Ariel Cohen Alloro – Counting of the Omer – ספירת העומר


Omer ## Day of MonthDavidic GenerationAaronic GenerationDay
1*16*AdamSecond Day of Pesach (Nisan)
621JaredSeventh Day of Pesach
722EnochEighth Day of Pesach (‘Messiah’s Meal’; Outside Israel)
1227ArpachshadYom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)
16*1*ReuRosh Chodesh Iyar
172SerugBirthday of MaHaRaSh (Fourth Chabad Rebbe)
194TerahYom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day)
205AvrahamYom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day)
216Yitzhak (Isaac)
227Yaakov (Jacob)
2914SalmonAvishuaPesach Sheni (Second Passover)
3318DavidMeraiothLag BaOmer (33rd of the Omer)
3419Shlomo (Solomon)Amariah
4328UzziyahuZadokYom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
451AhazHilkiahRosh Chodesh Sivan
484AmonYehozadak (& Ezra)
506YehoyakimYoyakimShavuot (Pentecost)
517YehoyachinEliashivSecond Day of Shavuot (Outside Israel)
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Video Transcript:

“Shalom! Good evening!

We are right now in the time of ‘Sefirat HaOmer’ (the ‘Counting of the Omer’). We have two holy days and they are connected together with the counting of 50 days (‘Pentecost’). It means here Am Yisrael (the People of Israel) is born (Pesach, Passover). Egypt is like a big mother. We go out of Egypt like a kid and then we grow up. We develop our ‘middot’ (‘attributes’). There are seven middot in the Kabbalah which represent the ‘Heart.’ ‘Middot’ are the ‘attributes’ of the heart (Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut). The qualities of the heart are also laughter, fear, etc. We count seven times seven. We make a connection between each one of the seven to each other. It’s what we call a ‘square.’ Seven is squared, until we get to something which is on top of the ‘body,’ on top of the ‘heart,’ and we get to the ‘head,’ which has to do with the ‘50 Gates of Understanding,’ and we receive the Torah on the holy day of Shavuot.

We have seven squared plus one (50). The eight or the fiftieth always has to do with something which is higher than reality. If the physical reality is limited to seven, then above the reality and creation of the world is always eight, which has to do with ‘Binah’ (‘Understanding’) and the ‘50 Gates of Understanding.’ Binah is the eighth sefirah from Malchut. We have the eighth or the fiftieth as the same concept. 7 plus 1 equals ‘Chet’ (8). 7 squared plus 1 squared equals ‘Nun’ (50).

There are two holy days like this which are called ‘Atzeret.’ There is ‘Shemini Atzeret,’ which is after the seven days of Sukkot. ‘Atzeret’ means that we ‘stop,’ we get to a new place and dimension which has to do with the number ‘8.’ Here we count more (until Shavuot) probably because after coming out of Pesach, it takes more time for Am Yisrael to get ready to receive such a mind of Torah, so we count 50 days. Then, we get to the holy day of Shavuot, the ‘Matan Torah’ (‘Giving of the Torah’), which is also called, ‘Atzeret.’ 

This is one of the secrets of the name ‘Chen.’ We have ‘Chet’ (8, ח) and ‘Nun’ (50, ן). Together this is the word ‘Chen,’ which all of my book is based on and makes the Gematria of, ‘Yimach’ (58, ימח), the curse which we talk about. We say that all of the secrets of Mashiach have to do with this word. So we see that the secrets of this word are the ‘50 Gates of Understanding.’ It’s why Moshe (Moses) was buried in a place called, ‘Nevo.’ The mountain of Nevo (נבו) which is spelled, ‘Nun bo’ (נ בו, ‘the 50 [Gates of Understanding] are in it’). It is written that Moshe in his life didn’t achieve the ‘50 Gates of Understanding.’ Only when he died, did he achieve this level of understanding. It’s why if they waited more in Egypt, Moshe could not anymore take them out from there because they were trapped in the ‘50 Gates of Understanding’ of the ‘Other Side.’ (‘Nun Shaarei Tumah’). It’s like the paradox of evil. It’s like to be a liar, a clown. Everything can be anything. Nothing is important. These are the ‘50 Gates of the Other Side.’

Moshe was buried in a place called ‘Nevo’ (‘nun bo’). It means that the Mashiach (Messiah) will arise from this place (which has the same Gematrie as ‘chen,’ 58). It’s like the ‘Ark of Noach (Noah),’ so when Noach goes to the Ark, he builds it for 120 years and then goes inside. “Bo el haTevah” (“go into the Ark”) equals ‘mavet’ (‘death,’ 446). So Moshe after 120 years also died. He went to the ‘Ark’ (‘Tevah’) and he has to go out of the ‘Tevah,’ which is like eternal life and the Resurrection of the Dead, which has to do with going out of the ‘Ark of Noah.’ First step, we have to go in and then, go out. All this has to do with this number which represents these two holy days and something more high than the nature of this world, on top of the seven and seven squared. 

This was a general introduction. Now we count 50 days and one of the intentions of this 50 days. There are many intentions to think about on each of these days. One of the very important intentions is to parallel these 50 days to the 50 generations from the first man (Adam) until the destruction of the First Temple. There are exactly 50 generations here and we can see each day what’s happening parallel to each person and the relation.

