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The Three Weeks *T*Counting the Omer *O*

This blog began in 5770 (2010) as an omer-counting reminder for Fabrangen Havurah, Washington, DC, and a way for participants to share some ideas about the journey between Passover and Shavuot. Fabrangen is an independent, participatory, and egalitarian Jewish community, led by its members.

Founded in 1971, “Fabrangen” took its name from the Yiddish word “Farbrangen,” meaning “bringing together in joy.” The “R” is missing, it is said, because Fabrangen has no rabbi or possibly because a Boston accent led to a transcription error 40+ years ago.

During 5773 (2013), this blog expanded to “The Three Weeks,” the period leading up to Tisha B’Av, the day Jews commemorate the destruction of the Temple and other calamities.

Visit Fabrangen’s website to learn more about weekly Shabbat morning services in DC and a monthly service in northern Virginia. High holiday services are free and open to all without tickets.

*T* — Posts relating to Tisha B’Av, the day of mourning for destruction of the Temples and other calamities, and “the Three Weeks (of Affliction),” the period of mourning leading to that date, are found in category: The Three Weeks.

*O* — Posts relating to the Omer, the 49 day period of journey and semi-mourning between Pesach/Passover and Shavuot/Pentecost, are found in category: Counting the Omer

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