Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to yet another posting for the celebration of the season leading up to the second feast of the Shalosh Regalïm/YeAmät Sost Bä’al; better known as the “Three Pilgrimage Feasts,” of YHWH. The Counting of the Omer, constitutes the observance of the passage from Scriptures reading from Leviticus 23: 15-16. The children of Israel, were to number the weeks between Pesach & Shab(v)uot. Which are the first two moedim – מועדים/ bä’allat – በዓላት, or the appointed times or holidays of the Three Pilgrimage Feasts which were set for the children of Israel to observe by G-d.
The Counting of the Omer, relates in so many ways to the agriculture and the teaching which come forth from the observance of the Sabbath. This observance is not a major holiday but serves as a great reminder of the coming of Shab(v)uot.
Modern Jewish tradition links the holiday to the Bar Kokhba Revolt against the Roman Empire (132-135 CE).
Book of Leviticus; chpt. 23: 15-16
15) And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the day of rest, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the waving; seven weeks shall there be complete;
16) even unto the morrow after the seventh week shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall present a new meal-offering unto the LORD.
- Shalosh Regalim = http://www.tanach.org/vayikra/emor1.txt
- Counting of the Omer = http://www.jewfaq.org/holidayb.htm