Counting the Omer

Reflecting On The Omer, And The Boston Bombing

04/23/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s Note: This d’var torah was delivered at Darkhei Noam, a Manhattan congregation, on Saturday, April 20.

Today is the 25th day of the Omer [the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot]. One week from tomorrow, we will celebrate the 33rd day, Lag B'omer. Since Pesach, we've been in a period where we observe a set of customs related to mourning. Customs vary across communities, but usually rule out weddings, haircuts, live music, and sometimes new clothes. What exactly are we mourning? The Gemara in Yevamot 62b teaches:

“It was said that Rabbi Akiva had 12,000 chevrutot (24,000 students)… All of them died in a single spell.”

Omer Counting For Sports Fans

05/22/2012
Staff Writer

Last Friday after sunset, Jewish worshipers recited the traditional prayer over the counting of the Omer, the seven-week period between the second day of Passover and Shavuot. The count that night was 42. Or it could have been Jackie Robinson, Ronnie Lott or Connie Hawkins, depending on if you were a baseball, football or basketball fan.

Inside the park Omer: Jackie Robinson, is among Alan Steinberg’s athletic Sefira reminders.

The Omer: Counting Our Words

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:45 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 21:1-24:23
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31
Havdalah: 8:50 p.m.     
        

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Omer Counting in the Digital Age

The Counting Of The Omer, Beatboxing Included

04/17/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The playing of musical instruments during the Omer period is frowned upon.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is looking to increase the number of younger people who cross its threshold.

Why not turn a restriction into an opportunity?

Rabbi Darkside, left, and Dyalekt are part of “Hip-Hop Reflections” event.
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