“50 Miracles by the Sea” Book for the Counting of the Omer

This is our new book for the counting of the days from the Second Night of Pesach until Shavuot.

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 50MiraclesbytheSea

 

We will spend the 50 days between Pesach and Shavuot meditating on  the 50 miracles at the Sea, according to Me’am Loez.

Before we read the text for each day’s lesson, it is suggested to do the
following mystical meditation on the nature of a סֵנ ​Nes/miracle.
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According to the Rashash’s intentions for the Amidah prayer on the
raise the” ,​וְָשׂא נֵס ְלַקֵבּץ ָגֻּליּוֵתינוּ gathering of the exiles, when we say
banner,” on the word סֵנ​Nes which also means “miracle”, and has the
gematria of 110, we are to intend the Name Havayah filled out with Alefs
like this הא ואו הא יוד ​which has gematria 45 and the Name Adanut
אדני​which has gematria 65.
נֵס = יוד הא ואו הא + אדני So
יוד א הא ד ואו נ הא י Then we interweave the two Names like this
This weaving stands for the unification of the Holy One, Blessed be He
[Havaya​], and His Shechinah [Adanut​]. Miracles flow when there is the
connection between Heaven and the Earth, between the Omniscient and
Omnipresent.
Now picture the same unification of Names, this time with Name of Hashem
spelled simply יהוה​like יאהדונהי ​.
Note that this unification יאהדונהי​has a gematria of 91.
Contemplate that while the miracles at the Sea were “beyond nature,” or
“supernatural,” everyday we observe miraculous things within nature.
The word nature in Hebrew is הטבע​HaTeva, which has a gematria of 86,
which is also the amount of G­d’s Name revealed in our natural world,
ִהים pronounced ֹאלֱ​ Elokim. When we take the Name היםִ
ֹאלֱ ​and add one
for each of the 5 letters we get the total of 91, יאהדונהי​, the unification
of all above and below.
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This teaches us that within Nature, הטבע​, ruled with the power of Name
ִהים
ֹאלֱ , the supernal and earthly worlds meet in perfect union.
Say the verse we say at the Neilah prayer on Yom HaKippur:
ִהים
ֹאלֱהָ הוּא הָהוְי “Havaya is The​G­d!” and intend that the unification of
all necessarily takes place in nature for היםִ
ֹאלֱהָ​is the gematria of 91, that
.​יאהדונהי like this​ אדני unified with​יְהוָה of
The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught that G­d established the laws of nature when
He created the world; sometimes He acts within these laws and sometimes
He overrides them. The two names of G­d (Havaya and Elokim) refer to
these two ways in which G­d relates to the laws of nature. The first name
refers to Him when He ignores the limitations of nature and does miracles;
the second refers to Him when He works within the laws of nature and does
miracles. But as we have shown, they all are interrelated and
interdependent.
After doing the above unifications, read the miracle of the day in the daily
lesson, close your eyes and truly picture it, hear it, smell it, feel it,
experience it. When ready, open your eyes and read the daily contemplation
that appears in each lesson.
For more information, please check out the KosherTorah source.
Contemplation on Miracles
Before we leave you to your own work in internalizing the 50 miracles over
the next 50 miraculous days, the days we left Egypt, crossed the sea, and
were fed, watered, and sheltered in the desert, towards the revelation at
Mount Sinai, here is a short reflection on the miracles we can observe in
nature, all proving the existence of a Higher Power.
Imagine you are standing in an orchard filled with orange trees in full blossom. The
branches are heavy with ripe, succulent oranges stretching out as far as the eye can see.
The grower explains that a mere ten years ago, it was a barren field. Over time, he planted
the rows and rows of seeds, which grew into all those orange trees.
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Let’s think about this for a moment. Each mature orange tree began as a small white seed
planted in the ground. That seed weighed a mere fraction of an ounce. But an orange tree
weighs thousands of pounds.
Here is question number one to ask your local atheist: Where did the thousands of pounds
of stuff that make up the tree come from? The roots, the trunk, the branches—thousands of
pounds of matter—where did it all come from?
If you are tempted to say that it must have come from the ground, I’m afraid you’d be
wrong. If you were to take a large steel vat, fill it with five hundred pounds of soil, plant an
