Counting the Omer

The period between Passover and Shavuot marks two kinds of movement through time: the passage of the seven weeks between the barley offering and the first wheat offering at the ancient Temple during these spring festivals, and the transition from slavery to true liberation. On Passover, we leave Egypt, but on Shavuot we receive the Torah, which gives us our purpose as a people, answering the question of the ultimate goal of our collective freedom. For many people, the “counting of the Omer”—these 49 days—provides a time for reflection and growth, often using the seven “lower” emanations of God in the kabbalistic system as spiritual themes for each day and week. Another extraordinary approach offers the opportunity to meditate each day on a biblical woman whose life reflects the mystical qualities associated with that day.

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“This is the time of year I love”
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“It’s my first time / to take up the rhythm, / keep count”
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Counting the Uncountable

“The One who has the power to grant life / Gives to us what we cannot give to ourselves.”

 
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The CBH Anti-Racism Project has created a way for each of us, at home, to mark the Omer with reflections on race and freedom.

Counting the Omer Against Racism

“we’ve counted for millennia, and still we count”

The Countesses Do Count

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