Counting the Omer: Protecting Each Other

You’ve heard the expression: “Stick your neck out?”  What is the metaphor?  We compare ourselves to what animal?  I always thought it was giraffe.  Long neck.  I was wrong.  To stick your neck out, is to be like a turtle.  Why?  Sticking your neck out involves risk. Judaism takes this...

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Counting the Omer: Shabbat Wonder

“Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of all knowledge,” taught Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.  As we count the Omer on this Shabbat, we dedicate ourselves to opening our eyes to the wonder all around us. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohenu Melech ha-olam asher kidishanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al s’firat ha’omer. Blessed are...

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Counting the Omer: Four Myths about Jewish Meditation

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/86436446] Thank you to our congregant, Elise Luce Kraemer, who helps to lead our regular Friday evening Shabbat-prep meditation, for this below article about helpful hints that make Jewish meditation more accessible for us all! I tried meditation once, but I couldn’t stop thinking, therefore I am “bad” at meditating. Typically, meditation...

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Counting the Omer: In Honor of the Memory of Maya Angelou

For teaching us the redemptive healing in telling our stories, for inspiring civil rights work not yet complete, for captivating a country with written and spoken word, thank you, Maya Angelou.  May your memory be a blessing. On today’s Omer counting, in honor of Maya Angelou’s memory, we pray that,...

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Counting the Omer: The Lighter Side

http://www.nbc.com/late-night-with-seth-meyers/video/seths-story-seths-jewish-enough/2776163 For Lag b’omer custom teaches us to lighten up the Omer intensity a bit with picnics, bonfires and celebration.  Enjoy! Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohenu Melech ha-olam asher kidishanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al s’firat ha’omer. Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the universe, who makes us holy with sacred actions...

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Counting the Omer: Deeds of Lovingkindness

“The Torah begins with deeds of lovingkindness and ends with deeds of lovingkindness” (BT Sotah 14a). The renowned and beloved singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, of blessed memory, observed that it tends to be easy for us human beings to be loving with babies and old people.  The challenge is to off...

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Counting the Omer: Special Needs and A Different Place

Welcome to Holland I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability to try and help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel.  It’s like this….. When you are going to have a baby...

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Counting the Omer: Happiness Is…

Today, as you count the Omer, understand Jewish wisdom about the source of our happiness. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohenu Melech ha-olam asher kidishanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al s’firat ha’omer.  Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the universe, who makes us holy with sacred actions and enjoins us to count the...

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Counting the Omer: Sad Desk Lunch

Sad desk lunch and social isolation– another angle on our community conversations about the role of food in our lives.  Consider in today’s counting of the Omer: Have you recently connected with someone as you broke bread together?

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Counting the Omer: For the Love of Math

Can you find meaning in numbers?  Reformjudaism.org explores the inspiration in math in this article. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohenu Melech ha-olam asher kidishanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al s’firat ha’omer.  Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the universe, who makes us holy with sacred actions and enjoins us to count...

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