4/04/2010

Counting the Omer





When we celebrate the biblical Feast of Weeks we are counting 7 weeks up to the feast of Shavuot (also known as Pentecost). The first few years we had trouble keeping track of the days, so my bff and I got together and made this handy craft to help us visualize. The children take turns moving the bread from one day to the next. We sewed little pockets and numbered them. Then, we made bread out of craft clay which you bake in the oven. We made a piece of matzah to use during the feast of unleavened bread and then we made a loaf of challah to use after that. Also, for day 50, we made a second loaf of challah as 2 loaves are to be presented on that day. This is a fun way to help us count the omer during the Feast of Weeks.
*Update: We must admit that, in years past, we have been forgetful to move the bread on some days. So- this year we are employing a new addition to our Omer Counter. It makes it even more fun to remember! Each pocket holds a lollipop. Whomever's turn it is to move the bread gets the treat. Viola! Memory restored, just like that! :-)

5 comments:

  1. This is great. I saw on another blog someone had made a window swag banner representing the 12 tribes.. I think there could be so many good themes to decorate one of these omer counter banners.. Great idea..

    Sombra in Saskatchewan

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  2. Love, love your omer counter and your blog!! You have been a blessing Heidi! Yah bless you and your family!!

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  3. Oh, this is so nice... I feel inspired :D
    Thank you for sharing :D

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  4. Checking to see how you all are doing!!

    Shalom!

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  5. wish I had found this sooner! I am making one for next year, what a blessing thank you!!

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