Each and every day the Torah should be as desirable to
you as if you received it this very day at Mount Sinai
Midrash Tanchuma, Ki Tavo 1
The mitzvot of the Torah are the means by which we sanctify
our world: an object, a feeling, an occasion, become vehicles
of connection to ones Creator.
Mitzvot not only afford us the opportunity to fulfill G-ds
will (for which a Torah comprised of a single divine commandment
would have sufficed), but also enable us to involve every
aspect of our being in the endeavor. There are mitzvot which
involve actions, and mitzvot which are fulfilled by refraining
from action; mitzvot involving the mind, and mitzvot involving
the heart; mitzvot pertaining to ones home, diet, dress,
family life, bereavement and business affairs. No nook or
cranny of human life is without the potential to become something
more, to serve a higher purpose.
The mitzvot are also distinguished by the various ways in
which they intersect with our experience of time. There are
perpetual mitzvot (e.g., awareness of G-d, loving ones
fellow), daily mitzvot (prayer, tefillin), seasonal
mitzvot (sounding the shofar on Rosh HaShanah, eating
matzah on Passover), and once-in-a-lifetime mitzvot (circumcision).
Each of these affects us in different ways: the more frequently
occurring mitzvot become a fixture of our consciousness and
an integral part of our daily life; the rarer mitzvot inspire
a sense of specialty and uniqueness in their performance.
Best of Both Worlds
The Hebrew month of Iyar, whose 29 days fall somewhere in
the months of April and May, is unique in that it combines
both specialty and consistency in a single mitzvah. The mitzvah
is the commandment to Count the Omer, by which
we annually reexperience our forefathers 49-day spiritual
journey from the Exodus to Sinai. Every evening, from the
second night of Passover to the eve of Shavuot, we verbalize
the days number in the count, after first reciting the
blessing, Blessed are You, G-d ... Who has sanctified
us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the
Counting of the Omer.
As a mitzvah associated with a particular time of the year,
the Counting of the Omer is accompanied by the anticipation
and sense of occasion that is the hallmark of the seasonal
mitzvah. At the same time, for a period spanning the latter
15 days of Nissan, all of Iyars 29 days, and the first
five days of Sivan, this yearly event becomes a fixed part
of our daily schedules.
So while the other months of the year serve as the background
for their special days, the month of Iyar, whose each and
every day is the date for a seasonal mitzvah,
is its special days; while in other months these
occasions are spiritual peaks surrounded by a plain of ordinariness,
in Iyar, the unique becomes routine.
Based on an address by the Rebbe, Nissan 24, 5719 (May
2, 1959)  and on other occasions
Adapted from the teachings of the Rebbe by Yanki Tauber
. Likkutei Sichot, vol. I, pp. 263-264.