Hineni (Here I Am)
About This Show
Hi, I'm Sandra and I am a Rabbi to be, studying at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Welcome to my podcast on Torah, Jewish prayer, and Jewish music. The Torah is amazing and full of wonderful lessons that we can still learn from today.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 51: The Omer and Me.
Every Spring we begin counting the Omer on the second night of Passover. What is an Omer? The Omer is a sheaf or a measure of barley or wheat. The Omer is also the name for the 7 week period of time between Passover and and the holiday of Shavuot. On Passover we celebrate our freedom from slavery and bondage and on Shavuot we celebrate receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai as free people. In ancient times, the Omer period was significant agriculturally as it marked the period of time between planting and the spring and summer harvests. Over time, Jewish mystical tradition connected the Omer period with spiritual practices, about refining the soul, so we are ready to receive the Torah at Sinai So, Why do we count?