The Gemara mentions that the students of Rebbi Akiva died between Pesach and Shavuot but doesn’t mention anything about mourning. The Rama says that during Sefirah we recite Av HaRachamim even if Shabbos falls on a no-Tachanun day because of the massacres during the first Crusade. Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime
The Chatam Sofer questions why the yahrtzeit of R’ Shimon bar Yochai warrants a holiday – we generally don’t celebrate a yahrtzeit! He then enumerates four historical events occurred on Lag BaOmer. Download the source sheet here Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime
Delivered at the OU Israel Center, April 17th, 2018 This shiur is sponsored by Helen Gross in loving memory of her Husband Alex Gross on his Yahrzeit The Gemara says Rebbi Akiva’s students died because “לא נהגו כבוד זה בזה”, they didn’t treat each other with respect: Why does the Gemara refer to them as […]
What does the Gemara mean that Rabbi Akiva’s students “לא נהגו כבוד זה לזה” and that losing those 12,000 pairs of students caused the world to be desolate? How did Rabbi Akiva’s 5 new students act as a tikun for the 24,000 students who passed away? Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla […]
Counting is always for a purpose, what then, is/are the purpose(s) for the counting the Omer? An answer based on the pesukim in Parshat Emor and Re’eh. The four differences between Sefirah in Vayikra and Devarim. Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event
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Why is the first day of Pesach not included in the count of the Omer? How is the first day of Pesach different from the rest of the holiday and from Sefirat HaOmer?
The Rambam holds Sefirat HaOmer is biblical, even today when we don’t bring the Omer. Yet he deliberately placed it in korbanot which indicates counting depends on bringing the Omer. How is it biblical today? Why does the Ramban say women are obligated, Sefirah is the quintessential time-bound mitzvah!?! Download the Mekorot here Shiur provided […]
S’firah as a time of mourning “Rebbe Akiva had 24,000 students from Givas to Antipras. All of them died in one time period because they didn’t treat each other with kavod. That time period was between Pesach and Shavuos.” (Yevamos 62b) With these words, the Gemarah explains why S’firah, a joyful time when we prepare […]
Despite R’ Akiva’s losing 24,000 students, he did not give up hope and went and acquired 5 new students in order to reinvigorate the future of the Jewish people.