Last year, our Omer post began: “After the hustle and hurry and joyfulness of Passover preparation and family gatherings, the Jewish calendar now gives us 49 days to engage in a quiet, deeply spiritual practice.
Counting the Omer (Sefirat Ha-Omer) refers to marking the days between the second day of Passover – when a sheaf of newly harvested barley was brought to the Temple as an offering – and the first day of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai.”
This year, I want to offer you two resources to this ancient practice, both offering free daily emails, beginning on the second night of Passover. If this sounds intriguing to you, jump in – there are 47 more days to go.
Journey of the soul
Rabbi Cindy Enger and Rabbi Jill Zimmerman share:
“After a long winter, we celebrate the arrival of spring. Rebirth and renewal hint at us with green. We clear out the old and make space for the new. This is a time of hope and possibility. This is a journey we make every year.”
This seven-week period is a powerful time of movement and transition, of liberation and wandering, and of celebratory arrival at the home of our sweetest selves.
We invite you to receive a free daily email, offering spiritual guidance on this path. Every day, you will awaken to a reflection or intention, poem, inspirational sacred text, piece of music, or mindfulness practice that corresponds to stages of spiritual journey and personal growth.”
Journey through the wilderness
Rabbi Yael Levy, author of “Journey through the Wilderness: A Mindfulness Approach to the Ancient Jewish Practice of Counting the Omer” is also offering daily emails that include teachings, Psalm verses in both English and Hebrew, and a practice for each of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot.
“Counting the Omer is an ancient practice,” says Rabbi Levy. “It is a 49-day Mindfulness practice that is completely authentic to the Jewish tradition. For 49 days, we’re mindful of the passage of time. We’re mindful of the day that’s been and we open ourselves to the day that is. And we’re taught in the tradition that this actually changes us, that it brings awareness and healing to our bodies, minds and souls.”
If you have a regular practice of counting the omer, please share what you do, how you do it, and what you have learned from the process.