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Counting the Omer

Counting of the Omer is a verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. This practice derives from the Torah commandment to count forty-nine days beginning the from the day on which the… 241 more words

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How To Count the Omer

Counting the Omer is a mitzvah (commandment) through which we count the days from Passover to Shavuot. It’s an ancient custom that takes us from the giddy joy of Passover to the serious business of receiving the Torah on Shavuot. 614 more words


Omer Reflections: A Time for Rebirthing - Day 1

Starting today,  I will be Counting the Omer for the next 49 days, from Passover to Shavuot or from Slavery to Freedom.  For many, this is simply the counting of the Omer; for me, it is a time to actively reflect on different middot, character traits that will help me to rebirth. 140 more words

And She Shall Count Her Seven Days

“Rabbi Abba and Rabbi Hiyya were walking along the way. Rabbi Hiyya said: It is written And you shall count you from the morrow of the sabbath, from the day you bring the elevation sheaf, seven whole weeks shall they be . 683 more words

Counting Down the Days: Between Pesach and Shavuot

Between Pesach and Shavuot we count. Every evening we tick off the day that has just passed, and we label it – adding up the weeks and the days of the omer, building up to the moment at Sinai when the covenant between God and the Israelites was signed, the moment when Judaism might be said to be created. 297 more words


For Redemption is Not Yet Complete

But I have been persuaded by Professor Edward Greenstein to read this story existentially rather than critically. The death of Aaron’s sons was not the result of a miscue in the prescribed choreography of the Tabernacle.

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7 Reasons You Should Count the Omer This Year

Counting the Omer is  one of the most fascinating mitzvot of this season. It comes from Sefer Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:15-16 and is connected to the barley harvest. 558 more words

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