A lovely project from Beth Chayim Chadashim, the LGBT synagogue in Los Angeles. For the 50 days of counting the omer, members of the synagogue’s Ritual Committee gather (and compose) thoughts, reflections, meditations for each day of the Omer counting. Read the Counting of the Omer Blog Here’re snippets from the past few days.
Day 11 (April 15, 2015) — “Who knows 11?”
By Cantor Juval Porat
“Who knows 11?” asked many around the Seder table only 11 days ago, while singing “Echad Mi Yodea / אחד מי יודע / Who knows one?” – a traditional cumulative song sung on Passover and found in the Haggadah. Echad Mi Yodea enumerates 13 Jewish motifs and teachings, starting with the Oneness of God and ending with God’s 13 attributes of compassion (watch the song with it’s translation here). At the number 11, we find the answer to the question as “I know 11! Eleven are the stars of Joseph’s dream.” Continue reading
Day 10 (April 14, 2015) – “What would your oasis look like?”
By Rabbi Lisa Edwards
In this time of drought in California, imagine the relief and delight the Israelites, newly escaped from Egypt, must have felt as they came upon twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees.
Can you think of a time in your life when you came upon an oasis?
What did it look like?
Did you discover it on your own or were you led to it?
Was it a gift from God? Continue reading
Day 9 (April 13, 2015) – “What is Gevurah?”
By Leah Zimmerman
Though I have an understanding of this word based on the contexts in which I encounter it, I have spent a lot of time trying to understand it’s meaning in this spiritual realm. Using Ritualwell.org, Chabad.org, Aish.org, and Wikipedia as my main resources, I have learned that Gevurah in this context is related judgment, strictness, boundaries and discipline. Continue reading
Check out the full Counting of the Omer blog here