Counting Your Personal Harvest
Learn about Marking our Journey from slavery to Sinai. Taught by Rabbi Robin Podolsky and Braja Tarletz. Suggested Donation: $18 per class; $50 for the series.
Wednesday, May 18, 7:00-9:00pm: Omer 101: 26th Day of the Omer
We count the Omer from Pesach to Shavuot—from liberation to revelation. Omer means barley, and the ancient Hebrews would actually count seven weeks growth of the new barley crop and bring the first harvest to sacrifice at the great Temple in Jerusalem for Shavuot. Most of us don’t grow barley, and we have no Temple, and now Shavuot is celebrated as the time when we received the Torah at Mount Sinai. Instead of a physical crop, we each have the opportunity to count and consider our own personal harvest. What have we sown in the soil of our lives this year? What do we wish to harvest and what do we plow under as compost for some new yield?
Join us for a night of learning about the Omer and the chance for each of us to do some Omer work—writing, art-making and sharing (if we want to) with one another.
Wednesday, May 25, 7:00-9:00pm Lag B’Omer Celebration: 33rd Day of the Omer
Lag B’Omer is a rest stop on our Omer journey. It is a time for marriages (the only time during Omer season!) and special haircuts, of bonfires and joy. We have no fire pit, but we will be grilling (veggie) tacos and enjoying our patio under the lights! (And of course a soupcon of Torah—it’s TBI after all! BYOD—desert potluck!
Wednesday, June 1, 7:00-9:00p Approaching the Mountain: 40th Day of the Omer
Almost there. We will have been journeying through our psychic landscape for days and weeks. We will have learned to see those delicate flowers that bloom in the desert on the way to Sinai, we will have been watching the seeds we’ve planted sprout and grow. We will continue to evaluate our harvest, to write and make images and (always, only if we want to) share with one another. We will get ready to approach the mountain, to open up to that revelation, our own Torah, which is waiting for us.
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