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Every vote Counts!

Friday, 8 May, 2015 - 10:00 am

Great Britain went to the polls yesterday.

And all the pollsters got it wrong.

That’s the beauty of democracy. It’s actually the people that have the final say, not the pundits and prognosticators.

Every vote counts.                                           


In this week’s parsha, Emor, we find the instruction to count the 49 days of the Omer. From the second day of Pesach we count seven weeks, culminating on the 50th day – Shavuot.  The Torah insists that we count all 49 days, stating, “And you shall count for yourselves, from the morrow of the rest day from the day you bring the omer as a wave offering seven weeks; they shall be complete.

It’s not enough to count some of the days. We must count every day. It’s not enough to count the weeks, we must ensure they are complete weeks, each consisting of seven days.

Why does the Torah reinforce the commandment by stating that we must count seven full weeks?


The Hebrew word for counting is also the root word for illuminating.  In order to count the days properly, we must make sure that they are shining.

The mystics teach that we can do this by refining the emotional attributes of our soul, namely Chesed, Gevurah Tiferet, etc. See here for more about this.

And the only way to truly illuminate our souls and our surroundings is if and when we count and inspect every aspect of our psyche.  If we ignore just one aspect of who we are, we are squandering the gifts that G-d gave us.

A democracy cannot thrive without all the votes being counted.

A Jew cannot maximize his or her potential in this world without making every spiritual lumen count.

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