Counting the Omer

Blessing for Counting the Omer

The blessing in transliteration and English.

What Is An Upsheren, or Halaqah?

Why some Jews ritualize their son's first haircut at age 3.

What Is Lag B’Omer?

This minor holiday is known for bonfires, weddings and haircuts.

Feminine Aspects of the Omer

In mystical terms, this is a period of time leading to the unification of the male and female aspects of the Divine.

Counting the Omer

The days between Passover and Shavuot are considered a time of mourning.

Some Days Count More Than Others

The days between Passover and Shavuot are a time of great vulnerability and profound opportunity.

The Omer Period — Time As Text

Our changing observance of the period between Passover and Shavuot reflects our sensitivity to the realities of our history.