The Relevance of Sfira - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • lrbwiner
    • 13.05.13 | 15:23 (IDT)

    Is it possible that along with the Omer, observance of many mitzvoth has become onerous due to how we practice today? The Omer is counted, depending on one's reading of the text (Chumash) either as an offering (which is no longer done) or today as a method of preparing for the festival of Shavuot, a one day observance which many of us still observe for 2 due to rabbinic dictate. Perhaps this is the problem. Too many rabbis continue to insist that we live our lives as we did in exile, "customs of our fathers," when many of those customs are no longer necessary. Maybe, when we address those issues and others, more people will observe Sfira.

    from the article: Why are so many Jews unsuccessful at counting the Omer?
    First published 12:18 12.05.13 | Last updated 12:18 12.05.13
Haaretz Headlines
Police in riot gear hold back demonstrators against Donald Trump, April 29, 2016.
Hundreds protest against Trump outside California Republican convention

News cameras caught images of the presidential hopeful, guarded by security officials, hopping a barrier and walking toward a back entrance of the hotel for his speech.

23:37 29.04.16 | 0 comments
94-year-old former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning sits in the courtroom in Detmold, Germany
94-year-old admits he served in Auschwitz, apologizes to Holocaust survivors

'I am ashamed that I saw injustice and never did anything about it,' Reinhold Hanning tells German courtroom.

01:17 30.04.16 | 1 comments
Elkabetz, in a promotional shot for her 2011 film “Invisible.”
Ronit Elkabetz, who shattered stereotypes about Mizrahi women

The greatness of the late Israeli actor stems from the fact that her own unique persona informed the credibility of all the characters she played.

02:57 30.04.16 | 0 comments
Shimon Attal.
For French teen studying in Israel, it's all about being a Jew among Jews

Arrivals / Departures: Anti-Semitism in France is certainly not the reason why this teen chose to come to Israel; an Israeli whose relatives perished in the Holocaust finds living in Berlin 'perfectly fine.'

03:33 30.04.16 | 1 comments