The Counting of the Omer

From the second night of Passover, forty-nine days are counted until Shavuot. In respect to the counting of the omer, the seven weeks are assigned seven middot (character traits), one for each week. With respect to each day of the week, the main middah of that week is combined with one of the seven. Changing negative characteristics within ourselves is not easy. When we struggle with our own character, we may be more open to recognizing that others also struggle; and, therefore, we may be more tolerant of them, by overlooking their faults. We are all human, and often fall short of the ideals that are intended for us by G-d. Yet, we can still try to live up to His image as best we can.

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