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Shmini, 22 Nisan 5781
April 4, 2021

With Pesach behind us, we have a journey of preparation for the Festival of Shavuot, the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.  The word Shavuot literally means "weeks" and refers to the period of the Counting of The Omer that begins on the 2nd day of Pesach and concludes with the Festival of Shavuot.  Why is it necessary for us to count each day?  When the Israelites were in Egypt they became much like their masters, the Egyptians and descended to the 49th level of negativity.  Kabbalah teaches that the 50th level is spiritual suicide and from which there is no return.  It was necessary for the Creator to perform miracles and free the Israelites from slavery, both physical and spiritual.  Bread of Shame is the idea that we must invest effort in order to reap rewards and blessings.  A familar saying illustrates this idea rather well, "G-d helps those who help themselves."  On the night of Pesach we are given this energy of freedom.  However, we are not able to keep it because we have not yet put forth the effort in building up a vessel to contain it.  The Counting of The Omer takes place over the course of 49 days or 7 weeks.  Each week we work on a particular Sefirah and we put forth effort to build a vessel.  When we arrive at the Festival of Shavuot, our vessel is complete and we are able to contain the energy we receive on that day.  Freedom is a journey, Counting the Omer are our steps along the way. May these Weeks of the Omer be an opportunity for us to grow and transform in our journey. 

Shavua tov,

Sefirat HaOmer - Sunday, April 4, 2021 - 9:00 PM EDT
Sefirat HaOmer - Monday, April 5, 2021 - 9:00 PM EDT
Derech Hashem Study & Sefirat HaOmer - Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 8:30 PM EDT
Arvit & Sefirat HaOmer - Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 8:30 PM EDT
Judaic Studies Class & Sefirat HaOmer - Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 8:30 PM EDT
Kabbalat Shabbat, Torah & Sefirat HaOmer - Friday, April 9, 2021 - 7:30 PM EDT
Minchah For Shabbat, Motzaei Shabbat, Havdalah & Sefirat HaOmer - Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 6:30 PM EDT

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Shmini - April 10, 2021
Torah Portion:
Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1-11:47

Shmuel Bet (II Samuel) 6:1-19
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Zohar Portion
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Sefirat HaOmer
We begin the Counting of The Omer on the 2nd night of Pesach, March 28, 2021. Each night at 9:00 PM EDT we invite you to join our community for the Counting of the Omer and a meditation from the 2nd night of Pesach until Shavuot. For nights that there is already a scheduled event, the Counting of the Omer will be at the end of that event.

NEWLY REVISED - Tikun HaNefesh
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Jewish Holidays 5781 & 5782
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Judaic Studies Course
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Shir HaShirim - New Chapter Each Week y en Español
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Weekly Derech Hashem Study
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