Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
The Schmooze

This Homer Omer Counts The Most Jewish ‘Simpsons’ Moments

For some, the practice of counting the Omer is sooooo 2,000 years ago. Following ancient instructions to count imaginary amounts of barley for 49 days just doesn’t have the sex appeal of other Jewish ritual practices, say shaking the lulav, or performing havdallah.

Enter the Homer Omer, a website and Facebook page dedicated to counting the Omer by way of references to the TV show “The Simpsons.” The site, which turns 18 this year (chai!) includes a calendar for all 49 days of the Omer, including the daily blessing and the unique Hebrew blessing for each specific day of the Omer. Created and designed by Brian Rosman, it is also a definitive collection of every single Jewish reference in the show’s 28 year history. Each time the website is refreshed (the charmingly rudimentary site includes instructions for reloading webpages) a new, Jew-y Simpsons quote appears.

Lisa: Hmm, well, actually it looks like we’re in for 40 year of wandering in the desert.

Milhouse: 40 years? But after that, it’s clear sailing for the Jews, right?

Rosman told Tablet Magazine that he started the site, which he calls, “one joke taken too far” when his children were very little. “Now they’re all out of college,” he said. The long running show has flagged, but Rosman said he still watches it every week in case something Jewish comes up.

Baruch hashem, we need Rosman’s willingness to be a cultural watchdog, or we would miss gems like this one from a brand new Simpson’s episode last week.

Mo (as a club bouncer): The chimp yes, the clown no.

Krusty: Don’t tell me. It’s because I’m Jewish.

Mo: No, it’s because you’re a has-been nobody likes. Alright?

Krusty: Please tell me it’s because I’m Jewish.

Homer Calendar offers a digital calendar, a printout calendar, and daily reminders from a Twitter account, @CountTheHomer.

“Bob’s Burgers” themed Rosh Chodesh reminder next, please.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.