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April 3, 2010 19 Nisan 5770

Rabbi Frand on the Omer
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The Key To Understanding the Significance of the Omer

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Number one: What does the word 'omer' mean? Omer was just a measure. It was the amount of grain that they had to bring. Is it not In this week's parsha we strange that the Korban should be called by the find the mitzvah of the name omer? That is, in Offering of the Omer. The Torah says that on effect, like calling it the "Quart Offering" or the "Liter the 16th of Nissan, on Offering." Other offerings the second day of are called names: Pesach, Pesach, the Jewish people were obligated to Todah (Thanksgiving), bring an Omer offering. Shelamim (Peace), Shtei HaLechem (Two Loaves). The bringing of the Omer offering permitted They have descriptive names. Omer is a measure. all types of new wheat Why should that be the crops (Chadash) to be name of the Korban? eaten. Then the Torah gives us an added command: "And you shall count unto yourselves from the morrow after this sabbath, from the day of your bringing the omer of the waving, seven sabbaths shall it be" [Vayikra 23:15]. Number two: What is so crucial about this offering, that we tie our entire counting between Pesach and Shavuos to this Offering: The first day of the Omer, the second day of the Omer, etc.?

this Korban should be brought specifically then? The Medrash elaborates on the great merit and significance of the Omer Offering: In its merit Avraham received the land of Canaan; in its merit the Jews were saved in the days of Gideon; in its merit they were saved in the days of Chizkiyahu; in its merit they were saved in the days of Haman; in its merit they were saved in the days of Yechezkel. The Medrash goes on and on an on about how this Omer offering saved the day. What is so meaningful about this Korban HaOmer? The Be'er Yosef says that the key to understanding the Omer is the following Medrash: "G-d said to Moshe 'In the wilderness I provided a daily Omer of manna for every Jew. As payment, let the Jews now bring for Me an

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Number three: Why was the omer brought on the 16th day of Nissan? This is not There are many difficulties that we find in one of the special days of Pesach -- it is neither here connection with the nor there. What happened Omer offering. on the 16th of Nissan that

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Omer offering every year on the 16th of Nissan.'" This Medrash is telling us that the purpose of the Korban Omer is to remind us of the Omer we that we all received in the wilderness. That is why it is called by the name Omer -- to remind us of the famous Omer of the manna. As we mentioned many times, the manna that we received in the wilderness is our reminder that it is G-d who provides us with bread from Heaven. Just as in the wilderness we clearly saw, without a shadow of a doubt, that it was G-d who gives us our livelihood, so too in all generations we must remember that as much as we work and as successful as we think we may be, it is G-d that gives us bread from Heaven. That is the lesson of the manna. That is what the Omer Offering is all about. When we are harvesting our new wheat crop and we might tend to think that "my might and the power of my hand, brought me all this wealth" we are commanded to bring a Korban HaOmer to remember the manna. That is why the omer is brought on the 16th on Nissan. We have it by tradition that the manna stopped falling on Adar 7 (the day of Moshe's death) and they had left over in the vessels until the 16 of Nissan. On the day they ran out of manna they had to bring the Omer Offering. That too is why we count Sefirah for 7 complete weeks and tie it to the Omer Offering. If we brought an Omer Offering only one day of the year, perhaps the crucial lesson that it teaches us would be lost. The Halacha therefore requires that we review this lesson 49 times, over and over, until it becomes second nature. That is why the Medrash goes on and on and mentions how in the merit of the Omer the Jews
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were saved so many times. If we learn the lesson of livelihood -- that it is only G-d who gives us the ability to make a living -- this is indeed a lesson that can cause us to merit the acquisition of the Land and all the other salvations enumerated by the Medrash.

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Great Neck Synagogue Annual Family Luncheon In Memory of Sharon Sokol Heisler z"l Saturday, April 17, 2010
Guest Speaker: Mort Klein President of the Zionist Organization of America Topic: Lessons of the Holocaust Applied to Today's Arab War Against Israel Beautiful Catered Buffet Lunch by Prestige Caterers $55 per person $20 per child*(10 years and under) (No charge for children under 4) For reservations please call or e-mail Mark Twersky (516) 487-6100 Email : NAME__________________________________________ Reservations: # of people attending____________ Seating Requests: _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed_________________________ For more information please call: Debbie Hollander (516) 829-2013 * We are planning a special luncheon for children to take place at the same time in the Youth Center.

