Omer Learning: Day 24

The Count

Tonight we count the following day of the Omer:

Today is 24 days, which is 3 weeks and 3 days 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 24th way is: By acceptance of suffering. [Learning of Torah is also acquired by one] Who recognizes his place

From our community:

In the quote we are exploring this year, it’s noted that priesthood is acquired by 24 stages. Where did this number come from?

Dr. Joshua Kulp explains:

“The twenty-four stages of the priesthood are the twenty-four different types of things they receive as gifts from other Israelites (agricultural and sacrificial gifts).

Rashi gets a bit more specific, suggesting: “the twenty four presents of the priesthood are the ten in the Temple, four in Jerusalem and ten in the borders [of the whole land of Israel]”
–Omer Bot

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