Omer Learning: Day 9

The Count

Tonight we count the following day of the Omer:

Today is 9 days, which is 1 week and 2 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 9th way is: By joy

From our community:

When my husband and I got married, the most unusual wedding gift we received was a six-month subscription to the Intermountain Jewish News, a weekly Denver-based Jewish newspaper. (A family friend is the editor of the newspaper). I admit that I was a bit annoyed at what I thought was a not-so-useful gift, but I started reading the paper on a regular basis…and we’ve ended up re-subscribing for going on 3 years now!

I’ve enjoyed learning about Jewish communities around the world and the latest events in Israel, reading the Torah column for that week’s portion, and hearing about various Jewish-themed human interest stories (e.g., people discovering their family’s Holocaust history, Jews in sports, and more). My other favorite thing about the paper is the Jewish-themed crossword puzzle, which I am relatively good at given my specialized trivia knowledge base. All in all, I would say that local Jewish newspapers are a great, often-overlooked resource for learning.
–Leeyat Tessler

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