Monthly Archives: April 2013

HomerDuring the seven week period between Pesah (Passover) and Shavuot (Pentecost), we count the “Homer” (18th C. S&P spelling of “Omer”) each evening after Arvit. The source for this is Lev. 23:15-16:

“And you shall count to yourselves from the day after the day of rest (1st day of Pesah), the day that ye brought the omer [of barley] for waving; seven weeks shall there be complete; until the morrow after the seventh week you shall count fifty days; and then present a new meal-offering [of wheat] to the Lord.” Continue reading


Thinking outside the bag


A strange and rather embarrassing image of an identifiably Jewish man sitting on a plane inside an enormous plastic bag has gone viral in the Jewish online world, and even appeared in the mainstream British press, provoking a wide range of comment – much of it derisory. Continue reading