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  The Great Escape  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 5/10/2016, 09:48
Sometimes our lives are filled with a great light, when we feel that we've finally overcome life's obstacles. Then, the darkness sets in. Instead of freedom, we feel like a fugitive. Why?

  Days of Building  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 4/20/2015, 13:36
Why do we count the Omer? If we are looking forward to Shavuot so much, why not count how many days left rather than how many days have transpired since Pesach?

  Careful Speech  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 12/13/2020, 08:58
Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students who "didn't properly respect one another" all died during the Omer. What did they do that was so serious and how can we avoid making the same mistake?

  Human to Human  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 12/13/2020, 09:00
One of the most profound lessons we learn during the Omer is the weight Hashem places on the mitzvoth between man and fellow man – these are mitzvoth that only He can enforce…

  49 Assets  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Publish date: 4/30/2014, 15:43
Each of the 49 days between Pesach and Shavuoth - the period of "Counting the Omer" - is a propitious day for character improvement and personal growth, as we learn in today's shiur…

  Words That Hurt  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 12/13/2020, 10:47
The Torah says, "Each of you shall not aggrieve his fellow" (Lev. 25:17). Hurting people with words is one of the most serious transgressions of Torah, as Rebbe Akiva's students learned...

  Pure Speech, Pure Heart  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 12/13/2020, 09:01
The curtailment of many joyous activities during the Omer, such as weddings, music and dancing, stems from the death of Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students, who "didn't properly respect one another"…

  Laws of Counting the Omer  
By Rabbi Elchanan Shalom Elgrod
Publish date: 12/28/2011, 00:00
Rabbi Elchanan Shalom Elgrod's weekly Torah lesson onJewish Laws and customs is both timely and practical. Rabbi Elgrod draws from his vastknowledge of Torah and the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev. Next lesson:The Laws of Counting the Omer.

  Music, Joy and Omer  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 12/7/2020, 19:25
By custom, we refrain from playing musical instruments and listening to music during the Omer. Yet, this isn't at all explicit in Halacha. Where do we learn this from?

  The Power of Connecting - Counting the Omer  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 12/28/2020, 08:50
By counting the Omer, we connect our mouths to Hashem. What's more, we connect to one another. The seven weeks between Passover and Shavuoth are a wonderful time to improve our relations with Hashem, with our fellow human and with ourselves.

  The Omer: Why the Punishment?  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 12/28/2020, 08:50
During the Omer, we curtail music, dancing, weddings and other joyful events. Our sages explain that it's because of the death of Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students; that was 1900 years ago! Why are we still being punished?

  Sefirat Haomer - What's it All About?  
By Rabbi Ralph Cohen
Update date: 10/20/2020, 14:44
In the days between the holiday of Pesach and Shavuot we are taught to say Tehillim (Psalms). Why?

  Learning to Walk - Counting the Omer  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 12/28/2020, 08:51
Many BTs (newly observant people) ask why their lives are more difficult after they make teshuva than before? The answer is hidden in the underlying message of Omer, which we'll learn here...

  Learn to Count  
By Rabbi Yonatan Balaish
Update date: 10/30/2020, 12:55
The people of Israel left Egypt and now face a 50-day walk to Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. Every day that passes we gain more important things, every day is such a win!

  Kosher Humor  
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Update date: 11/15/2020, 09:34
If Rebbe Akiva's students were punished for not properly honoring one another, then just imagine how dangerous making fun of other people is...

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