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the omer


The Simpsons Lead Us in Counting the (H)Omer

By On April 17, 2017

Shaky blue clouds streak over a pastel blue sky. Wobbly yellow letters appear. Why, it’s the opening moments of The Simpsons! And that’s Bart writing on the school blackboard! But then things… Read More


Animated Art to Complete the Countdown to Shavuot

By On June 9, 2016

Friday night, June 10th marks the final day of the Omer, the 50 days Jews tick off from Passover (the Exodus) to Shavuot (receiving the Torah).   Back in the day, the… Read More


What’s an Omer?

By On May 10, 2012

As far as Jewish rituals go, counting the Omer is a particularly confusing one. For seven full weeks, observant Jews count a measure from one to 49, recalling an ancient Temple practice. But what does it mean? And… Read More


Calendar Girls

By On April 12, 2012

How many biblical women can you think of? Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and…? The truth is, many women are mentioned in the Bible. Most aren’t power players with stories of their own like Moses or King David. Many… Read More


Spirit and Silence

By On May 5, 2011

You’ve never not listened to music like this before. During the 49-day period from Passover to Shavuot, the time of counting the Omer, many Jews abstain from listening to music. (Like all things Jewish, there are variable customs–some only… Read More