Counting or Merely Circling a Day on the Calendar?
Why do we count if we can simply name Sivan 6 as Shavuot?
Since it specifically says “count” it seems that the custom of considering Nissan 15 as “the day of rest” in regard to Lev. 23:15 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, is wrong.
The Hebrew does not say “Rest”, rather it says “the shabbat”. It says: וּסְפַרְתֶּ֤ם לָכֶם֙ מִמָּחֳרַ֣ת הַשַּׁבָּ֔ת מִיּוֹם֙ הֲבִ֣יאֲכֶ֔ם אֶת־עֹ֖מֶר הַתְּנוּפָ֑ה שֶׁ֥בַע שַׁבָּת֖וֹת תְּמִימֹ֥ת תִּהְיֶֽינָה׃
If we go by Nissan 15 NO COUNTING IS REQUIRED:for Shavuot will always be on Sivan 6. But if we go by the first Shabbat after Pesah, we indeed will have to count.
The counting method marries the Seven Day cycle with the Lunar calendar. By “counting” from Nissan 15 we only recognize the Lunar calendar.That it marries the Natural Lunar cycle with the supernatural weekly cycle IS Shavuot’s meaning: of marrying the Creator with His Creation.
Shavuot is said to be the day Moses was given the Ten Commandments the first time. This was proposing a marriage-like covenant between B’nai Yisrael and Hashem: between the Natural and the Holy.