Omer Learning: Day 28

The Count

Tonight we count the following day of the Omer:

Today is 28 days, which is 4 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 28th way is: Who is loved

From our community:

The quote we are exploring this year seems to rank acquiring the Torah above the Kingship and the Priesthood? Why?

Dr. Joshua Kulp offers one explanation:

“”This mishnah begins by stating that the crown of Torah is greater than that of the priesthood or royalty. This message has been one of the central themes of all of tractate [perkie] Avoth. The hereditary position of the priest and the king, two of the central figures of leadership in the Bible and in the Second Temple period, is surpassed, according to the rabbis, by the exalted position of the Torah scholar.

Indeed this is one of the revolutions wrought by the rabbis. Jewish leadership was open not just to those born into a certain class, but to any person who worked hard enough to earn it through the study of Torah.””
–Omer Bot

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