counting of the Omer and Lag B’Omer
“וּסְפַרְתֶּם לָכֶם, מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת, מִיּוֹם הֲבִיאֲכֶם, אֶת-עֹמֶר הַתְּנוּפָה: שֶׁבַע שַׁבָּתוֹת, תְּמִימֹת 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; ”
The day after the night of the Seder, we start the process that is called “The Counting of the Omer”, to follow the precept described in the Torah verse above.
The killing of the first born in Egypt was the aspect of the removal of all negativity at the root level. Egypt never recovered from that and the empire that controlled the physical realm disappeared. That allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt starting their journey to the Promised and Holy Land. On that night there was a supernal unification that revealed the entire light of the first Redemption. Now, without the negativity, Zeir Anpin was in the state of its full size. This is represented by the full moon of that night, which is the night of the Seder.
The Holy Ari tells us that when the negativity stopped in Egypt it was like the aspect of the day a woman’s period stopped. She then needs to count seven pure days before uniting with her husband. It is done to cleanse the vessel from any negative impressions that were left behind and rebuild it to be able to hold new light.
This is the reason behind the Counting of the Omer. Men, not women, should follow the process to remove negativity and act with purity until the end of seven weeks.
On each day of the counting, we make correction to a different level of our vessel and draw different level of inner light. In the process of counting, we recite the Torah verse above and Ana B’Koach
On the 50th Day we celebrate Shavuot, that is the event of the revelation of the Torah on Mount Sinai. For seven weeks we count and work on purifying ourselves to be able to receive the Light of the Torah and Zeir Anpin on Shavuot. During the seven weeks Zeir Anpin grows back to maturity that is revealed on Mount Sinai . At that time the Torah is revealed with the light of immortality.
On the 18th day of the month of Iyar, which is the 33rd day of the Omer, we reach the level of Hod of Hod. It is a state of the vessel at its full desire to receive the light. Rabbi Shimon chose this day to leave the world so we can have the best possible option to connect to his light.
Lag B’Omer is considered a wedding between the light and the vessel. Rabbi Shimon at the moment of his passing to the upper world created a spiritual opening that is like a cosmic event which appears every year on that day.
How to connect
On the night of the 33rd Day (begins on Wednesday May 9th After sundown, ends at sundown May 10th) light two candles, one for Rabbi Shimon and one for Rabbi Itzchak.
Rabbi Itzchak received extension of life and protection from the angel of death by the merit and words of Rabbi Shimon. Connecting to his soul enhances our connection to Rabbi Shimon to have the same spiritual protection.
Idra Zuta – The Zohar section that describes the last day of Rabbi Shimon and the secrets he revealed before leaving the world. https://dailyzohar.com/pdf/IdraZuta-DailyZohar.pdf
Lag Baomer – El día de Rabí Shimón Bar Iojai dejó el mundo (Traducion al español por Sebastian Palen )
Every Lag B’Omer, hundreds of thousands of people go to mount Meron where Rabbi Shimon’s site is, to connect to that energy with singing and dancing. (See video below)
Lag B’Omer is a special day for the Daily Zohar. Three years ago I launched the site with DailyZohar #1.
On that Evening after the counting of the 33rd day of the Omer, I checked the site statistics and found out that there were 137 subscribers (Numerically Kabbalah), 33 of them on that day. For me it was a clear message from Rabbi Shimon and the Light to continue with the vision that made me start the site and that was and is to provide daily study of Zohar free for all.
With unconditional love to all.
Watch the video to see many people from different schools come together dancing with joy on that night with one unifying love to Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.