Jewish Soul Journey

CONNECTING SEFIRAS HA-OMER WITH PARSHAS BEHAR

                                
OPPORTUNE TIMES OF DEVELOPMENT

 

                     
       The holy Torah, our guide
book through life, gives us not only direction but the fuel/energy to strive
towards our goals and aspirations, yet we find almost a complete parsha ( Behar
25: 1 – 55) dedicated to commanding us on each seventh (Shemita) and the
fiftieth (Yovel) years to cease from many halachic forms of “effort”. These
lengthy periods of cessation from certain halachically defined activities, for
the uniformed would naturally appear to be the antithesis of productive effort.
However, as contradictory as it may appear on the surface, these macrocosmic
periods of “applied restraint” are the most valuable times for growth and
development. This is because there is no higher goal and purpose in life than
achieving a level of “pro-active submission” in following the will of   G-d. “Cessation of self-determination” during
these times reveals the Divine radiance on earth, thereby crowning Hashem as
King of the universe.

                Even though we are not
presently privy to the full revelation of the Torah as revealed through the Shemita
and Yovel, we have been given the privilege weekly through the Shabbos and
during the yearly period referred to as Sefiriot HaOmer to make the pro-active
proclamation that we are willing to defer and or redirect our self interests.

              What application today in our own
lives can we derive from the awesome transformational power of  Shemita and especially Yovel? All Jews have
holy souls that have been sent down into this world garmented in physical
bodies and surrounded by an environment that is ideal for each one of us in
order to help rectify and elevate the creation. During our lifetimes we are
given various experiences of which some are pleasant and some are very
challenging, however all of life’s events are perfectly crafted to serve a
purpose for our benefit. If we could but for a moment have a glimpse at our
lives from the Heavenly realm, from that prospective the allotment that has
been given to us as our portion in life would be seen as tailored made and
artfully fitted to help us reach and fulfill our potential. From that panoramic
view, there would be no more questions or doubts. Each stage of life and each
unique situation whether “traveling” through the “wilderness of experience” or “submitting”
to each period of “encampment” would be seen as what it really is: a golden
opportunity to achieve rectification and purification.

               This ‘ladder’ of development and
transition both in the microcosm as well as the macrocosm is a fifty level
cycle that we experience yearly through the counting of the Sefiras HaOmer
leading up to Matan Torah. Just as each day represents a different combination
of attributes, whose interplay allows for refinement of our midos, so also on a
macrocosmic level, when the majority of 
the Jewish nation are living in Eretz Israel, there is a fifty year
cycle culminating in the Yovel year, which is a special gift from G-d, that allows
us to transcend the bonds of nature. Perhaps this then can be a deeper
connection between the Yovel and Shavous. They can be seen as a (reflective) mirror
image of each other, in that Yovel releases indentured bodies from physical
bondage thereby allowing for a renewed bonding with the soul, whereas the time
of Seferia releases us from our mental and emotional attitudinal bondage
allowing for a renewed bonding with the Creator through His Torah.

            Just as we draw closer with baited
breath to this Yom Tov of Matan Torah so also may we merit soon to hear the
long awaited shofar of the final geula.    

  
  

                                                                                               

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