How 49 and 49 Equal 49
Here are a few (paraphrased) statements for you to contrast:
Statement A: “The Jews in Egypt were on the 49th level of impurity.” (One step away from the very bottom, the 50th level of impurity.)1
Statement B: “The Jews were on the 49th level of holiness when they got the Torah.” (One step away from the very top, the 50th level of holiness.)2
Statement C: The 49 days of Sefirat HaOmer (Counting of the Omer) help us traverse those 49 levels so that we will be ready accept the Torah. Each day of the Omer, we work to refine one character trait and go up a level, until 49 days later, we are ready to receive the Torah.3
Okay, now for some simple math.
The Jews started on level -49, and 49 days later they were at +49, the 49th level of holiness, right?
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Article Written By: Mendel Adelman
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