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Counting of the Omer can’t get any better than this! 49 bit of Jewish Wisdom in 49 Tweets for the 49 days of Counting the Omer!
Join us in marking the coming of Shavuot with a daily dose of Jewish Wisdom straight to your cell phones and inboxes, and infuse a little bit of Jewish learning between Passover and Shavuot holidays.
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Why join this program?
Shavuot is an underappreciated holiday; counting the Omer is an underappreciated mitzvah. While many of us personally wish to infuse a little bit of Judaism in our daily routine, our busy schedules make it difficult to do so. This program provides Jewish learning and ethical teachings at the tip of your fingers - literally! This is a simple way of studying in the most innovative way.
What is the Omer or Counting the Omer?
From Judaism 101:
According to the Torah (Lev. 23:15), we are obligated to count the days from Passover to Shavu'ot. This period is known as the Counting of the Omer. An omer is a unit of measure. On the second day of Passover, in the days of the Temple, an omer of barley was cut down and brought to the Temple as an offering. This grain offering was referred to as the Omer.
Every night, from the second night of Passover to the night before Shavu'ot, we recite a blessing and state the count of the omer in both weeks and days. So on the 16th day, you would say "Today is sixteen days, which is two weeks and two days of the Omer."
This simple mitzvah of counting days, can be enhanced by combining it with Torah study. Which is what the Omer Learning project is all about.
Do I need to sign up with Twitter to join?
Nope. When you send the text message follow omerlearning to 40404 you’re telling Twitter you want to get notified anytime a new message is published. You aren’t, however, setting up a new account or making anything public. Trust us, it’s safe to do this. But, if text messages aren’t your thing, don’t sweat it. You can follow along using any other method that works for you.
Do I need e-mail or a cell phone to join?
You can connect with the Omer Learning project in a number of ways: using a cell phone, the web, email or Twitter. Any of these approaches will work just fine. Use the one that’s easiest for you.
Who can I discuss with and Where?
If you’re part of the etzhayim yahoo discussion group, you will be getting the posts everyday. Feel free to discuss it with the members of the group. Of course, discussion during shabbat kiddush is also good! Last but not least, there will be a recap over ice cream during Shavuot study session.