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"The Year at Home"

It's been quite a year - and home is central to our having survived!

Count along with us each night of the Omer:

Baruch Atta Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al s'firat ha'Ome

 ברוך אתה ה' אלקנו מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותו וציונו

על ספירת העומר

Starting tonight say:  Today is...

30 days, which is 4 weeks and 2 days

of the Omer

Today was the observance of "Pesach Sheni", the "second" Passover. Pesach Sheni comes to us from Torah, from the book of Numbers, originating at the request of men from B'nei Yisrael who realized they would be impure at the time of Pesach and therefore unable to bring the paschal sacrifice. The Pesach was so important as to prompt them to protest: "Impure though we are...why must we be debarred from presenting the Lord's offering...with the rest of the Israelites?" The question was so jarring in its logic, even Moshe did not know how to respond and referred the matter directly to G-d.

Adonai decreed that, indeed, the men and anyone who was impure absolutely deserved to bring this most important offering. A second chance was offered, one month after the original date of Pesach, set up for all time. If someone is unable, either due to an impurity or being stuck on a journey, Pesach Sheni is the next date to participate.

Pesach Sheni, obscure and strange, foreign to us in current times, gives us perhaps a way to reflect on second chances. This year at home has done the same: Time to reflect, time to clean out, time to catch up, time to turn inward.

Have you used time at home to take advantage of any second chances?


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Sun, June 20 2021 10 Tammuz 5781