The Omer is a period of time that spans seven weeks from the second night of Pesach (Passover—commemorating our exodus from slavery in Egypt) to Shavuot (celebrating our receipt of the Torah at Mount Sinai). The counting of the Omer recalls the practice of giving sheaves of barley—each unit an “omer”—as offerings to the Temple in ancient times. This period of 49 days is a time to reflect upon the abundance of the natural world, and to rededicate ourselves to tikkun olam—repairing the world—when we see injustice, waste, indifference to suffering, or acts that challenge the Jewish moral and ethical values we hold dear.
The Tikkun Olam Committee invites you to refer to linked calendar each day during this year’s Omer period. The calendar offers daily suggestions that we hope will inspire action toward tikkun olam. It is designed to encourage mindfulness, learning, and engagement in the areas of immigration rights, gun violence prevention, climate change, food insecurity, and social activism to advance tikkun olam initiatives relating to these and other critical issues.
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