For example, one of the important days here is Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel ‘Independence Day’), which we celebrate on ‘Hei’ (the fifth of) Iyar. This is the 20th day of the counting of the Omer, after Pesach. The twentieth day is parallel to the twentieth generation, which is Avraham. So the first Jewish man appears in the world then. Avraham is parallel to Yom HaAtzmaut. By the way, Avraham was born in the year of 1948 to the creation of the world. This is the date we (Israel) got independence, if we count the date from the birth of Yeshua (Jesus). ‘Elef tsha meot arbayim v’shemoneh,’ 1948) is the year that Medinat Yisrael (the ‘State of Israel’) became independent and Avraham was born exactly this number after the creation of the world.

Now, to convert this date to the Hebrew is ‘Tashach’ (תש״ח). It has a ‘Hei’ which we don’t mention because it represents five thousand. Usually we call it ‘Tashach,’ or ‘tashach lifrat katan.’ ‘Lifrat gadol’ is ‘HaTashach,’ but usually we use this number (‘lifrat katan’) when we want to mention the year. ‘Tashach’ equals 708 (‘tav’ is 400, ‘shin’ is 300, etc.) 708 in Gematria equals the word, ‘Chen,’ when we count the ‘Nun Sofit’ as 700 (instead of 50). It means that if we have a connection to the word ‘Chen,’ we have a connection to the coming of the Mashiach. The beginning of Medinat Yisrael has some connection to the coming of Mashiach. It’s not yet, but close. 

Why do we have ‘Chen,’ because usually we say that ‘Chen’ equals 58? About this letter, there are final letters that when they come at the end of the word, they are written differently. We talk about these letters: ‘Khaf Sofit’ (ך), ‘Mem Sofit’ (ם), ‘Nun Sofit’ (ן), ‘Peh Sofit’ (ף), ‘Tzadik Sofit’ (ץ). We have five letters like this, so there are two ways to write each letter. There is the regular way that ‘Khaf’ (כ) equals 20, so ‘Khaf Sofit’ (ך) can also equal 20, etc. There is a different way to count it, where we continue and add these letters after the ‘Tav’ (400). ‘Khaf Sofit,’ which is the first one that comes after the ‘Tav,’ equals 500, ‘Mem Sofit’ equals 600, ‘Nun Sofit’ equals 700, ‘Peh Sofit’ equals 800, and the ‘Tzadik Sofit’ equals 900. What comes after this? ‘Alef.’ ‘Elef’ in Hebrew, means, ‘one thousand.’ ‘Alef’ (which equals ‘one’) and ‘Elef’ (meaning, ‘one thousand’) are exactly the same letters (אלף). It means that the ‘one’ becomes a ‘thousand.’ “How can one run after a thousand” (“eichah yirdof echad elef”)? There is a verse like this (Deuteronomy 32:30). This makes all the Hebrew alphabet a cycle from one to a thousand and starts over.

This was to explain that when we talk about the year of the Independence of Israel, which is ‘Tashach’ (‘708), we talk about the year of ‘Chen,’ with a ‘big Nun’ which we can count as 700 and not 50, as usual. This is about one of the days of the Omer. Let’s see another important day of the Omer…

Soon we will have the holy day of ‘Lag BaOmer,’ for the remembering of Rashbi (Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai) who wrote the Zohar. The tradition says that he died on this day, so it’s a big happiness that has to do with the learning of the secrets of the Kabbalah of the Torah. ‘Lag BaOmer’ is the 33rd day of the Omer. ‘Lag’ is ‘33’ in Hebrew. It’s a day that relates to the generation of David, which is the 33rd generation from the first man (Adam), so it’s another important point. 

We have in Ko’ach (כ״ח, the ’28th’ of) Iyar, the Day of Jerusalem (‘Yom Yerushalayim’) and this is parallel to the king called Uzziyahu (Uzziah), the one that wanted very much to be a cohen (priest). He probably had something very strong with Jerusalem, because Jerusalem is connected to the Priesthood. There is a verse written about Uzziyahu, “Uzziyahu built towers in Jerusalem” (2 Chronicles 26:9). There is a popular song from this verse about Uzziyahu who built towers in Jerusalem. This is the day of Jerusalem. 

The three last generations around the destruction of the Temple are Yoshiyahu (Josiah), Yehoyakim (Jehoiakim) and Yehoyachin (Jehoiachin). I don’t count Tzidkiyahu (Zedekiah) that came after this, because he’s the brother of Yehoyakim and I don’t count Yehoachaz who is the brother of Yehoyakim as well. We don’t count them, because they are in the same generation and the kingdom is continued only by these three people. The Mashiach comes from Yehoyakim and not Tzidkyiahu. These are the last three generations, so it means these generations are the 49th one (Yoshiyahu) and the 50th one (Yehoyakim, the main king which has to do with the destruction of the Temple). Now, we can ask what the ‘Churban’ (the ‘destruction’ of the Temple) has to do with Receiving of the Torah? The Receiving of the Torah, which is the ‘50 Gates of Understanding,’ is exactly the mind that we have to get to understand (and rectify) this idea (of Yehoyakim). Yehoyachin, which is 51st, is like a new beginning…”

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