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What's the connection between Passover and Shavuot?

  

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Rabbi Latowicz: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...

Jewish Woman: Was the loaves that were brought on Shavuous in the Holy Temple from the barley flour that was brought on the second day of Pesach? If not, then what is the connection, and why do we count from the giving of the barley flour?

Rabbi Latowicz: hi

Rabbi Latowicz: the barley was offered on 2nd day of Passover

Rabbi Latowicz: on Shavuot it was from wheat

Jewish Woman: so what is the connection of the counting towards the wheat loaves

Rabbi Latowicz: the connection between Passover and Shavuot is 1. the purpose behind the Exodus was Mt Sinai,,so Shavout is the CONCLUSION of Passover ...the counting links the holiday

Rabbi Latowicz: we are NOT counting towards the loaves but to the RECIEVING of the Torah

Rabbi Latowicz: there is a also a connection according to Kabbalah and Chassidic teaching:

Rabbi Latowicz: barley is animal food in biblical times

Rabbi Latowicz: that represents man at the beginning stage of his service of G-d m when the animal within is still strong

Rabbi Latowicz: at that point they were still in Egypt

Rabbi Latowicz: the evil within was still strong

Rabbi Latowicz: thats why no LEAVENED is eaten at that time,,Leavened represents mans EGO, it is inflated like dough that has risen, it is the source of all of mans animalistic drives

Rabbi Latowicz: wheat is considerd "food for humans"

Rabbi Latowicz: after the 7 weeks process of counting..( it is more than mere couniting) it is purifying ones soul..purging it of all evil, ( the 7 weeks are for each 'soul power")

Rabbi Latowicz: when we have completed this spiritual healing process then we are on a higher level Our HUMAN INTELLECT is now in control (symblized by wheat) no longer does the animal element reign

Rabbi Latowicz: that is a 'brief' overview

Rabbi Latowicz: fro more reading see ...articles about the Counting of the Omer at

Rabbi Latowicz: http://www.askmoses.com/qa_detail.html?h=535&o=481

Rabbi Latowicz: Im off for now,,,shalom till next time:)

Rabbi Latowicz: shabat shalom

Jewish Woman: Thank you and Shabbat shalom to you!

Rabbi Latowicz: bye:)

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Shabbat
(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Passover
A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
Chassidic
(Pl.: Chassidim; Adj.: Chassidic) A follower of the teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), the founder of "Chassidut." Chassidut emphasizes serving G-d with sincerity and joy, and the importance of connecting to a Rebbe (saintly mentor).
Kabbalah
Jewish mysticism. The word Kaballah means "reception," for we cannot physically perceive the Divine, we merely study the mystical truths which were transmitted to us by G-d Himself through His righteous servants.
Shavuot
Early summer festival marking the day when the Jews received the Torah at Mount Sinai in the year 2448 (1312 BCE).
Omer
Starting from the second day of Passover, we count forty-nine days. The fiftieth day is the holiday of Shavuot. This is called the “Counting of the Omer” because on the second day of Passover the barley “Omer” offering was offered in the Holy Temple, and we count forty-nine days from this offering. [Literally, "Omer" is a certain weight measure; the required amount of barley for this sacrifice.]
Exodus
1. The miraculous departure of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage in 1312 BCE. 2. The second of the Five Books of Moses. This book describes the aforementioned Exodus, the giving of the Torah, and the erection of the Tabernacle.
Pesach
Passover. A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
Temple
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.