Spring, Wild Barley and Counting the Omer in Israel

Every year between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot religious Jews do a strange ritual of counting every night. The ‘counting of the Omer’ starts the night after Passover and ends the night before Shavuot. But what is an ‘Omer’ and why do we count them? Why this time of year? And what is the connection to what you see around you all over Israel this time of year? And what do Jews do today to commemorate and practice this commandment?

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