Bechukotai: Resources For Parshat Bechukotai
Leviticus 26:3 – 27
On Lag Ba’omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the omer, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, whose teachings have been passed down to us in the Zohar, passed away. Rabbi Shimon, as he is more commonly called in the Mishnah,1 was Rabbi Akiva’s most devoted student and after his master was executed by the Romans, Rabbi Shimon was declared his successor.
The commamndment to count the Omer appears in parshat Emor. From the 2nd day of Passover until Shavu'ot we count the 49 days of the Omer. This article explores three levels of light that are brought down by the act of counting the omer and the effect that each has in refining our character, particularly in reference to the month of Iyar, when most of the counting of the Omer takes place.