What Is The Omer And Why Are Jews Counting It?

10 Sephirot
A representation of the 10 sefirot of kabbalah Neon 23 / Flickr
10 Sephirot
A representation of the 10 sefirot of kabbalah Neon 23 / Flickr

What Is The Omer And Why Are Jews Counting It?

The Jewish holiday of Passover ended earlier this week. It celebrated freedom from slavery for the Jews in Egypt.

But another lesser-known practice continues out of Passover. It’s called Counting the Omer. And what was once an ancient harvest ritual has evolved into a very modern way for people of all faiths to increase their self-awareness — and improve their relationships with the people and the world around them.

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell joins Morning Shift to discuss the history and practice behind the Omer.