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    The process of redemption – Emor

    The Exodus from Egypt, Golden Haggadah, Catalonia, c.1300

    One of the Lubavitcher Rebbes gave a broad interpretation to the law of counting the Omer, which comes in this week’s reading (Lev. 23:15).

    Just as one must daily count the Omer and yearn for the coming of Shavu’ot, he said, so should a Jew count and work towards the coming of the Messiah.

    He quoted Micah 7:15, “As on the days of your coming out of Egypt, I will show him wonders…”

    The Rebbe wondered why the prophet speaks of days, when the Exodus was really only one day, 15 Nisan.

    He remarked that the redemption from Egypt actually never ceased.

    It was not just one day. It is still in process. Not in a physical, literal sense; we are not talking about a geographical migration but a metaphorical redemption, whereby day by day we liberate ourselves from thought systems which continue to affect the development of a messianic value system.

    Day by day a person must ask, “What have I done today to improve myself and the world?”

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