Counting the Omer

Counting the Solitude

Modelled on the Jewish practice of counting the Omer, this prayer is for those counting their days in quarantine or lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

What is the Meaning of the Word “Shavuot”?

The name of this holiday has more to do with when it falls than what it is about.

The Omer as Prayer

The 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot has long been viewed as a time of great spiritual potential.

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 -- known for bonfires, weddings and haircuts -- begins the evening of May 11, 2020.

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.