Omer Learning: Day 21

The Count

Tonight we count the following day of the Omer:

Today is 21 days, which is 3 weeks of the Omer

See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer.

Today’s Learning

Pirkei Avot 6:6 tells us: Greater is learning Torah than the priesthood and than royalty, for royalty is acquired by thirty stages, and the priesthood by twenty-four, but the Torah by forty-eight things.

The 21st way is: By long-suffering

From our community:

In the quote we are exploring this year, it’s noted that royalty is acquired by 30 stages. Where did this number come from?

The 16th Century commentator Derekh Chayim explains:

“”Rash”i za”l explains: Those [the levels of kingship] are written in the portion of Samuel (Samuel 1:8), when Israel demanded a king, and they were told ‘be aware, that such and such are the rules of a king’, and if you check there, there are thirty things, the same which are recited in [Mishna] Sanhedrin: [things for which] the king does not judge and he is not judged.””

If you look at Samuel 8:9 you can see the ominous list of behaviors that’s being referred to:

–Omer Bot

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