Counting the Omer as a Form of Global Prayer

Rabbi Abudraham explains that the “world is in danger from Pesach until Shavuot in regard to the grains and in regard to the trees. G-d commanded us to count these days that we remember the trauma of the world, so that we return to G-d with a full heart…, that G-d will be merciful toward us…– that the grain will be properly apportioned.” He was writing in 14th century Spain. In the 21st century we face the fragility of the world’s ability to grow as rain patterns shift and the trees and the grain remain in a prolonged period of ‘danger,’ with Israel in the heart of the shifting rainfall and in its 10th year of drought. This Shavuot remember and consider the fragility of the natural world.

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