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We Counted 47: Of Fruit and Cloaks

This year’s omer journey with Fabrangen began with Miriam the prophetess exploring the future of Torah study, with God “sitting and creating intricate white spaces swirling atop the letters [of the Torah]” (the tale, after Menachot 29b, so far). It … Continue reading

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We Counted 45: Eating the Fruit

Seeing Acher in a dream should inspire “fear of punishment,” according to the Babylonian Talmud (Berakhot 57b), and seeing this designation, “Another,” in place of a true name, is its own caution. [Skip to blog background. Skip to tonight’s omer … Continue reading

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We Counted 44: Boaz and Meir, Ruth and Elisha

After Meir and Elisha part on the Tiberias road, Ruth Rabbah discusses various explanations for Elisha’s apostasy before returning, finally, to the Book of Ruth. [Skip to blog background. Skip to tonight’s omer count. Review commentary on Ruth and Boaz]

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We Counted 43: Going Back

Rabbi Meir and his teacher, Elisha ben Abuyah, have been talking Torah on Shabbat, the former on foot and the latter on horseback. Their traveling studies have gone on for some time, according to this tale in Ruth Rabbah, when … Continue reading

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We Counted 42: Beginnings and Endings

Midrash Rabbah for the Book of Ruth speaks of Boaz’s promise to marry Ruth if “Tov, the redeemer,” a closer relative, is not prepared to do so. Without further ado, the commentary introduces Rabbi Meir, teaching in Tiberias, and his … Continue reading

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We Counted 41: Ruth and the Real World

How does the apostate Elisha ben Abuyah end up with the biblical Boaz and Ruth, as they spend the night in the threshing shelter? (Chapter 3 of the Book of Ruth). In the answer lies a key to redemption. [Skip … Continue reading

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Today is 13: Separated Water

Miriam the prophetess, still considering “the peleg [division, half, channel, river] full of water,” is reflecting on divisions: division of the waters above from the waters below (Genesis 1:6-8), division as a central theme in Genesis, division among people, division … Continue reading

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