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PREPARING FOR THE TORAH BETWEEN PESACH AND SHAVUOT

By: Y.dror



On Pesach we commemorate our exodus from Egypt. At that time we accepted upon ourselves to be the servants of Hashem. Seven weeks later, on Shavuot, we commemorate the receiving of the Torah.

Counting by Sevens

The seven-week period between Pesach and Shavuot is a crucial time that helps us to acquire the Torah as we did on Har Sinai. Some mefarshim point out that the Mishnah in Avot (6:6), which teaches us that the 48 ways to acquire Torah corresponds to the 48 of the 49 days of preparation.

The Ramban on Parashat Emor explains that just like the seven days of Sukkot are followed by Shemini Atzeret, so too, following the seven days of Pesach, there is an Atzeret 49 days later. These 49 days in between are like Hol Hamoed. We can see from this that these days carry an extra holiness to give one the proper strength to grow.

From the amount of time given and what we need to prepare, it is evident how important and great the actual day of Shavuot is and how great the Torah is.

Everything is to be Found in the Torah

“Ben Bag Bag says: Search in it and search in it, for everything is in it. And in it should you look, and grow old and be worn in it, and from it do not move, since there is no item greater than it” (Avot 5:22).

The holy Torah includes everything and anything that is in this world. The opportunity is endless for those who want to learn it. It is as if the Torah sits in the corner and awaits all who desire to come and take it.

The Gemara in Pesachim (68b) says about Rav Yosef, that he would request the special delicacy of a third-born calf to be prepared in honor of his favorite Yom Tov, Shavuot.

Rav Yosef used to say, "Were it not for that day, when the Torah was given, I would have been like any other Joe wandering in the marketplace!"

Rav Yosef fasted one hundred and twenty fasts, and he prayed to Hashem that the holy Torah should never leave his children.

Humility as a Pre-requisite for Acquiring Torah

The Torah was given by Moshe, who was the most humble person on the face of the earth. Interestingly, the Torah is compared to water because just like water leaves a high place and flows to a low place, so too, Torah matters are obtained only by one whose spirit is lowly i.e., a humble person.

When one is humble he is willing to accept. And once you are willing to accept, then acquiring the Torah becomes easy, since now it's not about what I want, it's about doing and keeping what Hashem wants. Once that level is reached, you are connected to the Source of all the blessings and are guaranteed all good. As it says in Tehillim, “Because he is devoted to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in distress; I will rescue him and make him honored; I will let him live to a ripe old age, and show him My salvation” (91).