Mindfulness and Counting the Omer

Have you tried counting the omer yet this year? Still plenty of time to jump in. Rabbi Yael Levy shares in Journey through the Wilderness that “The most important thing is to count. Just a few moments of stopping and bringing your attention to each day is rich spiritual practice.” She gives tips on the practical elements – how to count, where to count. And she explains that counting “strengthens our ability to stand in the moment, to give thanks and let go.” The opportunity to experiment with this practice is a gift you can give yourself that might have long-lasting benefits for … [Read more...]

Your Guides to Counting the Omer

  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 … [Read more...]

And We Begin to Count the Omer

Spiritual journey

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.       You shall count for yourselves seven weeks.                     From when the sickle is first put to the standing crop     Shall you begin counting … [Read more...]