From Seedtime to Harvest:
From the values and spirit of tikkun to community building and sustained action
Beginning on the eve of the second day of Pesach, we are instructed by our tradition to count the days of the “Omer” until the fiftieth day, which is when the first barley crop would be harvested. It is also the Jewish holiday of Shavuot when, according to our tradition, the Jewish People received the Torah at Mt. Sinai. The counting of the Omer is a bridge between Pesach and Shavuot – between a moment of liberation and a moment of self-definition and direction at the beginning of our evolution as a religious civilization. It is an opportunity to deepen our study and close the gap between ideas and action for the tikkun (rebalancing, repair) of the challenges we face in our world.
More than 800 participants and commentators from 90 JRF congregations participated in the JRF On-Line Omer Study Initiative in 2008!
Each week during JRF's fourth annual Interactive Omer Study Project, we highlighted resources, teachings, and wisdom gleaned from the Reconstructionist movement and our organizational partners, on the following topics, that cover the major areas JRF and our member congregations have been working intensly on these past few years. The goal was to pull together the wide array of resources and encourgae the sharing of best practices and additional resources across our movement:
The teachings arrived in one electronic packet at the beginning of each week and ongoing learning took place through the accompanying study listserve.
For additional information please contact Rabbi Shawn Zevit at JRF, 215-885-5601 x 24.