Each week, one of our distinguished faculty, mentors, or alumni dedicate themselves to providing you with insightful and inspiring torah commentary. In this section you will find this week's parsha hashavua - weekly torah portion commentary - as well as podcasts, videos and links to other resources for you to explore and enjoy. 


Lag B'Omer - R E S P E C T !

Headshot of Gail Labovitz
5782
by Rabbi Gail Labovitz, PhD
posted on May 18, 2022
Lag baOmer, the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer (which falls on the 18th of the Hebrew month of Iyar), is a strange, somewhat mysterious minor festival on the Jewish calendar. The counting of the Omer itself is a biblical commandment, mentioned in both Lev. 23:15-16 and Deut. 16:9: 49 days from when the first of the barley crop (the earliest ripening crop in the Land of Israel) is harvested, at the time of Passover, and culminating in the holiday of Shavuot on the 50th day. But there is no mention of any one day of the count being more significant than another. Read more...