a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Counting the What?

Posted on: April 21, 2011

I don’t understanding counting the Omer.  Maybe because “Omer” reminds me of “Omen” and then I see that creepy kid that JUST WON’T DIE!  I know that counting the Omer has nothing to do with Satan, crazy rotweilers, or nannies and rather the time between the Exodus and recieving the Torah on Sinai.  It’s just a funny-sounding thingamabob.

According to my original Jewish resource, Judaism 101, a blessing is recited every day as we count the Omer.  Right now, all I’m doing is counting down the clock.   I have to be at work in an hour and a half and I’m waiting for the company I rented my table from to pick it up.  I’ve called work three times already with status updates but as it stands, I’ll be counting minutes before I continue counting the Omer.  Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that I’m the least familiar with so in the tradition of Judaism, I’ll be spending the next month learning about it, as devout Jews count the Omer. 

Last night I was having trouble getting to sleep, strangely enough.  I tossed and turned and then decided to go back and read through the first few posts of this blog.  It was back in August, just before Rosh Hashanah and I realized that it’s been 9 months since I’ve started this journey and recording it for the world to read.

Because the blog’s title Black, Gay, and Jewish I decided that I wanted to start talking with other people in my community who fell under any of the subtitles, in any combinations.  I’m going to start an interview series for the blog to talk to Jews who are non-white, I want to talk to LGBTQ Jews, and I want to talk to Jews who are doing amazing things in their lives.  Next week I’m sitting down with Schmekel 100% Trans Jews.

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