Monthly Archives: March 2014

Spring, Wild Barley and Counting the Omer in Israel

Wild Barley stalks growing in a field in Israel

Spring in Israel Every year between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot religious Jews do a strange ritual of counting every night. The ‘counting of the Omer’ starts the night after Passover and ends the night before Shavuot. But what is an ‘Omer’ and why do we count them? Why this time of year? And what is the connection to ... Read More »