Tag: omer

(Beyond 39)

“With social media, people were no longer talking. The [contemporary storytelling] movement really began because people missed people. That’s what storytelling does: It connects people.” So Syd Lieberman told Sam Payne of “The Apple Seed” […]

Six Days to Share… (Beyond 38)

In the section of Leviticus dealing with the festival of Shavuot, we read: And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corner of thy field, neither shalt thou […]

Jubilee (Beyond 37)

This week’s Torah reading — a double-portion, Behar (Lev 25:1-26:2) and Bechukotai (Lev 26:3-27:34) — includes instructions for conducting the Jubilee, the year of rest for the land, a time to “proclaim freedom throughout the […]

Reclaiming Mothers Day (Beyond 36)

We are moving through the omer week of Yesod [foundation, creative energy], from the day of Chesed [loving-kindness] to Gevurah [strength]. This seems an auspicious moment to consider efforts to “reclaim Mother’s Day” for radical, […]

Alice in Omerland (Beyond 35)

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’” Alice said Through the Looking Glass. As we leave the omer week associated with “Glory” “[hod, in Hebrew] behind, let’s consider for just a moment Alice’s conversation […]

Moral State of Emergency (Beyond 34)

“God has declared a state of moral emergency,” writes Rabbi David Kasher in his commentary on this week’s Torah portion. Kasher points out that a command to care for the poor suddenly appears in the […]

Coates and Tyfereth, Algren and Mobley (Beyond 33)

“Passover is a time of remembrance but also one of renewal — of looking ahead toward the spring and new growth that will sustain us through the seasons to come. Once we spent spring in […]

Conversing for Racial Justice (Beyond 32)

Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, brings a symbolic break in this 49-day journey from Passover to Shavuot. The 32-day plague wrought by disrespect among Rabbi Akiva’s students (see yesterday’s post) has ended. […]

Death by Disrespect (Beyond 31)

How can we end the plague of disrespect around race-related topics that threatens our country with disaster? Perhaps the Omer journey shows us a way to begin. Rabbi Akiva, a key player in the story […]

The Most Dangerous of Dualisms (Beyond 30)

No one knows for certain what the ancient rabbi meant when warned his fellow mystical travelers against saying “Water! Water!”: When you reach the stones of pure marble, don’t say, “Water! Water!” As it states, […]