From Torah Parshat Emor
"Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you come to the Land which I am giving you, and you reap its hearvest, you shall bring to the Kohen an Omer of the beginning of your reaping." - Leviticus 23:10
"And he shall wave the Omer brfore G*d so that it will be aceptable for you; the Kohen shall wave it on the day after the rest day."
“And you shall count for yourselves – from the day after the morrow of the rest day (Shabbat Pesach), from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving -- seven shabbats / weeks; they shall be complete.
Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days...”
- Leviticus 23:15-16
“You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks.
Then you will observe the Festival of Shavuot for YHVH, your G-d”
- Deuteronomy 16:9-10
"Deeper than the wisdom to create is the wisdom to repair.
And so, G*d built failure into the world, so that G*d could give Man the deepest wisdom:
The wisdom to repair." - The Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson
"The book of Formation (סֵפֶר יְצִירָה), the earliest Kabbalistic text, which is attributed to Abraham, reveals the secrets of creation according to the ten sefirot (סְפִירוֹת; sing. סְפִירָה, identical to “counting”)." - Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh
"There could be a freeman with the spirit of the slave, and there could be a slave with a spirit full of freedom; whoever is faithful to his self – he is a freeman, and whoever fills his life only with what is good and beautiful in the eyes of others – he is a slave." - Rav Abraham Isaac Kook
I express my spirituality also during the Omer time through the ARTS. - Joy
Adin Steinsaltz offers: Bezalel's Creativity: Art as an Expression of the Divine
God chooses Bezalel to build the sanctuary in the desert because he was filled with "the spirit of God."
Explore God's role as creator and its implications for humankind, as we are created "in the image of God."
Can an appreciation for artistic creativity bring us closer to the divine?
How can art be used as a medium for spiritual development?
- BlesSings, Joy Krauthammer