What Counting the Omer Says About Who Is Entitled to Interpret Jewish Law

A historical feud over when to start counting the period between Pesach and Shavuot exposed a fundamental question about the nature of Jewish legislation.

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This week we entered the period of the Jewish calendar known as the Counting of the Omer, a count-down from Pesach to Shavuot — or from the beginning of the barley harvest to the beginning of the wheat...