The annual Omer Learning project strives to turn the Counting of the Omer into a communal and educational experience. Counting of the Omer refers to the 49 days between the Holiday of Passover and the Holiday of Shavuot.
This year’s celebration of Shavuot will be especially joyful because we are adopting a new siddur for use on Shabbat and holidays. That’s right, last year we dedicated a new Sefer Torah, and this year it’s new siddurim!
In honor of this occasion we’re collecting Siddur Questions and Answers from members and sharing them with the congregation during the Counting of the Omer. Join us as we uncover the mysteries, both big and small, of the siddur.
Why are we sharing Questions and Answers related to the Siddur this year?
We’re excited to be switching to the Siddur Lev Shalem this upcoming Shavuot. This modern siddur has many unique features. We can’t think of a better way to appreciate this upcoming switch than by learning about the siddur in general.
Where are these Questions and Answers coming from? Can I contribute?
They’re coming from people just like you! We would love it if you signed up to contribute your own Questions and Answers. Get started here.
I joined last year. Do I need to join again?
Nope. You should be all set. We’re using the same e-mail list and Twitter account.
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 a Jewish and communal connection at the tip of your fingers – literally!
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.
Can I get these as text messages to my phone?
Sure! 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.