With Rabbi Getzel Davis & Leora Mallach How could Shabbat, Shmitah (sabbatical), and agricultural cycles disrupt our assumptions about what it means to own, rest, and relate to the earth and each other? We will delve into rabbinic and biblical agricultural wisdom to inform our contemporary understandings and practice. This class meets for six Tuesday […]

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ט״ז באייר ה׳תשע״ט (May 21, 2019)

Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you enter the land that I am giving to you and you reap its harvest, you shall bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest. (Leviticus 23:109) In the spring, after Passover, when Jews began to harvest barley, the first sheaf (omer) of […]

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י״ט בניסן ה׳תשע״ח (April 4, 2018)

  Counting for the Climate – The Omer Challenge The Jewish calendar is largely agricultural, and beginning on the second day of Passover, we count the 50 days of the Omer, following the barley harvest until Shavuot. The Omer (“sheaf”) was a harvest-offering brought to the Temple. This ancient spring ritual of counting the Omer provides an […]

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ה׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ה (March 25, 2015)