orange seed in that soil, and come back ten years later, you would find a fully formed
orange tree weighing thousands of pounds, with the same five hundred pounds of soil
remaining in the vat. The stuff that makes up the tree doesn’t come from the ground at all.
It is created through photosynthesis. The leaves absorb the sunlight, mix in some carbon
dioxide and water, and synthesize the various materials. Synthesis, of course, is the
operating word. It’s the process by which existing elements are manufactured into
something new—something not there before. The chlorophyll in the leaves form the
chemicals and compounds, and puts them together in perfect order. From thin air, it creates
the bark, the wood, and the specialized plant cells needed to transfer water from the roots
to the leaves. Interesting. If you owned a factory that could create stuff out of nothing,
you’d be doing pretty well.
But it gets more interesting when we look at the orange itself.
When you bite into an orange, you get that sort of sweet, sort of tangy, citrusy taste. Here
is question number two to ask your local atheist: Where did the taste of the orange come
from?
Everything about the orange began from that little seed. But when you bite into that pit, it’s
bitter. The water that feeds the tree is tasteless. The ground that the tree grows in is also
tasteless. So if the pit is bitter, and the water and ground are tasteless, where does the
sweetness in the orange come from?
The answer, again, is photosynthesis. The chlorophyll in the leaves turns them into
photoreceptors that capture the energy in the sunlight and create carbohydrates. These
carbohydrates are then synthesized (there’s that word again—creating something new) into
the sugars, the tang and flavors needed to form the sweet citrus mix. Pretty impressive
stuff for a leaf, no? Have you ever given an IQ test to a leaf? “Uh, excuse me, can you tell
me the PH level of orange juice, and who is currently the President of the United States?”
(Please note: there are no little elves inside the tree telling it how to mix the formula. “A bit
more sugar, not so much tang. Hey, go easy on the pulp there.”)
But things get even more bewildering when we look at the orange itself. You see, the
orange is a distinct color—orange. And this brings us to question number three. The pit is
white. The water is colorless. The ground is brown. Where did the orange color come
from?If you dig down as far as China, you won’t find orange coloring in the ground. So
where did it come from?
You guessed it—photosynthesis. The leaves process some of the sucrose they create into
the coloring needed for the skin. Not red—that’s the color of apples. Not green—that’s for
pears. Not purple—that’s for plums. Orange.
Now, quick: which colors combine to make orange? What percentage red? How much
yellow? What is the chemical composition of pigment?
(Please note: only the outside skin of an orange is colored. That part is visible and creates
the eye appeal, so color there serves a purpose. But the inside of the skin doesn’t make the
fruit more attractive; it would be useless to color it. And so it is white.)
Now, don’t get all excited here. Don’t go invoking words like astonishing, amazing,
stupendous… Just remember: it’s nature, plain and simple. There was a lucky role of the
cosmic dice, and a hundred billion galaxies, each containing a hundred billion stars, came
into being—just like that.
And each of those stars churn out unfathomable amounts of energy. Our own sun (a
smallish star) transmits so much energy that despite it being over ninety million miles away,
it heats our planet and warms our oceans. And even though only two billionth of a percent
of its energy ever reaches here, it fuels all of life and growth on earth. And, of course, it
does all this through that lucky process called photosynthesis.
And for this to function there has to be a whole host of other processes in place. The laws of
organic chemistry and biophysics. The rules governing light properties and its conversion
into energy. Hosts and hosts of complex systems all interwoven and all being executed
flawlessly time after time, in all locations throughout the cosmos.
What a thinking person understands is that nature is the greatest indicator of the
Creator​, and it is the firmest proof to His existence.

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May your trip from Redemption to Revelation be through calm seas!

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