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May 21, 2020, 8:04 AM
Family group text, COVID style – a found poem in six stanzas
The ephemera of lockdown include shared messages about meals, laundry and, above all, remembering to count the days of the omer
May 13, 2020, 7:47 PM
Counting the Omer with Respect
This past Monday evening, Jews around the world celebrated Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of counting the Omer between Pesach and Shavuot. The origin of this holiday is certainly disputed, and the reason for bonfires and cookouts is unclear,...
Daniel A. Weiner
May 13, 2020, 12:34 AM
The Bearded Malady
It began as an act of laziness, I admit it. Over the years, vacation or illness had provided ample excuse to liberate my routine and my face from the rigors and razor burn of daily manscaping. There was the...
May 11, 2020, 2:54 AM
Lag BaOmer, The Zionist Holiday
Tonight Jews celebrate Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the fifty-day cycle of “counting of the Omer” between Passover and Shavuot. The big question is how this, until relatively recently, obscure minor holiday became such a major celebration? One...
May 9, 2020, 10:59 PM
Being in the process with Sefirat Haomer
For those of us counting (it’s a ritual, try it), it’s been a month since Pesach. A month since we sat in our homes, many of us on our own, and drank and ate and sang songs of freedom, hoping...
Leora Kling Perkins
May 5, 2020, 8:16 PM
Counting the Omer in a Pandemic
I want to open by thanking Scott Lerman for creating a new digital omer-counter for the Temple Emunah daily minyan. As we gather together on Zoom each night, we click on the webpage, and it flips from one number...
May 5, 2020, 1:58 PM
Rabbi Akiva laughed then: Would he laugh today?
“Love your fellow man as yourself; What is mine is yours, and yours is yours” a song we sang aloud and danced to every Shabbat in the youth group I attended as a child growing up in Brooklyn. I...
Baruch J. Weiss
May 5, 2020, 6:19 AM
Counting the Omer, the Coronavirus, and ‘Waiting’
We are now in the midst of another course of the counting of the Omer. This is the positive commandment to count the 49 days in between the festivals of Passover and Shavuos. During this time we count verbally...
May 3, 2020, 7:05 PM
There is so much to count, and it’s so very hard count right now. We are pretty far deep into the omer, that seven-week period that connects the second day of Pesach to Shavuot. Those 49 days go from the...
May 2, 2020, 7:24 AM
Making ‘counting’ count
We are in the midst of counting our days—49 days, to be exact, seven complete weeks—as we journey vicariously from Egypt to Sinai, from the slavery of Egypt to our birth as God’s holy nation. Each night, we add another...