The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

The Days of the Omer 

How to count the omer!

Each day between the beginning of Passover and Shavuot gets counted, 49 days in all, 7 weeks of seven days. Here are the words we say and some of the meaning behind the ritual.

The Omer Widget

Get the Omer Counter widget! Plus other pages on the Omer.


An iPhone app to count the Omer!!!

27th of Iyyar: Rainbow Day

What can we do to commemorate the rainbow covenant of the Noah story? What rituals, liturgies, actions? Read (and record) suggestions here.

Between the Fires: Lag B'Omer, Flood Day and Rainbow Day

Liturgies integrating Lag B'omer (the 18th of Iyyar), Flood Day (the 17th, the day before Lag B'Omer) on which the Flood began, and Rainbow Day, the 27th of Iyyar.

Lag B'Omer

The 33rd day of the Omer, Hod sheb'Hod, Bar Yochai, the song El Mistater, more

Dremlen Feygl "Dreaming Birds"

This lullaby comes from the Vilna ghetto and is offered for Yom Hashoah.

For Yom Ha'atzma'ut: A revised prayer for the State of Israel

with a special emphasis on peace for the whole that comprises Israel and Palestine -- also for every week

Birkat Ha-ilanot

Once a year there is Jewish custom is to say a special blessing on flowering fruit trees. It happens in spring, especially during the Omer, but it's also a good teaching for Tu Bish'vat. You'll also find some other good tree texts here.

JNF "Go Neutral" Campaign? Not really

Whether at Tu Bish'vat or Yom Ha'atzmaut or during the Omer/Spring, planting a tree sounds like a wise investment for both Israel and the planet. The JNF offers "cheaper" trees through their carbon offset program—but their calculation of what you need to offset your carbon is off by about 2000%.

A Stolner Dance Nigun for the second Seder and the Omer

This nigun is sung for hours on the second night of Pesach after counting the first night of the Omer in the Stolner shul in Brooklyn. It's also a great nigun for dancing any time, and for every time you count the Omer!

Ana Bekhoach liturgy

Traditionally chanted after counting the Omer, before L'kha Dodi, and after lighting the menorah. Learn what is Ana Bekhoach and how it is used in shul. Download and print out the text, and more.

Ana Bekhoach tunes

Six recordings based on Yakar, Reb Shlomo, Skolyer (two traditional and one adapted) and Reb Zalman (Ryzhin).

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How to count the omer! ~
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Between the Fires: Lag B'Omer, Flood Day and Rainbow Day ~
Lag B'Omer ~
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Birkat Ha-ilanot ~
JNF Go Neutral? Not really ~
Ana Bekhoach liturgy ~
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