Is the Hebrew calendar obsessed with mourning?
An important lesson lies in the context of all the depressing Jewish holidays.
We are told that Judaism is a life-affirming religion. The national anthem of Israel is called Hatikvah or “The Hope,” and we even celebrate at our simchas by saying L’chaim!, “to life!” However, if we take a good look at the Hebrew calendar, we might think that Judaism is the exact opposite of life affirming. We are currently counting the Omer, a seven-week period attached with mourning...
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