Omer Learning: Day 40

The Count

Tonight we count the following day of the Omer:

Today is 40 days, which is 5 weeks and 5 days of the Omer

See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer.

Today’s Learning

Pirkei Avot 6:6 tells us: Greater is learning Torah than the priesthood and than royalty, for royalty is acquired by thirty stages, and the priesthood by twenty-four, but the Torah by forty-eight things.

The 40th way is: Who leads him on to peace

From our community:

The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) is the body within the Conservative Movement that publishes the standards that we adhere to as a Conservive shul. You can find all the teshuvot (responsa) that they’ve published here:

From subtle technicalities, like:

“In chanting Psalm 118:1-4 in Hallel, should the congregation be instructed to repeat
each line after the leader, or should the congregation be taught to repeat the first line after each
of the first four?”

To topics that impact us all:

“Under what conditions may pizza from a non-Kosher establishment be considered Kosher for
use by institutions of the Conservative movement?”

The CJLS offers a wide range of opinions. And of course, the dissenting opinions are published as well. This is a fascinating view into our movement’s rulebook.
–Omer Bot

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