Counting the Omar

A Tumblr blog has devised an original take on the traditional counting of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot — Omar style.

“Counting The Omar 2013” counts out every day of the Omer period with a meaningful saying by Omar Little from “The Wire,” the drug-dealer-robbing thief played by Michael K. Williams .

The counting of the Omer begins on the second day of Passover, when a sacrifice containing an omer-measure of barley was traditionally offered in the Temple of Jerusalem. Jews would count down every day until an offering of wheat was brought to the Temple on Shavuot.

Are you counting the Omer this year?

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  • "This holiday we take for ourselves,
 no longer silent servers behind the curtain, 
but singers of the seder,
 with voices of gladness,
 creating our own convocation,
 and leaving ‘The Narrow Place’ together."E.M. Broner

  • "The idea of opening the door is that we hope Elijah might actually be there this year – that we might actually have done enough to change the world to have had him arrive. And, if we don’t have even the tiniest bit in us that thinks he might be there, that thinks we have tried our hardest to bring around a messianic time, with no hunger, no war, no conflict, no pain – if we don’t believe that we have tried to end those broken parts in the world – well, then I tell my students – don’t do any of it."Rabbi Leora Kaye

  • "The whole seder, for me, is the tension between two statements: We say, 'We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and now we’re free,' but before that, we pick up the matzoh, we invite the hungry in and we say, 'This year we are slaves, next year may we be free.' We are the most fortunate, liberated Jews in history. But on the other hand, there are lots of things that enslave us."Rabbi Arthur Green

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