I am going to attempt–watch this fail miserably–to also post something intelligible about the season for the reamining 48 days of counting. Right.
Today’s intelligibility comes from Rabbi Jill Jacobs and My Jewish Learning.
The omer refers to the forty-nine day period between the second night of Passover (Pesach) and the holiday of Shavuot. This period marks the beginning of the barley harvest when, in ancient times, Jews would bring the first sheaves to the Temple as a means of thanking God for the harvest. The word omer literally means “sheaf” and refers to these early offerings.
On this beautiful second day of the Omer, I’m introducing something new to my online count. I’ll be adding every day the artwork of Pauline Frankenberg, who has illustrated the brachah for counting the Omer as well as illustrating all 50 daily announcements of the count, each one illuminated with a depiction of a plant mentioned in the Tanach.