Zionism, Jewish Belonging and Counting the Omer

In the same way that we count up, not down, during the Omer, in anticipation of the long-awaited end, the Jewish world must work toward collective goals, rather than from a collective history.

The idea of counting the Omer is rather simple – every night between Passover and Shavuot we count, until we reach seven complete weeks; 49 days – but, for Zionists and members of the global Jewish community alike, this ritual has a deeper significance.