UPCOMING MEN’S CLUB EVENTS Sunday, April 11, the Annual Rabbinic Dialogue between Rabbi Polakoff, Rabbi Stecker of Temple Israel and Rabbi’s Feldman of Beth El, will be held at Great Neck Synagogue. See flyer for details. Sunday, June 6th, will be the semi annual Blood Drive. June 9th and 10th a Defensive Driving Course will be held. Reservations are necessary. Price will be $12 for anyone over 50 and $15 for all others. UPCOMING SISTERHOOD EVENTS April 8, Meeting of Combined Sisterhoods at 10:00 am at Temple Emanuel. April 14th, Sisterhood meeting at GNS at 8:00 pm April 28, Sisterhood presents an evening with American Friends of Magen David Adom at the home of Rita & Lewis Gordonson,85 Emerson Drive, 7:30 pm. For information contact Rita Gordonson 466-4578 or Carol Buckmann 487-7095. May 4, 58th Annual Combined Sisterhoods of Great Neck Spring Luncheon and Boutique at Temple Emanuel from 10am to 2 pm, featuring Mentalist David Blatt. No cost to Sisterhood Members but sponsorship of $36 is encouraged. May 12th, Sisterhood Gold Buying Event from 11am to 5pm. Turn your valuables into cash by selling your gold, sterling silver, watches, flatware, diamonds, U.S. coins and paper money. Get paid on the spot. The Sisterhood will receive a percentage of all sales. For further information, please contact Cindy Hodkin, preferably by e-mail at SHUL CLASSES All daily classes will resume at their regularly scheduled times after Pesach. GYMNASTICS FOR KIDS Great Neck Synagogue will be offering Sunday morning gymnastics classes taught by a popular gymnastics teacher for ages 7 and under. The first class will be from 8:30 am - 9:20 am and will be for ages 3-5. The second class will be from 9:30 am-10:20 am and will be for ages 5-7. Classes will be held in the Braun Youth Center on April 11th and 25th, May 2nd, 9th and 16th. The 5 class package is $75 per child. For more information contact NEW TORAH TEFILAH AND TOGETHERNESS ON TUESDAYS Please join us at 11 am, Amit Yagoubi is giving a class based on a book Orchos Tzadikim. At 12:15 pm we have a lunch and learn program with a video broadcast from Shira Smiles (about 12:45). To sponsor a class, please contact the Shul office. The cost will be as follows: $10 Amit Yagoubi, $15 Lunch and Learn. WITHIN OUR FAMILY

Mazal Tov to Lauren & Seth Silberstein on the birth of a baby girl. Mazal Tov to grandparents Florin & Howard Silberstein. Mazal Tov to Sharon & Eddie Mazur on the engagement of their son Adam to Elyssa Stein, daughter of Dr. Michael & Janet Stein of Stamford, Ct.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE The nominating committee for Great Neck Synagogue has been announced. If you would like to speak to them about any candidates that you feel would benefit the Synagogue, please feel free to contact them: Michael Leventhal, chairperson, Isaac Greszes, Janet Lenchner, Natan Hamerman, Harvey Brenner, Jolanta Rosenstein and Susan Sheena. PASSOVER READINGS FOR KIDS Looking for new Passover readings for your Seder for your kids or grandchildren? Check out free readings for children (ages 3-6, and ages 7-11), on the American Jewish World Service website ( ; click on the readings for children and families) They were written and illustrated by our own member, Nechama Liss-Levinson) INTERMEDIATE MINYAN The monthly Intermediate Minyan will meet April 10, May 8th and June 19th. The Minyan includes explanation of the tefilot and the Torah reading through interactive discussion during the service, communal singing, with a class following the service. If you want more information, a reminder and to be put on our list please send your email address to SPONSORSHIPS To sponsor a Kiddush, Seudah Shlishit, Sunday Breakfast, Youth Event, Bima Flowers or a leaf on the Tree of Life in honor or in memory of a loved one, please call Mark Twersky in the Synagogue office 487-6100 or email YOM HASHOAH Saturday, April 10, 2010 ,9:15 pm Great Neck Synagogue will be showing FOUR SEASONS LODGE, an award winning documentary that follows the lives of holocaust survivors each summer at their beloved bungalow colony as they celebrate their survival. A survivor featured in the movie will be on hand to answer questions after the screening.

GNS FAMILY LUNCHEON Save the date for the Annual GNS Family Luncheon in memory of Sharon Sokol Heisler, z”l Saturday, April 17th, following services. Mort Klein, President of the ZOA will be the featured speaker. “Lessons of the Holocaust Applied to Today’s Arab War Against Israel” . Price will be $55 per person for a gala buffet lunch. $20 per child*(10 years and under) (No charge for children under 4) For reservations please call or e-mail Mark Twersky (516) 487-6100 Email : Please make reservations ASAP. For more details see the GNS website. * We are planning a special luncheon for children to take place at the same time in the Youth Center.


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