On the earth and soil and afra d'ara
A strange rule about Chamets can teach us some profound lessons.
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.
iPhone app to count the Omer!!!
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.
Get the Omer Counter widget! Plus other pages on the Omer.
At Yachats we split the middle matsah, inviting the stranger to share a fragment of broken matsah that wouldn't be even enough for one.
The Besh"t on the Pesach sacrifice and raising the holy sparks.
There's one important symbol that we don't explain or mention even once in the Passover seder: the charoset
The Beit Midrash Ruach v'Lev session on "Unlocking the Mysteries of the Haggadah"
A nigun for the second Psalm of Hallel, B'tseit Yisrael, "When Israel went out of Egypt..."
A dance nigun to replace the tune most folks know for "V'hi She'amdah".
This nigun is sung for hours on the second night of Pesach after counting the Omer for the first time in the Stolner shul in Brooklyn. It's also a great nigun for any kind of dancing, and for any time you count the Omer!