Don’t Just Mark the Jewish Holidays, Mark the Jewish Intervals

This post originally ran on the Rabbis Without Borders blog. You can read the original here. The Jewish calendar is a bit interesting since we also live on Gregorian time. The fact that it is a lunar-based calendar means that every year the Hebrew dates shift vis-a-vis the “regular calendar” so that certain holidays, while …

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Counting Cards

In the Jewish calendar we are currently in the period of the Omer. Originally, in the Torah, the Omer is a means to mark harvests. An omer is a sheaf of barley, and we are told to count the days between the festivals of Passover and Sukkot, to count the time between harvest seasons. As …

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What is Your Foundation?

When I first moved to Olympia, I had a bit of a rude awakening. In fact, the rude awakening came before I even moved to town. As my family and I were packing up in Philadelphia, I got a call from a contractor in Olympia to tell me that a backhoe had hit my house. …

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Treasure Each Day

“Teach us to treasure each day, that we may open our hearts to Your wisdom.” This is a verse from Psalm 90, and this interpretive translation and the music which goes with it was composed by Rabbi Yitzkak Husbands-Hankin at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, OR. I first heard it 17 years ago at the …

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